Mini Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookies

The name is kind of a mouthful, I know, but man are they amazing cookies. Crunchy, sticky, peanut buttery, chocolatey, with a toasted marshmallow flavor–it is hard to wait for the molten marshmallow to cool enough to eat them. The story behind the recipe is sort of funny… When I was a kid, I spent…

Homemade Lamb Stock

One of the habits I picked up after working in the restaurant business is freezing all of my food scraps to use in stocks. Onion pieces and skins, carrot ends and peels, celery leaves and stalks, as well as other miscellaneous vegetable parts go straight into a freezer bag where they will remain until I…

Sprouted Black Bean and Lamb Chili

This chili is a delicious and lean meal that is simple to prepare and packs a huge protein punch. You can either use dried beans that have been soaked and sprouted, or to simplify, low sodium canned beans will work wonderfully. To make it vegan or vegetarian, omit the lamb and use vegetable stock. Sprouted…

5 Disappointing Things in the Media This Week…

….that have me worried for society. 1. The negative reactions to Netflix offering unlimited time off for new parents. What the heck, people? If you don’t work for Netflix, and you don’t want them to have so much time off, too bad. If you do, and you don’t want to take that much time off,…

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Sometimes I have a night where all I want is a giant plate of veggies and ranch dressing. The veggies can be simple, just carrots and celery, or gourmet (check out this gorgeous crudite centerpiece by Martha Stewart). Whatever veggies you fancy, this is a yummy way to dress them. Vegan Ranch Dressing 1 cup…

Weeds: Out of Context

Behind the shed is a wild and disorganized mess. Or… A treasure trove. It really depends on the context. March is a verdant time here in Southern California. Everything is growing green, the winds are blowing, we may even get some rain (unlikely). Weed season is upon us. For lawn aficionados and meticulous gardeners, this…

Art of Smoothies

Smoothies are a staple in our household. They are super quick and easy to make, there are endless possibilities for ingredients, and the best part? I can make them one handed. Let me explain. I am incredibly fortunate to be in the position to stay at home with my baby boy. Being with him brings…

Cinnamon Walnut Swirl Bread

I am a self-proclaimed bread fanatic. I enjoy it in all of its forms, but my most favorite kinds of bread are of the sweet breakfast variety. This loaf really delivers. It is sturdy enough for toasting, light enough to eat on its own, and perfect for Vegan French Toast. With a sticky, cinnamon and…

Vegan French Toast

Nothing could be simpler! 2 tbsp chia seeds 1 cup milk alternative (I use cashew milk) 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp cinnamon Several slices of your favorite vegan bread 1 tbsp of Earthbalance spread Maple syrup Stir together the chia, vanilla, milk alternative, and cinnamon and let sit for a few minutes until it begins…

The Scariest Day

The scariest day of my life was October 12, 2014. That was the day my son was born. I will preface this post by saying that everything worked out just fine, but on that day┬áI was terrified. Charlie is what we call our “Bashert Baby.” He was a completely unexpected, as I had been told…

No Dairy Life: Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Sage Walnuts

Since having a baby, I’ve experienced so many amazing, difficult, and some times disgusting, new things. From the very beginning, my son Charlie was what I will call a “leaky baby.” He spent hours crying, spitting up, and pooping so forcefully it would escape even the most seemingly secure diapers. My husband and I were…