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Apple Cinnamon Walnut Muffins (Allergy-Friendly)

After finishing a playground workout the other day, I sat down on the cement steps for a moment of reflection. The sun was blazing an incredible 50 degrees, and the sky was almost cloudless. The calm before the storm.  With two weeks (hopefully!) before our little...

Fudgy Vegan & Paleo Brownies

Just three years ago, it dawned on me that I could make my own brownies. And not with a box, mind you. The lightbulb came on amidst my real food journey, where I ditched all processed and packaged foods for the real thing. Initially, it was daunting (as it is to most...

Grain-Free Fig Newton Bites

The Fig Newton had me at first bite. As a child, this was my favorite occasional snack with a glass of milk! How can one deny the gooey, soft, chewy cookie or three? And, because they're made with “real fruit,” parents can feel good about giving their growing children...

Mini Pumpkin Pies (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

For the love of pumpkin, I know I'm a bit obsessed! Thus far, I've posted a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie and Creamy Pumpkin Banana Raisin Muffins, but hey, I have yet to cover a form of pumpkin pie! So, here it is, my own version of mini pumpkin pies. I made these for my...

Zesty Lemon Coconut Balls

When life gives me lemons, I make lemon coconut balls! With an overabundance of lemons in my fridge recently, and a craving for something refreshing and slightly sweet, my lightbulb went off. This is my favorite kind of cooking situation; give me random ingredients...

Grain-Free Apple Pie Crisp

When it's fall and there's a birthday, it's inevitable that apples will be called upon in some form or another to celebrate. Especially when there are abundant local varieties all over the markets! After buying these ginormous, organic beauties at our local German...

Breakfast

Easy Egg McNothin’

I. love. breakfast. Maybe it's because food just tastes better when you "break fast," or maybe its because it involves some of the most palatable foods on earth, namely eggs and bacon. :) Though I tested positive for an allergy sensitivity to eggs a few months ago,...

3 Eggless, Gluten-Free Breakfast Options!

On June 5th, my life and love of eggs for breakfast forever changed. Being the curious health experimenter/learner that I am, I decided to take an allergy sensitivity test "just for the heck of it." In case you're curious, an "allergy sensitivity" is a reaction from a...

The Perfect Boiled Egg (Finally!)

While riding in a taxi on the way to the airport last week, Kyle got hungry. Nothing new. Naturally, with 13 feet of body between the two of us, it's pretty much going to happen to at least one of us. To avoid the hunger strike at the mercy of airport food, we packed...

10 Real Food Breakfasts Under 10 Minutes!

We've all said or heard it before: "I just don't have the tiiiime [for breakfast]!" Often, it's referring to some sort of processed or fast food, as a justified excuse to continue eating that Egg McMuffin, "healthy" protein bar, or a sugar-laden pastry. So, we start...

Drinks & Smoothies

The Healthiest Sports Drinks & Why to Ditch the Gatorade!

You've just run 4 miles. Up hill. You're exhausted and you're thirsty. What's better than chugging an ice-cold Gatorade to replenish!? Well, WATER is. (And my list of the healthiest sports drinks, of course, which we'll get to in a moment.) Why to Ditch the Gatorade...

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

When it comes to pureed pumpkin in Germany, there are no shortcuts. There simply aren't  mass quantities of canned pumpkin laying around in grocery stores, and for good reason! The markets are chock full of readily available, bright orange pumpkins. Nutritionally...

Creamy Orange Julius (Dairy & Gluten Free)

There's nothing like seasonal, fresh oranges that are so juicy you feel like you're drinking orange juice straight from a machine!  Speaking of orange juice, lately, I've been craving a fresh drink with oranges. And I'm not talking the store-bought kind. After all,...

Holiday Eats

Mini Pumpkin Pies (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

For the love of pumpkin, I know I'm a bit obsessed! Thus far, I've posted a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie and Creamy Pumpkin Banana Raisin Muffins, but hey, I have yet to cover a form of pumpkin pie! So, here it is, my own version of mini pumpkin pies. I made these for my...

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

When it comes to pureed pumpkin in Germany, there are no shortcuts. There simply aren't  mass quantities of canned pumpkin laying around in grocery stores, and for good reason! The markets are chock full of readily available, bright orange pumpkins. Nutritionally...

Grain-Free Apple Pie Crisp

When it's fall and there's a birthday, it's inevitable that apples will be called upon in some form or another to celebrate. Especially when there are abundant local varieties all over the markets! After buying these ginormous, organic beauties at our local German...

