Guilt-Free Blue Cheese Dressing (Made with Greek Yogurt)

I have some uncharacteristic news: I registered to run a half marathon in November! WOAH, right? I know…I am the worst at exercising but yes, I will be running the US Half Marathon in San Francisco on November 3rd, even if that means crawling across the finish line at the 2 hour and 59 minute mark of the race. I found out about the race from a colleague, finally got the guts to sign up, and started a training plan this week which will eventually increase to running about 40 miles a week. Wildddddd! But I was able to convince Abby (my housemate) and a few other friends to run it with me so we’ll all be training together. I’m so excited!! If you have any race tips, I’d love to hear them! ALSOOO, a dozen of my Salted Dark Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Cookies will be up for bid during Echoing Good’s Bake [Continue Reading...]

Brunch: Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Kale with a Fried Egg

First of all…Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! My dad actually passed away when I was 5 years old. I think about him often but I am also lucky enough to have a Stepdad in my life so this day is exceptionally meaningful to me. I hope everyone is celebrating and having a wonderful Father’s Day weekend! Second, I am leaving for Peru tonight with my best friend Megan! IAMSOEXCITED! We’ll be spending some time in Peru and then a few days in Quito, Ecuador where we’ll meet up with our good friend Kristina who’s been living there. This blog will be a little quiet for the next two weeks but I’ll be sure to post about my Sudamerica adventures as soon as I can! You can also follow me on Twitter or Instagram. Finally, this dish. Roasted sweet potatoes and kale are some of my [Continue Reading...]

Green Monster Smoothie

How do you guys feel about juicing? I still can’t decide. I think juicing has its benefits and it’s great for cleansing but I also feel like juicing wastes a lot of the fruit/veggie when you’re just extracting the juice. I guess maybe if there were easier ways to use the left over fiber I’d be more into it? I’m a huge fan of green smoothies though and definitely don’t mind the fiber that’s mixed in. In fact, I actually like that they’re thicker because it makes them taste heartier and I get pretty full from drinking a whole glass! Plus, I really enjoy benefiting from all the nutrients each vegetable/fruit has to offer. Party on. This is seriously how I get my day’s worth of vegetables (and some fruits as well!), and this recipe only takes about 10 minutes to make. Lightening speed, y’all. I use this awesome blender [Continue Reading...]

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Corn Stuffed Jalapenos

I have a strange obsession with jalapeno poppers. They’re just so easy to make and great for so many occasions. But sometime they aren’t necessarily the best for you. Cream cheese? Delicious. Bacon? I’ll take 100 please. However, I can’t justify eating regular jalapeno poppers all the time. So I present to you…guilt-free poppers! These jalapenos are stuffed with a combination of quinoa, black beans, and corn and then topped off with some monterey jack cheese. They make a perfect appetizer or snack! I can also imagine eating them with eggs in the morning or as a side dish. The quantity pictured in this post? Yeah, I almost ate all of them by myself. No regrets. Some jalapenos are way hotter than others though so be careful! Make sure you take out all of the seeds and wear gloves while doing so or wash your hands with soap right after. [Continue Reading...]

Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham

I’ve just discovered the greatness of homemade split pea soup. It’s so simple to make, your house smells like stew, and it’s great to eat on a rainy day. It’s been raining like crazy in San Francisco but it’s ok because that means that there’s going to be a lot of snow in Tahoe this winter! YES! Soooooooo a pound of dried split peas cost me $1.39 at Whole Foods. So cheap. I love it!! The most expensive item in this soup is the ham hock (shank?…what’s the difference??) and it was about $8. So for just over $10 I was able to make a HUGE pot of soup which fed about 8 people…multiple times. MORE IMPORTANTLY: Do you guys remember The Holiday Project last year????? Well this year, it’s back!!! I’ve been keeping it a secret but now it’s time to share because it’s all coming together! I started the [Continue Reading...]

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