A Green Twist

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The winner of the Operation Beautiful giveaway grand prize is Macrae.  The runner-up recipients Lena and Caroline Leigh, both receive copies of the Operation Beautiful book.  Thanks for two wonderful years of Operation Beautiful!


So – many people have asked why my Mmmm Sauce is green and Mama Pea’s original recipe is more yellow.  The answer:  fresh cilantro!


I throw a big bunch into the food processor at the end of the prep process.  It really adds an extra zing zing to the sauce.  Try it!


A brown rice English muffin, Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh, spinach, and lots and lots of Mmmm Sauce:



With a side of melon – eaten straight-up with a spoon!


Healthy Tipping Point Book Update


I’m looking for someone who experienced something really stressful (death in the family, difficult health diagnosis, miscarriage, financial struggles, etc.) and managed to find balance in the midst of a bad situation.  Specifically, if you changed your thought patterns to look at things in a more positive or healthy light, I would love to hear from you and potentially include your story in the upcoming HTP book!  Send me a few paragraphs about your experience using this form. 


Hi ho, back to work I go! 



  • Lisa Fine June 21, 2011, 3:16 pm

    I love using fresh herbs! We have lots in our garden (cilantro, basil, parsley, and more), and I’ve been even adding them to my green smoothies. I love the flavor, and they add a nutritional punch, don’t you think?

    I really need to try this Mmmm sauce. 🙂

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama June 21, 2011, 3:25 pm

    I was wondering why it was green! The cilantro is a great addition. 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 21, 2011, 3:26 pm

    Cilantro is yummy! I gotta make some of that mmm sauce at some point!

    I haven’t been through anything you list above, but I did complete a doctoral program. Very stressful. Created lots of need for balance.

  • Lindsey June 21, 2011, 3:30 pm

    Funny, I was going to ask you about the green colour! I love fresh cilantro and will try this on our next batch! We tried Mmmm sauce for the first time last night and loved it! My husband even liked it better than hummus!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 21, 2011, 3:38 pm

    Ok, I think I finally need to try this sauce. Perhaps, tonight.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) June 21, 2011, 3:48 pm

    I registered for a food processor for my upcoming wedding… if I get it i will for sure be making that mmm sauce!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 21, 2011, 3:50 pm

    I love the spoon marks in the melon! That just says summer!!! to me 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books June 21, 2011, 4:09 pm

    I wish I could send you something…I’m going through it right now. But haven’t “pulled through” yet and who even knows.

    There are things in the past that I certainly wonder how I made it through now. But, I think I was just (and still am) “unconscious”.

    Must try this sauce -if it’s like Hummus I’m there! I also want to try the coconut curry flavor tempeh. I wonder if soy and fermented foods are affecting my gut sometimes though?

  • Marissa June 21, 2011, 4:09 pm

    I love how fresh cilantro makes everything taste! It is the best chopped up into rice!

  • Melanie @ Trial By Trail June 21, 2011, 4:21 pm

    Just filled out the form with our little infertility story. Hope this is what you were looking for…

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 21, 2011, 4:22 pm

    Cilantro is ALWAYS an awesome addition 🙂 I’m looking forward to your book!

  • ashley June 21, 2011, 4:23 pm

    Maybe you could do a post on simple gluten-free swaps. I’d like to eat less gluten but it seems like I’d be giving up a lot…:(. You’ve made it look pretty easy on the blog though.

    • Baking 'n' Books June 21, 2011, 9:36 pm

      What would you worry about giving up? If you just want to eat less, it shouldn’t be too difficult! (versus people who need to watch for it in everything!).

      Thankfully not me – because there are some pizzas and their whole-wheat crust that I just can’t give up! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP June 21, 2011, 9:47 pm

      I agree – it’s easier to eat less if you plan out good swaps.

      When I’ve learned more about the lifestyle, I will def do a post!

  • Katherine June 21, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Well I don’t know how much of my story you know, but I would love to help you out-but I don’t have time right now to fill out the form.
    Anyways, that cilantro is gorgeous!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 21, 2011, 4:25 pm

    I NEED a food processor so bad lol. I looove cilantro and I agree with Marissa – chopped up in rice is the best. Add a little butter and some lime juice, yummmmm.

  • @HilaryFleming June 21, 2011, 4:28 pm

    CLEARLY I need to try this mmmmm sauce. I love cilantro and it looks like its good for left-overs for days. My kinda food.

  • Errign June 21, 2011, 4:47 pm

    How did you like that tempeh flavor? I’ve been picking it up and putting it back every time I’ve been in Whole Foods!

    • CaitlinHTP June 21, 2011, 9:48 pm

      It’s good! I liked it.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul June 21, 2011, 4:47 pm

    I really want to make MMMm sauce now, especially b/c your taste buds are similar to mine! I know the cilantro would make it reaallllyyy good. So cool that you take testimonies from other people for the book!

