• Make Ahead Breakfasts

    Okay… summer is now over (unofficially). That Tuesday after Labor Day always seems to be the day despite what the lunar calendar says. The melee sets in; back to school, back to work, back to life. It can be hard to get out the door in the morning (or sit to write a blog post!), am I right? I pulled together my favorite recipes that you can make a head and get you and/or your kids out the door even faster without the headache! Muffins: So easy to make ahead and keep on the counter or better yet, in the freezer! Make a double batch while you are baking! All of…

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

    School is about to start… a little over a week to go. I am trying to get into the mindset of being back in a routine (and off the beach). A wholesome breakfast before the school day starts is a priority in my house. This granola fits the bill. Hearty and nutrient packed with enough chocolate to make the kids happy. Serve with yogurt and fresh berries and you are all set! A variation on my Granola Formula amped up with the flavors of Nutella! Ingredients: 3 Cups gluten free oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 1 Cup chopped hazelnuts 1 Cup sliced almonds 1/4 Cup flax meal 1/4 Cup…

  • Pepper Cheese

    This is a classic. My mom and I have been making it for years and I always make it the same day I make gazpacho. Cusinart is already out and you have leftover pepper and onion. Easy peasy. It is the perfect thing to have in your fridge for a snack or whip out as an hors d’oeuvre when friends stop by. Also, totally kid approved! Ingredients: 1 Pound good sharp cheddar (white or orange) 1 small pepper or half large, any color 1/4 red onion Instructions: 1.Rough chop pepper and onion and add to cusinart. 2. Pulse until a fine dice with a good amount of liquid.Place small strainer…

  • Quick Peanut Sauce

    I have had a lot of requests for the recipe for this peanut sauce that I throw together so I finally measured it out! I love having this on hand for those awesome vegetable rolls I buy at the grocery or for any grilled meat. Soba noodles (or zoodles) pair perfectly with it and thinly sliced cucumbers and carrots tossed with it make a pretty fabulous salad. I like how this all comes together in one bowl… and I’m lazy and use garlic powder which omits the cutting board and knife (and truly blends in better too!). Quick Peanut Sauce Ingredients: 1 Cup smooth natural peanut butter (I like Teddies)…

  • Cinnamon “Latte”

    I quit coffee. Really. Over a year ago now, and I used to drink two cups (if not more a day). I don’t miss it but I do miss a latte with that froth sometimes. So this is my cinnamon “latte” that I have been loving in the mornings. Made with my favorite Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset tea with added protein and fat it keeps me from feeling starved during the morning rush. Bonus for some that it’s dairy free too! It’s my version of the ever talked about Bulletproof coffee… Bulletproof tea! I happen to love Brain Octane, I think it makes me more focused during the…

  • Thrive Market Review

    Who out there has tried Thrive Market yet? I swear I signed up for an account over a year ago and never ordered. Something about membership fees always gets me. Yes, it is like Costco, but I always hesitate. I did the same thing with Beachbody. I waited forever and we all know how that turned out. So, my advice to you is DO IT. Don’t wait like I did. I think it may just be the best online source out there for natural and organic products! My first box arrived this weekend and it was packed perfectly. Glass jars intact, delicate pasta noodles still perfectly whole in their box,…

  • Butter Cups

    I have wanted to make my own peanut butter cups for a while now… but I have been too lazy. It felt like a complicated thing to make. Today when my son and I wanted to create something in the kitchen we went for it! I call them Butter Cups instead of Peanut Butter Cups because you can use any kind of nut butter to make them. We made them with peanut butter as well as coconut butter today so that my son could bring them in to school. The verdict? They were not hard to make! If you have a microwave and a freezer you are in business and…

  • Everything But The Bagel Salt with Dill

    Everything Bagel Salt. It is everywhere, no? It’s topping avocado toast, fried eggs, cream cheese on a bagel… I mean the possibilities are endless. So why not make it at home? Forget the fact that it is more economical in the long run, it makes for a great little hostess gift. This one here is a little different because I have added a little dill to it. Trust me,  it is amazing in my current egg salad obsession which you can find right here. I tried a version of Everything Bagel Salt with dill and knew I needed to recreate it at home! Everything But The Bagel Salt with Dill…

  • Egg Salad with Persian Cucumbers & Everything But The Bagel Salt

    Egg Salad with Persian Cucumbers & Everything But The Bagel Salt I created this one day when I was STARVING without lunch prepared, in a rush, a car full of groceries and with a sleeping kid in the car. I was able to make this in the time it took me to unload the groceries from the car! The star is my Everything But The Bagel Salt seasoning. The dill with the cucumber in the salad gives you a bit of a pickle taste that is perfect! The seasoning is just so good and so simple to make. Great for avocado toast, celery with cream cheese or deviled eggs! Ingredients:…

  • Hazelnut “Cookie Dough” Bars

      This recipe is directly adapted from the amazing Rachl Mansfield’s recipe for “Crack Bars”. Her Cookie Dough “Crack Bars” can be found here: http://rachlmansfield.com/sea-salt-dark-chocolate-cookie-dough-crack-bars/ – THEY ARE AMAZING! I saw hazelnut meal in the store and thought why not try a different variation of these freezer treats! If you like Nutella you’ll love these! I add a little extra sweetener and vanilla because I know my kids and they’d like it a little sweeter than the original! Hazelnut “Cookie Dough” Bars Cookie Dough Base: • 2 cups hazelnut meal/flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill) • 3 tablespoons coconut flour • ¼ cup coconut sugar • 3 tablespoons melted coconut…