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”

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”

how to make a sourdough starter from scratch

Why put in the blood, sweat and tears to create a sourdough starter? Yikes, maybe I started off too dramatic there. Why put in the sweat and tears to create a sourdough starter? Well, maybe you are wanting to get in touch with your roots and make artisan bread the way humans did long beforeContinue reading “how to make a sourdough starter from scratch”

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”

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”

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”

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)”

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”

green spätzle with grape tomatoes + homemade chicken nuggets

I’m not vegetarian anymore, but I still hung on to my half-dozen Vegetarian Times magazine troupe. One particular edition from January/February 2015 features ways to eat more greens in the new year. What better way to get in some more greens than in deliciously chewy dumpling noodles!? When my family lived in Germany, I wasContinue reading “green spätzle with grape tomatoes + homemade chicken nuggets”

chick ‘n’ masala and homemade bone broth

This was my very first time EVER cooking a whole chicken! I know the recipe says to use a poussin, but the butcher I go to only had chickens. So chicken is what we ate. Also, if you’re like me and have no clue what a poussin is other than a funny word, it’s apparentlyContinue reading “chick ‘n’ masala and homemade bone broth”

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”

chicken burrito bowls in the instant pot

Do you have an instant pot or an instapot too? Do you absolutely love yours too? I love mine because I usually forget to defrost meat before I want to cook it. So this little appliance is a total time-saver for me. And the fact that it can pressure cook, slow cook and saute inContinue reading “chicken burrito bowls in the instant pot”

crispy chicken schnitzel + roasted veggies

When we lived in Germany, my sister and I would almost always order the schnitzel and pommes when we would go out to eat. Breaded & fried meat with fried potatoes – what better meal for a little kid, especially when everything else on the menu looks weird! So when I invited my sister, herContinue reading “crispy chicken schnitzel + roasted veggies”

strawberry caprese kebabs

Look at how adorable these little babies are! Soooo cuuuuute :3 It’s like a bite of creamy/sweet/ fresh yumminess on a stick! These were super fun and impressive (lol!) appetizers at the very first dinner party I hosted I wanted to show off my new skills in the kitchen, and I prepared a wholeContinue reading “strawberry caprese kebabs”

green tea lime pie smoothie bowl + vanilla super-seed granola with coconut chips

Check out the color of this smoothie bowl! I love love loveeee smoothies and when they can be eaten with a bunch of toppings with a spoon, it’s like a healthy bowl of ice cream/cereal/magic! This recipe is from one of my favorite cooking books, Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon. All the recipesContinue reading “green tea lime pie smoothie bowl + vanilla super-seed granola with coconut chips”