Don’t be afraid of tofu, check out this tofu guide with easy recipes and tips on how to prepare and cook tofu! From stir-fry to pudding pie and smoothies!

Happy Monday… Or should I say Meatless Monday? How was your weekend? Mine felt like it was as indulgent as ever, and now I’m on a mission to eat a little better, choosing lean proteins, lots of veggies and changing up my eating routine (I’ve been a naughty girl).

If there’s something I love to do when I find myself in a little bit of a food rut, is clean out my pantry and fridge, head to the store and pick up something new. This week, tofu is on the agenda! Recently I became a brand ambassador for Nasoya tofu (their products are non-GMO yay!). I have to say, it’s extremely exciting for me to be able to share more tofu recipes with you for a few reasons:

1.) I know many of you love eating plant based foods, or are vegetarian.

2.) My mom used to be a vegan chef (seriously!) so she’s very experienced in cooking with vegan foods, including tofu.

3.) It’s FUN to introduce new recipes & foods; the more you know the more comfortable you are in the kitchen.

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Banana bread pancakes that are perfectly sweet, fluffy and nutritious. Made with whole wheat flour and dairy free too!

Safe to say, I’m learning everything there is about being a first-time homeowner. Including when your oven breaks and you have to call the repair man to fix it. Who knew home repairs could be so ridiculously expensive?

Now that the oven is finally working again, I can get back to meal prep from the Healthy Glow Co. — that means these banana bread pancakes are on the menu this week.

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First of all, thank you for the love and support on my post last week. I can’t tell you how much it lifted up my spirits and brought tears to my eyes. Even though the post was incredibly difficult to publish, your encouragement and overwhelming positivity never ceases to amaze me. In fact, it’s given me inspiration to keep on writing what’s in my heart and bringing more life stories back into my posts. Part two will come very soon, I promise.

In the meantime, I’ve been a busy little lady. I spent the weekend in Minneapolis with Lee and Katie freezing my booty off and working on Healthy Glow Co and Healthy Glow Guide content planning. I’m feeling more inspired than ever.

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Healthy gingerbread muffins that are incredibly fluffy, warm and perfect with a cup of coffee. One of my favorite muffins to enjoy during the Winter. 134 calories per muffin!

We spent the weekend inhaling Christmas cookies and eating more than I normally would. Isn’t it tough when you find yourself surrounded sugar, wine and allll the bread?!

*everyone nods yes*

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Slow Cooker Taco Lentil Soup that’s both vegan and gluten free. You’ll love this easy meal packed with plant-based protein!

Currently writing to you from Detroit! I’ve been here since Friday hanging with my bestie Sarah while we bake, photograph, shop, drink Kombucha beer and jam out to Christmas music. I leave later today to get back into the groove of being at home for a while, working and recovering from turkey overload.

’Tis the season for Mariah Carey Christmas music on repeat while I sit in my pajamas and refuse to leave the house (besides grocery shopping and hitting up the gym).

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Easy, lip-smacking good healthy homemade enchilada sauce in just 10 minutes! Vegan, gluten free and paleo-friendly. Use this instead of the canned stuff.

Enchilada sauce before Thanksgiving? Yep! And you’ll find out why later this week when I post a delicous recipes perfect for all of your leftovers!

I have to admit that my Grandmother would probably kill me if she knew I was making enchilada sauce without oil, flour, or real dried chiles.

However, sometimes you find shortcuts that just work as delicious as the real thing. So while this isn’t authentic enchilada sauce, it is still absolutely lip-smacking delicious, flavorful, healthy and SUPER easy to make. Yep, we’re talking in 10-15 minutes you can have the best enchilada sauce ever!

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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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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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7 ingredients is all you need to make this easy creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with sweet green peas. It can be made both vegan and gluten free — so everyone can enjoy!

Today I head to Israel for a little over a week. I land in Tel Aviv then head to Jerusalem later this week. How crazy is that? Blogging has been such a wonderful and unique career that’s taken me places I’ve never even dreamed I’d see in my lifetime. I’m beyond grateful for your readership throughout the years and how I’m able to connect with many of you beyond just the recipes here.

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