• Desserts,  Recipes

    Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Bars

    I’ve had a recent obsession with lemon flavored baked goods. Until recently, I didn’t really like lemon flavored baked goods. I had this memory of them as being cloyingly sweet and not very lemon like. Fortunately,  I have finally been able to experience some really awesome lemon baked goods and now I’m hooked. With Spring in the air I have been craving the bright, tart flavor of fresh lemon. So, I went ahead and made these Lemon Poppy Seed bars with a special healthy ingredient. Chickpeas! Yep! These bars are made with chickpeas and just 8 other simple ingredients! These bars are gluten and dairy free and packed with protein…

  • Recipes,  Sides

    Asian Broccoli Salad

    I’ve been SO excited about the first hints of spring that have been popping up in the last couple of weeks. I knew that winter had been tough this year, but I had no idea how much I missed warmer weather until recently. In the last two weeks I have been in full on spring MODE. I have been cleaning, redecorating, buying ALL of the house plants and most importantly getting an early start on the garden, because this year I am determined to have a successful crop. A little background for you— we have lived in our little house now for two summers. The last two summers I have…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Cashew Curry Satay Bowls

    These Cashew Curry Satay Bowls are basically begging to be made all summer long. I know it’s only March, but a girl can dream right? Tender strips of Flank steak are simply marinated in lime, ginger and garlic. Grilled to perfection they top a fresh bowl of Cauliflower rice, shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots and cilantro. Pulling it all together a creamy cashew curry sauce that will keep you coming back for more. This dish is ALL about the sauce. I am not gonna lie I have already made these bowls three times. Not including the recipe testing phase… I can’t help it, they are just SO good and make…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Turkey Pho

    Winter is soup season. If you’re like me and live in the snowy Midwest, you quickly learn to accept the fact that once October rolls around you’re in for endless soups, stews and chowders until at least April. This winter in particular has had me craving the comfort of a warm bowl of soup. With endless ups and downs and snow and ice storms one after another it’s nice to know there is a warm bowl of soup waiting for me at the end of the day. So, while the winter weather is still trying to decide if it wants to snow or rain, I’ve been busy in the kitchen…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Red Cabbage

    Here are a few tips before you move onto the recipe: Make sure the pan is hot before you add anything and don’t be afraid to use high heat! Canola or peanut oil is best because of the higher flash point. PREP, PREP, PREP! Having all your veg, meat and sauce prepped and ready to go in bowls is essential. Once your wok or pan is hot you want to be able to move quickly. Cook your meat in batches. For a nice sear on the meat be careful not to overcrowd the pan. If you do, it will get watery (eww). Stir your stir fry–but not too much. Because you…

  • Desserts,  Recipes

    Blood Orange Pavlova

    Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! While my husband and I don’t usually make a big fuss over this holiday, we do always take the time to cook together and create something special for dinner. To us, Valentine’s Day acts as a reminder to slow down and take time for each other by turning what is just a normal necessary task (making dinner) into time well spent together.  So, with today being Valentine’s Day, I wanted to create a recipe that was truly special. If you are looking for a dessert that is both beautiful and romantic—this is it. This Pavlova is assembled from two light and fluffy meringues that are perfectly…

  • Breakfast,  Recipes

    Huevos Rancheros

    You GUYS, I finally did it!   I love, love, love huevos rancheros! I have searched high and low for a recipe that was easy to make, but as delicious the first time I had huevos rancheros. It was the sauce that did it for me. It was a smooth and smoky chili-based sauce with a pinch of heat and acidity. So began my endless quest to re-create that OMG moment. I have searched the internet looking at all sorts of ranchero sauce recipes only to come up empty handed. I couldn’t find one that reminded me of the sauce I remembered.   After much trial and error, I am…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Turkey Swedish Meatballs (Dairy Free)

    In this dairy free version of Turkey Swedish meatballs, I use cashew cream mixed with chicken stock as the based for the creamy gravy. Often, cashew cream is associated with vegan or vegetarian cooking, but I find that it is a great dairy free alternative for anyone. Not only is it dairy free but compared to dairy cream, cashew cream it is arguably nutritionally superior. While it is still high in calories and fat, cashews are full of healthy fats. 76% of the fat from cashews are a combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the good stuff). On the other hand, the fat in cream is comprised of 62% saturated…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowls

    These Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowls are one of the easiest and best dinners ever. My husband was doing a lot of traveling for conferences this summer so he was out of town a lot. I don’t really like cooking just for myself, I don’t know why, but I usually just end up eating some form of eggs and toast. This last time though, I decided to make up at batch of roasted veggies and rice for Buddha bowls. I made it on Monday and ate it the rest of the week for dinner. You would think maybe I would have gotten sick of it, but you’d be wrong. It was…

  • Recipes,  Sides

    Orange and Apple Spiced Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry sauce has always been one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. When we were kids, my mom would always make it the night before and I would love to watch the cranberries burst and pop in the pan until they cooked down to a delicious thick sauce. We used to make just a simple cranberry sauce but somewhere over the years we started adding other flavors. Our family sauce is now infused with orange, apple and cinnamon. It is still quick and easy and even now, I think it’s fun to watch the cranberries pop! If you have never made homemade cranberry sauce, then this is a must try.…