Creamy Broccoli Soup

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Creamy Broccoli Soup

It’s creamy! It’s broccoli! It’s soupy! Drumroll please… it’s creamy broccoli soup!

So first things first. This soup. It’s got a creamy thick base involving non-dairy milk and veggie or chicken stock layered with delicious tender broccoli and long carrot strips just like in the movies, kids. It’s topped with a fake cheesy concoction of nutritional yeast and lemon juice and it slurps its way into your heart.

This soup totally brings back my Panera love memories of their cheesy broccoli and cheese smothered cheese soup that gave me bathroom probz for days. Looking back, it wasn’t my fondest of memories. But that soup was good stuff.

I definitely wanted this soup to have that thick consistency so I searched high and low for ways to make it thicker. I also blended half of it up because nobody likes their broccoli pieces to be too big. When your broccoli is bigger than your spoon it’s not good. Ya feel me? [Read more…]

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts-- Perfect for Halloween!

When you take a huge bite out of this brown sugar and sweet potato cupcake with the maple frosting and meringue ghost on top you will taste a peep. Like those ones you find in your Easter basket. It’s a homemade peep. I’m serious.

I’m going to straight up tell you that Halloween isn’t a super me type holiday. It’s basically a pre-cursor for Thanksgiving and Christmas, my go-to holidays, and so I never get pumped for Halloween. But it’s cool.

But now with the bloggio, and the fun halloween recipes I can put into the interwebs (pun intended), I might be into it.

Food is such a motivator.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Cupcakes

I had this one year where I dressed up like a chicken, in a chicken suit, and my friend dressed up like a gorilla (they sell these costumes at target, get ya one) and we hid in the bushes to scare my sister and all her friends. Good times.

When I first moved to Rosemary Beach, there was no concept of Halloween. By the end of September there was no concept of a living soul either. It emptied out. So my mom decided that we were all (as in all 10 of us kids of the entire neighborhood, no joke) going to dress up and go trick or treating and hope for the best. People were so shocked when we showed up at their door that we got the most random stuff. [Read more…]

Maple Bacon & Blueberry Sweet Potato Hash

Maple Bacon & Blueberry Sweet Potato Hash


I don’t know what possessed me to put blueberries in this hash, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s like the combo of the crunchy sweet potato and then the pop of the juice blueberries, hello.

I know blueberries are almost out of style for the season, but grab those last few boxes and get kickin’.

It’s like fresh summer meets fall and creates the perfect moment of bliss and perfection in a breakfast hash. It’s like you stumble into the kitchen with your glasses on and messy top bun, and you somehow end up being a genius morning chef who makes cool breakfast combos. And the maple bacon?

Maple Bacon

Drool worthy.

Baking the bacon with the maple syrup makes the bacon almost caramelize/candy the maple syrup into it, and there’s this crunch and chew that can’t be topped. I think the maple bacon makes the segway from sweet potato to blueberry.

It’s like a sweet potato, blueberry, maple bacon concoction. And I luv it. [Read more…]

Easy Slow Cooker Apple & Cinnamon Oats



Get in muh belly, oats.

These apple and cinnamon oats are a staple in my house. We have them for almost every Thanksgiving/Christmas morning, fresh from the slow cooker and so tasty. I don’t even know how it’s possible for oats to taste this good.

I feel like a total cheat when a recipe tastes this good but is this easy, but hey, love me for it. I don’t even know how to describe the oats. They’re creamy but still have a little chewiness to them, so flavorful while being the perfect morning porridge. They are just the quintessential comfort breakfast cold weather food.


Um, hello. Have you been outside today?

It’s literally heaven on my doorstop. I had one of those mornings where I was wearing my stretchy yoga pants and the biggest sweatshirt I could find, and walked outside to the nicest breeze of my life, and literally my entire mood changed. Not that I was in a bad mood before, it was just like the weather made me feel like I was floating. Does that even make sense?

I’m stuck in this amazing weather haze. Nothing can compete with the first morning of fall weather. Nothing.

It wins.


I’ve also completely planned my future someday wedding in a matter of two days. This weather does that to me, okay? I instantly get into my nurturer homemaker miss my whole life is planned because of how happy I am persona. Go with it.

