Shakshuka!

I had never heard of Shakshuka until I started following a bunch of instagram foodies. Then, all of a sudden, it was in my Insta feed…seemingly every day, all of the time, everywhere I looked. At first I was curious what it was, then I was intrigued about making it, then the other day I…

Earth Day on the Daily

Today is Earth Day! Today is a day when many people spend time outdoors, volunteer for environmental projects, or simply take time to honor our planet with thoughts. In my morning yoga class, we focused on grounding ourselves – sending energy to our legs and feet with our breath and poses. My legs certainly feel grounded now…they’re…

Pantry Must-Haves

  I made cookies the other day on a whim. I was on the self-declared food committee for a girls’ outing & picnic at a winery. I woke up that morning and realized we needed cookies. Duh. So I threw together oatmeal & tahini & chocolate chip cookies for us to nibble on with our…

The Açaí Bowl

I’m not going to lie, when I was studying abroad in Brazil, I did not care for Açaí…Which is a bummer really, considering Brazil is the Land of Açaí. Men (in tiny bathing suits) run down the beach carrying coolers on their backs shouting “Açaí, Açaí, Açaí!” and if you call them over, they pull out…

Vegetarian Sushi “Tacos”

Alex grew up making open-faced sushi at home. His mom’s side of the family is Japanese and despite being in the United States for quite a few generations, they enjoyed preparing the cuisine of their ancestry (who wouldn’t…Japanese food is amazing!).  Sadly for me, sushi was not in my family’s cooking repertoire. I did, however, grow up feeling…

Multigrain Mushroom Risotto

Alex and I went to CostCo yesterday to stock up on some of the ingredients we use all the time. Now, I get overwhelmed in shopping malls & IKEAs like nobody’s business, but when I walk into CostCo, my anxiety melts away and I’m like a kid in a candy shop. Seriously. We got the…

Exercising Kindness

I’m pretty kind when it comes to others, but it’s a completely different story when it comes to myself. I think we all have a tendency to be especially unkind to ourselves and our bodies when it comes to thinking about exercise, fitness, and diet. This is something I’m consistently working on. It’s easy to get mad at yourself…

Thai Red Curry

On nights when Alex and I are lazy and don’t want to cook – we order thai food. It’s become kind of a routine. I’ll text Alex as I’m leaving work at 7:30pm about how I’m starving and exhausted and don’t know what to make for dinner. If he agrees, I immediately call up our…

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…