3 Ingredient peanut butter cookies
Are you ever craving something sweet but don't want to feel crappy about yourself for indulging? Personally, I feel this way almost every single day. These super easy, organic, 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are the perfect treat. They curb that craving and don't make you feel bad about it. They only take 20 minutes to make and come out of the oven perfectly soft and crumbly. No pressure.. but I'd give these cookies a try ASAP!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and pears
I have been making this recipe for over 8 years now and have never gotten sick of it. My mom and I wanted a new brussel sprout dish for Thanksgiving (circa 2008) and this is what we came up with. The pears add a nice sweet touch and are perfectly balanced out by the brussel sprouts. This dish is always a crowd favorite, not only on Thanksgiving but all year round. So simple, so easy, so delicious.. just what I love!
I've been getting a lot of questions about the amount of smoothies I've been drinking lately. Yes, I have been making SO many smoothies but I don't eat them all. It's usually a battle between my roommates and friends of who can get out of work first to get the left over smoothies from the fridge.
If you've been keeping up with my Instagram posts and stories lately, you know that I've been on a major smoothie kick. I am constantly trying new variations of my favorite smoothies, but this recipe is one for the books. The chia seeds and ALOHA Vanilla Bean Protein powder are both packed with magnesium (among other things), which is great for increasing energy and helping digestion. This smoothie is so creamy and refreshing, and gives you the perfect fuel to start your day!
Finding a quality protein bar in the grocery store can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a hay stack. There are a few brands that I really love, but a lot of them are filled with sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors, or inadequate protein sources. After talking to one of my friends, who goes out of her way every week to find protein energy balls/bars, I decided to take a stab at making my own. I'm so glad I did because I discovered how easy it is to make nutritious, protein-packed, energy bars that don't have any of the fillers and crap that I'm always trying to avoid.
Wings can get a bad rep for being an unhealthy bar food, but they don't have to be. This week I made a delicious homemade spicy barbecue sauce that used coconut sugar as the sweetener (you can read more about my love of coconut sugar in this recipe here) and tomato sauce instead of ketchup (steering clear of those added sugars). My roommate, who is a self proclaimed wing connoisseur, said they were amazing (so they must be, right?) AND she said she felt pretty healthy eating them. They definitely are healthier than bar room wings.
This is my first post in my new apartment in NYC! There are about a million and one pros to my new apartment, but there is one temporary, HUGE flaw. My gas is not currently turned on, so I can't cook with the stove or oven. The apartment was completely renovated before I moved in (which is awesome), but they re-did the kitchen and are waiting on the permit to turn the gas back on. I am going on week 3 with no stove. Rough.
Growing up, my dad use to make my brother and I pancakes or waffles every weekend. He had a shirt that we called his 'pancake shirt'. It was a maroon L.L.Bean plaid flannel - I am not sure why we decided that was going to be dad's pancaking making shirt, but it was. My dad hung this shirt in the coat closet near the kitchen and every weekend, my brother and I would run into the kitchen, dad would put on his pancake shirt and we would all make pancakes or waffles from scratch.
Last week, I made these incredible sweet potato gnocchi (recipe coming soon) and had some left over ricotta that I did not know what to do with. I also had a butternut squash sitting around that I had to use. I never have ricotta, but I sure am glad I did this week because these butternut squash stuffed shells were amazing. To be completely honest, I have never made stuffed shells before. I grew up in an Italian house, so grandma would sometimes make them but I hadn't had them in years. For a first time stuffed shell maker, these were super easy and totally worth the slight mess I made trying to stuff the shells... they were so slippery!
The first time I saw someone make almond milk was a few years ago - you might think its crazy that I remember this. There was an old episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians on TV and Leah Jenner (as in Kendall/Kylie's half brother's wife) was making almond milk in the kitchen while some drama filled conversation took place. I know, this is super random. But I have also thought Leah was so cool and I loved (what I could see) of her lifestyle. From then on, I knew I wanted to give homemade almond milk a try. Fast forward a few years and I'm obsessed.