Plantain Cubano-Style Sliders

This one was born out of my husband’s love for Cubano sandwiches and a fridge stocked with plantains and pork sausage. Also, if you’ve never seen the movie, Chef, go out and rent it right NOW. Not only is it incredibly entertaining and heart-warming, it will also make you want a Cubano. Usually they’re made with…

Pregnancy Week 33: Hydration

Hydration. It’s amazing how one little word can change your life in so many ways. While proper hydration is essential for any human being, I’ve found that it’s especially impactful on my wellbeing during pregnancy. This should come as no surprise to most people. I’m relatively certain that “drink lots of water” is the number…

Berry Chocolate Pudding Tart

My Memorial Day weekend was filled with bags of clothing and furniture and box cutters. Everyone’s favorite kind of weekend activity : Moving! We didn’t move far but that doesn’t change the fact that we had to move ALL THE THINGS.  My poor 8 1/2 month pregnant body was definitely feeling the burn.  Fortunately, some…

Pregnancy Week 31: Sleep Support

I’m super late with this week’s pregnancy post. It’s supposed to be a recap of LAST week, but we’re almost in a new week already! Weeks 30-32 have been a bit fraught with anxiety and subsequent lack of sleep which, at least partially, explains my lateness. I’ve been zombie-Chef for the past couple of weeks and…

Grain-Free Chocolate Granola

Gonna make this post short and SWEET! Want a chocolatey treat without all the sugar? This grain-free, paleo-friendly granola will certainly do the trick. Eat it with your favorite yogurt or on top of a smoothie bowl! Grain-Free Chocolate Granola 1 1/2 c. walnuts 1 1/2 c. coconut flakes (unsweetened) 1/2 c. macadamia nuts 1/4 c….

Pregnancy Week 30: Third Trimester Nutrition

10 more WEEKS?! How did that happen? I feel like I was just at 20 weeks, the halfway point, and now it’s like he’s practically here! Last week I talked a little about childbirth preparation from the vantage point of reading and learning. This week I wanted to focus more on what kinds of strategies…

Chocolate Orange Scones

If flavors could get married, I would stand up as a witness to the Chocolate and Orange nuptials. They’re such a classy pair, don’t you think!? One of my favorite resources for flavor pairing is The Flavor Thesaurus. It would make an amazing addition to any kitchen or a gift for the serious cooks in…

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Time to start stocking up on some zucchini recipes. Summer will be upon us in NO TIME and the abundance of summer squashes along with it. This version of zucchini bread is refreshing and bright with lots of added lemon zest! Lemon Zucchini Bread 4 eggs 1 c. almond flour 1 c. coconut sugar 1 c….

Pregnancy Week 28: Things I Learned in my Second Trimester

I’ve reached my third trimester! To follow up my initial “things I learned” post for the first, I thought I would share some similar thoughts about the second phase of my pregnancy. It’s so incredible how the pregnancy experience really does shift from one phase to the next in almost exact correspondence to the “trimesters”. I…

Pregnancy Week 27: Second Trimester Eats

Twas the last week of the second trimester. And it was EPIC. Seriously, this week was awesome. I had the most comfortable, productive, enjoyable week of this whole pregnancy. I felt healthy, active, and energized. I finished my usual work week and managed to accomplish a ton of things on my “to-do” list. I got to spend…