Homemade Chicken Wild Rice Soup

 Shout it, scout it, read all about it, “COLD WEATHER HAS STRUCK THE MIDWEST and EAST COAST” causing cold bodies, runny noses, and frost bite! The remedy?This Homemade Crockpot Wild Rice Soup recipe!! It is absolutely delicious and ...more

So I'm a Vegan. How Do I Explain This to a Teenager?

My teenaged niece has expressed interest in learning about the vegan lifestyle. As honored as I feel, I’m not sure I even knew that being a vegan is a lifestyle. Image via Shutterstock ...more

Gluten-free Pierogi with Potatoes & Cheese

Any tradition I was exposed to growing up was related to Polish culture. My dad's parents were from Poland, so growing up around Polish food and customs was of course a heavy part of my dad's upbringing. My dad shared a slice of his upbringing during ...more

10 Healthy Snacks for Lazy People Who Want to Eat Healthy

This post was inspired by my good friend, Melissa, who recently reached out to me needing some "EASY, HEALTHY snack ideas for LAZY people."In a perfect world we'd all have time to spend hours playing Top Chef in our kitchens, whipping up gourmet ...more

Celebrating Chinese New Year & The Year of the Monkey

A little known fact – Way back in the 80's, before the world became this crazy place, I spent many of my informative years living in Saudi Arabia with my family. It was an interesting and culturally different place to live, and it provided so many opportunities to explore the world and learn about other cultures.  ...more

13 Whole30 Super Bowl Recipes

Hey y'all! Super Bowl 50 is upon us, and I have to tell you that I am SO excited! Not only am I a huge football fan in general, but Peyton Manning is one of my all time favorite celebrities. His career, philanthropy, and cheesy TV commercials have all been absolutely cherished by my family. The fact that this is (probably) his last season to play makes his Super Bowl appearance that much more exciting! GO PEYTON - VFL! ...more
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Pink Heart Beet Pancakes

These pink pancakes claim their power from iron rich beets! Oatmeal also adds to the iron power of these pancakes, making it a great vegetarian option as well.  White or wheat flour can be used; the white flour making the pink stand out a bit more, yet the wheat flour boasts a bit more nutrition....more

The Protein Question

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Steamed Chicken With Mushroom & Herbal Gravy

It’s going to be Chinese New Year again in two days’ time.Time passes by so quickly. Last year this time, I was still waiting impatiently for the little one to be born. This year’s Chinese New Year would be the first one that the ten-month old is going to have....more

Football Sunday

Today I been thinking about what to serve for tomorrow’s game! Football Sunday is an important day at my house as you can imagine, the screaming and swearing at the tv is the normal :)! Last year I served Falafel, Hummus, and Kibi. And for dessert I made white cake with cream cheese frosting and dusted it with chopped pecans.  I went the middle eastern route all the way! This year I am going to make some of my middle eastern dishes but adding to that some of the American traditional Football Sunday food to satisfy everyone taste and requests. The menu is: ...more

Super Bowl and Lunar New Year Ideas

This Sunday is both Super Bowl Sunday and the Lunar New Year’s Eve. We plan on celebrating both and trying our best not to miss our favorite traditional foods for both occasions. For those looking for inspiration and ideas, I’m sharing some of my favorite Super Bowl and Lunar New Year recipes as well as what I plan on serving tomorrow ....more

Your "superfood" shake is not real food.

How to actually do superfood shakes.We’ve just hit the one-month mark for 2016, and for some, that means that those well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions are beginning to get a little bit tougher to follow. You might even be tempted to take up your long-lost-high-school-friend who has recently become a coach or distributor for one of those nutritional direct-selling companies....more

Design Inspiration: Craft Area Makeover

Holy moly, has this been in the works for a looong time! If you have followed the blog for any amount of time, you likely are aware that I am a girl with a lot of hobbies. In addition to cooking and baking, I have gotten very into knitting and sewing in recent years ....more

Healthy red and green meal-in-a-bowl salad, with spinach, berries and farro

Winter salads can be a challenge, but really, there's so much available as long as you stay away from rock-hard, plastic-looking pinkish tomatoes, overpriced asparagus, and other foods best eaten when they're in season in the summer. This meal-in-a-bowl began as a color study in reds and greens, with a handful of farro thrown in for texture (you could use barley or medium-size couscous instead). Instead of spinach, try kale, or a mix of lettuces and dark leafy greens ....more

Pasta with Collard Greens and Almond-Olive Relish

Time flies, doesn’t it? I prepared this pasta with collard greens and almond-olive relish, one of three meals in a...more

Pizza Bites

This is how the cool kids do pizza. They don’t microwave frozen stuff or throw tomato sauce and shredded cheddar...more

Easy Pizza Dip

With the big game coming up this weekend, I’m sure many of you are in planning mode, too. ...more