Recipe: Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (V)

I made these on a sunny April day, when I was at home sick. I did feel better after I ate a few, but that is ~probably~ due to the Advil I took right before. Nevertheless, these cookies are perfect on a Thursday morning, especially on a day where the sun is out and the temperature is…

5 Staples I Always Have in My Kitchen

Some things in our lives are constants. For me, this includes the variable k and, yes, food is also no exception. I definitely notice when one of the items below is gone, struggling to thrive when my jar of beloved peanut butter empties. Thus, I am sure to aaalways keep it in stock. Here are five…

Recipe: Lemon Chia Seed Muffins (V)

Oh, yes. Another muffin recipe. These remind me of the classic Lemon Poppyseed muffins while growing up; I remember being obsessed with Caribou’s Lemon Poppyseed loaf, with the best part being—of course—the vanilla icing on top. The recipe below is 100% whole wheat, as well as vegan if you use flax eggs. The nuts in the…

Recipe: St. Patty’s Day Peppermint Shakes (GF, V)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! In honor of today, here is a recipe that reminds me of McDonald’s iconic “Shamrock Shakes,” a Saint Patrick’s Day necessity. However, this recipe has a healthy twist on the usual good ol’ milkshakes, as this recipe utilizes frozen bananas instead of ice cream, as well as spinach (you can’t taste it!)…

Recipe: Banana Quinoa Muffins

Another muffin recipe! These do remind me of banana bread, but they have a distinct flavor due to different add-ins. The almonds, of course, and quinoa add a nutty flavor, and the coconut sugar and cinnamon provide sweetness & spice. If you are out of almonds or prefer something else, feel free to switch them…

Miami, Florida: Culture, Places, and Restaurants

This February, I had the opportunity to travel to Miami, FL to celebrate my birthday, which fell on a Friday this year. Chicago weather lived up to its expectations that week, and there was a snow storm on Thursday night. (Ironically, it was similar weather to the date that I was born, which was also…

Recipe: Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips (GF)

These cookies are ridiculously rich, gooey, and—of course—delicious. You’d never guess these are free of dairy & gluten (no dairy or flour) as well as packed with nutritious nuts & oats. This recipe was created & executed as a result of a classic post-dinner dessert craving, which is absolutely wonderful when you have the time &…

Recipe: Cinnamon Banana Bread

I’ll start this recipe the way that every banana bread recipe begins here: Ah, yes, another banana bread recipe. Today I had way too many bananas going overripe in my kitchen, and I really did not want to be the one witnessing their decline into smushy, sad, black shapes, once resembling bananas. Okay, that is definitely once of…

Recipe: Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

These are perfect for as an addition to breakfast, an afternoon “pick me up,” or even a post-dinner snack. The batter matches perfectly with the blueberries, and the cinnamon & ginger adds a flavorful addition. I’d recommend folding in some chopped walnuts or pecans, but this is totally optional. These muffins are dairy-free, consist of mostly…

Coffee Shops: Where & Why

There’s something incredibly calming about working in coffee shops. Whenever I have endless work to do, I find that I work best in an environment that’s different from my house. Something about coffee shops clam me, allow me to focus, and give me the perseverance I need to be productive. I’m not an avid coffee…