Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

A while back I made some strawberry jalapeño jam and OH EM GEE. I’ve made it twice using fresh and frozen berries and it turned out great each time. If you’re not in strawberry season, this would be fantastic to try with cranberries, figs, or mango. The awesome thing about adding a somewhat savory component…

Cauliflower Hummus

Cauliflower Hummus. Kinda sounds like the elevator music of foods, right? But don’t let its boring exterior fool you—it is delicious with the fluffy smooth texture of cauliflower and tahini plus a zing of lemon and garlic. Haven’t convinced you yet? You might like to know that garlic is a potent anti-viral and anti-microbial food….

Thai Peanut Salad with Lime Dressing

I don’t know about you, but I lose my appetite in severely hot weather. I’m sitting here in central California sweating my eyeballs out. It’s supposed to be 107 degrees today and tomorrow. Let’s just say it’s not exactly spaghetti weather. Since I can’t NOT eat, I have to eventually find something appealing to nourish…

Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Bites

Hey there, how are you? Hanging in? Doing okay? Doing horribly? It’s all welcome here. I feel like the days of COVID are, among other things, one giant emotional experiment. One day I’m up, positive, even motivated. Other’s I feel like like a slug of inactivity and despair. No offense to slugs of course. They’re…

Ginger Blueberry Smoothie

The holidays are a time of travel and busyness. Both of which contribute to stress and sickness. Stress is antagonistic to healthy digestion which is not ideal when we are in the time of year when we are likely eating and drinking more than we ever do during the year. Stress also impacts our immune…

Breakfast Cookies

When it comes to managing sugar cravings, one of my first pieces of wisdom is to start your day with a savory breakfast. Eggs, sausage, bacon, sautéed spinach, salsa… you get the idea. I’ve found with myself and with my family that the surest way to initiate the need to snack is to have sweet…

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

In this edition of “Things I find at Trader Joe’s” we will be visiting the land of mega-hot-spicy. For some palates spicy is no fun, but I recently grabbed a jar of harissa paste and have been searching out ways to add the heat (within reason) in my meals. Harissa paste is essentially a jar…

Creamy Butternut Sage Pasta Sauce

One of my favorite things about Autumn is squash. In all forms. So I look for any excuse to use it in my meals, much to the annoyance of my husband (not a squash fan). Roasted? Yes. Pureed? Yes. Sauce? Heck yaaaaas. Around this time of year, it’s really common to see grocers coming out…

Pecan Pie Bites

I’m currently in week 18 of my pregnancy and Day 4 of a Whole30. Whole30 during pregnancy?! I must be crazy. Actually, since I’ve slid into my second trimester, I’ve found myself wanting to feel more inspired with my meal prep and less bogged down by all the foods I’ve been indulging but have been…

Jalapeño Avocado Crema

This is, by far, my absolute most favorite time of the year. Being lodged in the transition from summer to fall. The tourists in San Diego have made themselves scarce, there’s a chill in the air in the morning and evenings, grocery stores have a bounty of summer fruits mixed with autumn squashes. The air…