roasted broccoli

Well, I hope I’m not jinxing things by saying so, but that last post seems to have worked: it’s looking and feeling more like spring every day! Today I drove with the windows down! Tonight as I’m typing, the birds are chirping! I’ve been hearing about Passover seders on Twitter and from friends, Easter is on Sunday, it’s practically April, after all! So in the spirit of welcoming (i.e., wishing, hoping, begging, pleading) for this new season that has. to. come. eventually, it’s time for a little spring cleaning. These are things I’ve been meaning to tell you, wanting to tell you or just plain am going to tell you. Settle in for a long post, cause that’s what we’ve got (with lots of pictures!).

1. Homemade smoothies. Can we just talk about the fact that when you make homemade yogurt (based on a recipe like this) and then blend that yogurt with frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries, throwing in a little orange juice and flax seed oil for good measure (and then this morning, virgin coconut oil, to boot!), your day has to start well. It’s a fact. Oh and bonus: when you pour it all into a to-go cup that you can take with you in the car: People! The good just keeps coming.


2. Kombucha. If you follow me on Flickr or Twitter, you might already know about my new-in-2010 addiction to kombucha. We are seriously best friends. I even went to a free class last Thursday to learn how to make it, and I’m totally going to try. Also – there’s a hot version of kombucha tea! I bought some.

hot kombucha tea

3. The Kingsbury Whole Foods (Lincoln Park) blows my mind. Honestly. If you’re from the Chicago area, you have to at least visit this Whole Foods. It’s huge. I could spend all day there. And Saturday, I had some chicken tacos that knocked my socks off.

inside of whole foods

chicken tacos at whole foods

4. I now have an Etsy (!!!!!). And I have made one sale (thanks, Joanna!). Check it out!

food loves writing etsy

5. I now have a Tumblr (!!!!) (because I apparently need to enter every possible form of blog/social media/online communication/etc). If you’re into that sort of thing, feel free to check it out, too.

food loves writing tumblr

And, most importantly:

6. Roasted Broccoli. So, so, good. I made it twice this weekend, first with Hannah’s one-look-and-you-will-have-to-make-this recipe (crispy and with a little heat from the crushed red pepper) and then, exactly the way I make roasted cauliflower, overflowing with lemon juices but with grapeseed oil rather than olive this time. When the little branches of of the broccoli trees get crispy and burnt, oh baby. It tastes like it’s bad for you, that’s how good it is. Here’s a photo tour of our making it:


broccoli on baking sheet

roasted broccoli

oh this stuff is good

Phew! And done.

Spring must be coming now.

I mean, it must.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Anne

    Homemade yogurt for your smoothies? Now that is taking it to a whole new level! Sounds super.

  2. Kim

    This post was just so happy, I couldn’t help but have my heart lifted just a bit. Thanks, Shanna.

  3. Jessica

    Oh my god I’ve been to that Whole Foods and it is incredible. I cannot wait to go back. I could spend the ENTIRE DAY there.

  4. Tim

    Those chicken tacos are right up my alley… I just know it

  5. Joanna

    Got my picture. :) I’m moving in on Friday. Can’t wait :)

  6. Niki

    The thing I love about roasted veggies is that they always taste like it’s bad for you. So for me, it’s a wonderful indulgence, but not. Like my roasted asparagus last night. Deliciousness!

  7. redmenace

    First, congratulations on your etsy store. We can struggle through it together! I just favorited your shop :) Second, Spring is here! Trust it. Third, why was there no Whole Foods when I lived in Chicago. Wah. There were no nice stores back then! Finally, yum at all things– especially the broccoli, which I made recently too. Addictive!

  8. jessiev

    LOVE this. and congrats on etsy and tumblr. if you go to, you can set up/connect all your accounts and do ONE POST. love that.

    this broccoli? why make so little? Lol. we’d eat that in a heartbeat. YUM!

  9. thedabble

    I just joined tumblr as well and am still trying to figure some things out but it seems rather nifty. I also made roasted broccoli-we must be on the same wave or something!

  10. Elizabeth

    Good for you, Shanna! I just saw your Etsy shop–amazing photos! I think you may have just inspired me to get my own!

  11. Misty

    That broccoli is on my menu for tonight!

  12. Maddie

    Ah, roasted broccoli…it’s the only way to go! Try it with Parmesan, toasted pine nuts, and lemon juice if you really want to go crazy. :)

    And I’ve been considering a blender purchase for smoothie-making purposes, but the photo/description of your concoction may put me over the edge. Sounds like the perfect breakfast!

  13. Flavia

    Great post! I love Chicago and I love roasted broccoli! Enjoying your blog very much!

  14. kamran siddiqi

    Shanna, great post! This post reminds me that I have to do some spring cleaning around my blog as well… So much going on that I haven’t said on twitter (or anywhere, for that matter), and I need to share it all.

    Congrats on your first sale, by the way! :)

  15. TJ

    Yes Spring must be coming :)

  16. MaryAnn

    Just wanted to stop by & let you know that I nominated you for a couple of bloggy awards. Your posts are always beautiful, thought provoking, & yummy! Check out my blog for details!

  17. Shannalee

    Anne, It could very easily become my new addiction. If it hasn’t already.

    Aw, thanks, Kim! I am happy, so it’s great the post seems that way!

    Jessica, You and me both! Truly.

    Tim, You are right about that.

    Joanna, Yayyyy!

    Niki, Oh I so agree. Love them, love them.

    Redmenace, Awesome! I favorited yours too. :) And next time you’re in Chicago, prepare to be blown away, that’s all I have to say about it. Wow.

    JessieV, This was TWO big bunches! The broccoli shrinks when it roasts, I swear! I could easily eat an entire head of it. Maybe I did.

    TheDabble, Love that you made broccoli and love that we’re on the same wavelength!

    Elizabeth, Oh do it! Do it! You are so crazy talented. Let the world enjoy!

    Misty, I’d love to hear how it went!

    Maddie, OK, listen to me: get a stick blender/immersion blender. It is the best thing ever. Not only does it make it SUPER easy to make a one-person smoothie every morning (with just one little wand thing to clean) but it also changed my world of soups.

    Flavia, Thanks so much!

    Kamran, Spring clean away! Would love to hear all that’s new with you!

    TJ, Would you believe it was 80 DEGREES here today? I am still smiling.

    MaryAnn, You are so sweet. Thank you for thinking of me and for the kind award!

  18. Alicia

    Whoa, hot kombucha tea?! I know I’ve never seen that, and I even looked for it at the Whole Foods in Naperville, where’d you find that? I drink ginger tea by the same brand, it’s goooood. Also, WOW, the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park does look amazing. That’s probably where you found the tea.

  19. Shannalee

    Haha, Alicia, it’s right in the tea section at the one by work, a brand by Yogi, and you’ll see it says kombucha on it. The flavor has plums and something else in it… I actually left my box at Adam’s apartment, but I’ll try to bring you some to try soon!

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