Watermelon Detox Smoothie

My favorite spot to grab lunch in Laguna serves a “Watermelon Detox Smoothie” that I love, so I decided to start making my own at home.  It’s a simple recipe- just watermelon, lime, green grapes, and cayenne.  I love how I feel after this drink – not only is it refreshing, but it’s like I literally feel it detoxifying my stomach. (This might be due the fact that I keep putting extra cayenne pepper in mine…hey,…
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Dukkah-Spiced Salmon | Blue Apron

This meal just happened at our house, and Blake and I both LOVED it.  The textures and flavors were so good, and we ended the meal feeling totally satisfied without that all-too-famliar food coma.  That’s seriously how we always feel after ordering from Blue Apron, and I love it.  I could go on and on about Blue Apron, but a couple of my favorite thinks about it are that I discover/learn how to use new ingredients,…
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Breakfast on Repeat | Acai Bowls

Guys, I can’t stop making these Acai bowls.  We’ve been making them for breakfast nonstop, but I have to stop myself from making them at night as a dessert.  They’re that good! I remember I used to love visiting California and going straight to get an Acai bowl.  I never even thought about trying to make one myself – I just though of it as something I could only get in California.  Now there are…
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Chipotle Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

The other night, I had a surplus of organic sweet potatoes and wanted to find a new way to use them all up.   I’d had this recipe saved to try for Healthy Chipotle Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (I can’t remember where from, whoops).  I love that it’s Paleo and Whole30 (if you leave off the cheese, which it’s totally good either way!) Blake and I both loved it, and if you’re currently Paleo or on Whole30…
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Quinoa Chicken Parmesan

In my efforts to be GF (that’s gluten free for those of you who haven’t been out to eat since 2010), I REALLY miss the bready goodness that it brings.  I recently heard that it’s possible to use quinoa for breading, so I decided to be adventurous and try this Quinoa Chicken Parmesan.  Basically, you use cooked quinoa to bread the chicken.  It was so good!  It gave the chicken a thick, crispy crust that I might…
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Recipes From My Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Since we had a nice sit-down dinner for our wedding reception, we wanted our rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and family to be more fun and casual.   And since it was so beautiful up at Sundance that time of year, we wanted to be able to be outside with a view.  So we decided to have a BBQ, and Blake’s parents actually made the food, with the help of one of Becky’s good friends.…
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My Version of a Yogurt Parfait

Although the weather isn’t exactly feeling like fall here in Southern California, the fact that school has started means fall is here!  I remember the way the first Saturday after school started felt – so much more valuable than it did during summer.  So, to kick off this SUPER valuable Saturday, I’m… Eating one of my favorite breakfasts/bedtime snacks…(sometimes when I’m trying to be healthy I trick myself into pretending it’s a dessert!)  My version of a…
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Perfect Summer Dessert: Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

One of Blake’s favorite desserts happens to be panna cotta, but for some reason I always assumed it was difficult to make.  I finally got brave and asked his mom (Becky) for her recipe, and to my surprise, it wasn’t hard at all!  I’ve made it a few times now, and each time Blake begs me to double the recipe.  I think that means he likes it!  If you’re looking for a delicious, summery dessert…
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Spiralizing With A Pro: Pesto Zucchini “Pasta”

Let me begin by saying that I have a pretty amazing mother-in-law for many reasons, but she’s especially known for her cooking and baking.  Since Blake and I have been engaged, people keep asking me if I’m intimidated by Becky’s kitchen skills.  I always say, “No way!  I’m just excited to learn from her!”  And that’s the truth — I’ve already learned so much. This weekend, Becky showed me how to use a spiralizer.  Thanks…
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My Second Favorite Salmon Recipe

Yep, you read that title right – this is my SECOND favorite salmon recipe.  My first favorite salmon recipe is a story for another day ;).  In all seriousness, this is a really delicious, super simple, and healthy way to make salmon, and so far it’s been a hit with my dinner guests!  I’ve had a good amount of people ask for the recipe, so I decided I should probably give it a post. In recent years,…
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