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Best of October 2014

October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Oh and Happy Birthday Faj! You don’t look a day over 30…no but for real I hope I age as well as you have.

First of all, WOW. Thank you to everyone who stopped by THM on Wednesday for C’s guest post on THM’s analytics. So many of you visited that you actually crashed the blog! A huge thank you to Bluehost for getting it back up and running so quickly. It’s a good problem to have 🙂


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Second of all, this might be the first month ever that I don’t start my best of post with “where the heck did this month go?”. October was loooooong. Amazing but long.

Lots has been happening in the Maven kitchen (side note: I almost just wrote “Fit Foodie Kitchen”…sometimes I forget that Lee and I write different blogs!). As you saw on Wednesday, the blog has been doing great so I’m working hard to continue bringing you content you love!

I’ve also been busy with some freelance projects as well as a few sneaky side-projects that I’ll tell you about in time. All in all, another fabulous month! Let’s recap…

Your-oct-favsAndddd once again all of your favourite recipes are sweet. I really can’t blame you. These Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are bomb. P.S. I totally spent my monthly food budget on almond butter because I’ve made these so many times.

Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies - get your Fall baking fix with these healthy and grain-free chocolate cranberry cookies. Made with just 6 simple ingredients!This Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats recipe is the perfect solution to your leftover coffee and pumpkin problems!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats -  an easy, one-step breakfast version of your favorite Fall drink.Besides popcorn and granola, apple crumble is my food weakness. I could eat an entire tray, no problem. This Single-Serve Grain-Free Apple Crumble recipe prevents this from happening (okay…I totally make two batches at once…but still).

Single-Serve Grain-Free Apple Crumble - a delicious and #grainfree dessert for ONE! #healthy #recipeHealthy Pancakes. With Sweet Potato and Pecans. Need I say more?

Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes - A #healthy pancake #recipe for Fall! // thehealthymaven.comGuess what?! You totally defied C’s odds by making this post on Breaking Down THM’s Analytics the top post of that day! Remember, THM’s daily post is almost never the top post of that day. Two cookies for you!

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While you were gorging on the sweets, I was eating all things savoury and loving it! I mean I ate chili, FOR BREAKFAST.

my-oct-favsThis salad: so gorgeous. Until it’s mixed…Funny story: I didn’t cut the squash into smaller chunks before mixing it and I think C thought I was trying to poison him when I fed this to him for dinner. He picked up a gigantic piece of acorn squash with his fork and said “WHAT IS THIS?” And then he ate two servings…

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pomegranate Dressing - for a hearty and filling Fall salad ready in 30 minutes.And because pomegranates and I are having a moment, these Charred Green Beans with Garlic and Pomegranate Seeds are being made every other day. Side note: I use this awesome video tutorial for de-seeding my pomegranate, but Julia took it and made it MUCH prettier so follow her directions: HERE.

Charred Green Beans with Garlic and Pomegranate Seeds - a delicious side dish ready in 10 minutes! with the roasted flavour of the green beans and the sweetness of the pomegranate seeds! I still have not gotten over the genius that is cracking an egg onto chili. Although I admit I’m somewhat ashamed that I posted this as a recipe since it really is just my One-Pot Beef and Three-Bean Chili with an egg on top…oh and cheese 🙂

Baked Chili Shakshuka- The perfect use for your leftover chili that makes a warm a hearty shakshuka.I’m convinced that if Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes were people, they would be best friends. They just get on so well together and especially in this soup!

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup - a sweet and zesty soup to keep you warm through the Fall and Winter months!I’ll admit that lately I’ve been missing chatting with you. It was nice to post something beyond the food. Hoping to have more of these posts in the future!

Beyond the food.I love hearing from you guys when you try a recipe or read a post that you love! Whether it be in a comment, an email, a tag on Instagram or a viral Pin, I see them and they totally make my day! I’m convinced that THM readers are the ultimate. Here’s some of your current favs…



-FINALLY a trip to San Francisco! I feel like I’ve been talking about this trip since I started the blog and now it’s here! I’ll be gone for 10 days which includes American Thanksgiving. I cannot begin to explain my excitement!

