Jul
14

I got home from Minnesota late Wednesday night. We had no food in the fridge so the next morning I woke up to Trader Joe’s and did a huge grocery store run. Grocery stores just so happen to be my favorite way to start my morning. Seems weird, but then again that’s exactly what I am.

When I first moved to Chicago, I’d walk a few miles to the grocery store and spend my sweet time browsing the aisles and exploring interesting food products. It was always one of my favorite slow ways to start the day after my workout. I should really do more of it.

Anyway this week I got the most amazing pumpernickel bread from TJ’s and made turkey sandwiches with basil, spinach, avocado, nutritional yeast (a new TJ’s item), turkey and dijon. I had been craving a really good turkey sandwich and this was certainly satisfying.

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Jul
10

Amazing sweet potato taco bowls packed with plant based protein and your favorite southwest flavors, then drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Avocado Ranch yogurt dressing! Easy to make ahead of time & perfect to pack for lunch.

Oh hey Monday. I hope you guys had an amazing (and hopefully) shorter week last week. My mom and I spent some much needed time together exploring and walking around Chicago, getting pedicures, baking tahini brownies, new muffin recipes, and making her amazing Puerto Rican food that I haven’t had since I was 18. Where does the time go?

Every time I’m with my mom, I’m inspired to go back to the authentic flavors of Latin cuisine that I grew up with. Sofrito, homemade sazon, plantains, green chile and so much more. I can’t wait to start incorporating those flavors more into my recipes and teaching you all about the food that’s near and dear to my heart.

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Jul
06

Delicious and easy 30 minute dinner for two: Chili Maple Lime Salmon Bowls with amazing mango & edamame mixed with sweet forbidden rice.

Lately, we’ve been loving salmon. It’s the BEST easy healthy meal out there, am I right?

Just the other day, I stepped into Whole Foods after a class at Crosstown Fitness. Usually I head there after my workout. Normally I shop at Trader Joe’s because it’s much cheaper, but Whole Foods happens to be incredibly convenient when I need last minute ingredients. Plus sometimes they have pretty good deals on produce (all the berries right now!).

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Jul
02

It’s that time again…time to make DELICIOUS food and surround yourself with family and friends! While I frequently make delicious food (if I do say so myself) the best part about it is gathering around a table and sharing it with the people I love. I’m especially excited to be spending this Fourth of July with my mama by my side.

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Jun
30

Hi guys!

First of all, I just want to say how crazy happy I am that June is over. I know it seems silly, but last month was a little insane with travel, work and wedding planning. And now July is (almost) here and I couldn’t be happier, especially because my mama is coming to visit me. I’ll be picking her up from the airport in just a few hours. I’m gonna roll up with Lil Wayne blaring; it’s her favorite. JOKES.

Can you believe that I haven’t seen her since last September? In fact she hasn’t even seen my wedding ring in real life or my new condo! Like I’ve said, life’s been a little insane this year.

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Jun
29

Paleo and gluten free turkey burger sliders on sweet potato buns. An easy bite sized recipe or appetizer!

Did you know the official first day of summer was LAST week? I don’t know about you, but it has felt like summer here in Chicago for about a month now. I’ve been absolutely loving the heat, the longer days, and the chance to hang out on the patio with Tony.

We also have a bird feeder, so Milly likes to come plop her belly out and watch the birds too.

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Jun
27

These four unique chicken marinades are perfect for adding delicious flavor to your chicken before grilling or baking, plus an introduction to my partnership with Just BARE chicken.

Do you guys remember my behind-the-scenes video shoot on Instagram Stories in Minnesota? Well, if you were following along… part 1 of the final product is finally here! Abra and I flew to Minnesota to meet the Just BARE Chicken team and create some awesome new videos for their Living Lean & Clean Campaign. Read more.


Jun
26

Easy, flavorful tuna wraps drizzled with light chipotle Greek yogurt ranch dressing. They’re the perfect summertime lunch and packed with delicious farmer’s market veggies.

Say hello to my new favorite lunch because I couldn’t believe how much I LOVED it. I’ve been on a pretty consistent, early morning workout routine as of late, which means by the time I’m thinking about lunch (as early as 10:30AM for Abra and I…) I want something quick, filling, and of course, delish.

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