Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hell. Especially during the holidays. Sticking to whole foods that grow from the ground or trees or bushes or plants (you get the picture) is one of the best ways to make sure we keep rooted over the holiday season. We are about to get extra busy and have tons of extra cocktails, cookies, and delicious foods essentially poured right into our mouths. Bring. It. On. And at the same time we want to make sure we have enough energy and are cheery AF to bring the energy to make new friends, celebrate (or tolerate) family, and live itRead More →

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 →

Scones. Ya either love ’em or ya hate ’em. Actually, if ya hate ’em you can just leave now. They were one of my first experiments in the kitchen when I started baking years ago, though I definitely wasn’t making them vegan. They’re fairly simple to make and always seem super fancy and impressive. All about that simplicity, baby. And again with the versatility scones can be sweet or savory and allow for flavors that let’s say cookies or brownies wouldn’t be so open-minded to. I had been wanting to make a guide for persimmons along with a fun & easy recipe, and cardamom seemedRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Ever wonder what the hype is about smoothie bowls? The smoothie’s sexier, more photogenic cousin is a hit on social media. It’s basically like eating ice cream, but filled (and topped) with healthy foods, such as fruits, nuts, seeds, and veggies. Plus, instead of sucking down my smoothie in 5 seconds or less, the smoothie bowl requires some slowing down. I tend to feel more satisfied afterwards feeling like I ate a meal instead of drinking one.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 →

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 →

It’s only the beginning of August and I have eaten my weight (x3) in peaches, figs, cherries, berries & now, melon. I cannot get over eating fruit at every meal during the summer. Whether it be for a quick snack, grilled for a dessert, or tossed in a salad or wrap for some more depth, fruit is the best way to freshen up any meal. I love foods that are refreshing, and watermelon, is definitely one of the tops. As someone who lived in Spain, I have had my fair amount of gazpacho. And lemme tell ya. This one may be different than the traditionalRead More →