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…

Where to Eat in New Orleans, Louisiana

With the Mardi Gras season just beginning, I’d like to dedicate a post to the beauty of New Orleans. It is a melting pot of manifold cultures, which makes for a delicious & unique cuisine. With influence from the Caribbean, Southern France, Africa, Spanish, Creole, and Cajun, there’s no doubt that New Orleans is incredibly…

Recipe: Garlic & Rosemary Sweet Potatoes (GF, V)

First of all… Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your holiday is filled with laughter, comfort, and, of course, delicious food. Use today to take a step back and be grateful of all you have, even if tomorrow you find yourself rapidly hustling through millions of stores and ruffling through each sale rack to find the best deals….