So let’s just chat about the power of not baking anything and making a super quick, but seemingly fancy snack, dessert, or maybe even appetizer. And then let’s chat about how it’s gluten-free, can be vegan, poppin’ with protein, etc. etc. And eye catching. It’s the holy trinity of non-fancy fancy foods. Nailed it!Read More →

Gratitude has been on my mind a lot lately. What may seem like the smallest things are what I feel most grateful for. My fridge full of food, my husband’s footsteps on the porch returning home, waking up to cool, crisp air. Of course this just scratches the surface. I have committed myself to taking time to be less “productive” and to be more present and grateful for the opportunities and special people that I have in my life. Back in the spring I began to go to weekly women’s circles at a yoga studio. I had no idea what to expect when I walkedRead More →

If I told you that you should be on ‘shrooms every day would you think I’m crazy? No? I’ve just piqued your curiosity instead? Thought so! FourSigmatic has created a line of coffee elixirs and drinks that I have been enjoying on the regular for a little more than a year now. This past spring I got to meet the team behind the #onshrooms hashtag and was greeted by super friendly & passionate people. Plus, they talked to me about foraging mushrooms!  (This is the girl who hunted down a chef in South Africa to see if I could accompany him on his foraging trip…sadly IRead More →

Today was a major fail day in the kitchen. Don’t worry, these muffins are the exception! I really wanted to experiment with making healthy veggie waffles. 10 minutes of scraping out the bits of my waffle iron later, I decided to chuck it into a veggie scramble. So not all bad, just not the way I had planned.  I will win the veggie waffle battle, though. One day.Read More →

Ya know how there are those days when everything is just a little off? You spill juice (just like a 3 year old) all over your light colored dress as soon as you get to work, forget why you went to the copier only to remember as you are getting back at your desk, burn popcorn, twice, because you get distracted by the kitten pictures your sister-in-law sends you. Ya know, hypothetically speaking, of course.Read More →

I have always made cupcakes on President’s Day. It was always cold, I never had work, and loved the extra day to cozy up in my kitchen and bake. And ohhh man the first time I made vegan chocolate cupcakes for my roomie and I, we devoured them quickly. I was hooked, but never could find the recipe I used again. (This was far before Pinterest existed and I never bookmarked anything).  And I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t use the same recipe since I am sure that it was loaded with sugar and white flour. So this many years (6?) later I am givingRead More →

Chocolate with sea salt? With almonds? Coconut? Chili? Or are you a purist? Whichever way we prefer, let’s put our hands together for the Aztecs and Mayans for bringing us the magical powers of….. CHOCOLATE!  Real chocolate. The kind believed to hold magical, or even divine, properties. I don’t know about you, but this is a belief that I can get down with. Afterall, we have been hearing that a little bit of dark chocolate is good for the heart. And definitely for the soul. Read More →

Breakfast for dinner anybody? These savory pancakes make for an awesome breakfast, brunch or dinner.  My cousin eats a version of these pancakes almost every day and when I saw her posting them the other day it got me in the mood for some stacks. She is a belly dancer and fitness instructor and uses these to fuel her way through her day. And being a fellow health nut, I knew these hotcakes would be fit for fit folk. But she used pumpkin puree and I didn’t have any on hand and was way too lazy to run out to the store. So when life doesn’tRead More →

Let the cookie baking and candy making commence! Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time for ugly sweater parties, jingle jogs and Santa bar crawls. Everywhere. Every day. Okay, maybe not every day, but it starts to feel like it and that can put a halt to our clean eating goals. I KNOW! I have resisted the cookies all night until I have had 2 too many cocktails only to end up eating 5 or 6…or an entire tray. I actually used to skip lunch the day before winter break every year and just load up a plate with cookies from the faculty room toRead More →

This carrot top recipe is super easy and calls for no plastic surgery-ed comedian.  Ba dum tccchhhhhhhh. But seriously, carrot tops are green! And they’re amazing. It took me forever to actually use them after years of buying carrots with the tops on. I always had the best intentions of throwing them into something; a stir fry, a smoothie, even a juice on the rare occasion that I make one. But they inevitably ended up sad and slowly wilting, becoming one with the bottom of my veggie crisper drawer. One day I finally felt un-lazy enough to try this carrot top pesto and now I have madeRead More →

You know that feeling of elation where you jump up and down and squeal like a pre-teen girl? That is what spending the weekend in Oaxaca for Day of the Dead last weekend was like for me. I have always dreamt of going there for Day of the Dead, but what teacher can take off several days in the fall to head to Mexico? Certainly wouldn’t fly anywhere I have worked. But this year it happened to fall on a weekend in which I happened to have extra days off. Where to go, where to go? I thought of different cities where I could spend myRead More →

Have you ever been to a really good tea house? Where you feel relaxed before you even open the door? In Philly I used to live around the corner from a place called The Random Tea Room. It was tiny, cozy, and they made the BEST chai latte. It was great to meet up with girlfriends, ordering pots of chai while philosophizing the important things of life, such as art, boys & books. This was the real deal. I am not ashamed to say that I used to enjoy walking by here on trash day because it smelled wonderfully of cardamom, ginger & cinnamon. Man,Read More →

Aw damn. I done hopped on the dang pumpkin train. It started with my 1st pumpkin beer last week and now this. Hmmmmm. Pumpkin beer? Ice cream? These 2 may have to be combined. This quick to whip up guilt-free ice cream is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free & paleo.Read More →