Sometimes the best ideas come to me on the fly. I can spend hours planning and dreaming up recipes and I might make it 20 times and it never turns out right. And then some days you get super inspired on the fly, happen to have everything ready to go in your fridge and pantry and make the most bomb breakfast for lunch. Like these roasted squash breakfast tacos + cashew crema. Let’s be honest here. Have you ever met anyone who didn’t like tacos? And if you did, are you still friends with them? Because I don’t think that I would trust them. Read More →

I’ve decided that eggplant is going to be the “it” veggie for 2018. At least in this household. As a vegetarian it has been on regular rotation in my household for a long time. I tend to have it simply grilled or roasted in the oven, yet it never disappoints and I can just about eat my weight in it. I love how it just takes on any flavor you give it, but alone But as I was doing a ton of meal prep, I decided to try something new to make it a little more tender and give it a new flavor. The reactionRead More →

I used to joke that fall was Mother Nature’s trickery to get us to accept the darkness of winter. All the goodness of fall was to ease us in to cold days, shoveling snow, and hibernating most of the winter months. But this time of the year does always have me craving the outdoors even more. Maybe it’s just me trying to squeeze in every last drop of daylight, walking barefoot, and fresh summer fruit. But when the air turns crisp I start to quickly accept the change in weather. (Yes, it does get cooler in So Cal, though fall is definitely not the sameRead More →

You know how you are so 100% sure of an idea or have had something on the forefront of your mind and at your most sleepy moment rays come down from the sky and you have full clarity? And then all of a sudden you go about your day and your confidence in your idea begins to waiver and get muddled with all the day to day, overthinking, analyzing, and possibly even forgotten. Why do we do this to ourselves? Allow insecurity and other’s opinions begin to blow our stable umbrella parked in the sand begin to blow inside out and fly away? Of course,Read More →

I have always been pretty amazing at a few things. Eating, sleeping, and punning to name a few. I have always needed at least 8 hours, and when I was off in the summers or on vacation, eventually I would habitually start sleeping 9 and even sometimes 10 hours without being roused by alarms. So when the school year would start and I would of course stay up until 11 or 12, b/c God forbid I be lame and go to bed at an early time, my 545am wake-up call would have me snoozing and foggy-eyed every day.Read More →

If you asked me as a teenager if I was creative or artistic I would have said no way. I remember dreading art class knowing that my work would get criticized or erased and redone by my art teacher. Of course as a child I took this as 100% true and gave up on doing any sort of drawing, painting or art and was excited in high school when it became an option and there was no way in hell I was going to elect to take an art.Read More →

Saturday nights spent out dancing until 6 or 7 in the morning meant Sundays were for sleeping, park & beach going, and a lot of paella. Living in Spain, and a lot of other places around the world, I learned that Sundays were for rest and spending time with friends & family. Everything, yup everything, was closed. There was no rushing to get the grocery shopping done for the week or rushed plans to do XYZ. I often found myself strolling around the streets of Madrid meandering through parks, where there always seemed to be some sort of festival, exploring different parks, hitting up theRead More →

Dinners lately have been lazy sauce. Usually roasted veggies with some sort of lentil or chickpea curry, protein pasta or stuffed sweet potatoes. Yummy, but growing stale in this home. I need as few dishes as possible and want to spend as little time as possible. Mainly b/c I am spending a ton of creative time in the kitchen whipping up ice cream recipes for a fun project aka my life as well as meal prepping for a few clients. And not to mention this week has been hot as yo’ mama.  And after experimenting with 4-5 recipes in half as many hours, I amRead More →

When I first think about how this blog started 3 years ago, I realize how much I’ve learned and how much the blog has changed. I had recently moved from Philly to Santa Monica and was loving how inspired the warm weather and abundant farmers’ markets were making me to cook and eat whole & seasonal foods. After posting a few pictures of my meals & snacks on social media I received some encouragement from friends and family to start a food blog so I decided to give it a go. I dove in head first creating recipes and testing out food photography (egads thoseRead More →

I did a thing! A super amazing delicious thing! I have been wanting to make this recipe for at least 2 years. TWO! I tried a few times and each time the cookie was too healthy tasting or crumbled apart too much. I was starting to give up when I decided to revamp an oldie but goodie, and it worked!  And good thing because I had been in bit of a kitchen rut and now I feel like I am on fiiiiireeee. Read More →

I’ve been keeping a secret from Mr. CN. I have been sneaking zucchini and beans into his smoothies for the last few weeks. Not that I was trying to trick him, but I wanted to honestly know if he could tell what was in his smoothie. He usually trusts me, so as long as it tasted good he didn’t ask too many questions. I can usually tell by the scraping of the spoon at the bottom of the bowl if it was good or not. And I’ve been hearing a lot scraping lately.Read More →

Wake up. Check e-mail. Check Facebook. Post & scroll through Instagram. Wake up. Listen to the water. Snuggle with my hubs. Go for a morning snorkel. Lay in the hammock. There is no doubt which one sounds more appealing. And though the latter is only going to be available to very few year round, why not try and mimic our vacation life more frequently in our daily life?Read More →

I am not one of those people who does well sitting still. Sure I have my days where I love to lie on the couch and binge OITNB, but overall I am pretty active, though I have been (re)learning the art of sleeping in since we started our travels late August. But I still get the urge to move, explore and experience new things. You see, I have always loved to travel and dreamed of it. Did you ever play that game where you would spin the globe, close your eyes and point to spot and that’s where you would end up living when youRead More →

I’m sitting on my porch in Koh Tao this morning, with ants crawling all over my screen, sipping on what I thought was a coffee, but rather ended up being a sugar bomb with a trace of coffee, scratching my 755 mosquito bites, and already starting to sweat at 730am. I was so angry last night as we were hiking up the Rockies of Thailand…okay maybe a bit of a hyperbole, but it was steep! Yet I cannot remember a morning that I woke up happier, of course I have a view of a still water through tropical plants and bougainvilleas with a great porchRead More →

Some days ya just need a cookie. And some days ya just need to eat a ton of cookie dough and leave the remaining cookies for others to eat. Amiright? Before coming to Thailand we had been camping for the previous several weeks through the Wild Coast of South Africa & Botswana. We’ve been using some pretty rudimentary kitchen equipment and yet we’ve been able to maintain a plant-based diet so we’re pretty happy with how we’ve been feeling. And let’s not forget the treats, too! I was having a real hankering for some cookie dough and luckily we had all the ingredients on handRead More →

When Mr. Craving Nature and I decided to go on a several month travel honeymoon, I knew that we would be giving up a lot of comforts. A bed (with a mattress), our car, and most of all, our kitchen. Luckily we eased me into it by heading to a major city first. For most people traveling may not be an issue when it comes to food. People take the opportunity to head out to eat and take a break from their usual regimen, usually treating themselves to some extra indulgences and libations. Hello, sangria and churros! Though the problem is when you are travelingRead More →

Tacos. For breakfast. On the go. Well, it looks like my brain has finally decided to unionize and go off strike! After a month of high octane travel to Iceland, Sweden and Philly, wedding attending and planning, and my own wedding (woopwoop), I crashed a little after coming back to LA and pretty much slept, read, beached and went to Cross Fit. Read More →