Crispy Lemon Brussels Sprouts

It’s really hard to make Brussels sprouts look sexy. In case you haven’t noticed I’m very particular about the way food looks on this blog. I tried to make these look as good as they taste, but may not have done them justice. These little guys are tossed in a blend of seasoned olive oil…

Cheesy Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

The first time I made these a couple months ago, I wanted biscuits like the ones at Red Lobster. I haven’t been in years, but for some reason I remember the biscuits being good. These came out delicious and it only took 30 minutes to whip up a batch. I also devoured them so quickly…

Summer Smoothie Bowl

I never got into breakfast smoothies because I always found myself ravenously hungry shortly after drinking them. This would usually lead to me making up for it with a huge lunch. So much for healthy. This smoothie recipe is hearty enough to keep me full without feeling gross. The base is also thick enough to…

Cranberry Almond Cake & Candied Oranges

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Here’s the really short list because this is the closest I’m willing to get to a Thanksgiving post: The best and most supportive friends and family My boyfriend who is really too kind for his own good My coworkers who manage to keep me sane…

Spiced Pumpkin Soup and Ricotta Crostini

It’s been chilly (by SoCal standards at least), and with everything under the sun turning pumpkin flavored lately, pumpkin soup has been on the brain. I’ve never made anything with pumpkin before, so experimenting with this creamy soup was totally new to me! The soup is basically a coconut milk and pumpkin puree to which I added roasted carrots,…

Toasted Barley and Quinoa Salad

Recently I’d been craving a barley drink I had in Malaysia, so I bought a bag of the stuff and now I’m trying to figure out what to do with the rest of it! In case you’re not familiar with barley, it is a cereal grain that I think is highly underrated. It has more…

Persimmon Crisp & Bourbon Whipped Cream

Persimmon isn’t the most common fruit, so I had to improvise with this recipe. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! If I ever find myself with a ton of ripe fruit wondering how to use them before they go bad, baking is a great go-to. One easy way to use up all your extra fall…

Crispy Zucchini Fritters

Adulting is hard. Adulting with kids must be exhausting. My parents still drive me crazy from time to time, but they did alright considering babies don’t come with manuals. After dinner last night, we (the boyfriend, roommates, and I) started talking about some of the little harmless but annoying things we got away with as kids. Staying up past bedtime,…

Easy Peasy Tzatziki

Refreshingly cool and tangy all at once, tzatziki has a lot going for it. I needed a dipping sauce for some zucchini fritters, and tzatziki sounded like a delicious pairing. I love that this sauce goes with anything- fritters, fish, chicken, veggies, you name it- you can even use it as a marinade (though I have yet…

Almond and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Tilapia is a fairly mild white fish that’s great if you want a low fat, filling protein- especially if you’re not into chicken. It’s the perfect chicken substitute! I always choose fish over chicken because the idea of undercooked chicken makes me super uncomfortable. I wanted something simple for dinner, and this almond and parmesan crusted…

Spaghetti Squash & Coconut Delicata Sauce

The crisp air, cozy layers, comfort food, and family gatherings make Fall my favorite season. It’s not quite here temperature-wise, but I am so mentally ready for it! Fall is also the time of year for squash. Pumpkins, butternut, kombucha, and more- they are in abundance at every grocery store.  Of all the squash varieties, I’ve…

A Lesson in Self-Honesty

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” If you had asked me at age four, I would have instantly giggled “a cowgirl!” then swung my imaginary lasso as I rode my miniature rocking horse into the sunset. Like most kids, my answer came effortlessly.