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Crunchy Veggie Ciabatta Sandwich With Chipotle Mayo + Goat Cheese

Nearly every time I eat a sandwich I declare it my new favorite sandwich, and this ciabatta sandwich is no different. Vegetables are often an after-thought when it comes to sandwiches, acting as toppings for a meat or protein base. Bored by lunchtime salads, I’ve felt inspired to create a variety of go-to veggie sandwiches of simple ingredients with complex flavors. Let’s deconstruct how to make my new favorite lunch: the crunchy veggie ciabatta sandwich…

Elevate Your Snack Game With a Blood Orange and Avocado Salad

Just because you’re short on time, doesn’t mean you should resort to sad midday snacks. Eating something that’s equal parts delicious, satiating and refueling is important. Getting out of your snack rut doesn’t require tons of ingredients. Rather a little imagination and creativity. One of my favorite mid morning or pre-workout snacks is this blood orange and avocado salad. Juicy, satisfying, filling and nutrient dense, requiring only a handful of staples and less than 5…

Smoky Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing Recipe

Okay guys: stop what you’re doing. You’re going to want to make this tahini salad dressing recipe as soon as possible. I’m not kidding; it’s the perfect blend of lemon, tahini, vinegar, olive oil and spices. Plus it only takes about 3 minutes to whip it up! The stars of this tahini salad dressing are tahini, off course, and my new favorite spice: smoked paprika. If you’re not a fan of smoky things, simply sub…

Blueberry Mango Smoothie + What I’ve Been Up To This Month

My taste buds can sense the nearing of spring! I’ve been craving iced matcha, cold brews and all the fruit smoothies. I’m not a regular smoothie aficionado by any means. After years of drinking them almost daily, it’s a rarity that I want them. I’m pretty sure when I am craving a good smoothie, it’s my body’s way of intuitively asking for more fruit — and I gladly comply! My favorite frozen fruit is a…

Bite-Sized Gingerbread Cookies — Perfect for Gifting!

Do you ever have one of those weekends where you feel like you strike the perfect balance of relaxation and productivity? Certainly easier said than done, but when it happens I feel like gold on Monday morning! One of things we enjoyed this weekend? Diving into the holiday baking season with these bite-sized gingerbread cookies! One of the simple gifts we will be giving people this year are mason jars with gingerbread cookies, so in…

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Wow, it’s been a while, but I have returned to bring you a recipe for simple butternut squash soup! The last month has been amazing but chaotic, full but also easy going. I GOT MARRIED — to my best friend and soulmate, and I couldn’t be happier. Our wedding was a weekend I’ll treasure forever. The final weeks of wedding planning were a bit nuts and chock full of DIY crafts. This left little time…

How To Make Quick Pickles

Let me start this off by saying this: I by no means strive for perfection, in the present or future, when it comes to sustainable and green living. I do, however, look for simple ways to decrease waste and reuse old materials (I.e. jars, bottles, etc). I’ve recently taken interest in making my own versions of things I would have previously bought in a jar because 1) I have so many empty glass jars in…

How To Make Lavender Simple Syrup

In life’s busiest times, the best thing we can do is remember to stop and enjoy the simplest little things! One of my joys: enjoying a cup of coffee or a delicious latte. I recently tried a lavender cold brew coffee from a local shop and was inspired to recreate a lavender simple syrup for my own homemade beverages. I’ve made regular simple syrup on numerous occasions, but I’ve never ventured into the realm of…

Peach and Tomato Chickpea Salad

Are you tired of legume salads yet? I hope not, because today I have my favorite of the summer thus far: a Peach and Tomato Chickpea Salad. This summer has been a doozy, in regards to both the hustle and the sweltering heat and humidity. If you’re from the South, the West or the Midwest, you’re probably rolling your eyes at me as I complain about temperatures in the high 80’s to low 90’s; but…

How to Prep Kale for Salads and Recipes

Kale: not going to solve all of your problems or end war, but delicious and nutritious nonetheless. Kale is easily one of my favorite greens to consume and work with. Early on, however, I wasn’t entirely sure how to prep it for my salads or grain bowls. I’d underdress and under prepare, leaving the kale too dry, scratchy and difficult to digest. Over time, I discovered better ways to prep it for my salads and…