Jun
28

Quesadilla time!

I was looking through my blog archives the other day and realized that I haven’t made a quesadilla recipe in century.

Okay century might be a bit of an exaggeration; if we’re being technical, it’s been two years. TWO YEARS since tortillas and cheese danced on my tongue in sweet matrimony.

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Jun
27

How much can you fall in love with a food? Because I’ve fallen into a deep dark love affair with this chocolate avocado pudding pie.

I know, I know. Sounds weird, right? But at this point I feel like you all know me well enough that if I put a peculiar ingredient in something and tell you it’s amazing, you know I’m speaking the truth. The proof? Black bean avocado brownies. Chickpea chocolate chip cookies. Chickpea blondies. Black bean truffles. Lentil blondies.

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Jun
06

Good morning! I’m headed to Boston today to hang out with Sarah for a few days before we depart to Europe. Seriously feeling exciting, anxious and thankful to have this experience. I’ve always wanted to go to Europe, but even better when it’s on a small cruise ship hitting up Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.

Bucket list item, for sure.

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May
25

Bread is back baby. That’s right, we’re toasting it up, then throwing on ALL the toppings on today’s Wellness Wednesday in partnership with my wonderful friends over at Blue Diamond.

I don’t know about you, but morning toast happens to be one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy a quick, nutritious breakfast. Over the past few years, bread has gotten a bad rap mostly due to people experimenting with gluten or grain free diets. Today I’m making a claim that bread (or toast) is back and ready to be enjoyed again!

So, why do I love bread so much? It’s easy to throw in the toaster making it a quick on-the-go breakfast. Of course I’ve been through my peanut butter, almond butter & avocado toast phase, but today we’re moving on to bigger and better toppings. Toppings that are as beautiful as they are delicious to eat. Toppings that you may have never thought to put on your toast…

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May
23

Tony got me a wonderful ice cream maker for my birthday last December and I finally put it to good use with this absolutely amazing vegan wild blueberry lavender coconut ice cream.

The first time I ever had lavender ice cream was at Jeni’s here in Chicago. It was a marvelous wildberry lavender flavor that was bright purple, sweet, floral and uber creamy. Probably one of my favorite ice creams that I’ve ever had. During the summertime, fruity ice creams are where it’s at.

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May
09

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a cookie for breakfast. Now raise your hand if it was an epic buttery chocolate chip cookie, or basically anything leftover from holiday or party festivities.

Yep, that’s what I thought. We’ve all been there. Sometimes leftover chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter are just too good to pass up at 8am. I feel you.

But hold up! I’ve got a fantastic recipe for you today that’s nutritious, free of refined sugars, is naturally vegan AND gluten free. Sounds a little too good to be true, right?

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Apr
26

Hi Spring. So nice of you to finally arrive and warm my bones.

When you’re from the Midwest, you know that there’s a huge discrepancy from when the calendar says it’s officially spring to when it actually gets warm out. Some years it just goes from Winter to Summer in the span of a week.

This Spring has been kind though, it’s been warm and beautiful here in Chicago for a few weeks now. In fact, I just started running outside again and have already made it up to 5 miles. Another plus is that I beat my average pace from Fall, which is AWESOME. Unfortunately, ever since I had to quit yoga because of my neck and back issues, I find my hip flexors and butt to be extremely tight after running. I do roll both out, but clearly need to find other stretches to help me. Suggestions welcome and appreciated!

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Mar
24

Remember the ever-popular Sprinkles cupcake era of 2010; when Cupcake Wars was the best show on TV and gourmet cupcake shops were popping up at every corner? Cupcakes were adored by the little ones for birthday parties but also by the Grandmothers who loved pairing them with a cup of coffee for breakfast.

During that time period I learned that ordinary cupcake flavors almost always disappointed me. When I went to local cupcake shops, I stuck to the classica: chocolate with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, strawberry, red velvet, vanilla birthday cake, etc. They were never magical enough for me to want to return for another.

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Mar
21

I’ve been wanting to make beet burgers ever since my Mom introduced me to them a few years back. Whole Foods used to make this fantastic version full of crunchy walnuts, beets and so much flavor; often times we’d scarf them down after our workouts.

Sadly, I can’t seem to find the same tasty beet burgers at any Chicago area Whole Foods.

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Mar
17

My mom filled my Easter basket to the brim with treats until I was in high school. Suddenly when I was 16, she decided that I no longer qualified to receive Easter goodies from this so called bunny. At first I thought she was kidding! This was a tradition, wasn’t it?

I suppose I figured that for the rest of my life, Mom would be there to drop off an Easter basket filled with my favorite jelly beans and chocolate eggs that no one ever eats (unless they’re Reese’s eggs of course).

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