Jun
13

Vegan and gluten free chopped Thai Kale Salad with edamame, mango and veggies. Tossed with a flavorful peanut ginger dressing. The perfect lunch or picnic salad.

Coming to you VERY excited today because our wedding playlist is finally coming together. I’ve been rocking out to amazing indie inspired playlists on Spotify and FINALLY found the song I’m going to walk down the aisle to.

And the song is…

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Jun
07
Decadent truffles made with wholesome ingredients for the perfect, bite-sized treat! They taste just like real cookie dough without the eggs, dairy or grains. 

Guess what I’ve got for you today? A NO BAKE paleo cookie dough truffle from the Healthy Glow.Co’s new summer meal plan.

If you haven’t heard about the Healthy Glow.Co yet, then get ready, because I’m going to tell you all about what you need it in your life.

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Jun
06

Did you know you can make grilled sweet potato fries in no time at all? Try this amazing recipe for sweet potato fries with a hint of garlic and sesame flavor! Served with a yogurt curry dip. 

I’ve decided that one of the things I love most about living in Chicago is that you get to experience such greenery in the spring and summer. It’s a little surprise that hits you with joy after wind whipping and snow for a good 6 months.

Now that summer is here, the outside of our condo is completely covered in beautiful green vines. I love opening my windows each morning and seeing the birds hang out amongst the vines, chirping as early at 4am.

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May
30

Roasted sweet potato arugula salad is a perfect lunch or appetizer. Topped with a light honey mustard yogurt dressing with a hint of gorgeous turmeric color.

How are we all feeling after the long weekend? Relaxed and rejuvenated?

Ready for another 3 day weekend? *me too*

Yesterday I went on a 3 mile run because I woke up with a massive wine hangover and needed some oxygen pumped to my brain. What? Just being honest over here… the best way to cure a hangover is a little bit of exercise.

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May
23

Juicy grilled jerk chicken drumsticks with a delicious Caribbean Rice & sweet mango salsa. The perfect healthy grilling recipe for summertime!

When I was a wee little nugget aka a little lady, my favorite kind of chicken was chicken drumsticks. My mom grilled and baked them all the time for us, usually slightly coated or sometimes in zippy Puerto Rican spices with creamy beans and Spanish rice on the side. The chicken was incredibly juicy, so much more so than regular chicken breasts.

Now I wonder why I don’t eat it more often.

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May
22

Looking for a beautiful grain free dessert to make for summer? Try this gorgeous almond flour strawberry shortcake cake made with a mix of almond & coconut flour and Almond Breeze almondmilk!

My Godparents have a wonderful red quaint little cabin overlooking a huge lake in northern Minnesota. There’s a tiny plot of sand in the back and two docks that extend to look out to where people go boating and jet-skiing. Many of my favorite memories as a child were there, including most of the summertime holidays like Memorial Day and 4th of July.

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May
16

The best brownies I’ve ever eaten: tahini brownies. No butter, flour, oil or refined sugar. These paleo, gluten free and grain free brownies are simply incredible with REAL, wholesome ingredients!

While I was in Israel last November, I consumed the most tahini I had ever had in my life. The hummus (or often pronounced WHOOO-MUH-S) was one of the best things I’d ever eaten. Granted I have never been to Greece but this stuff was creamy, rich, and with a slight bitter tang from the freshly ground tahini.

After eating tahini for over a week with various dishes like roasted pumpkin, bread, meatballs and more, I became addicted. And even more so when I found out that Trader Joe’s sold tahini (aka sesame seed butter) for less than $5.

*places all TJ’s tahini in cart and runs*

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May
04

Skinny Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas that are naturally sweetened with watermelon juice and a touch of agave. So easy to make and perfect sweet and spicy. The ultimate summer margarita! Options to make a small batch or a pitcher to share.

Happy almost Cinco de Mayo, friends!

I’ve been laying on the beach in Cabo reading books I’ve collected from Amazon over the past few months. It’s a terrible habit — you know, buying books, reading a few chapters then getting caught up in all my to-do lists.

But here’s something I recently learned about myself: I must take the time to read and listen to other human beings life perspectives on a consistent basis. I know this seems silly and maybe a little obvious, but the insight another person’s life experiences bring me keeps me grounded and thoughtful in my day to day adventures. It keeps me in tune to my emotions, to others and the ability to see outside of my every day box of life.

So, finishing all those books is now at the top of my to-do list.

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Apr
11

Some exciting news to share with all of you today! You can now order a pre-measured baking kit to make these AMAZING (WAIT, INCREDIBLE) Grain Free & Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Cake in a Crate and Ambitious Kitchen. And guess who else is help making this recipe possible? My fabulous friends over at Almond Breeze, whom I LOVE working with.

The recipe is absolutely INSANE you guys and I know you’re going to love it, especially if you love any of my other cookie or baked goods recipes. This one is a little unique because it’s gluten free, grain free, paleo, vegan and refined sugar free. So basically this baking kit is for everyone and anyone!

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Mar
16

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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