Vegan Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Working with youth has a lot of perks (and a lot of challenges). One of these perks is my schedule. As the program manager of an after school music education program, I generally work from 11am – 8pm. This may seem like the WORST for some people, but for me it has been great. Fresh…

Basil Almond Pesto

We love pesto but don’t love the price of pine nuts. Through experimentation, we have decided that almonds make a great alternative (they are cheaper and healthier!). Typically, Alex and I will make a batch of pesto, eat some on pasta, and then store the rest in a mason jar. It will last quite awhile and is nice to…

Cinnamon Pecan Swirl Spelt Loaf

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very musical family. At age 5, I began playing the cello and I took private lessons and participated in youth orchestras until I graduated from high school. I now work at a music education program for youth, so clearly it had a huge impact on me…

Vanilla Maple Chia Pudding

Need a quick morning meal or something easy to take to the office for a mid-morning snack? Chia pudding is easy to prep, delicious to eat, and good for you! When I first started seeing Chia beverages in stores I was really freaked out. Have you seen those juices that have little tiny blobs suspended evenly…

Salad with Acorn Squash & Goat Cheese & Pepitas

Spring has sprung! And you know what that means…longer days for backyard potlucks and parties! Our friend threw a beautiful backyard bash to ring in the first days of Spring and it was wonderful. Alex and I got a CSA box last week. Have you ever gotten one? CSA means Community Supported Agriculture and it…

Spelt Breadmaking Basics

If you’re like me, you probably never really thought about baking bread as an option. For some reason, it’s one of those things that seems like a mystery but we don’t dwell on it too long and we go on buying loaves from the grocery store with not much thought. Well, that changed for me…

Monster Kale Smoothie

Just me, myself and my ginormous green smoothie… I went to the gym for the first time since being sick today. My legs have been itching for a workout, but my lungs needed some more time to heal so I just biked for 20 minutes and then did stretches on the mat. It felt SO good to be…

Homemade = Less Money & Less Waste

My biggest pet peeve? Folks who complain about being broke but who also buy lunch every day…C’mon people! Buying groceries and then preparing meals at home is definitely the way to go. In addition to being cheaper (and healthier), making food at home produces less waste than restaurants do when cooking for the public. Its that easy! Make…

Environmentalist on a Budget

It’s easy to care about the wellbeing of the environment, but much harder to ensure your actions reflect your words. Even more so when you’re on a tight budget.Yet, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your ecological footprint and contribute to altering our society’s treatment of the planet. Alex and I were recently…

Stir Fry with Basil & Coconut Rice

We typically stir fry once a week (at least) but switch it up each time so it doesn’t get old! This recipe calls for eggplant, broccoli, and bell pepper but you can easily switch it up with any vegetables you are craving or have on hand. Green beans, zucchini and carrots are some of our…

Cranberry Pecan Spelt Bread

Today I baked up one plain spelt loaf and a second, loaded with cranberries and pecans. Alex and I ate our freshly baked bread for Sunday lunch, dipped in Pasolivo Extra Virgin Olive Oil (the best!) with a drop of balsamic and topped with homemade almond, basil pesto and goat cheese. (Not pictured: we ate carrot sticks and…

Immunity Shot & Smoothie

  I’m sick. Very very sick! I kind of ran myself into the ground last weekend with a road trip to a family gathering up the coast, then back to LA early Sunday morning for a frisbee tournament (we won our division btw!) in the wind & cold (relatively speaking), and then to a friend’s…