Slow-Cooker Eggplant And Cauliflower Vegetable Curry

Slow-Cooker Eggplant And Cauliflower Vegetable Curry

Mark and I just got back from a hike in Valley Forge National Historic Park. Today was quite literally a perfect summer day here in the Philly the area. Sunny, not too cloudy, almost no humidity and a high of about 75. We couldn’t let a day like that pass by without spending most of it outside.

Plus, we just genuinely love Valley Forge and there are so many great trails to explore there. Today we hiked about 3 miles on the Mount Joy trails. Could I ask for a better summer Sunday? Nope, don’t think so.

In addition to exploring new things here in Philly, we’ve also been exploring new recipes. One of them being this slow-cooker eggplant and cauliflower vegetable curry recipe.

Slow-Cooker Eggplant Chana Masala Recipe

Slow-Cooker Eggpland Chana Masala Recipe

Mark and I finally got a slow-cooker.

As anyone with a slow-cooker knows (or anyone who’s even heard about slow-cookers knows), it’s a game-changer in terms of easily putting together a meal of substantial size. Basically, you just throw your ingredients into this big tub, turn it on and a few hours later your meal is ready.

Honestly, I’m mad this thing wasn’t a part of my life sooner because that’s about as much effort as I’m ever willing to put into preparing a meal. My only beef with it is that it’s not a fast-cooker. If it could all be that easy and you could have your food ready within minutes, well that my friends would be an ultimate dream come true for me.

Chocolate Peanut Butter-Banana Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

During our early-morning run through the tree-laden, shady paths of Prospect Park last week, Ashley and I happened upon the topic of smoothies.

As you can probably gather on your own, this is not a preposterous or surprising occurrence. Think about it: two healthy living bloggers and runners who schedule workouts together on an almost weekly basis. The topic of smoothies is almost inevitable. In fact, I’d say there’s about a 75% chance it will come up. But I digress.

Banana Peach Protein Smoothie

Banana Peach Protein Smoothie

One of my favorite things about summer is all of the in-season, fresh fruit you can find at the grocery store.

And sure, it’s great for eating all on its own — few things are greater than sinking your teeth  right into a juicy, bright red slice of watermelon or popping a sweet, succulent strawberry right into your mouth — but personally, my favorite thing about fresh summer fruit is turning it into smoothies.