Nov
02

Last Thanksgiving I was in charge of making gravy, salad and pie. Heck, if I could make the entire Thanksgiving spread I totally would. As exhausting and overwhelming as it would be, I feel as though bringing everyone together though food I made would be completely worth it. In fact, one of my favorite parts about being a cook and baker is seeing the reaction of people’s faces once they taste a dish I’ve made. Cooking for others always feels like it’s my way of letting them know that I truly care and appreciate them; there’s just something magical about it. In a sense, it’s actual gift giving; cooking and baking require thought, love and time.

I have no doubt that some of you feel the same, especially those of you who LOVE to bake.

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Oct
08

Last week I spent some time up in Chicago searching for an apartment. And after checking out about 15 different places, I finally found one that I absolutely adore! It’s super vintage and will fit all of my furniture which I’m pumped about. But do you want to know the absolute BEST part about my new place? It has a DISHWASHER. Hallelujah!

I’ve spent the past year washing every single dish and it was literally my nightmare. Also, this apartment building allows me to have cats, which OMG YES I’m going to be a cat lady and I can’t freaking waitttttt. I keep begging Tony to bring me to the animal humane society just so I can’t pet all the sweet little animals.

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Sep
08

For some reason I’ve never been a huge mac and cheese lover. That’s weird, right? I know that some people consider it to be the best comfort food in the world but I err on the breakfast side of things. As a kid, I preferred cereal or my Dad’s pancakes more than any dinner type food.

But let me tell you something… things straight up changed after I created this recipe. I was actually quite shocked that macaroni and cheese could be this good. Incredible, actually. The best thing is that it’s better for you, lactose free and SO easy to make – all you need is a pot, a strainer and a few delicious ingredients.

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Aug
14

I’ve been super lazy about packing my lunches lately. Probably because they have a Chipotle type line at the work where I basically get a chicken taco salad every single day. ALRIGHT FINE, I’ll admit that I totally get the salad because it comes with crunchy, salty tortilla chips and loads of guac.

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Jul
11

Why are burgers so freakin’ delicious? I’m serious. Turkey burgers, chicken burgers, bites of Tony’s heart-attack double bacon burgers. Oh and isn’t it just convenient that they are constantly paired with the other most addictive food in the world… aka french fries?!

My willpower around juicy burgers and hot, crispy french fries = zero.

So, what’s a girl who is trying to eat healthy but has a massive craving for a burger to do?

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Jul
02

I feel as though I’ve been waiting forever for humid summer nights. And my goodness are they here. Smoky BBQ meat, fresh juicy watermelon, and frozen yogurt has taken over my life and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it.

As you’ve probably seen via my Instagram, I’ve been taking a few summer trips. Along the way, I find myself eating out and enjoying food relative to each state’s culture. Often times, I’ll order some sort of chopped salad; each one being more unique than the last. In New Mexico, I enjoyed a BBQ Chicken salad with green chile, chickpeas, jicama, mango, red pepper and an incredible cumin-lime dressing. In Minnesota, I often munch on my Healthy Chicken Chickpea Chopped salad and mix up the dressings. When in North Carolina visiting Tony, I gravitate to greek salads with red potatoes, grilled onions, olives, and loads of feta cheese.

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May
07

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing - light, lovely and so delicious!

I’ve been getting back into vinyassa yoga lately. Most of the time I do yoga sculpt classes with weights, but recently I’ve needed some deep stretching and some major stress relief. The mind-body connection that yoga brings me is often times my favorite part of the class; I’m more self-aware, compassionate, and thoughtful with each class. I’ve also noticed that my anxiety diminishes.

The other day my instructor was talking about how you have to be brave in order to become your true self. How you have to go beyond what you think you’re capable of if you want to make something happen. Take a chance on something or someone.

Little conversations like those push me to be better. I’m happy to have the ability to to make choices, change my future and create opportunities that I would have never thought possible. Thus on my journey to having a clear mind with less stress, I’m also focusing on having a healthy body. Eating clean, preparing my meals, and taking care of myself is so important.

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing - light, lovely and so delicious!

This past weekend I made a big batch of this summery salad (with fall flavors?) My mom came over to help taste test, and she absolutely loved it. We enjoyed it cold served with some greek yogurt.

This salad was inspired by my favorite little meal at Whole Foods made with couscous. Every time I’m there I search for it.

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing - light, lovely and so delicious!

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Jan
29

A healthy sesame chicken stir fry with veggies and an incredible coconut-ginger brown rice! You’re going to love this easy meal! 

Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry with Coconut-Ginger Brown Rice + Crushed Cashews

So you probably know by now that traveling is one of my favorite things to do. Isn’t it amazing how traveling the world can open up your eyes to new feelings, people, and things that you’d never thought you’d do or see? Each time I go somewhere new, I’m learning something about myself. And guess where I’m going next? Australia!

My boyfriend and I are leaving in less than 2 weeks; we’re beyond excited to explore beautiful beaches, surf, snorkel, relax, hike, and eat amazing food.

Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry with Coconut-Ginger Brown Rice + Crushed Cashews

Speaking of amazing food, I’ve been trying to keep things light in preparation for my trip. A body like Beyoncé is on my list To-Do List for 2014, but I have to admit that it’s pretty hard to make that happen when you work at a place that makes cake products, frosting, cereal, and more. Basically I just eat all day.

I do feel like I’m off to a good start though; my workouts are consistent and I’ve been eating well. I’m really into clean eating lately (minimal processed foods). Since I LOVE  Mexican and Asian flavors, I’ve been enjoying a lot of vegetarian taco salads and veggie packed meals like this chicken sesame stir fry!

Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry with Coconut-Ginger Brown Rice + Crushed Cashews

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