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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…

Citrus Pico De Gallo Black Bean Salad

Another week of choosing to avoid the oven as much as possible brings you this simple addition to your weekday lunches or dinners: Citrus Pico De Gallo Black Bean Salad. Tart and citrusy from fresh lime juice and fresh and spicy from the pico de gallo. Perfect as a light main course, side dish, or snack dip, this recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes of time! This recipe is chock full of healthy fats, fiber,…

Easy Weeknight Meals – Veggie and Brown Rice Noodle Stir Fry

Hello there, Friends! I’m back with my first recipe in over week. This summer is already way busier than expected, but all good things! I had no intentions of tonight’s dinner making it as a recipe on my blog, but then I realized, if you’re like me, these are actually the recipes you want. The ones you can make in 15-20 minutes after a long day at work. Thus, I bring you my first recipe…

Honey Tamari Cucumber Salad with Ginger, Jalapeño, Cilantro and Lime

Honey, Tamari, Jalapeno, Pickled Ginger, Cilantro, Lime Juice. Yes, that is a lot of flavors. I probably would’ve never tried combining tamari soy sauce and ginger with (what I consider) hispanic flavors, but boy did it work! Last week I started checking out cookbooks from our local library, not to follow the recipes necessarily, but to teach myself more about flavor blending and specific cooking/baking techniques. I was surprised to see just how many recipes…

Recipe Video: Lemon Garlic Hummus

Hey, Friends! I did something! With the help of my fiancé, Corey, I have entered the world of video content by filming my lemon garlic hummus recipe! While its clearly a learning process, I am quite proud of how this first one turned out. I have many improvements to make, such as my awkward pauses, but you’ll never learn unless you do, right? So here is one more reminder, to put yourself out there and…

Adaptogenic Mushroom Coffee Popsicles

Adaptogenic mushroom coffee popsicles? Yes, my friend, quite the mouthful of words, but trust me on this one. I’m absolutely in love with Four Sigmatic’s mushroom coffees, so I was through the moon when afforded the opportunity to develop a recipe for the brand. I’ve become obsessed with making coconut milk popsicles and coffee is one of my favorite ice cream flavors, so for me, it was a no-brainer to craft together a frozen coffee…

Golden Pineapple + Herb Smoothie

I went through a phase where I literally drank a smoothie every single day, and thus it left me feeling like I’d never want a smoothie again. Slowly, however, my smoothie taste buds are returning; and at the right time I’d say because as it gets warmer smoothies are often my breakfast of choice — with a couple of hardboiled eggs — or my favorite post workout snack. A long standing struggle with smoothie making…