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 →

The almond butter monster is real. I think she must sneak in the kitchen after midnight to gobble it all up because I am making new batches at least twice a week. But fo realz the almond butter love in my house has been serious lately. And with cheap bulk almonds available at the local 365, it’s a much cheaper alternative than any store bought brand. Plus you know how I am about reducing my plastic packaging. I did a poll on Insta Stories, (Probably my fave thing about Stories rn. Even over the SuperZoom), and 68% chose almond butter over peanut butter. Oh, timesRead More →

Ummmmm, how did it become November already? And it’s not even the first of November…November 6th? Whhaaaaat? Talking about Thanksgiving plans and Christmas travels already has got me like whoa. But also super stoked for the mountains to open and the snow to start dumping. Let’s just talk about cute mountain cabins with fires, sweaters, hot tubs, and the best part of being on the mountain all day, the aprés-ski. Why yes I will sit red-cheeked with a beer in my bikini in the hot tub. Twist my arm why don’t ya?Read More →

This might be the closest I’ll get to cooking up a pumpkin recipe this year. I dunno why, but I am just not feeling it. Maybe it’s the 100 degree weather as we near November or maybe it’s the ubiquity of pumpkin goods. Also, my sweet tooth has gone into hiding. (Probably due to the 100 degree weather). But besides pumpkin there are so many other flavors that get swept aside like the different squashes, apples, pears, pomegranates, & persimmons. I get ridiculously excited about seasonal foods.Read More →

Sunchoke apple salad

The sunchoke aka Jerusalem artichoke has been something that I’ve been eyeing for years at farmers’ markets. First in the Philly Reading Terminal and again in the markets out in LA. I’ve only had it once, while visiting family in northern Sweden. It was prepared in a soup on a cold and rainy day. And it was delicious. But I had always been a bit intimated to cook it myself. Maybe it was the name or the fact that it looked like ginger or sometimes one of those Mandrakes from Harry Potter. Artichokes tend to be a bit intimidating themselves. But a sunchoke (a termRead 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 →

It’s time for an afternoon quickie! Making my own nut butters was one of my gateway habits into making tons of staples homemade. And this simple salted chocolate peanut butter is making its way into the regular rotation. This is a super fun & easy recipe to add to your repertoire of healthy-er treats. I’m a big fan of buying nuts, seeds, and beans (and anything else I can find) from the bulk bins at the stores. I use reusable cloth bags to store all of my goods while shopping and then transfer them to a glass container when I get home. Read 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 →

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 →

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 →

Think about the last time you were really hard on yourself. When you really were your own worst critic. Why do we treat ourselves so much harsher than others? The other day I met with a respected coach, colleague, and friend. I had been feeling super frustrated about how it was taking me “forever” (1 month) to get back into shape and wanted to hop back into the CrossFit world and be able to do strict pull-ups, jump rope without being winded, and be able to lift or complete workouts without my heart jumping out of my chest. I wanted to pretend like I hadn’t takenRead More →

TBH I have not been into cooking much lately. I might be because after 4 weekends in a row of being away after a 2 week trip (amaaazzing) I have gotten out of the routine of cooking and am finding myself uninspired. Not great for a food blogger, but hey, it happens. In this light I decided to reach out to my fellow bloggers and ask for their best go-to meals when they are in a time bind. I asked for healthy meals, because if we’re not making time to cook, we might not be making time to exercise either (eek!).Read More →