Jul
19

Happy Wellness Wednesday, everyone! I hope you’ve had a fabulous week so far. I landed in NYC late last night after a couple days of recipe-testing at AK HQ, and I couldn’t be more excited to share all of the new recipes with you guys (Abra and I had trouble just fitting them all into the upcoming weeks!).

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE Trader Joe’s. Not only do I find it less expensive than most grocery stores here in Chicago, but I love their fun, new products and bopping around in those cute little red carts. Of course, it’s essential to avoid the Trader Joe traffic so I find that early morning shopping is best.

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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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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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