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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Aug
22

Thai Green Beans made on the stovetop with a delicious easy peanut sauce. These will be your new favorite way to eat green beans!

Look we all need to get our veggies in. It’s important for the bones, ya’ll.

I used to be really good about eating veggies at every meal but sometimes eggs and avocado toast call my name and then I eat chocolate for dessert and call it a day.

I’m only human.

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Aug
14

The BEST cauliflower pizza crust — so flavorful and surprisingly easy to make. Low carb, nutritious, fiber & protein packed. Topped the crust with whatever your heart desires. You’re going to be making this again and again!

Remember when cauliflower came onto the food scene a few years back? Now it’s become so popular that it’s hard to find a restaurant that doesn’t have roasted cauliflower on their menu. It’s even mainstream enough that Trader Joe’s makes cauliflower rice AND cauliflower pizza crust (have you tried it?).

Abra, AK brand manager & the veggie loving queen she is, even likes to put frozen cauliflower in her morning smoothies. YOU CRAZY ‘BRA (that’s her nickname.)

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Aug
10

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with a slight tang from Colman’s Dry Mustard and a kick from cayenne pepper. You’re going to love this protein-packed on-the-go snack.

You know what’s extremely essential for everyday life? SNACKS. There’s absolutely nothing that makes me happier than a 3pm nourishing snack that kicks hunger’s booty goodbye.

I love wandering into the kitchen for cup of coffee with a little almond milk, and a favorite snack. Most of the time I’m a sweet girl, but give me something a little crunchy, salty and crispy and I will bow down to the snack gods.

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Aug
03

20 minute vegetarian avocado chickpea pasta salad with mediterranean flavors and a bold lemon basil dressing. Refreshing and perfect to bring to parties, potlucks or picnics! 

Today’s #30MinuteThursday is all about ZE PASTA. Don’t be afraid of the noodle people; we’re way past those days.

This pasta salad is nutritious, full of plant based protein and one of my favorite recipes to bring to a party because it has SO much flavor. It’s also an amazing way to fuel up pre or post workout and makes the best lunch because the leftovers keep so well.

Guess I’m all about salads this week? P.S. Hope you got a chance to check out my mason jar salads!

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Jul
28

Sweet potato zoodle bowls with saucy turmeric coconut milk sauce and a hint of peanut flavor. The sauce is SO amazing you’ll want to lick the bowl clean!

Well it’s officially the end of zucchini week. Abra and I really had a delicious week here baking with green things and spiralizing our hearts out and we hope you loved it too. I also had a wedding freakout about how expensive things are getting.

Everyone says it’s going to be perfect come the day of, but whoa. What the hell? This shit is crazy. Tony and I have this amazing, beautiful life together and can have it without a giant party. In fact this giant party of a wedding is just causing me a ridiculous amount of stress. I 100% understand why people hire wedding planners now. I’m going out of my damn mind.

Ok, moving on. Hah.

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Jul
18

Gorgeous roasted strawberries paired with creamy goat cheese and fresh basil on top of crispy crostini. An incredible summer appetizer that’s perfect for entertaining! 

We’re already in the middle of summer and I feel like time is flying. Anyone else? I forget how fast it goes when each week brings something different and the sun stays out till 9PM. I’m so lucky to be spending this summer traveling, spending time with people I love, and of course cooking and eating delicious food.

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Jul
17

Layers upon layers of veggies snuggled between black beans, corn tortillas, a homemade chipotle enchilada sauce and cheese. The best and easiest vegetarian enchilada casserole! This post is in partnership with Almond Breeze.

How was your weekend? Hopefully as beautiful as mine was. I found myself back home and getting back into wedding planning after a week or two off. Someone get me a margarita and a giant piece of this cheesy veggie packed enchilada casserole.

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Jun
20

Tofu, Cauliflower, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, garlic, turmeric, ginger and simmer in in this coconut curry dish made in partnership with Nasoya Tofu. Vegan and gluten free too!

Over the past year I’ve become OBSESSED with curry flavors. Don’t ask this Puerto Rican girl why, but I think it’s because there is a Thai neighborhood just up the block. The exotic spices are aromatic and wander in and out of the streets. In a way, the smells are inviting me to come in a try something I’ve never had before, which is often what Tony and I try to do when we go out.

Lately it’s been all about that curry life. I love slurping up a big bowl of coconut curry from our local vietnamese restaurant Tank Noodle, or trying a spicy version over rice; not only is it comforting, but I feel like there’s something really healing about a good curry.

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