Before this past weekend I was in a total cooking rut. Not necessarily a food rut, but just a cooking rut. I was still loving what I was eating and was FAR from a baking or creative-breakfast rut, but lunch and dinner? Total creativity rut.
I’m not vegan, BUT I can never turn down a good cauliflower steak (and would choose a cauliflower steak over a real steak any day). Seriously… I think I have a cauliflower addiction.
Seattle has been uncharacteristically sunny lately (helloooo Spring!!) and it’s making me crave all the fresh salads. This golden beet cinnamon salad is doing quite the job of satisfying that salad craving.
Call me crazy but Brussels sprouts are probably my favorite vegetable of all time, especially when roasted to crispy perfection. It’s funny because they get such a bad rap, but I don’t think most individual’s argument against them has any backing or validity.
Just because you’re paleo or on a healing diet like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy cereal. With this paleo hazelnut fig granola you can have the best of both worlds.
Carrot cake has been my favorite cake since I can remember. I would make it for birthdays, Easter, you name it. I LOVED carrot cake. I realized I hadn’t had it in years due to my food intolerances, so making a gut-friendly version has been top of my list for what seems like ever so I’m SO happy to finally have this option in my life.
Happy almost Valentine’s Day sweet friends! When you think of Valentine’s Day what do you think of? Oh… love? I was going to say chocolate. ;) Either way, these coconut coffee nut butter cups are the perfect way to indulge in your sweet cravings today AND show your significant other or gal pals some love as well (if you’re willing to share that is).
I’m not sure what’s going on but I’m going through a major cooked apple phase and I am HERE for it. Whether I’m topping cauliflower “oatmeal” with cinnamon sautéed apples, eating sautéed apples with banana ice cream and grain free granola on top like a paleo version of an apple crisp or just eating cooked apples on their own – I can’t get over them.
There’s just something about lemon baked goods that gives me all the feels. I think it’s because they’re comforting (as all baked goods are), but also refreshing. It’s truly the best combo, isn’t it? Well these paleo + SCD friendly lemon thumbprint cookies are the perfect showcase of that intersection between comforting and refreshing!
Even though I’m lucky enough to work for myself from home I still count on quick and easy lunches to fuel my day. When I first started my entrepreneurial journey, I took up WAY too much time in the middle of the day making my lunches. Chopping, roasting, sautéing… I realized it was getting out of hand.
Since it's the middle of winter I thought we could all use a little sunshine in the form of paleo lemon cake (the best kind of sunshine in my opinion)! These little, mini cakes are perfect when you want something sweet but don't necessarily want leftovers. OR, you can always double, triple or quadruple the recipe and make enough for guests! With how cute they are and how YUMMY they taste, they're sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Raise your hand if you’re doing Whole30 this month!? *not raising my hand because I’m not* BUT I will still be enjoying these Whole30-approved “cheesy” tahini cauliflower bites despite that!
Unpopular opinion: oatmeal cookies were always the best growing up. Truly – I LOVED oatmeal raisin cookies as a kid (and I’m pretty sure I was the only one LOL). These paleo pomegranate n’oatmeal cookies are the perfect grain-free, gut-healthy upgrade to that childhood favorite.
Wow… happy DECEMBER! Can you believe it!? Seriously November FLEW by. But hey, time flies when you’re having fun. From taking on BGC full-time, starting work with Freedom Bar, fun Thanksgiving festivities with my family, lots of recipe testing (most noteworthy – this paleo gingerbread cookie skillet) and everything in between, I definitely had a lot of fun.
Okay so I know it’s technically Christmastime now (I’m literally listening to Michael Buble Christmas music right this second), but I couldn’t help but sneak in ONE more pumpkin recipe.
I’m already so excited for Christmas time that I almost keep forgetting that Thanksgiving is like RIGHT around the corner!!! Who else loves creating the menu for Thanksgiving dinner?
I promised ya’ll healthy, paleo and SCD friendly Thanksgiving recipes so I’m starting off strong with this kohlrabi cauliflower mash! I fell in love with cauliflower mashed “potatoes” last Thanksgiving (our first SCD holiday experience) and haven’t gone back since.
(Please note that this recipe is sponsored by Vital Proteins, but I truly and honestly love the product and only share content I 100% stand behind!)
Even with the weather turning colder, I can’t give up my smoothie bowls. I’ve still been making my classic chocolate smoothie bowl on repeat, but I knew I had to make an even more festive version for fall.
(Please note that this recipe is sponsored by Vital Proteins, but I truly love their products and stand behind them as a company!)
You guys know my obsession with cauliflower rice oatmeal is REAL and so is my obsession with pumpkin so you can only imagine my obsession with this version!
(please note that this recipe post is sponsored by Vital Proteins, but any opinions shared are genuine and honest!)
These pumpkin pie bars have me like WHOA. But seriously… these slices are HEAVENLY (just ask my parents). My mom even said they’re her favorite recipe of mine and trust me, she’s tried them ALL.
(please note that this post is sponsored by Vital Proteins, but all opinions on products are honest and truthful!) I tried panna cotta for the first time a couple of months ago at my favorite restaurant and knew right away that I had to recreate the creamy dessert.
The first official day of fall is FOUR days away you guys. FOUR DAYS!!! In my opinion fall is a whole mindset and way of life, so I’m getting stoked to officially be able to call it pumpkin season.
When September 1st hit it was like my brain went into full on fall mode with no looking back. Despite it still being warmer than 70 degrees almost every day this week and it still technically being summer, I’m feeling all the fall vibes.
Fig season BEST season, am I right or am I right!? I fell in love with figs last summer and you could say it’s getting pretty serious. I don’t see a breakup in our future anytime soon, especially with this paleo fig newton bread (with pistachios!!) in the mix.
When I think of summer flavors, tropical flavors always come to mind first (maybe it’s just wishful thinking that I was on a beach somewhere in Hawaii…). Pineapple, mango, coconut and macadamia nuts are probably the top four flavors (ingredients? Idk what to call them LOL) that make my tastebuds scream SUMMER.
As many of you probably saw on Instagram, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on Whidbey Island, my home away from home. When I think of my childhood I think of Whidbey Island – beach trips with my family, bonfires by the ocean, eating locally harvested seafood, going to the farmers market – it’s always held such a special place in my heart.
(please note that this paleo avocado cashew pesto recipe is sponsored by Bare Snacks, but all opinions on their products are honest and true!)
I’ve been a pesto lover since wayyyy back. Like WAY back. I remember absolutely LOVING it on cheese paninis and pasta when I was little (oh how times have changed) and it always completed the fun snacky boards my family would make for special occasions. I started experimenting with making my own pesto recipes a few years ago (you might remember a couple that were on the blog, but I’ve ditched those in lieu of this new and improved version).
Happy (almost) 4th of July!! To be honest, I’ve never been a huge 4th of July celebrator (crazy right!?), but I do love whipping up fun, festive treats no matter the holiday. Holidays for me are like a little boost of creativity and inspiration I didn’t even know I needed in the kitchen!
Who doesn’t love a good healthy picnic!? When I think of summer I think of picnics right away. I’ve ALWAYS been a huge picnic lover because they combine so many of my favorite things – being outside, being with people I care about and eating good food.