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”

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”

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”

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”

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!)”

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)”

honey-pistachio bars

Erin Gleeson, the author of The Forest Feast, is totally living a dream life. Imagine packing up your spouse and kiddos and traveling through the Mediterranean for three months in search of foodie inspiration. Yes, please! Honestly, this book is total eye-candy. From the gorgeous photos of the bluest beaches in Italy and France toContinue reading “honey-pistachio bars”

zucchini-crust margherita pizza

Feast your eyes on the glory of this pizza!!! There is a (not so secret) ingredient in this bad-boy-turned-healthy… ZUCCHINI! And not just any zucchini. Look out now, there is spiralized zucchini in the crust! Now, to be 100% honest, I was super skeptical about how this pizza would turn out. I was like, comeeeContinue reading “zucchini-crust margherita pizza”

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”

a day at the Louvre in Paris (from home because #quarantine)

You probably already know this, but the Louvre in Paris, along with other museums around the world, have put exhibits online so people around the world can “tour” them virtually during quarantine. How freaking cool is that?! Turn off tiger king and get some education and culture in your brain right now. Check out allContinue reading “a day at the Louvre in Paris (from home because #quarantine)”

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”

TVP STUFFED PEPPERS

Have you ever wondered what a love story would look like when a down-home southern belle falls in love with a hippie rebellious vegetarian dude? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. But that’s basically this cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. It is so stinking adorable! It’s the love story between two unlikely people, toldContinue reading “TVP STUFFED PEPPERS”

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”

sloppy joe pizza rolls

YUM. YUM. YUM.You HAVE to try these. The flavor of the sloppy joe filling is so amazing! The melted cheese, the complex salty/sweet/spicy flavor of the filling… Mmmmm. And I decided to make my own pizza crust, since I have all of these random flours and gums and starches leftover :p The whole dough-rolling actionContinue reading “sloppy joe pizza rolls”

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”

vegan cashew nibble cookies

What other excuse do you need to make these cookies other than they basically taste like warm, raw cookie dough?! Make them. Right now. These cookies are from The I <3 Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook by Kris Peters. It’s full of recipes that use products from Trader Joe’s. Since we’re all on corona-craze, there isContinue reading “vegan cashew nibble cookies”

hummus + roasted red pepper + feta gluten free crepes

It is time for crepes!!!! As I am working my way through cooking at least one recipe from each of my cookbooks, I saved my crepe cookbook for later in this journey. The time has come. *cue the epic music for this proud and long-awaited moment.* But let me tell you, the first attempt wasContinue reading “hummus + roasted red pepper + feta gluten free crepes”

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”

bacon sage cornbread stuffing

So, when I opened the package of the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix that’s been sitting in my cabinets for a while, I was so excited for cornbread until I smelled that familiar play-doh scent of stale flour. I thought to myself, well, I’m sure it’s probably okay to still eat, right? ItContinue reading “bacon sage cornbread stuffing”

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”