-A certain sassy Australian is coming for a visit. Let’s see if I can keep up with The Big Man.

-Naturally the above will make for some great non-food related content, which I’m hoping to have more of around here. I love me some food but lately I’ve been wanting to talk about other things…

-Including how I’ve secretly become a hippie without any of you noticing. Or maybe you have? I’ve slowly been transitioning to a chemical-free lifestyle for all of my beauty and home products. I figure if I don’t eat chemicals, why would I put them on my body? Also I oil pull…who AM I?

-Don’t worry, I’m not becoming a beauty and lifestyle blog! There will definitely still be lots of food around here including a round-up from my favourite ladies with some awesome Thanksgiving eats!

-More soup recipes, because I’m obsessed.

What were your October highlights? What are you looking forward to in November?


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    October 31, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Oil pulling…I need to dig up a certain text.

    And I’m only coming to go trick or treating.

    You had an epic month and that post by C was well deserve the crash. Crash. Say crash. Crash.
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Curried Salmon Patties

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 31, 2014 at 10:54 am

      you’re such a strange human being. I revoke my couch invite.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    October 31, 2014 at 7:48 am

    October was long? Nooooo way — it went by -crazy- fast. I’m seriously hoping that November is a little slower because I lost my head somewhere in October and I’m still looking to find it. And congrats on all the blog success, lady! Definitely well earned 🙂
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted…. monthly favourites – october 2014 .

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    October 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Ahhh October was insane. Seriously. I think I’m looking forward to establishing a routine (and, and finding a job) in November! And a big CONGRATS on crashing the blog (is that a weird thing to say?) with all of your and C’s awesomeness. I’m so excited for blog school!
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…Five Things Friday 10/31/14.

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    October 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

    So clearly October was too busy cuz I missed the Acorn Squash Salad. Blasphemy.
    Also, #KaleYeah! I can’t wait for Big Man fuelled updates. Sensing epic adventures/stories
    Finally, my eyes almost popped out my head when I read the becoming a hippie thing cuz I was JUST thinking that about myself this morning. Weird much?
    p.s. oil pulling freaks me out. tried it once and thought I was gonna choke. Probably need someone with First Aid certs around if I ever try it again…
    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth recently posted…Rolled Oats vs. Bread Crumbs: A Food Fight

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    October 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve been switching over to more natural products over the past year too. I’m excited to have met so many eco beauty bloggers at the Goodness Me event so I can learn more through their blogs!

    Also, cannot wait for Arman’s visit here!
    Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recently posted…Spooky chocolate soy nut butter cookies

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    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers
    October 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Your blog is taking off girl! To infinity and beyond!! 🙂
    How did I miss those drum sticks. Sounds yummy.
    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers recently posted…Happy Halloween!

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    Melissa @ Mango About Town
    October 31, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    You’re going to have to much fun in San Fran! It’s an amazing city. November is going to be crazy for me – I just started recruiting participants for my clinical trial. Wanna be a guinea pig?
    Melissa @ Mango About Town recently posted…Friday Favourites + Weekly Reads

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    November 1, 2014 at 4:21 am

    It’s really great to see how your blog evolves and how you build your career! It’s truly inspiring! I do my best to support you (because this is one of my favourite blogs!) By pinning, tweeting and making your recipes and sharing them in my instagram: the avocado tuna salad is my list!
    The highlight of my October is definitely my 3 week vacation in southern California!! Which included a long weekend in San Francisco. It was awesome! You will love that city! And say hi to Arman from me 😀
    November is back to school month for me. I hope I won’t struggle to much with maths. Fingers crossed!

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    November 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I just can’t with October. I’m so glad that shit’s over.

    I’m so ready for it to be November 20th. It’s super tempting for me to stay in the city and not go back East for Thanksgiving lol.
    Cassie recently posted…Antioxidant Energy Bites

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