  • Laura @ MyReasontoRun June 21, 2011, 4:52 pm

    just filled out the form, not sure if its what youre looking for but worth a shot.

    MUST. MAKE. MMMMM. SAUCE! going to the store for provisions tomorrow! 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 21, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Melon sounds amazing! I have a ton of cilantro in my fridge tonight. I want to make it for dinner!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) June 21, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Mmmm sauce has changed my life… or at least made my foodie soul very happy. 😉

  • Running With Mascara June 21, 2011, 5:23 pm

    I need to try this MMMMMM Sauce! I keep saying it, but have yet to try it!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 21, 2011, 5:58 pm

    I love fresh herbs so much!

  • Laine June 21, 2011, 6:04 pm

    Will you have to use our first and last name if you use it? Or would you use initials?

    • CaitlinHTP June 21, 2011, 9:48 pm

      I can use an alternate name if you wish! Or just your first name.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 21, 2011, 6:16 pm

    I love how cilantro just makes things POP!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 21, 2011, 6:27 pm

    Ok, you’re making me wanting to make some of this Mmm sauce with all this talk of it!

  • The Teenage Taste June 21, 2011, 6:48 pm

    I’ve had my eye on Mama Pea’s Mmmm sauce for a while and now that you’ve added fresh cilantro I definitely need to make it! I love cilantro! 🙂

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble June 21, 2011, 7:31 pm

    Mmmmmm Sauce already looked amazing but adding cilantro just makes it that much more awesome!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 21, 2011, 7:42 pm

    One of the things I hate about melon is chopping them up. I love your idea to just eat them out of the skin! Why haven’t I thought of doing that?!

    • CaitlinHTP June 21, 2011, 9:49 pm

      It’s so much easier.

  • Liz June 21, 2011, 8:15 pm

    I made the Mmmm sauce this weekend and was like, that does NOT look like caitlin’s!!! I’m glad I am not the only one! Hahaha

  • Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) June 21, 2011, 8:20 pm

    Can’t wait to make some MMMMM sauce!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 21, 2011, 8:23 pm

    Oh cilantro in that sauce would be divine. YUMMM.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 21, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Ooo cilantro would be so good in the mmm sauce! I wish I would have known that before I made mine last night – I have a HUGE cilantro plant!

  • kirsten June 21, 2011, 9:12 pm

    I opened up the Sept 2010 issue of Glamour today (I am reallly behind on my magazines) and saw Operation Beautiful in their top 10 things we are loving right now list. Just in time for your 2 year anniversary! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP June 21, 2011, 9:49 pm

      Yay thank you!

  • kyndra June 21, 2011, 9:36 pm

    on the topic of greens . . . i made this recipe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8e4Z6YN5wA&feature=player_embedded) for dinner last night and it occurred to me to shoot it your way. i know you’re trying to keep it gluten free now, so this is a neat way to enjoy a sub sandwich (or hoagie) without using bread and packing in some healthy greens. plus it’s a lot of fun to eat, ha. i made my favorite dressing (blended mango and tomato with some fresh dill) instead of using tahini and my toppings were more mango, cucumber, red pepper. so tasty!

    • CaitlinHTP June 21, 2011, 9:49 pm

      oh fun! i will look into that. thanks for passing it along.

  • Kristin @ FoodFash June 21, 2011, 10:29 pm

    I love eating melon with a spoon, it makes me feel like I’m getting away with something!

  • Jenn June 21, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Thanks for the mmmm sauce tip. I wondered the same thing. I made it this week, too:) LOVE IT!! Added to my quinoa, carrots, sweet potatoes this evening and a glass of Merlot. Perfect!

  • Alaina June 21, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Is there anything that cilantro can’t make better? 🙂

    Recently, I had a drink that was cilantro infused gin. Heaven!

  • Mama Pea June 22, 2011, 12:28 am

    I never even noticed the green! But I like it 🙂

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats June 22, 2011, 11:38 am

    I submitted a story! I got kind of carried away so feel free to edit if you’d like to use it (which would be awesomeee!). Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers June 22, 2011, 11:53 am

    Why have I stilllll not tried Mmmm Sauce??? haha I know what’s on my schedule this weekend!

  • Amber K June 22, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Fresh cilantro, what a great addition to Mmm sauce!

  • Dori June 22, 2011, 1:06 pm

    I wanted to tell you that I have really been liking this company’s Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread. I like their Cinn Raisin bagels too, but the bread is perfect — even though the slices are small, it is much more filling than you’d think.


  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) June 23, 2011, 12:28 am

    I think I could live on cilantro alone. I LOVE it so much. I am growing a bunch right now, and luckily it grows like a weed!

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