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…

Bacon-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Tahini Orange Dressing

It’s December 1 which officially kicks off my holiday season. If I start Christmas music before this day, it feels wildly inappropriate. I hold absolutely zero judgement if you’re one of those people who starts in November, or post-Thanksgiving. For me, it’s a personal impossibility to get into the Christmas spirit prior to December. I’ve…

Thick Paleo Blueberry Pancakes

Pancake Saturday is now officially a thing in my house. I think I’ve kept a streak going for about 6 weeks now. Each Saturday has been different as I’ve toyed around with buckwheat, vegan, plantains, bananas, even chia seed versions! These are the classic blueberry variety. No shame in keeping it simple. The simple recipes are the…

Basil Parsnip Meatloaf

I seem to be leaning on the blog’s archived sauces lately. While that may be a bit uncreative of me, there’s nothing wrong with using what works! And the basil cream atop this meatloaf just plain WORKS. Basil and tomato are classically summer flavors, but you can side step that little detail  by grabbing some frozen…

Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad

I have found that one of the best ways to stick to eating real, whole foods is a crazy delicious sauce. Some people use ketchup, others are impossibly addicted to hot sauce. Whatever your preference, if dousing your broccoli in butter is going make you more likely to eat your veggies, then I say go for…

Creamy Mushroom Chicken Chowder

My childhood is chock full of memories related to visiting Ventura and Channel Islands Harbor to take our boat and fish. Even if we didn’t go out on the boat, we would head over on the weekends to spend time near the water. During these visits, we would always (appropriately) stop to eat at a seafood restaurant….

Classic Pumpkin Pie

I grew up having pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Under no circumstances did I expect it to be at any other holiday gathering. As I’ve grown into a more well-rounded person with a growing catalogue of life experiences, it’s become apparent that the rest of the country doesn’t necessarily have that same expectation. I was even listening closely to…

Hazelnut Butter Cups

You guys! How fun is this?! There are little “snowflakes” falling across the screen! This makes me feel five thousand times more festive when writing this recipe. (unfortunately, if you are coming across this recipe anytime after the holidays, I suspect the snowflakes will no longer be with us. Insert sad face here ____ A festive…

Chocolate Fig Frosty

I love how the seasons change in Southern California. It’s gradual but unmistakable when the scent of autumn hits the air regardless of the reading on the thermometer (hint: It ain’t chilly). Changes like the oranges, reds, and yellows of seasonal produce hitting the market, tourists leaving our vacation destination town, and holiday advertisements infiltrating…

Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Porridge

Wanna hear about my really exciting weekend? Well, I spent it cleaning my floors and purging my closet while watching episodes of Dawson’s Creek on repeat. Oh and don’t forget my new vocation as baby servant. But seriously, with the closet. I’m making my first attempt at a minimal wardrobe. I managed to rid myself of 2…