Hors d’oeuvres in the Heat

Summer has officially began here in SoCal. Or maybe it’s still spring. Either way, temperatures above 100 degrees call for light snacks on this lazy Sunday. With some tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and spices you can whip up both or either of these dishes in just a few minutes. For these caprese bites you’ll need…

Guiltless Granola Bars

Granola bars were always a go-to snack growing up. However if you turn the box around to see the stats, you may be shocked to see how much sugar is packed into such a small bar. Here’s a date-based granola bar recipe to help you make a convenient snack that is refined-sugar free but still…

Garam Masala Wraps

The quickest lunch or dinner recipe for me consists of lots of seasoned and sautéed veggies rolled into a wrap. This is also a perfect recipe for lunch on the go! All you need is a big bowl of chopped veggies seasoned or marinated in garam masala, ground cumin, salt, lime juice, sugar, and cayenne….

Black Bean Tortas

Since my move to SoCal last year, I’ve had the great fortune to explore one of my favorite cuisines so much more! Growing up in the Midwest meant Mexican food mostly consisted of greasy enchiladas/burritos at restaurants or the same few items at home. Here’s a vegetarian version of a Mexican staple: tortas! Ingredients: Buililo…

Spring Soirée 

Both of my moms are March babies. And we all happened to be together for a weekend between their birthday. So naturally, this called for a celebration! I totally forgot to take more pictures because while you can’t tell from the pictures, this took place at midnight. Not ideal because of other commitments that look…

Cheesecake, Minus Eggs

If you’re a vegetarian like myself, you know the trade of customized food orders all too well. Many times the substitutions leave your meal lifeless, but luckily that’s not always the case as vegetable-based diets have become increasingly popular. Here’s an egg-less cheesecake recipe…the ultimate rich and creamy indulgence! Ingredients: 3 packages cream cheese (8 oz)…

Indo-Thai Stirfry

Sometimes it’s incredibly fun and satisfying to create new fusions of cuisines and try new recipes. Other times it’s even more fun to have dinner started and served in 20 minutes. This recipe is for the latter: on days you’re tired, lazy, don’t know what to make, have a lot of produce, or want to…

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Dessert for breakfast is a thing again and no complaints here! I was very skeptical of cold or room temperature oatmeal, but turns out I should have tried them way sooner than I did. I’m officially on the bandwagon now! Here’s how I make applie pie overnight oats: Mix all of the following in a…

Baked Falafel Plate

Trying to find an easy weeknight dinner? Or something outside your regular dinner rotation? Look no further than this baked falafel plate. A few steps of prep turns some lentils and veggies into a delicious and healthy meal good enough for a dinner party or a meal with your family. Veggies: iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, white…

Holiday Sweets Without the Sweat

With Christmas right around the corner, my social media feeds have been filled with holiday decor, trees, and beautiful treats! If you’re looking to get in on this wonderful tradition but just don’t have the time for an all-day bake fest, check out these easy recipes for yummy individual desserts. They’re perfect for potlucks, as…

(Holiday) Gift Ideas For…

Hostesses Those who already have everything New parents or parents-to-be Those who love stocking stuffers or small gifts The stationary-obsessed Women Luxury-lovers Those who believe in magic Clean freaks The adventurous or simply have the travel bug You forgot to buy something for Reading fiends A secret Santa exchange The doctors in your life Those…

Pantry Prettiness

There’s something magical about having an organized, uniform pantry. It’s always a work in progress but here’s some inspiration for reorganizing your own! Secret Weapons for a Prettier Pantry