Chocolate-Tahini Energy Balls + Reaching My Goal Weight

This week, after two and a half years of eating mindfully, I finally reached my goal weight. That means that I’m 22 pounds down from where I was at my heaviest in 2014. Exciting, right? I felt like I should have been excited when I stepped on the scale, but then I came to the staggering realization that, even though I focused on getting there for so long, I just didn’t care about that number anymore. Why?

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Mushroom, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Galette + Some Thoughts on Special Diets

I’ve received a lot of questions about my diet since I started this blog, so I thought I would take this opportunity to address some of those questions here. It is Wellness Wednesday, after all—so what better time to discuss the word “diet”? If you’re a dedicated reader, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I make a lot of things that are vegan and/or gluten free. However, I also make a lot—a lot—of recipes with cheese and eggs and grains. What gives?

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Classic Cheesecake with Strawberries & Oreo Crust + Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Food

I know what you’re thinking. Cheesecake? On a Wellness Wednesday? Girl, you crazy. But I promise I’m going somewhere with this. As far as I’m concerned, cheesecake fits right into a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and here’s why. Continue reading “Classic Cheesecake with Strawberries & Oreo Crust + Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Food”

Blueberry, Apricot & Almond Overnight Oats + The Art of Balance

You know those moments when you just have to take a step back and breathe so you don’t absolutely lose your MARBLES because you have so many things to worry about? That’s where I’m at right now. Growing up, I was always the type of person who thrived in chaos. My senior year of high school, I was taking 3 AP courses along with 2 other difficult courses (my only “blow-off” was choir—but I didn’t even treat that like a blow-off), playing two lead roles in musicals an hour away from each other, getting ready for college, and totally, 100% killin’ it.

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Vegetarian Fried Quinoa

My main goal when starting this food blog was to encourage myself and others to make healthier choices. I don’t believe in elimination diets or even “dieting” in general. I’ll never be the type of person who can eat a bowl of leaves and feel satiated and happy. (But if you are one of those people, I’m glad you’ve discovered a relationship with food that makes you feel fulfilled.) I need carbs. I need food that feels like home and comfort and warmth. I need pastries bursting with berries and laden with half-melted cream. And sometimes, ya girl just really, really needs a slice of cheesecake. (Side note: stay tuned for my grandma’s legendary cheesecake with a special Feelin’ Whisky twist. It’ll change your life. Coming to the blog soon.)

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Roasted Salsa Verde

It’s officially (almost) summer time, y’all! Nothing says “summer” to me like recipes that celebrate all the fresh, gorgeous produce the season gives us. (Mediterranean Kale & Bulgur Salad, anyone?) This salsa exemplifies quick, delicious, and seasonal, and it’s so easy anyone could do it! It takes just a few simple ingredients and a couple simple steps. Just think… 30 minutes from now, you could be face-to-face with a bowl of what my mom called “the best salsa I’ve ever eaten in my life.” True story.

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Mediterranean Kale & Bulgur Salad + Wellness Wednesdays

Hi everyone! First things first, I’ve decided to switch up my posting strategy a bit. I’ll be posting three times a week—Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—instead of Tuesdays and Thursdays. So, you get three posts this week! Lucky you! I think holding myself accountable for posting three times a week will keep me relevant, keep y’all interested, and force me to be extra creative. All good things!

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Pink Greek Dressing

There’s a Coney Island restaurant in my hometown that has the best Greek dressing ever. I mean, I dream about this stuff. It’s this beautiful shade of light pink that I’ve never seen anywhere else, and it has these delicious umami notes that you just don’t get in other Greek dressings. When I found out what they used to make it pink, I was shocked. Beet juice!

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Vegan & Gluten Free Banana Oat Pancakes + Morning Gratitude

I’m writing this post the day after I released my blog to the public. When I woke up this morning, I felt so overwhelmed in the best possible way. I never expected people to notice my writing like they did! I assumed people would come for the recipes, but I did not know so many friends and supporters would flock in droves to tell me how proud they were of me. I feel so many things—joy, excitement, and humility, to name a few—but more than anything, I feel so incredibly grateful.

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Curried Yogurt-Marinated Chicken with Glazed Grapes

Dreaming up this recipe definitely helped me restore some of the positive energy that had been lacking in my life. (Need context? See this post→Anything Frittata + A New Manifesto.) It was inspired by the absolutely LIT curried chicken salad at Whole Foods Market. Seriously, I daydream about eating whole tubs of that stuff on the daily.

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