Healthy Homemade Granola

It all began with a trip to Cape Cod this past June for a weekend getaway. My husband and I found this adorable breakfast spot, The Salty Market, and proceeded to eat there every morning for the remainder of our trip. For my husband, it was the breakfast sandwiches that kept him coming back. For me, it was the granola parfaits. Their sweet and delicious granola parfaits. Their granola was different than the store bought granola you may have had in the past. It prompted me to want to make my own to try to replicate their mixture. My healthy homemade granola is a sweet reminder of our breakfasts among the market’s garden.   I should also mention this recipe includes nothing but natural sweeteners and some added healthy mix ins. The honey acts as a natural sweetener and the cinnamon adds a great flavor to the finished product. Oats themselves are […]

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Shrimp and Soba Noodle Bowl Recipe

Happy Friday everyone! This is double good news because it’s almost the weekend and it’s Christmas Eve’s eve. My sister and niece get in town tomorrow from California and I could not be more excited. We have not seen them since our wedding a year and a half ago! Time flies…. I have to admit, this recipe was created and intended to hit the blog about 3 weeks ago and then…December happened. It’s busy season both at work and at home so creating content inevitably sat on the back burner. I was home on a cold and rainy night and felt like some comfort food and something to satisfy my soy sauce fix. Luckily, I had some shrimp in the fridge and soba noodles in the pantry. The recipe is so simple that before I could say sesame seeds- I was enjoying it while cuddled up on the couch with […]

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Roasted Root Vegetables

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! I hope everyone was able to enjoy yesterday with loved ones. We traveled a bit south to be with my brother and my immediate family this year for a more intimate gathering. I am happy to say I may have officially hit adulthood because veggies were the object of my affection this Thanksgiving. Of course, the stretchy pants came in handy for the biscuits, sweet potato puffs and pie that I ate as well!  The smell of rosemary and garlic fill the kitchen as this dish is roasting and the beautiful color of the beet juice really make this dish present beautifully on the table. You can prepare this dish ahead of time and since it’s easy to transport, you can simply pop it in the oven upon your arrival or before you leave for your gathering.  The chopping and prepping the dish is the most time consuming thing […]

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Sea Salt Chocolate Covered Banana Lollipops

I’ve had a real craving for all things chocolate and sea salt recently. Rather than go to a local chocolate shop to indulge in their most recent guilt ridden creation… I decided to make my own. This incredibly easy recipe requires only three ingredients and they are fairly common items that you probably already have laying around in your pantry. These tasty little bites on a lollipop stick are the perfect medium between indulgence and moderation. Who doesn’t love lollipop desserts?! Eating them is half the fun. Ingredients: 2 Cups Chocolate Chips (I used milk chocolate for this recipe) 3 TBSP Sea Salt 2 Bananas Additional item needed: Lollipop sticks which can be purchased at Michaels or a craft store Method: Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Slice your bananas into 1/2 inch bites. Skewer the banana bites onto your lollipop sticks. Place the banana lollipops […]

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Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

The Holiday season is fast approaching and I want to share a Butternut Squash recipe that is sure to please the masses. It’s an easy to prepare dish with lots of flavor that will impress your guests and have them asking for a another helping! My favorite thing about this dish is the fact that it’s both delicious and nutritious.  Quinoa. It’s ever present in restaurants, cooking shows, online recipes and even commercials mocking people attempting to pronounce the darn word. I remember having trouble myself when I was first challenged with pronouncing it! KEENWAH. I won’t get into the plethora of health benefits this grain provides to you but I will say it’s a superfood and you should feel pretty darn good about incorporating it into your diet.  Did you know that studies have shown Orange to be the most appetizing color to people? Maybe that’s why Mac & Cheese is […]

