Nov
10

Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon for two makes the perfect weeknight dinner. All you need is 20 minutes to make this healthy meal. Serve with sweet potato fries and veggies, or a lovely kale and brussels sprouts salad!

I’m trying to settle back into the routine of things at home after a little over a week in Israel. It’s going to take me a while to sum up the incredible experiences I had there, but I’ll preface it by saying that was truly a life changing experience. While I’m definitely sleep-deprived, my soul feels peaceful and happy. Over the next few weeks, my plan is to break down my trip by experience and through recipes I enjoyed while abroad.

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Nov
09

Rainbow veggies roasted to perfection with garlic, olive oil and turmeric, then drizzled with a sweet and spicy chipotle honey yogurt dressing. Throw in some quinoa or enjoy with grilled chicken or salmon as a main dish!

Let’s talk about this whole Thanksgiving situation coming up. What are you making and what are your family recipe staples? I want to know because I’m always looking to add something new and exciting to the menu.

This year I plan on making my sweet potato casserole, cranberry orange sauce, some sort of cherry pie (OMG YES), buttery biscuits, a spinach pear salad and roasted butternut squash. Last year we tried Heartbeet Kitchen’s honey carrots, which were SO INSANELY GOOD I nearly ate them all myself.

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Nov
06

It’s baking season and I’ve been dreaming about spending my weekends cozied up in my jam jams (yes, that’s what I call them), sipping on hot cocoa with vanilla almond milk, reading a good book and baking all the things I can dream up. Throw in a trip to the vintage market and you’ve pretty much given me the best weekend ever.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved pumpkin. LIKE LOVED. Perhaps because I only got to enjoy it during the holiday season and it seemed like such a special treat. Or maybe it was the spicy sweet flavors of warm pumpkin pie with dollops of whipped cream along time with my family that simply overjoyed my heart. Either way, pumpkin to me is both nostalgic and one of the tastiest things I can have.

I’ve been wanting to share a roundup of pumpkin recipes with you because I know most of you are pumpkin fanatics like me. It’s also the perfect time of year to roast a pumpkin and get your kitchen smelling like a Starbucks PSL.

Of course, not all recipes below are considered healthy. However they are balanced, tasty as hell and ready to be baked and enjoyed by you and your loved ones. So let’s do this!

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Nov
02

Delicious brownie-like chocolate almond butter cookies made with a handful of simple, healthy ingredients. Are you guys ready for the easiest and most delicious almond butter cookie recipe ever?! Yes that’s right, you can have fudge-like brownie chocolate almond butter cookies in just 15 minutes!

You know how you have a indulgent chocolate chip cookie recipe you make for parties, special occasions and those just because moments?

What about those every day life moments? Those times when you want a little something sweet at 3pm but don’t want to find yourself devouring a creme-filled donut because you’re saving that for a different occasion. Or how about when you’re craving chocolate after dinner but don’t want to go all out with a triple decker chocolate cheesecake for dessert.

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Oct
31

7 ingredients is all you need to make this easy creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with sweet green peas. It can be made both vegan and gluten free — so everyone can enjoy!

Today I head to Israel for a little over a week. I land in Tel Aviv then head to Jerusalem later this week. How crazy is that? Blogging has been such a wonderful and unique career that’s taken me places I’ve never even dreamed I’d see in my lifetime. I’m beyond grateful for your readership throughout the years and how I’m able to connect with many of you beyond just the recipes here.

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Oct
27

Slow cooker Thai peanut chicken served over a scrumptious sticky coconut purple rice. Healthy, easy to make and perfect for meal prep or a weeknight dinner. This is a dish you’ll make again and again!

Our new home is in a diverse, wonderful area of Chicago with a variety of ethnic, chic restaurants. From Mexican and Thai, to Ethiopian and burger joints, our neighborhood boasts some of the most unique food in the city. A few weeks ago, Tony and I decided to try a new Thai restaurant that always seemed to be bustling with people, even during the weeknights.

When we arrived we were overwhelmed by over 250 items on the menu, but also the aroma of flavors enticing us to order everything. As we were seated, I noticed other customers slurping up broth from big steaming bowls of pho with thick noodles; you could even smell the green onions they garnished across the top of the soup. Immediately, Tony and I could tell that this place would become our neighborhood favorite. A gem of sorts.

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Oct
24

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins made with whole wheat flour, fresh SweeTango® apples and chai spices. Finished with a light vanilla bean glaze for a special treat!

Whew! I’m finally back in Chicago after a crazy couple of days in Minneapolis with Lee and Katie. I think I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m working on an exciting new project for the Sweat Series! Don’t worry, we’ll be letting you in on all of the details soon but basically it is going to be the BEST HEALTH PROGRAM EVER.

That being said, I want to thank you all for being patient with me. I know I’ve been posting less frequently, but promise I still have plenty of delicious goodies coming to you… like these healthy apple muffins!

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Oct
20

Imagine fudgy paleo brownies made with pumpkin, maple syrup, coconut flour and almond flour! These easy, healthy brownies are the ultimate fall treat.

A big hello from Minneapolis, MN! I’m here working on a BIG BIG BIG project that’s set to launch January 2017. I don’t think I could have a busier next few months, between decorating our new home, redoing my personal blog, launching a new project, client work AND finishing up my cookbook proposal, I am feeling THE HEAT. However, I’m incredibly happy that I have a boyfriend who loves and supports what I do.

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Oct
19

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with dark brown sugar, two types of chocolate chips and a sprinkle of sea salt. These are, in fact, the BEST cookies you will ever eat.

Let’s flash back to around 2012 when I was off trying to perfect the absolute best chocolate chip cookie. I was living in Washington D.C. at the time and my entire world outside of work included baking my heart out. It took me months and months to find an accurate and delicious ratio between butter (it had to be browned), brown sugar (a higher ration than white sugar) and of course, chocolate (two types of chips!).

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Oct
11

A few weeks ago I got invited to the Stitch Fix HQ in San Francisco for few days of learning the ins and outs of the company, touring the warehouse and a full day of fashion, hair, makeup and photoshoots! Many of you who’ve been AK readers for years, know that I’ve been doing Stitch Fix for about 3 years and even used to do reviews on the blog. So when I got in invite, it was a dream come true!

P.S. If you haven’t tried Stitch Fix you totally should. Just sign up, fill out a style profile and you are on your way. You’ll get 5 pieces in a box that’s delivered straight to your front door. The cost? Just a $20 styling fee. You’re not required to keep any of the pieces that were sent either. Simply place the items in the return bag and mail it back within 3 days. Pretty sweet, right?!

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