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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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)!”

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”

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”

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)”

dandelion fruit smoothie

I am still faithfully chipping away at the challenge I posed for myself back in February – make one thing from each of my 50 + cookbooks. I have made over 40 different recipes now on this personal challenge, and I was truly feeling like I was on a ROLL. Look at me, in theContinue reading “dandelion fruit smoothie”

blackberry banana split vegan ice cream

Yumm fresh fruit. Yass only two ingredients to pure happiness in a bowl! If you’re looking for a cold, sweet treat but are still going strong on those new year’s resolutions (or maybe you realized you need to drop the covid-19 pounds) then try this blackberry banana split vegan ice cream! I first got thisContinue reading “blackberry banana split vegan ice cream”

vegan queso on seared shrimp with green chile-cilantro rice

Ok, let’s have a quick chat about this vegan queso. I must admit, that the only other queso I’ve eaten (to my recollection) is from Torchy’s Tacos. And let me tell you, this vegan queso ain’t no Torchy’s. It’s thick but it’s just not creeeeamy. You know what I mean? But as longs as youContinue reading “vegan queso on seared shrimp with green chile-cilantro rice”

banana walnut muffins

Mmmm you can make these muffins simply for the sweet smell that fills your home as these scrumptious morsels bake *eyes go slightly crossed as tongue lolls out dreamily* Warm cinnamon and nutmeg with the fresh sweetness banana and the cozy nuttiness of the walnuts… The muffins are sort of like a regular muffin andContinue reading “banana walnut muffins”

pear and kale smoothie + cinnamon almond granola + coconut yogurt

Wow what a mouthful of a title! I’m nearly to the end of my challenge for myself of cooking one recipe out of the 50-plus cookbooks I own. The poor things just sit there collecting dust, so I figured I’d pull each one down and use them for once! This delicious smoothie bowl with anContinue reading “pear and kale smoothie + cinnamon almond granola + coconut yogurt”

golden coconut chia pudding

Good morning! I have been awake since 4:30 am, it’s currently 11:30 am and I am WIRED. I don’t exactly know why I couldn’t sleep, because I usually am out like a rock until my phone alarm jolts me out of my dreams. But it’s ok, because I had time to clean, organize, do aContinue reading “golden coconut chia pudding”

Ghanaian Groundnut Stew

Peanut soup is an authentic African recipe that’s very popular in West Africa, and especially in Ghana. And not only are peanuts a good source of protein, fats and fiber, but they pack a mighty punch of B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Let’s take a step back in time together… According to the National Peanut Board,Continue reading “Ghanaian Groundnut Stew”

quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food

I took some of the abundance of spare time I have right now during the quarantine to clean out my kitchen cabinets of food that is nearing or past its expiration date. Can someone please tell me how I moved into my apartment in the beginning of 2019, yet I have a package of seaweedContinue reading “quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food”

chicken and lime tacos with rice flour tortillas

Hi, friends! It’s taco time! Yay! Do you love tacos? I didn’t realize how much I love tacos until I tried Torchy’s Tacos in Dallas, Texas. Freaking bomb-diggity tacos right there. And their queso… *wipes drool off chin while snapping abruptly out of a daydream sailing in a sea of Torchy’s queso on a tortillaContinue reading “chicken and lime tacos with rice flour tortillas”

orange + olive + fennel salad

Sweet. Salty. Spicy. Fresh. Crunchy. Chewy. Citrus-y. Yummy. This salad is like a mix of so many flavors and it’s so interesting. I liked this salad because even though it seems really simple, there is a lot going on with each bite. But for some reason, it didn’t agree with my sensitive little tummy. FennelContinue reading “orange + olive + fennel salad”