Grandma’s Korean Bulgogi Tacos

Grandma makes the BEST bulgogi! My Grandma brought incredible stories and delicious recipes from her childhood in North Korea and her young adulthood in South Korea. She makes sure these traditions and wisdom are passed down so we don’t forget where our ancestors come from. Her most notorious recipe is her bulgogi, which is thinlyContinue reading “Grandma’s Korean Bulgogi Tacos”

Simple Vegan Chickpea Stew

Hello! It’s getting warmer and warmer as Spring comes into full bloom! This weekend in Portland, Oregon, it’s in the 80’s! YAHOO!! I cannot wait for beach days, late night bonfires and tons of pool time this summer! But Oregon has this abominable little habit of tricking us into thinking that warm days are hereContinue reading “Simple Vegan Chickpea Stew”

Easter Eggs Dyed with Kitchen Scraps!

Let’s Welcome Spring with Bold Colors Happy Spring!! The tulips and daffodils are blooming, the birds have a happy tone in their song and the sun is shining earlier in the morning and longer into the evening. This time of year is so special because new life is budding and blooming all around! And whatContinue reading “Easter Eggs Dyed with Kitchen Scraps!”

Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Chickpea Cookie Dough

Is it freaking you out to see Christmas-themed photos in March? TECHNICALLY it’s still Winter for one more week. Truth be told, I made these healthy vegan black bean brownies with chickpea cookie dough in November and I was SO STOKED to share them. But then I totally forgot about them and I was likeContinue reading “Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Chickpea Cookie Dough”

I Let Buzzfeed Decide What I Eat For A Day…

I first found Buzzfeed in about 2012 and I quickly became enthralled by their quizzes. They are so random and unnecessary, and they are unnervingly entertaining. Most of the quizzes only take a few minutes, so you can quickly find out all sorts of things you never needed to know about yourself. For a funContinue reading “I Let Buzzfeed Decide What I Eat For A Day…”

vegan miso banana bread

The perfect bananas for making banana bread are so brown that they are toeing the border of going bad. Like, not moldy yet. But the ratio of brown to yellow should be about 9:1. So yes, it will take some time and patience to prepare this amazing vegan miso banana bread. But the wait forContinue reading “vegan miso banana bread”

Thai-Style Quesadillas & Tacos with Fresh Tortillas

Trying an Internet Trend During Snow First, this was the weather while I was making these delicious quesadillas. SNOW! It rarely snows where I live, so this was a treat! But now, on to more important things… FOOD! I’ve seen this cool way to make quesadillas all over the internet and it looked quite simpleContinue reading “Thai-Style Quesadillas & Tacos with Fresh Tortillas”

Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)

A Magical Dream Came True I LOVEEE donuts. My boyfriend used to work at a donut shop way back in the day. I loved to go there and just be immersed in the heavenly scent of fried dough and frosting. Ahh good times… But there’s only so many donuts I can eat every day untilContinue reading “Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)”

Easy Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

An Ode to Casseroles After all the cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats this season, I am ready for some healthy food to restock my fridge. Do you like casseroles? I personally have a love-hate relationship with them. I love their convenience. Casseroles achieve a quick and easy meal prep because they’re soContinue reading “Easy Dairy Free Chicken Casserole”

Small Batch “Pick-Me-Up” Cupcakes

We needed a pick-me-up Let me tell you why we needed small batch pick-me-up cupcakes at our house. Recently, my family experienced a loss. Our dog, Spencer, went to be in doggy heaven. He was an English springer spaniel and he had super cute soft and floppy ears. Unfortunately, Spencer developed intramuscular disc disease andContinue reading “Small Batch “Pick-Me-Up” Cupcakes”

New Year’s Fortune Cookies for 2021

Hellooooo 2021! It’s about dang time you got here! To celebrate, I made New Year’s fortune cookies for 2021 with inspiring and funny messages inside. The recipe was super simple and they look just like the ones from the Chinese restaurants! Hopefully this brings some good fortune in the new year. If nothing else,Continue reading “New Year’s Fortune Cookies for 2021”

Vegan, Raw, No Bake Pumpkin Pie!

Are you ready for this? It’s raw, vegan, no bake pumpkin pie, my friends. Let me say that again, for the people in the back. RAW. VEGAN. NO BAKE. PUMPKIN PIE. *and the crowd goes wild, roaring with applause!!*I know, I know. Pumpkin pie is as classic and traditional at Thanksgiving as the turkey. HowContinue reading “Vegan, Raw, No Bake Pumpkin Pie!”

One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

A Smaller Gathering at Thanksgiving Happy November! This holiday season is definitely different than ever before. In our family, we have a tradition on Thanksgiving to get together with my dad’s side of the family. It’s a fun time with about 20 – 30 people who are all really good cooks! But this year, withContinue reading “One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing”

Turkey Stuffed Squash – Small Holiday Gathering

Helloooo, November! Wow! Can you believe we are at the 11th hour and at the close of 2020? Did this year fly by for you? Or did it drag on forever like 7th grade math class? However your year went so far, we are heading into a magical time of the year. Typically this wouldContinue reading “Turkey Stuffed Squash – Small Holiday Gathering”

Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting

A Healthy(ish) Cake! Say hello to your snack for the week, my friends: easy & healthy carrot cake with chocolate frosting. The cake is loaded with carrots & apple sauce, and it contains zero butter or dairy. The optional chocolate cream cheese frosting is definitely not “healthy”, but it is insanely delicious on this cake.Continue reading “Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting”

