Sep
29

Butternut squash and kale salad that’s both beautiful and flavorful! Tossed with pomegranate, toasted sliced almonds, goat cheese and a light dressing!

Well, here we are! It is officially fall.

I woke up the other morning and noticed a handful of golden yellow leaves falling to the ground. Do you remember collecting those when you were younger? I do. Anyway, the morning air has been brisk and wonderful. I’ve been opening our sunroom windows and letting in the afternoon breeze while I work on editing photo for the blog.

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Sep
22

Two days ago it was right around 85 degrees here in Chicago… in September! Since the weather seems to be still favoring the summer months, I thought it would be perfectly acceptable to deliver this beautiful warm blackberry crisp made with almond flour, crunchy almonds & oats.

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Sep
19

How was your weekend? We moved into our new place and I’m freaking exhausted. This girl is in need of a mini vacation.

Just the other week I recieved Angela’s new cookbook Oh She Glows Every Day. If you’re not familiar with the blog Oh She Glows, now’s the time! Oh She Glows is a vegan blog, focusing on healthy every day plant-based approachable recipes. They’re consistently delicious and beautiful.

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Sep
15

Oh boy were these nut free granola bars delicious! No, I’m not just saying that because this is my blog and I claim everything to be tasty af — it’s because I kept returning to the fridge to grab another, and then another! I could have eaten the entire pan right then and there.

First, let me share that these granola bars that were inspired by YOU! Yes, the lovely, loyal, incredible AK readers out there. These nut free granola bars came to fruition from your requests on my previous reader survey. While scrolling through your comments, I noticed that a few of you had allergies to nuts or you were baking for little ones who couldn’t have nut containing items in their lunchboxes.

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Sep
12

Have you ever created the most simple combination, but because it was life-changing delicious, you just had to share it with everyone you knew? I’m talking about one of those recipes that you could eat every single day forever and ever.

That’s exactly how I feel about these warm breakfast baked sweet potatoes stuffed with a spoonful of sweet almond butter, ripe bananas & crunchy little chia seeds. I adore these more than I ever thought I would. The creamy almond butter melts into the flesh of the sweet potato and creates the most perfect texture in your mouth, somewhat reminiscent of a custard-like sweet potato pie.

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Sep
08

Imagine enjoying this for lunch: a big healthy buddha bowl with a slightly sweet mango coconut brown rice, sesame roasted sweet potatoes & broccoli, and topped off with an orange sesame almond butter dressing. Yeahhhhh, you’re so down.

So, we’re in the middle of packing up all of our dishes and just realized I have nothing left to eat off of. As in I literally scarfed down yesterday’s lunch with my hands. When you’re in the privacy of your own home, what does hot sauce all over your hands matter anyway?

Now, if you want to be a little fancier then me and show off how delicious you can make your lunch, you should 100% try these beautiful buddha bowls that I’ve created in partnership with my grocery delivery service friends at Peapod.

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Sep
07

This peanut butter granola is for all my peanut butter lovers out there! I think I know you pretty well by now, but tell me if I’m right when I say these things:

You dig into the peanut butter jar with your finger or with a spoon whenever possible. You treat peanut butter like a dessert and perhaps like a goddess. You find yourself hoarding peanut butter jars in the cupboard so you never run out. Of course you’re always picking up a jar whenever you go to the store because you can crush a jar in a week. You have to portion out your peanut butter sometimes because it’s just so hard for you to resist. You’re always willing to give a new peanut butter brand a try, simply because you’re always on the quest to find the very best.

Does this describe you? Because what I did there was basically just describe myself. Pretty sure if there’s a number one fan of the peanut butter, it’s me! Been on that PB game since 1989.

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Sep
06

Ready for this vegan sweet potato corn chowder with a little hint of curry spice? It’s comforting, filling and a wonderful way to use up fresh or frozen summer corn.

Welcome back to post Labor Day weekend reality. Do you have a hangover? BTW I’m not talking the alcoholic kind of hangover. I’m talking about the food hangover that lasts for a day or two post stuffing your face with chips, all the dips, ice cream, and okay, several margaritas.

Am I just talking about myself here? Perhaps.

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Aug
31

Welcome to this week’s Wellness Wednesday. Today is a special one because not only am I sharing my personal story about digestion issues, but also a tummy soothing smoothie recipe and why I’m loving probiotics these days — and why you should too!

Let’s rewind back to 2011 to when my digestion was a complete disaster. I believe that stress, an eating disorder and lack of proper nutrition in my diet all played a big factor in destroying the good bacteria in my stomach. This led to stomach aches, major bloating, constipation (I said it), joint pain and the inability to fight off infections in my body.

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Aug
29

My day starts off by waking up at 5:30am. I used to dread the early mornings but these days I find myself rather enjoying peeling the covers off, sleepily grinding coffee beans and making a pot, feeding the cat and heading out the door for my workout.

The schedule keeps me motivated and encourages me to go to bed at a decent hour (most of the time anyway). I’ve also found that I enjoy having the rest of my day free to work without the anticipation of exercising later. Occasionally I do sleep in until around 7am, but it’s becoming more rare.

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