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….

Recipe: Pumpkin Pasta Sauce (GF, V)

I adapted this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, a blog that has *tons* of recipes I love. You should definitely check out her website! This sauce is wonderful not only because it is quick & easy to whip up on a busy weeknight, but also because it can also be served on a wide variety…

Recipe: Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

This is another recipe that I made on a rainy Sunday morning. As the days go by and we get further into November, it is getting colder & colder here! Friday was our first snow—I couldn’t believe it! To hold onto the last days of fall, if they are even still here, I whipped up a…

Recipe: Peppermint Hot Cocoa (GF, V)

Another hot chocolate recipe because that is what rainy weather is for! I enjoyed this hot cocoa as it should be enjoyed, which is inside on a rainy Sunday morning while still in your pajamas. The addition of peppermint in this recipe is unbeatable. It makes me think of Christmas time and all the wonderful…

Recipe: Ultra Fudgy Brownies (GF, V)

What makes these brownies fantastic is that they are rich, gooey, delicious, and chock-full of protein. They are also Mom-approved, so you know they’re good. A good friend of mine texted me a recipe she made from Big Man’s World blog. I knew I had to check it out; I am always looking for healthy & satisfying…

Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate is rich and utterly creamy, entirely perfect for a dreary morning. Rainy days have been abundant this November here in Chicago, so figured some hot chocolate was necessary to cheer me up. I didn’t have any whipped cream or marshmallows, so I instead sprinkled on some chopped almonds with cayenne & cinnamon…

Recipe: Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with Sprinkles (GF, V)

I made this “cookie dough” after a tough workout on a cold day. It was, quite honestly, exactly what my soul needed. I have been meaning to make a healthy cookie dough recipe, and today ended up being the perfect time. This recipe is filled with protein and free of refined sugars. It is super satisfying,…

Recipe: Ginger Banana Bread (V)

Yes, I know. Yet another banana bread recipe. This one is amazing, and perfect for the season! Click here for a classic banana bread, here for one with protein, and here for a pumpkin banana bread. You must try the banana bread ASAP. It is vegan, mostly gluten-free, and contains no refined sugar. Banana breads are…

Recipe: Vanilla Candied Mixed Nuts with Cinnamon & Ginger (GF)

Remember in this post where I mentioned that a candied nuts recipe was to come? Yep, here it is! Read here about the health benefits of nuts, and here for a guide to nut butters. I fell in love with candied nuts on a freezing winter day in Chicago. Each year Chicago hosts the Christkindlmarket,…