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Smooth Lemon Garlic Hummus

Hummus is my happy food. Give me a bowl of hummus with pita and I’m happy as a clam. It’s simple, delicious and very easy to make in your own kitchen. The best thing about hummus is that you can so easily tweak and change the ingredients to make it your own. But first, you must have a good base recipe.  I have tried Olive Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and even Spicy Hummus but all of these start with a few ingredients. I am sharing my “base” hummus with you today because it’s the most classic and then you can modify your taste preference from there.  Garlic, Garlic and more Garlic. I wish it were its own food group.  The process of “shelling” or de-membraning (I’m sure that’s not a word but you get the point) the chickpeas can be quite tedious but it’s VERY much worth the time to get […]

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Simple Pumpkin Soup for Two

My favorite part about this recipe is that it’s completely from scratch. It allows you to pick your own pumpkin you find most appetizing out of the bunch and bring it home as the base of your dish. For this recipe, I used a “pie pumpkin” that was quite small but we are only cooking for 2 in our house. Trust me, you guys are seriously going to love this soup.  The bulk of ingredients above. This recipe is vegetarian friendly and paleo friendly. You can’t go wrong! A friendly tip: Roughly 2 Cups of cubed pumpkin is equal to 1 cup canned. You can also make the recipe with canned pumpkin but it eliminates the excitement of picking your our pumpkin to cook up and the feeling of accomplishment from cutting the pumpkin successfully without any injuries!    Ingredients: 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Pumpkin- Cubed into about 3 […]

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Spiked Apple Cider [Friday Cocktails]

Happy Friday everyone! Dreaming of an end-of-the-week libation? I’m hands down a Cocktail over Wine type girl. Perhaps it’s the fun combinations of ingredients or the fact that wine gives me terrible headaches…but cocktails are queen. Side note: I keep wishing the wine aversion away way but nothing seems to work-it’s really such a bummer. So for me, it’s mixed drinks all the way.  Just like a great restaurant menu, a great cocktail should be seasonal. This particular drink makes me wants to be cozied up in a blanket in front of a campfire with a s’mores on the way.  Hope everyone enjoys my favorite seasonal cocktail: Spiked (and spiced!) Apple Cider.  Ingredients: 4 ounces Spiced Apple Cider  4 ounces Ginger Beer 1 ounce Fireball Whiskey  1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon Dash of Pumpkin Spice 1/2 Orange Method: Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add Fireball, Apple Cider, Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice  over ice. Squeeze the […]

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Green Breakfast Smoothie

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’ll start by saying I know there are a million Green Smoothie recipes out there- I just thought I would share my favorite. I make this smoothie almost everyday since it’s a healthy breakfast-on-the-go recipe that keep say energized and on track for my day ahead. Some days I add “extras” like gogi berries, peanut butter or more greens in the form of spinach but these are my core players.  So let’s talk ingredients.  Kale– The queen of greens *insert raise the roof emoji here*. A rich source of a variety of vitamins and nutrients with detox benefits and tons of antioxidants.  Raspberries– Another great source of antioxidants and also a great way to speed up your metabolism in the morning. Apparently known as nature’s candy- I’ll take that any day!  Banana- Good source of potassium and I believe this is the ingredient that conveniently hides the taste of the kale. It just wraps it in […]

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Garlic Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles

This recipe takes a few simple ingredients in one sauté pan and leaves you with this pescatarian, paleo-friendly and low carb dish!  It is so simple it’s almost guaranteed to become a staple recipe in your kitchen. I love making it as a weeknight dinner because the total prep + cook time is only 20 minutes. I always use fresh shrimp from the grocery store but you can also keep some frozen shrimp in your freezer for a quick thaw, prep and serve situation.  A spiral vegetable slicer or mandolin slicer is not something everyone currently has in their kitchen but I swear it’s worth the investment. Switching from pasta/heavy carb dishes to this healthy and light veggie substitute was life changing. It tricks your mind into thinking you’re indulging in a heavy pasta dish when really you’re doing your body good and treating it to some wholesome veggies.  Look at this pretty zucchini all ribboned and […]

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