Mom’s authentic Puerto Rican Rice and Beans with savory homemade sofrito and sazon! You’ll love this incredibly flavorful, comforting homemade meal that will fill your home with unbelievably delicious smells. The perfect recipe to serve a crowd or just savor leftovers for a few days!

OHHHH hi! I’ve been teasing this beautiful recipe for a while now on Instagram stories and I couldn’t be more excited to finally share one of my favorite comfort foods in the entire world: my mom’s Puerto Rican Rice and Beans.

As many of you know, my mom is full Puerto Rican, as are my grandparents. My childhood dinner’s were often full of hispanic cuisine — often empanadas, rice and beans, tostones, pazole and ALL THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE. More recently, I’ve connected with recipes that are from my heritage and started cooking from the soul again. Personally, it feels incredibly rewarding when Puerto Rican soul food fills my home with it’s intoxicating, aromatic spices.

And even if you aren’t Puerto Rican, why not try something new?! We could all use a good dose of global inspired creativity and cooking in our lives. These rice and beans are the perfect way to start.

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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.


Here we go. November brings Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving brings gratitute, appreciation and a meal to delight both the eyes and our bellies.

The words that are so frequently unspoken are often the ones we need to say the most to our loved ones. To tell them that we appreciate them. To tell them that they are beautiful, both inside and out. To smile at them, just because. To say thank you for being there for me when I needed you the most.

Let us not forget that our life is made up of millions of moments. Moments that make up an entire lifetime. Use a moment to show and speak your love to someone else.

This year, I want to start off the Thanksgiving feast by saying three things I’m grateful for out loud, before the feasting begins. I challenge you to do the same. And if you have any special traditions to show appreciation and gratitude, let me know in the comment section below! I’d love to hear them.

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This Pumpkin Cornbread is a lightened up version of traditional cornbread. Made with whole grains, pumpkin, pure maple syrup, speckled with just a hint of brown butter and bursting with juicy, tart cranberries!

If you’re looking for a beautiful, flavorful Thanksgiving side dish then this is it. Right here, right now. Put it on your menu!

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A cozy healthy butternut squash sweet potato casserole sweetened with pure maple syrup. Topped with a crunchy almond flour oat topping! Absolutely amazing for Thanksgiving!

Happy Monday! I’ve been observing my life from the outside lately and watching it fly by faster than it ever has. I can’t get to half of the emails in my inbox and barely have time to figure out how we’re decorating our family room. We still don’t have a couch and our bedroom still isn’t all the way complete. My hope is that Thanksgiving will bring some quiet, relaxing time with a cup of tea and good food to fill my belly. (And that I’ll get to respond to some emails from you all, of course!)

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Healthy Apple Crisp naturally sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a crunchy oat pecan topping! Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.

Whoa. Just whoa. That’s how I feel about this healthy apple crisp (we’ll get to it), but also how I’m feeling about life in general. I came back from Israel last Tuesday to the election news and my heart nearly fell out of my body. I spent Wednesday laying in my bed crying. Crying, because I was just so disappointed and all the other adjectives I could go on and on about.

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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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Imagine fudgy paleo brownies made with pumpkin, maple syrup, coconut flour and almond flour! These easy, healthy brownies are the ultimate fall treat.

A big hello from Minneapolis, MN! I’m here working on a BIG BIG BIG project that’s set to launch January 2017. I don’t think I could have a busier next few months, between decorating our new home, redoing my personal blog, launching a new project, client work AND finishing up my cookbook proposal, I am feeling THE HEAT. However, I’m incredibly happy that I have a boyfriend who loves and supports what I do.

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with dark brown sugar, two types of chocolate chips and a sprinkle of sea salt. These are, in fact, the BEST cookies you will ever eat.

Let’s flash back to around 2012 when I was off trying to perfect the absolute best chocolate chip cookie. I was living in Washington D.C. at the time and my entire world outside of work included baking my heart out. It took me months and months to find an accurate and delicious ratio between butter (it had to be browned), brown sugar (a higher ration than white sugar) and of course, chocolate (two types of chips!).

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