Apple Picking By The Mountains

It is officially Fall! And the one thing to rival pumpkin this season is APPLES! Gala, granny smith, jonagold, honeycrisp, ambrosia, you name it! Apple pie, caramel apples, apple turnovers, apple cider, applesauce, apple chips, and of course, fresh, crisp, juicy raw apples. Last weekend we drove about an hour and a half to KiyokawaContinue reading “Apple Picking By The Mountains”

GIGANTIC VEGAN CINNAMON ROLL

GOOD NEWS! Baking yeast is back on the store shelves! The pandemic made a lot of things really weird, including the absolute disappearance of yeast from the grocery store. A lot of people (including myself) turned to baking without yeast, like sourdough bread from homemade sourdough starter. But slowly some things are shifting back toContinue reading “GIGANTIC VEGAN CINNAMON ROLL”

Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I love love love stuffed veggies. Stuffed bell peppers, stuffed pumpkin, stuffed zucchini, stuffed pizza crust… Zucchini boats are essentially stuffed zucchini halves, and there are more customization possibilities than settings in an Android phone. They keep well in the fridge and can be reheated for meals throughout the week, making it perfect forContinue reading “Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats”

healthy dessert falafel

Do you ever think about how classic savory foods would taste if they were made into dessert? I do, and these sweet healthy dessert falafel are a delicious twist on the classic savory Middle Eastern baked falafel. Crispy on the outside, chunky and soft on the inside… mmhmm. Just watch out, because these are incrediblyContinue reading “healthy dessert falafel”

sourdough discard recipe – sourdough pancakes

It’s time to enjoy the complex flavor of sourdough in a pancake form. Pancakes are one of the most versatile foods and they are so easy to meal prep for the entire week. And since we are on this yeast-free sourdough escapade, why not find a delicious way to use up the sourdough discard viaContinue reading “sourdough discard recipe – sourdough pancakes”

homemade sourdough bread

Welcome back to another episode featuring sourdough! In my last post, we learned how to make a sourdough starter from scratch. Today we get to use that sourdough starter to make a loaf the best homemade sourdough bread ever! Sourdough bread is actually healthy for you because the sourdough starter that is made of simplyContinue reading “homemade sourdough bread”

choose your own adventure diy trail mix

Did you ever read the Choose Your Own Adventure books growing up? I remember there were a few in my elementary school library. When I was a kid, I thought it was just the bee’s knees to be able to direct the story the way you wanted it to go. And you could read theContinue reading “choose your own adventure diy trail mix”

cereal milk and cookies (vegan)!

cereal milk You know that amazing last sip of milk at the bottom of your bowl of cereal? It’s that last bit of milk that you tip the whole bowl to your face in order to taste the heavenly concentration of magical creamy milk infused with cereal flavor. Well imagine that elusive last sip butContinue reading “cereal milk and cookies (vegan)!”

spicy shredded chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

This is one of my favorite meal prep recipes because (1) it’s super delicious when it’s fresh AND after it’s been in the fridge a few days(2) everything is super simple and easy to make(3) the whole meal gives is packed with well-balanced nutrition Why should you make this bomb meal? Maybe you’re trying toContinue reading “spicy shredded chicken stuffed sweet potatoes”

vegan + gluten-free lasagna!

LASAGNA LASAGNA LASAGNA!!!It is one of my favorite comfort foods because it is carby noodles + gooey sauce which = pure culinary bliss any time of day. I thought all was lost when I developed a severe sensitivity to lactose. How can you have creamy lasagna without the layers upon layers of cheese?! Well, I’llContinue reading “vegan + gluten-free lasagna!”

baked falafel (vegan meal prep)

I LOVE making falafel because they are an easy way to meal prep for some vegan protein. And when you bake them, instead of frying them, they are the key to simple and healthy meal prep! Just blend, shape and bake. Falafels are pretty versatile, depending on the spices you like. And the toppingsContinue reading “baked falafel (vegan meal prep)”

what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks

Over the course of the past five months, I have been gallantly slaying away at the challenge I set forth for myself: cookbook/bake/assemble/create one recipe from each of my 52 cookbooks! I started out as a terrible klutz in the kitchen on the verge of giving myself a monthly bout of food poisoning. After aContinue reading “what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks”

the perfect omelet (attempted)

DID YOU KNOW – The perfect omelet is often used as a tool to gauge how good a chef is in the kitchen. I remember marveling at the scene in the movie 100-Foot Journey when the staunch, uptight French chef in pursuit of her next Michelin star is begrudgingly forced to test her rival restaurateur,Continue reading “the perfect omelet (attempted)”

fried salmon with cauliflower purée

First of all, before we begin, let’s just take a moment to marvel at nature’s beauty. Buckets of rain = abundance of life here in the Pacific Northwest! It’s truly magical to walk through a forest or park while it is raining outside. Most people stay indoors but the wildlife is teeming. We saw threeContinue reading “fried salmon with cauliflower purée”

strawberry rhubarb jam with oranges

Summer is just around the corner! And both strawberries and rhubarb are some of the first crops that are ready to harvest around this time. Last weekend I ventured down the street to the farmer’s market and there were pints upon pints of strawberries everywhere! Nothing beats the sweet aroma and taste of fresh-picked strawberriesContinue reading “strawberry rhubarb jam with oranges”