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…

Pumpkin Fig Oats

Last year, I did a whole30 over the month of October and I’m planning on doing the same this year. October is a great time for a little nutritional reset in my opinion. No big holidays like birthdays or anniversaries to tax my willpower, it’s just a regular ol’ month for me and a great…

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…

Fig Brownie Bites

This probably goes without saying, but it’s incredibly difficult to do anything with a newborn in the house. I was also incredibly naive to think that I could get anything done while he is sleeping. Why? Because I can only do things that don’t make NOISE. Cooking… makes noise. Baking… makes noise. Sweeping up the back yard……

StoneHaus’ Prosciutto, Fig, and Goat Cheese Sandwich

I was travelling back from Santa Barbara to San Diego and the traffic report made it necessary for us to stop and eat in order to wait out some terrible bumper to bumper action (#thanksLA). We ended up at a fun little spot in Westlake Village called StoneHaus. It’s a miniature winery with a tasting…

Dark Chocolate and Fig Acai Bowl

Right now I have an incredible view of East Village, the Coronado Bridge and a fancy new skyscraper as it nears completion. San Diego, you have my heart. This view almost makes me forget how long I circled around the streets looking for parking during this incredibly busy weekend in San Diego. The world-famous Comic…

Links I Love 9.0

Another edition of everyone’s favorite… The Clean Plate’s newest, favoritest links. Let’s start with some recipes. Nom Nom Paleo This salad was AMAZING. I omitted the cashews and used this almond butter dressing. I also added grilled chicken. I also just recently got Michelle’s Cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo. It’s equally amazing and must be purchased…

Green Fig Smoothie

      For the summer days that are already upon us! Green Fig Smoothie 2 frozen green figs (new at Trader Joes) 1 frozen banana 1/2 avocado handful of kale or baby kale 1 c. almond milk (or coconut) couple drops of vanilla extract or bean pinch of salt Add all ingredients to your…

Chocolate Banana Protein Bars

Hey everyone. Again, I am very awful blogger. No time, no dedication. I’m terrible. So here’s an extra long one as penance for my suck-age. I’m taking today’s post to discuss a few things that I think are awesome, and a few things that irritate me. Fascinating, I know. First, things that are a major…

Meatloaf with Balsamic-Fig Compote

Meatloaf is a wonderful meal to make during the weekend or when you have some time to devote to the kitchen because it means you will have leftovers! (well, maybe not if you’re cooking for 5, but I cook for 2… which means lots of leftovers.) This recipe is a nice diversion from the tomato…