Feb
12

To say that I’ve been going a little crazy over the past few days might be an understatement. I worked on 16 recipes and ran my dishwasher over 20 times. Dishwasher = critical part of keeping me sane so if it breaks I’m absolutely screwed. Thankfully Tony has been more than wonderful at helping me unload it.

Best boyfriend ever.

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Feb
11

Out of all the cookies on my site, I noticed that there wasn’t a single homemade sugar cookie! HOW DARE I.

Admittedly, I’m a little ashamed. Especially as a self-proclaimed cookie radical. No politicial talk here, we believe in cookies for the greater good of America (and the world).

I’m here to give the people what they need!

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Feb
08

All I could think about last week was peanut butter and jelly variations.

Peanut butter jelly breakfast toast with extra crunchy chia seeds. Peanut butter on a peanut butter bagel (omg). Peanut butter and fresh strawberries spread on banana muffins. Peanut butter and jelly stuffed french toast.

Peanut butter and jelly forever and ever.

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Feb
07

If you’re like me, you’re probably wanting to bake something to end the weekend on a sweet note. Well, get ready for some of the best healthy peanut butter recipes around. I’m a full blown peanut butter addict. There’s nothing that will keep me away from a jar of peanut butter under any circumstance. Peanut butter is good in every single way: Spread it on a banana, put it in your smoothie, eat it on a spoon, devour it by the jar (wait…).

Remember when I did my peanut butter taste test? If that didn’t prove my devotion to peanut butter, I don’t know what can. Knowing some of you and how your love for PB might be as strong as mine, I figured you might appreciate a post devoted to some of the best healthier peanut butter treats! Get ready to drool.

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Feb
05

Welcome to the weekend, lovelies. This week FLEW by! I spent the week testing recipes because we’re shooting all of our February (and some of March) next week. By the way, we’re still peeling through the results of the annual AK reader survey and determining what kind of recipes you’d like to see more of in 2016! Thank you so much for filling that out! It’s incredibly helpful. I want to make sure that I’m providing you with a variety of recipes which encourage you to enjoy and prepare nutritious, healthy meals (and treats).

What else? I’ve been having a blast making breakfast this week with some of my old favorites. Oatmeal bakes, smoothie bowls, etc. Now that I wake up at 5:15am, when 7am rolls around I’m usually starving. Below you’ll see one of my favorite, easy breakfasts: Cottage Cheese Oatmeal Banana Pancakes covered in bananas and almond butter.

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Feb
03

Have you ever felt guilty, overwhelmed or even disappointed because you went a little overboard with food? Raise your hand.

Now raise your hand if you’ve had this feeling happen more than a few times a month, or perhaps, more than a few times a week.

Me too.

For some of us, this feeling comes more often than we’d hope for, even escalating during the emotional and turbulent trials of life. And why is that? Well you see, food just isn’t about nourishment (oh how easy it would be then!); often, food offers us meaningful conversations, memories to those we hold dear and a ritual of sorts. At certain points in my life, food has been either the best thing ever or the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen. Sounds extreme, but when you find yourself tortured by food, that’s exactly what it becomes.

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Feb
01

Yesterday Tony and I went out for a day date and finally saw The Revenant with my main squeeze Leo. Have you seen it? If not, it’s definitely worth watching in theatres!

When we go to the movies, I find myself always bringing healthier snacks. That’s probably not much of a surprise though. Every once in awhile we will splurge on the movie popcorn, but usually I have a purse packed with my favorite coconut oil and sea salt popcorn plus a few of these paleo chocolate chip cookies. Guys, they are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. Think addicting, thick, chewy and full of melted dark chocolate puddles.

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Jan
31

How do you feel about polenta? Have you ever tried it? If not, here’s your chance for a fabulous introduction!

Honestly, I didn’t start loving polenta until probably around four years ago. My college-aged self was never exposed to the delightfulness of the flavor or texture. It’s a shame really, but since my discovery I’ve relished in polenta based dishes.

These days it’s easy to come across polenta in restaurants or in the millions of recipes on Pinterest. Today, I’m bringing you a killer brunch recipe to serve whenever you feel like being a little fancy. Funny enough, this recipe actually isn’t fancy or difficult at all. The ingredients are simple and you more than likely have them sitting in your pantry already. For reals.

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Jan
29

I’m all out of sorts when it comes to what day it is. A week long work trip will do that to you. My email inbox is out of control and there’s nothing in the fridge except energy balls and blueberry muffins.

My schedule is completely off because Tony now wakes up at 5am, which means I tend to get up at that time too. If you know me well, you know I’m traditionally a night owl. It’s been an adjustment, but I’ve also found myself enjoying the dark, quiet hours of Chicago mornings.

This weekend, I don’t have any plans except for catching up on work and relaxing. I also have a few delicious recipes coming to you on Sunday and Monday, so I hope you’ll stop by and check them out!

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Jan
25

Hello from beautiful Napa Valley! I spent the better part of the weekend on the Culinary Institute of America with the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council learning about pulses, cooking in their gorgeous kitchens, and gaining some serious skills in gluten free/grain free baking!

I’m leaving feeling inspired and so very thankful to be chosen as an ambassador for the 2016 International Year of Pulses! That’s right, this year the United Nations declared 2016 as the year of pulse and I’m thrilled to be able to create recipes using some of these powerhouse foods!

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Jan
22

Hello hello! We made it to Friday. Let’s start the day with a good breakfast and end it with an even better dessert.

This week was tiring. I tested several recipes and they MAJORLY FAILED. This happens sometimes. The annoying part is that I have to remake them until they’re worthy of being on the blog. The upside is that Tony continues to eat everything and anything. Bless him. He also bought me flowers and made a delicious gnocchi with a red wine spicy meat sauce last night. He’s just the best.

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