Some mornings I enjoy a savory breakfast like avocado toast, and other mornings I crave something more sinful like chocolate… topped with chocolate… served with a side of CHOCOLATE. It’s mornings like the latter, that I indulge in homemade chocolate nut granola. You might be wondering why I make my own granola when there are so many readily available at the grocery store. This reason is two-fold. 1) I do not tolerate oats and the majority of prepackaged granola options use oats as their base ingredient. B) I like knowing exactly what ingredients are in my food. By making this quick recipe at home, I know there are no preservatives or synthetic ingredients. And III) It is much more economical to make granola than to purchase the prepackaged variety. (just realizing my reason is in fact NOT two-fold…) [Read more…]
- You wake up, walk into the kitchen to grab breakfast and find out that the leftover french toast quinoa (with toasted pecans, dried cherries, and cinnamon – recipe coming soon) you had dreamed about eating for breakfast is gone. Apparently your significant other beat you to it.
- Then, as you pass by the kitchen sink, you discover that when your main squeeze “helped” do the dishes last night, he/she left the usual lone straggler. That’s right, EVERY.SINGLE.TIME your spousal unit washes the dishes he/she overlooks a SINGLE random cup, bowl, or spoon (How is that even possible?!?).
- After washing the “forgotten” dish, you head to the utility room to start a load of laundry. As you sort the clothes something catches your eye…It’s a blotch on an otherwise uniform fabric…The type A person’s worst nightmare…Yup, it’s a STAIN…on your spouse’s BRAND NEW pants. You immediately realize that the big greasy spot is not going to come out no matter how much elbow grease you put into it and submit to the fact that it will be in good company with all of your spouse’s other stained, ripped, and holey clothes. [Read more…]
Until recently, I hadn’t given much thought (if any) to eating fruits and vegetables that are seasonally grown. I mean, why would I? The grocery store stocks most everything I enjoy year round. It wasn’t until I thought about my own garden and how it produces various fruits and vegetables at different times of the year that I even considered the concept of eating seasonally. With this in mind, I decided to dive further into why an individual might choose to eat seasonally and came up with the following reasons. [Read more…]
It never fails that when I have fresh produce (bananas and tomatoes are two of the worst offenders) pesky little fruit flies (of which I can only assume are the devil reincarnate) take over my kitchen. Not only are they unappetizing, but they are downright embarrassing. Luckily, I’ve found a nontoxic fruit (fly) cocktail to eradicate these winged pests. [Read more…]
Before you dismiss this post based solely on its name, you might recall from my guacamole post that “The word avocado comes from the Aztec word “ahuacatl” which translates to testicle tree”. That being said, I recently visited the grocery store twice in the same week and as a result I accidentally purchased double my weekly supply of testicles (anyone else getting hungry?). I had hoped they would ripen at different times, BUT the little boogers had other plans. This predicament challenged me to come up with creative ways to use these tasty treats and I feel like I met the challenge head on.
Of course, I made homemade guacamole , enjoyed them in my sMuQi’s, and ate them freshly sliced with salt and pepper; however, quite possibly my favorite way to eat this testicle fruit was on toast (I can honestly say I never thought I’d say testicle toast was a favorite of mine, but then again,….don’t knock it until you try it! 😉 ) [Read more…]
Let’s face it…salads can be booooooring. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good side salad, but as a main course…….meh 😕 . That being said, I’ve finally found a salad that appeals to my taste buds and my visual senses. One thing I love about this salad is that you can literally throw in whatever vegetables you have on hand. On my salads I enjoy chive, parsley, cilantro, broccoli sprouts, onion, cucumber, pistachios, carrots, red bell pepper, and purple cabbage. Other ideas include tomatoes, avocado, Mandarin oranges, cauliflower, zucchini, sunflower seeds, or even pumpkin seeds. In my book, plants are nature’s Skittles and my goal is to “Taste the Rainbow” every day. [Read more…]
Roses are red
Chocolate is brown
One bite of this treat
Turns any frown upside down
I’ve finally found the perfect nutrient rich alternative for chocolate cake. My husband’s German grandmother is an exceptional cook who makes THE MOST AMAZING chocolate sheet cake I’ve ever eaten. When I found out I had a gluten sensitivity I reluctantly said goodbye to grandma Hanna’s chocolate goodness forever. After years of searching for a comparable alternative I’ve finally found one (truth be told, nothing can replace the original recipe, but this is a good runner up). [Read more…]
Let’s talk about smoothie bowls. It is literally a smoothie….(wait for it)….IN A BOWL. I know, mind blowing isn’t it? I like smoothie bowls because they are a way to express creativity in a fun and nutritious way. There’s no right or wrong way to make a smoothie bowl (That’s not true. Every once in awhile I come up with a flavor combo that even my dog wouldn’t eat, but that’s definitely not the norm). For the smoothie bowl base I typically add:
- 3 or 4 different frozen fruits (banana, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, acai, raspberries, pineapple, peaches, etc)
- vegetables (my favorites are spinach, zucchini, and carrot)
- (optional) plant-based fat (1/2 avocado, 1 tablespoon coconut flakes, 1/2 – 1 tablespoon nut butter, flax seed, etc)
We’ve all had days (or weeks) where we come home after a long day to find ourselves tired, hungry, and unmotivated to put much effort (if any) into preparing a nutritious meal. Times like these are when quick and easy dishes make a world of difference. Without these go-to recipes I am tempted to grab something convenient like fastfood 😳 which often leaves me feeling bloated and miserable. One of my family’s favorite go-to recipes when we’re in a pinch is salmon cakes. This recipe has a mild flavor and pairs nicely with salad or can be eaten on its own. For an added kick, drizzle sriracha sauce on top just before serving 😉 . [Read more…]
Fire cider (not to be confused with hard cider) is a folk remedy used to help boost the body’s immune system, clear congestion, ward off bacterial and viral infections, and aid in digestion. Not only does it pack a potent punch, but it is also warming (which is perfect for cloudy days like today). Fire cider can be described as simultaneously spicy, sour, and sweet and is good for sipping or used in cooking. Because this recipe has to sit for one month to reach its full potency, we make a batch prior to the cold and flu season and store it in the refrigerator until it is needed. The recipe below is from Mountain Rose Herbs, and is my family’s go-to remedy any time we feel like we’re coming down with a cold or the flu. [Read more…]