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 →

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 never met a granola that I didn’t like. Grain-free, nut-free, loaded with oils & fats. I will take one of each, please. I got super into making my own granola about 10 years ago and I go in & out of phases. Recently the phase has been “in with granola.” Something so simple can jazz up your smoothie bowl, chia pudding, yogurt, ice cream, parfaits, or what have you. And it’s super fun for brunch spreads.Read More →

It’s funny how our taste buds change so much as we grow. Growing up my parents had a rhubarb patch that I loved to pretend housed mini families under its canopy. But whenever the subject of eating rhubarb came up I ran in the other direction, but not before I gave my mom an “ewh I am not eating that” face. (Sorry, mom!) I’m not even sure I had even tried it, I think I didn’t like the name. As I started becoming interested in eating locally & exploring farmers’ markets, rhubarb was one of the things that I experimented with. And I loved it.Read More →

It’s wellness Wednesday and I’ve got a super yummy treat for you! In my world, Wednesday means hitting up a super early workout, heading to the market and then coming home to whip up some delicious farmers’ market inspired meals. I know that for many this may look like a Saturday or Sunday, so I’m dropping the recipe in time for all the weekend warriors out there.Read More →