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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Low carb chicken zucchini enchilada bake with layers upon layers of creamy, flavorful goodness: Refried beans, cheese, chicken, zucchini and a homemade enchilada sauce!

Zucchini party should be a legit thing that people have. You get together with all your friends who have a zucchini surplus, make various zucchini recipes and walk aways with different delicious meals.

Only suggesting this because readers are often emailing me asking what to do with their zucchini. I’m not sure if you guys are buying it in bulk or what, but there’s my suggestion for you: an epic #zucchiniparty.

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Healthy chicken pot pie — made with  a comforting homemade whole grain flaky crust and an amazing sauce made with almond milk & chicken broth instead of butter and cream!

When you’re going all the time, sometimes it’s hard to catch your breath and take in the beautiful things surrounding you. And my oh my, there are so many wonderful things to appreciate. People, different cultures, talents, successes (others and my own), the changing seasons, a comfortable bed to sleep in, the unconditional love I feel for my fiancé.

The world is changing. Right before our eyes. And at an epic speed that sometimes feels out of control and helpless. Read more.


Outrageously delicious & healthy sweet potato BBQ turkey meatloaf stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese. Easy to make and bound to become a dinner staple!

This weekend was rejuvenating in the best way. I slept in on Saturday, sipped on my hot morning coffee with vanilla almond milk, enjoyed an RXBar, then left for an intense workout. Afterwards I came home with a mission to get organized and just spend some time alone. Can I just say how freakin’ good it felt?!

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Kale waldorf salad with chopped chicken breast, avocado, goat cheese, tart cranberries, apples and crunchy toasted walnuts. Tossed in an easy light balsamic vinaigrette for the most delicious healthy lunch or dinner.

Of course my first recipe of 2017 is bound to be a salad. Hashtag #typical?

To be completely honest with you, I don’t eat as many salads as I used to. I remember when I basically lived at the Whole Foods salad bar for lunch and dinner. My memories of the salad bar are fond; the cajun roasted sweet potatoes, sesame broccoli and detox kale salad tasted like pure gold after a workout.

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Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks are marinated with lime, garlic, peruvian spices and yogurt then baked to perfection and drizzled with an avocado lime sauce! Serve with brown rice or plantain chips for a full meal.

When my Grandma and I get on the phone it’s usually an hour convo about what she’s cooking for her friends or how she’s been swimming and going to zumba.

She’s my spirit animal and she makes the best muffins you’ll ever eat. Big, fat amazing blueberry muffins that melt in your mouth. Oh and her raisin bran muffins? TO DIE FOR. Especially with a little pat of creamy butter.

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Slow cooker Thai peanut chicken served over a scrumptious sticky coconut purple rice. Healthy, easy to make and perfect for meal prep or a weeknight dinner. This is a dish you’ll make again and again!

Our new home is in a diverse, wonderful area of Chicago with a variety of ethnic, chic restaurants. From Mexican and Thai, to Ethiopian and burger joints, our neighborhood boasts some of the most unique food in the city. A few weeks ago, Tony and I decided to try a new Thai restaurant that always seemed to be bustling with people, even during the weeknights.

When we arrived we were overwhelmed by over 250 items on the menu, but also the aroma of flavors enticing us to order everything. As we were seated, I noticed other customers slurping up broth from big steaming bowls of pho with thick noodles; you could even smell the green onions they garnished across the top of the soup. Immediately, Tony and I could tell that this place would become our neighborhood favorite. A gem of sorts.

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As you can see via Instagram, Tony and I have been grilling up a storm this summer. In fact, we been grilling on our deck nearly every night while our adorable little cat Milly watches and meows outside the window. We call it family night. Hah.

If you’ve been following AK for a while now, you know that my boyfriend is in love with meat, fries and pizza. On the other hand, I’m fond of spinach, avocados and nut butters. It’s an odd little combination but we love and accept each other’s need for particular foods, often planning meals around each of our individual cravings (like these healthier baked fries!).

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