Don’t even get me started on what happens to me when the Christmas lights go up. I’m counting down the seconds.

And while I enjoy all things autumn, I am going to chow down on my favorite oatmeal eva. I love that oatmeal is so diverse. It can be a more savory kinda meal, or a super sweet meal (it’s fall, okay? It’s my nesting period). Not to brag, but I topped my oatmeal with the absolute perfect amount of almond milk, cinnamon, brown sugar, nuts, and dried fruit. ohemgee.


Cinnamon and brown sugar make the best combo for oatmeal toppings.

Or honey if you swing that way.

I love nothing more than a packed house of my cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, parents, sister, and twenty of our closest friends, all snuggled around the fire watching one of my dad’s favorite movies on an early morning when no one has anything to do because it’s the winter break, and we are all digging into this oatmeal.



Apple & Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 apples
  • 2 cups Irish steel cut oats
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
for toppings:
  • almond milk
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • nuts (pecans, pistachios, walnuts, etc.)
  • dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, blueberries, etc.)
  1. Peel the apples and remove the seeds. Chop into cubes.
  2. Place all the ingredients into a slow cooker and put on low for 8 hours.
  3. Top with your favorite toppings and serve warm.
I used gala apples, but feel free to use whatever you want or is local to you.


Lunchbox Monday: The Italian Box


Warning: this lunchbox is dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and you-can’t-top-this-eiffel-tower delectable!


It’s another beautiful Monday! And guess what I just saw in my planner? TOMORROW IS THE OFFICIAL START OF AUTUMN. Is this for reals? Pinch me, I must be dreaming. But seriously, I’m so excited.

I just got home from a week in Dallas and I am I had a great birthday and am ready to carry on with some awesome recipes this week! I also went to some of the best restaurants and can’t wait to share all about them. You’re in for a treat.

Let’s talk about this lunchbox for a minute. I ate this thing for dinner it was so good. Like gobbled it right on up. I made my favorite turkey quinoa meatballs for the sandwiches, and used my favorite Mario Batalli tomato sauce, and zoodles can’t be beat, and melon wrapped prosciutto?

Can I please go back to Italy now?

The countryside is calling my name. [Read more…]

Buffalo Chicken Football Pockets



Is it really football season? Is it really autumn, or fall, or whatever you call it? Is it really almost time to bring out my boots and sweaters?

I feel like a giddy little girl on christmas morning. Oh my goodness. Is it getting close to christmas morning?


Basically these pockets of joy symbolize my complete excitement over what is coming. Although in full disclosure, I am not a football fan. Boo me. I know, unfollow me now. Do whatever you’ve got to do. I’m just not going to lead you onto a trail of disappointment. An unhonest relationship of you believing that I am a football fanatic when indeed I am not anywhere close. BUT…..


Football snacks? That I’m a fan of. I literally go to Super Bowl parties with no idea who is playing or what team I am rooting for, but man am I excited to beeline it to the snack table while I make friends with other non-football watchers like me. That’s where the party’s at.

As soon as I took my first bite into these buffalo chicken football pockets I knew this would be my Super Bowl staple snack. It will bring on legions of non-football watcher fans and I’ll be hailed as the best football snack maker ever.

And those yells from the football tv area won’t be about the actual game, they will be for me and my football pockets as the grungy football watchers take a giant bite out of this hot and mildly spicy pocket of goodness. Hashtag my dream.


So what team am I rooting for this year, you ask? The buffalo chicken football pocket with a side of vegan blue cheese sauce team, baby.

Pockets all around!


