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It’s amazing what a little sweat can do for you when your motivation is waning. Even though I was struggling in the cleansing department this weekend, after a visit to the sauna yesterday afternoon, I’m feeling MUCH better. Thank goodness!ย 

And despite our challenging weekend, one of the things I’m loving most about this month is that Austin and I have been able to enjoy more “family style” dinners together–> because he’s actually willing to eat what I’m eating!

And we’ve been eating pretty darn well, if I do say so myself.

Here’s a peek at last night’s family-style meal:

salad in a bowl with tomato slices on topMassaged Kale Salad— dressed with avocado, fresh lime juice, ginger, garlic, Nama Shoyu and stevia. Austin and I are both loving this flavorful combo lately!

spaghetti squash noodles with coconut curry sauce in a bowlSpaghetti Squash “Noodles” smothered in a Coconut Curry Sauce (very similar to this recipe).

sauteed mushrooms in a skilletAnd a skillet full of sauteed Baby Bella mushrooms! Cooked in a touch of grass-fed butter, fresh garlic and salt. So simple, but so good.

Dinners like this are so easy when I can simply whip up a huge batch of food, bring it all to the table, and dig in! It’s nice breaking out some of our nice serving dishes for a change, too. Our Armetale dishes have really come in handy for keeping our main dishes hot, and our salads chilled.

The only thing we still don’t agree on is dessert.

chocolate milkshake in a glass and peanut butter blondiesHe’s all about the peanut butter blondies, and I’m still loving my chocolate milkshakes!

To each their own, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reader Feedback: Do you enjoy family style meals often? If so, what are your favorite crowd-pleasers?

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

I love saunas but haven’t been in one in far too long! I think your whole dinner looks delicious. In our house, we don’t usually do family-style dinners as my 2 roommates and I have different eating styles and preferences (kind of the way you and Austin feel about dessert!) but if we’re doing a group dinner, my 6-Layer Mexican Dip always goes over really well! Here’s the recipe if you’re interested:

    Megan @ The Detoxinista

    Oooh, your Mexican Layer Dip sounds delicious! Austin and I usually have TOTALLY different dinners, too, so I’m hoping we keep this up. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Hey! I wanted to share a photo of cauliflower pizza success! Thank you and Doris!

I enjoyed this pizza with my husband for dinner and then had it with some eggs the next day. This is now a go-to dish for sure.



Hi Megan! So wish I had found your site at the beginning of the month as I am doing the Rose Cleanse as well!! Love finding IIN Grads who love Natalia…two things we have in common ๐Ÿ™‚ I am heading to the Rose Culinary Institute next week! xo

    Megan @ The Detoxinista

    Glad you found me, Ryan! You’re going to have SO MUCH FUN cooking with Doris!!

    Good luck with the rest of you Rose Cleanse! ๐Ÿ™‚


Yah for you and Austin emjoyimg the same meals. Doesn’t it make life so much easier when you can enjoy the same foods together?

    Megan @ The Detoxinista

    Yes, it’s definitely fun having him eat the same things as me!

    Though, I wouldn’t say it’s easier all the time, since there were often nights that I didn’t have to cook for him at all– back when he would get take-out! Now I need to prepare something EVERY night. Oh, well. Be careful what you wish for, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tamara Lukie

oh those mushrooms look amazing!!!! gonna try these soon thx!

Pure2raw twins

everything looks delicious, we will take one of everything ๐Ÿ™‚
we enjoy making family style meals especially when we are with a group of people. love passing around the plates and bowls of food and enjoying great conversation!


That’ s awesome you guys are enjoying meals together!
ps..I tagged you in a fun game…11 Random Things…check it out on the blog..thanks for sharing..have a great day!


Mmmm I always forget how much I LOVE sauteed mushrooms.

Question: Have you ever experimented with agar agar in smoothies? I have a few premade almond milk/agar chunks in my fridge that I think might turn into an interesting milkshake base…


    I’ve never tried it in smoothies! I have tried using soaked Irish Moss, which worked really well, so I assume if you have a good blender, the agar would break down and thicken-it-up nicely, too! Please let me know how it turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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