Oct
16

This veggie packed turkey bacon quiche is a protein packed breakfast that’s GREAT for meal prep! Make it and then enjoy slices all week long with hot sauce & avocado on the side.

As you may or may not know, I had the BEST weekend ever with all of my bridesmaids for my bachelorette party in Scottsdale, AZ. It was such a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend full of amazing conversations, girl time, hiking, tacos, margaritas, guac + all the chips. I swear to you, my belly needs a break from tequila for a while.

Just keepin’ it real.

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Oct
09

Freezer friendly healthy pumpkin waffles with cozy spices + a touch of maple syrup. These fluffy waffles will be your go-to fall breakfast. 

How the heck are you? Was your weekend filled with relaxation and good food? Yesterday I made a big bowl of vegetarian soup filled with chickpeas and spices. It was luxuriously cozy and felt like everything I needed on a Sunday night coupled with catching up on the latest episode of This is Us & watching one of my favorite Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus.

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Oct
08

Sunday is here and you know what that means…Round Up Sunday! Should we make a hashtag for this? Like #AKRoundUpSunday? Probably. Anyways, I hope you guys have had the chance to visit your local apple orchard this fall because I rounded up 14 healthy apple recipes that you’re going to LOVE.

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Oct
06

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made a little bit healthier. You’ll love these satisfying muffins for a snack — freezer friendly and great for kids

Hello hello! Coming to you with a recipe for pumpkin muffins + weekend favorites and a few wedding updates in between.

I just got back in Chicago after picking up my beautiful wedding dress at A&Be bridal in chilly Minneapolis. Every time I’m in Minnesota, I’m reminded of home, where I grew up near the lakes, and the niceness of the people. Oddly this time, I felt myself missing the beautiful trees and admiring the cozy neighborhoods lined with green grass. It’s always a good feeling to be home every now and then.

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Oct
04

Guysssss. Can you believe that there’s only about 6 weeks to go ’til my wedding?

I have to admit that planning our wedding has been a weight of anxiety, excitement and anticipation hanging over my head the past 6 months. While I’m certainly looking forward to our day, I’m most looking forward to just being married. You know or whatever married people do. Netflix and chill? Travel the world? Slurp noodles like in Lady and the Tramp?

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Sep
27

The BEST turkey lasagna EVER. Made with a homemade tomato basil sauce packed with fresh herbs & italian spices, layered with lean ground turkey, mozzarella, creamy ricotta and a touch of parmesan. Perfect for serving crowds, family style dinners, or freezing for later!

YO YO YO.

Remind me to never start a blog post with that intro again. HI. It’s me. Your neighborhood healthy makeover lady coming in with a juicy new recipe for you that’s perfect for when you want to impress your family, make your love swoon, comfort a friend or just make cause you freaking love Italian food.

Say HELLO to my healthier turkey lasagna. She’s a beauty, isn’t she?

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Sep
14

Healthy chai banana bread that will have your house smelling cozy and delicious. Topped with a simple cashew butter vanilla glaze! 

Life has gotten incredibly busy lately, so I must apologize for being few and far between when it comes to posting on the blog. The wedding is about two months away and we’ve still got SO much to do (ummm I haven’t gotten Tony’s ring yet). Also it doesn’t help that all I want to do is BAKE and cook all the cozy wonderful things like soup, pumpkin bread, apple butter and cookies. Food distracts me.

HELP.

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Sep
11

AMAZING skillet brownies made without grains, gluten or dairy. These super fudgy walnut brownies taste just like the ones from your childhood. Bonus: They pack plenty of good for you omega 3s thanks to walnut butter & chia seeds.

It’s about to be a happy monday (I hope) because I’ve got some pretty AMAZING brownies for you.

First though, how was your weekend?

I feel like I can’t start this blog post without saying that my heart goes out to those in Florida and the Caribbean islands who were hit by Hurricane Irma. I sincerely hope that this recipe brings you a little joy to your day, even if it’s just a little smile. Most of all, I’m thankful that you’re okay.

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Sep
04

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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Aug
28

Homemade roasted tomato basil soup with garlic, olive oil and caramelized onions. Delicious, flavorful and the best way to use up garden tomatoes! You’ll never want to go back to the canned stuff after you try this.

When I was younger, I despised tomato soup. The flavors never seemed to call for me, nor did I ever crave grilled cheese. My favorite was Mom’s chunky beef stew that simmered and bubbled on the stovetop for hours in our small yellow duplex kitchen back in Minneapolis. It wasn’t until high school that I began to crave the comfort of creamy tomato soup after Mom started buying Progresso’s hearty tomato.

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