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Buffalo Chicken Football Pockets
Serves: 20-25
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 8-ounce package of vegan cream cheese (I used Go Veggie!)
  • ¼ cup buffalo sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • vegan blue cheese sauce (I used this ranch recipe and added tofu crumbles)
For the crust:
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) Earth Balance butter, cut into pieces
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water
The crust:
  1. In a food processor*, place the flour, salt, and pepper and pulse until combined. Add in the butter and pulse until coarse crumbs form. Add in the ice water, a little at a time while pulsing, until the dough is formed. Place the dough into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.
The filling:
  1. In a large pot, pour enough water to completely submerge the chicken and bring to a boil. Place the chicken in the pot and boil for 30-45 minutes, or until completely cooked through and there is no pink left.
  2. Drain the chicken and let cool. Then, using a fork, shred the chicken.
  3. Place the shredded chicken into a medium bowl and pour in the buffalo sauce, vegan cream cheese, and salt. Mix until well combined.
To assemble:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Roll out the dough as thin as you can get it, and using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut out football shapes about the size of your palm. Place a spoonful of filling on one piece of dough, and then place another piece of dough on top and press a fork around the edges to seal. Using a butter knife, slice a line down the middle of the dough on top, and then four small slices across to make it look like a football. Place on a baking sheet. Continue until all the pockets are made.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
*I do not have a food processor, so I tried this the first time in a Vitamix and then in a stand mixer with a hook attachment, and both times the motors overheated. I definitely think that you can hand mix the dough if you do not have a food processor, and that would be my suggestion.

{savory pie crust recipe adapted from Martha Stuart}


Lunchbox Monday: The Mediterranean Box


Warning: this lunchbox is dairy-free, gluten-free*, soy-free, nut-free, egg-free* and oh-my-goodness-my-pants-are-on-fire tasty! Consumers of this lunchbox might be so thrilled to experience what it contains that they just can’t stop cheering. Viewer discretion is advised. 


Heyo! Happy Monday!

I have a special treat for you. Close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting by the pool overlooking the mediterranean ocean on the outskirts of a small city in Greece with your family. Now take a bite out of this lunchbox. Good stuff right there.

This is just as perfect of a lunch for mom or dad as it is for the kiddos. Killing two birds with one stone? Bingo.

Who even came up with that saying?


This lunchbox is loaded with delicious and nutritious foods like cucumber sandwiches filled with turkey, cherry tomato slices, and mayo (vegannaise?), homemade cous cous salad with olives, bell peppers, green onions, lemon and olive oil, hummus, and heart shaped carrots.

Oh my yumness. Can’t handle all the flavors. [Read more…]

Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Peach Honey Mustard



I think I’m in love with this little stick food. Any type of food that tastes great, looks adorable, and is able to be eaten in a painless fashion is a winner in my book. And peach honey mustard? Goodbye summer on a high note. Because I am kickin’ it with my chicken on a stick. I picture myself taking these to lazy sunday barbecues with friends, or to a little child’s birthday party, or over to my neighbor’s house while we sip on mimosas in the backyard. When did I become a 30-year-old housewife?

I love it. [Read more…]

White Chocolate Chip Cookies



These cookies are my happy place right now.

I’ve spent the last week baking batches after batches after batches (9 to be exact) of gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free funfetti cookies and cream donuts. Sounds amazing, right? I am not a gluten-free baker. To be specific, I am not really a baker at all. That’s why it’s so surprisingly awesome that these cookies have turned out ahhmazing.

Needless to say, there has now been a total meltdown that I happened to be a part of, and it did not end well. So these cookies are officially my life raft of happiness.

I found vegan white chocolate chips from King David on Amazon and when you order them they come with three bags filled with delicious, melty, crave-worthy white chocolate chips. The heavens are smiling on these little guys right now. I thought about making the white chocolate myself but then said, “eh, better not.” and ordered these little delights. They do not disappoint. [Read more…]

Beef & Polenta Cannelloni + The Pyrenees Mountains



Polenta? In canneloni? You say whaaat?

Ignore those internal forces of yours questioning what on earth you’re doing and just do it (swoosh). Put the polenta in the meat.


While I was traveling this summer with my family and Vivian’s family, we were super lucky to be able to stay in some beautiful homes, which is a change for us. But, considering that I needed to cook for all you people on the interwebs, it was a welcomed and exciting adventure. We rented this beautiful house in the literal middle of nowhere: aka an hour from Lourdes, a large skiing town at the edge of the Pyrenees Mountains.

We were there for a friend’s wedding and decided to stay in a little farmhouse outside of town instead of one of the hotels, and what an experience we had.

[Read more…]