The best guacamole recipe EVER. A mix between creamy and chunky with bites of heat from jalapeno and flavor from cilantro and lime juice. You need this in your life!

When Tony and I first started dating he didn’t do much exploration with meals. In fact I’m 99% sure most of his diet consisted of corn dogs, fries and frozen pizza. It was a scary time for me.

Somewhat joking. Somewhat not.

As our relationship progressed, so did Tony’s tastebuds and his discovery of new cuisines. I’ve tried both Thai food and sushi with him for the first time. I introduced him to avocado black bean brownies. He started eating refried beans. He’s now obsessed with chocolate and homemade Reese’s eggs. He enjoys sprouted bread and brown rice. He also thinks my banana bread is the best thing on this planet (okay in the world of banana breads, it totally is).

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Avocado pesto chicken salad made with an easy homemade nut free pumpkin seed & avocado pesto, then piled on toasted bread for a delicious, healthy sandwich.

Raise your hand if you LOVE pesto.

Okay good, me too.

And if you love it as much as I do, then you’re in for a little treat because this pumpkin seed avocado pesto is just incredible — it’s packed with healthy fats, lean protein and herbs and might just be the best thing I’ve ever tossed with shredded or leftover grilled chicken.

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Have you guys been to my friend Liz’s site yet? She’s a mama of two who blogs about healthy authentic food with global flavors. I freaking love her because she’s the real deal in every way; Liz tells it how it is and keeps herself authentic and real. We’ve been friends for years and every single time we’re together we giggle over the most ridiculous things (including that one time she had someone deliver Buffalo Wild Wings to my hotel room).

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Easy, lip-smacking good healthy homemade enchilada sauce in just 10 minutes! Vegan, gluten free and paleo-friendly. Use this instead of the canned stuff.

Enchilada sauce before Thanksgiving? Yep! And you’ll find out why later this week when I post a delicous recipes perfect for all of your leftovers!

I have to admit that my Grandmother would probably kill me if she knew I was making enchilada sauce without oil, flour, or real dried chiles.

However, sometimes you find shortcuts that just work as delicious as the real thing. So while this isn’t authentic enchilada sauce, it is still absolutely lip-smacking delicious, flavorful, healthy and SUPER easy to make. Yep, we’re talking in 10-15 minutes you can have the best enchilada sauce ever!

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Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon for two makes the perfect weeknight dinner. All you need is 20 minutes to make this healthy meal. Serve with sweet potato fries and veggies, or a lovely kale and brussels sprouts salad!

I’m trying to settle back into the routine of things at home after a little over a week in Israel. It’s going to take me a while to sum up the incredible experiences I had there, but I’ll preface it by saying that was truly a life changing experience. While I’m definitely sleep-deprived, my soul feels peaceful and happy. Over the next few weeks, my plan is to break down my trip by experience and through recipes I enjoyed while abroad.

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Rainbow veggies roasted to perfection with garlic, olive oil and turmeric, then drizzled with a sweet and spicy chipotle honey yogurt dressing. Throw in some quinoa or enjoy with grilled chicken or salmon as a main dish!

Let’s talk about this whole Thanksgiving situation coming up. What are you making and what are your family recipe staples? I want to know because I’m always looking to add something new and exciting to the menu.

This year I plan on making my sweet potato casserole, cranberry orange sauce, some sort of cherry pie (OMG YES), buttery biscuits, a spinach pear salad and roasted butternut squash. Last year we tried Heartbeet Kitchen’s honey carrots, which were SO INSANELY GOOD I nearly ate them all myself.

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7 ingredients is all you need to make this easy creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with sweet green peas. It can be made both vegan and gluten free — so everyone can enjoy!

Today I head to Israel for a little over a week. I land in Tel Aviv then head to Jerusalem later this week. How crazy is that? Blogging has been such a wonderful and unique career that’s taken me places I’ve never even dreamed I’d see in my lifetime. I’m beyond grateful for your readership throughout the years and how I’m able to connect with many of you beyond just the recipes here.

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Chai spices make this almond hazelnut butter recipe taste like your favorite chai tea latte. Spread it on toast, fruit or stuff it in sweet potatoes for the ultimate treat.

Every night when I go to bed I think about food combinations. I’m not joking. Pairing food combinations together eventually lull me into a beautiful sleep. In fact ever since we got our bed from Helix, I’ve been sleeping like a true angel!

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Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? Tony and I chilled hard — it was something we had been craving due to our busy schedules with virtually no down time. Now that certainly doesn’t mean our weekend was uneventful (we still had things to talk about regarding the house), but we were able to get donuts at Dinkel’s, shop at Paulina’s meat market, make Jamaican Jerk chicken kabobs, walk 20,000 steps and clean our apartment.

Not to mention that we’ve started the process of getting rid of things. Including all the various food ingredients I have sitting in my cupboard.

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