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!”

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)”

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”

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)”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

chicken lettuce wraps

Cancel your dinner plans tonight, because I have them here for you. These chicken lettuce wraps are SO DELICIOUS OMG! The flavor of the sauce is incredible – like I don’t even know how to describe it other than wow, I’m eating the whole thing right now. And they are quite healthy and so fresh!Continue reading “chicken lettuce wraps”

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”

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”