Herbed Turkey Meatballs (Dairy-Free)

We’re more than halfway through July – What! –  and I am up to my eyeballs in fresh herbs. It’s a great problem to have, but what do I do with them all? These herbed turkey meatballs kill two birds with one stone by using whatever fresh greens you have growing as well as helping…

How to Brew Kombucha: Part 1

Have you jumped on the kombucha train yet? I’ve been drinking GT’s kombucha for a few years now and never really thought about brewing my own. It’s convenient to grab at the grocery store and there are so many brands available now there’s always new stuff to try. But with each bottle costing at least…

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp (GF, Nut-Free & Dairy-Free)

This week is a big one. Matt and I celebrate our two year anniversary today, he graduates with his MBA on Friday, and we move to Minnesota on Saturday. As I anxiously await this impending craziness, I am also filled with gratitude for all the good things in our life. We closed on our home…

Grilled Five Spice Chicken

It’s almost officially Summer, and you know what that means- Grilling Season! To me, Summer is synonymous with sitting on the patio sipping Sangria and grilling dinner every night. I am extra thrilled about it this year, because we will have an actual grill on an actual patio instead of smoking up our tiny apartment…

Glorious Morning Muffins (GF & Dairy-Free)

Glorious Morning Muffins remind me of play dates at the cafe around the corner from my childhood home. Mom would walk us over to meet up with friends on rainy mornings, and the sweet old man behind the counter always knew our order. He’d bring over freshly-baked Glorious Morning Muffins, hot chocolates topped with a…

Summer Chop Salad

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I’ve been MIA enjoying the spring weather – finally! This weather has me dreaming of the upcoming long Summer days, so it’s only fitting that I share my favorite summertime salad. I’m back with this crunchy, colorful, hearty summer salad that’s the perfect side dish for any barbecue. I have been…

Quick Pickled Beets (Paleo)

Dwight Schrute, my mom, and I all share the same burning passion for beets. They are delicious roasted, boiled, and thinly sliced on salads, but my favorite way to enjoy them is pickled. I eat them right out of the jar as my husband makes a disgusted, disapproving face. I consider beets a super food…

Perfect Brownies (Paleo & Nut-Free)

Happy Hump Day! Chicago has been soaked with a steady, relentless drizzle for a few days now, and I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of needing a nap. Maybe you didn’t know this, but brownies fix everything. I shared my recipe for Pumpkin Brownies back in October and they are a hit with my…

Purple Rice Pudding (GF & Dairy-Free)

I have a theory that you’re either a rice pudding person or you’re not. I took a poll on Instagram this weekend and the theory held true with 87% of the answers in my favor, so here we are! I grew up loving it- my dad is a sucker for rice pudding of all types,…

Grandma’s Stuffed Peppers (Paleo)

Today, my Grandma Lynne turns 81. I look up to her for many reasons, one of the most important reasons being that she helped found my love for cooking. My grandma is the kind of cook who has a handful of recipes that she makes flawlessly, and usually sticks to those. I have so many memories…