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”

Chewy Corn Flour Cocoa Cookies

Whale hello there! How is your Spring season going? I hope you are soaking in some vitamin D on the sunny days! We just had about a week-long streak of cloudless skies and 80-degree weather here in Oregon! But the faithful clouds have returned and the temperature has dropped a bit. Which makes it theContinue reading “Chewy Corn Flour Cocoa Cookies”

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!”

Strawberry Pop Tart Macarons!

HAPPY NATIONAL MACARON DAY!!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!!It’s national macaron day every March 20th here in the United States. And what better way to celebrate than with some amazingly delicious and unique strawberry pop tart macarons!?! If you haven’t made macarons before, check out my own first attempt, along with a some helpful tips and a plethoraContinue reading “Strawberry Pop Tart Macarons!”

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”

chocolate strawberry macarons

My very first attempt at making macarons Helloooo, March! On this lovely weekend in the glorious third month of the year (because it’s my bday month, ayoo!) I decided to take a whack at something I’ve never made before – macarons. These illustrious French pastries have captured my heart and my stomach for ages. AsContinue reading “chocolate strawberry macarons”

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”

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”

Savory Breadsticks Four Different Ways

The Breadsticks The gluten free breadstick recipe I followed is from The Healthy Gluten-Free Life by Tammy Credicott. Her cookbook creates really delicious gluten-free food without a pre-made gluten-free flour blend. There’s a lot going on to create these chewy, soft, flavorful breadsticks including xanthum gum, potato starch and tapioca flour. When I first readContinue reading “Savory Breadsticks Four Different Ways”

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!”

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”

Why Halloween is the Worst

Why I Hate Halloween Ok, I actually don’t “hate” Halloween. But let me tell you why Halloween is the worst holiday these days. First, let me say that I truly have tons of fun and happy memories around this time of year. I love carving a hand-picked pumpkin from the pumpkin patch every year. IContinue reading “Why Halloween is the Worst”

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”

beet mujadara

Hello! How are you?! What have you been cooking in your kitchen lately? I am in love with Middle Eastern food, partially because I get the traditional homemade stuff from my bf’s family’s house. I can’t get enough of all the spices, onion, meat, and carbs, carbs, carbs. And I was thinking to myself, howContinue reading “beet mujadara”

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”

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”

summer salad with candied rhubarb swirls + feta + mixed greens

~~~ WELCOME TO SUMMER!!! ~~~Sunshine, tan lines, flip flops, iced tea, long days, warm nights, and… rhubarb! To make these gorgeous rhubarb candied swirls, you are only going to use the deep red skin. However, I try to let nothing go to waste, so I made some unique rhubarb muffins with the leftovers. They tastedContinue reading “summer salad with candied rhubarb swirls + feta + mixed greens”

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”

greek yogurt cinnamon roll donuts (healthy-ish!)

Happy National Doughnut Day this Friday, June 5th! If you’re craving donuts (like me… every day of the year tbh) and if you don’t want to splurge on those delicious fried pieces of heaven, then try out these healthier cinnamon roll donuts! They have yogurt in them and they’re baked! Healthy(er)(ish). Yay! I actuallyContinue reading “greek yogurt cinnamon roll donuts (healthy-ish!)”

the perfect fried eggs

Spoiler alert: this makes the “perfect” fried eggs, IF you like sunny-side-up fried eggs. However, by the end of this experiment, I realized that I don’t really care for fried eggs unless they’ve been flipped over so the other side gets a chance to cook. I honestly thought there was just one type of friedContinue reading “the perfect fried eggs”

peanut toffee chocolates (vegan + gluten free + refined sugar free)

These are so freaking delicious. Each bite is super indulgent and at the same time, you feel healthy because there is no dairy, no gluten and no refined sugar. Well, actually there is some refined sugar in mine because I have no clue where to find cacao paste other than the internet, which is currentlyContinue reading “peanut toffee chocolates (vegan + gluten free + refined sugar free)”