Acorn Squash Soup

Main Dishes | January 22, 2016 | By

Acorn Squash Soup

January is all about resolutions. Eating-healthy-, going-to-the-gym-, working-less- and traveling-more-resolutions. But when you are busy with a packed work schedule, family engagements, dinners with friends and all those little weekend errands, it’s easy to let your resolutions slip to the wayside. I mean, it’s so tempting to skip the gym or eat a cheat meal while working over time, balancing extracurricular engagements and fitting in time with friends and family. I follow a few fitness bloggers and see their amazing, healthy routines and I cannot help but wonder…how do they do it?!
Though life sometimes gets in the way, one way I’ve kept my diet moderately healthy this month is by prepping my meals in advance. I realize that “meal prep” sounds like something reserved for the gym rat or health freak, but if your can embrace #mealprep, it can be a lifesaver. (Ok, maybe not an actual lifesaver, but it will really help you keep your diet on track those mornings you’re running late for work and need to rush out the door). 

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Super Simple Banana Ice Cream

Desserts | January 19, 2016 | By

Banana Ice Cream

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today’s post is all about food cravings. Cravings that hit you every time you go to open the pantry/fridge/freezer. Cravings that make you wish that you could turn your everyday chicken salad lunch into a fresh-out-the-oven bacon maple donut. Cravings that make you linger a little longer in front of the chocolate babka at the Trader Joe’s fresh baked desserts section. I’m craving sweets. 

In an effort to start this year off on the right foodie foot, I’ve done my best to cut the junk out of my kitchen. This includes eating out less and little-to-no sweets. So, when the sweet tooth hits, I’ve had to be a little creative with my “desserts” of choice. My newest obsession: banana ice cream. 

Making this ice cream is incredibly simple and only really needs two ingredients: bananas and mix ins. Though I find the riper the banana, the sweeter the ice cream, any banana would do. I remember reading somewhere that as bananas ripen, the banana’s sugar level increases, so if you are concerned with your sugar content, I would suggest using greener bananas. 

The second ingredient is really a list of ingredients, or what flavors you want in your ice cream. I decided to copy cat one of my favorite ice cream flavors: Chunky Monkey from Ben & Jerry’s. But if you want chocolate, just add a tablespoon of cocoa powder. For vanilla, add a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. You get the idea. This ice cream lends itself to mixing and matching flavors.

I hope you enjoy!

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Baked Eggs With Leeks and Spinach

Breakfast | January 12, 2016 | By

Baked Eggs With Leeks and Spinach

Happy (slightly belated) New Year! The first few days of 2016 brought non-stop rain to California, and I LOVED IT. The weather made me want to pull out all my warmest sweaters, light candles and curl up with a good book. Oh, and make these baked eggs over and over again.

Baked eggs is one of those breakfast dishes that looks like it takes a lot of time and effort to prepare, but in actual reality only takes a few minutes to whip up. The “wow factor” is only one perk. The incredible flavor is the other. The leeks and shallots add a mild, almost sweet onion taste that pairs wonderfully with the creamy yogurt and tangy dill. Just writing about this dish makes me want to immediately go to my kitchen and whip up another batch of baked eggs. 

Though this dish is really simple to make, you still want to keep an eye on your eggs. Once in the oven, your eggs get a “glossed over” look, so you might not be able to tell if they are fully cooked. I prefer my eggs on the runny side, so I like to bake them for approximately 6 minutes at 400 degrees F; if you want a well done egg, leave in the oven for a couple more minutes.

Cheers! 

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Healthy Blackberry Spritzer

Drinks | December 31, 2015 | By

Healthy Blackberry Spritzer

Happy (almost) New Years! I’m so excited to celebrate the end of 2015 and ring in the new year tonight. The new year promises to be a great one — full of family, friends, travel and, let’s not forget, new recipes.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been busy testing out new, healthy and tasty recipes. I’m even playing with some sugar-free (yet, completely delicious) dessert options, sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Be sure to check back in over the next few weeks for what I have in store.

Today, I want to share with you this healthy blackberry spritzer — just in time for your New Year’s Eve toast! It’s super refreshing and easy to make so you have no excuse but to whip a few up for you and your friends. For a slightly boozy twist, add a splash of vodka or swap out the sparkling water with champagne or sparkling white wine. 

Cheers to the new year!

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Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Desserts | December 24, 2015 | By

Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! We’ve finally made it to the last day of #12daysofcookies. And, since I always save the best for last, I decided to share my all-time favorite cookie, the banana bread chocolate chip cookie. Yes, you heard correctly. A chocolate chip cookie that tastes like banana bread. *Mind blown*

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Day 12: Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you can’t tell already, I’m a fan of any recipe that is quick and easy. And this cookie recipe definitely checks that box. Better yet, it combines the flavors of two of my favorite classic desserts: banana bread and chocolate chip cookies. Even better yet, its a great excuse way to use up any overripe bananas that are about to go bad. 

These cookies have a cake-like texture usually found in muffins or banana bread, so if you like crispy cookies, this recipe is not for you. Luckily I’m partial to par-baking, so these cookies are right up my alley. Also, they tend to flatten out when baking. But if you shape your dough into a circle when on the cookie sheet and add a little extra batter (about the size of a teaspoon) to the middle of your cookie dough, you can keep your cookies from looking like pancakes.

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