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…

Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread

Hey, hey! So my household has been STRUG. GL. ING. with the fall cold season and I am 100% fighting the good fight to keep myself healthy. There are many reasons for this: If mom gets sick, how will the world keep turning? I’ve been a peak level Nikki excitement (that’s huge you guys, I…

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…

Orange Fennel Slaw

Is is normal to have a cabbage craving? No? Ok cool. Just asking for a friend. But seriously, I’ve been jones-ing for some tasty slaw and a last minute cooking gig was just the thing to motivate me to get creative. I’ve noticed that a lot of people dislike traditional coleslaw because it’s very heavy…

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…

Colombian Guacamole

Apparently Colombians are wayyyy better at guacamole than anyone else. I’m so fired up about this version that I’ve been putting it on everything. In salads, on eggs, on meatballs, inside rolled deli meat, spoonfuls straight in my mouth! There’s a blended mix of chilies, onion, and cilantro as well as hard-boiled eggs. The flavor…

Sourdough Herb Stuffing

Last year was my inaugural attempt at hosting Thanksgiving dinner. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that it was pretty dang successful. One of the reasons for that was this stuffing. Or maybe it should be called “dressing” because it didn’t actually get stuffed into anything. I’m not sure what the correct…

White Balsamic Cranberry Sauce

You remember that bottle of white balsamic vinegar that’s just chilling in the back of your pantry because you bought it for that one salad dressing that one time? Well, it’s your lucky day because I have something incredible for you to make that will utilize your lonely vinegar. This sauce has the classic holiday…