8 Healthier, Affordable Halloween Candy Options

Halloween, a mere budding trend here in Germany, just isn’t the same abroad! While I’ve been dormant in the Halloween scene for quite some time, with a bun in the oven, I’m imagining all of the precious costumes we can dress our bean in... ...like Dwight from The...

21 Deliciously Healthy 4th of July Eats!

  4th of July. What's the first word that pops into your head!? I'm guessing that at least half of you think of GOOD FOOD. How could you not... it's basically the Thanksgiving of summer! In addition to my memories of family and friends, boating, and fireworks, I think...

Gingerbread Spice Cookies (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Last week, in search of a delicious way to make gingerbread cookies sans wheat flour, these bad boys were inspired by a recipe from  The Food Lovers' Primal Palate.  They are DANGEROUS, let me warn you, and SO moist. Even freezing and serving them at a later date has...

Lunch & Dinner

Easy Crockpot Taco Meat

I'm all about EASY these days. With 2 hungry toddlers, fancy Pinterest food just isn't on my urgent & important list of things to do. BUT, healthy and nutrient-dense are. So where are all the recipes that take 10-20 minutes or less, taste...

5 Reasons & Ways to Eat Sardines

Never would I EVER had predicted writing a post like this. Sardines!? UGH(!!). Your nose is scrunched, your gag reflex is going, and you've got a disgusted look on your face right now. Just one year ago, this was me. I had always read about the wonders of sardines,...

Simple Salmon Veggie Nori Rolls (Rice-Free!)

Just when I think I've tried everything, some new food or dish comes along and throws me into a whole new world of tastes, creativity, nutrition, and usually deliciousness. The latter may not be the exact case for me yet when it comes to eating liver and sardines -...

3-Layered Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

It's 5 AM, and I'm STARVING. I roll over to my left side and try to quiet the hunger pangs that have been building for the last 30 minutes. I can just picture my baby girl inside screaming, "Feed me, mama!!," so I finally get out of bed. *Sigh*… what to eat? Having...

Simple Stuffed Eggplant (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Have you ever had Turkish stuffed eggplant? There's nothing like it. Here in Germany, one of our great Turkish friends owns a restaurant, and makes the most savory, authentic stuffed "aubergine" that I've ever had. Thus, the inspiration for my own take on the recipe;...

Spinach, Avocado, & Pesto Chicken “Pasta”

Born out of desperation for something - anything - out of our ordinary meal routine, this was a HOME RUN. It''s pretty much the perfect balance of: Antioxidant-rich vegetables: Spinach & onion Anti-inflammatory Mediterranean fats: Avocado & extra virgin olive...

Salads & Veggies

Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

It's May, cloudy, and 46 degrees out. And something just feels so right about a pot of soul-warming homemade soup! I nostalgically inherited my love of soup making from my mother, and believe that soup can make everything better. From...

Sweet Sauteéd Rainbow Chard

I might have a slight obsession with chard, and its sweet, buttery taste. After buying two of my favorite greens at the market this week, I was inspired by the combination of the gorgeous, vibrant colors of rainbow chard and the caramelization of the leeks. The recipe...

5 Steps to a Power Salad

Another few weeks have already slipped by, haven't they? Unreal. My super active baby girl is now 5.5 months and close to crawling, has 2 teeth (ohhhh teething!), and wears 9-12 month clothing comfortably (I know. Seriously.).   We've also made it back across the...

5 Autumn Veggies to “Fall” For

Ahhh, the essence of fall. With pumpkins lining farmers' markets and grocery stores, and the anticipation of Halloween in the air, I attempted my go-to pumpkin muffins last week. Mistakenly, I dumped an entire box of baking soda in the mix (don't ask me how), and...

Simple Candied Beet Chips

Do you drool when you think of chips 'n dip? I'm guessing you do. It's a part of our long-standing American food culture. We love easy, and we love finger foods. Potato chips, pretzels, Fritos, Cheetos, Doritos (nice little rhyme there), and other ridiculously simple,...

Homemade Waldorf (and Mayo!) Salad

Leafing through an old school Fannie Farmer Cookbook last weekend, I was hunting for an inspirational, light dish to bring for a gathering. The Waldorf salad caught my eye, but called for store-bought mayo and a few different seasonings, so I twisted it (of course)...

Sides & Dips

14 Grain-Free & Gluten-Free Starches

"What is this?!" Puzzled, the cashier lady checking me out at Fresh Thyme this morning was looking at my rutabaga like an alien. "... A turnip?!" "Rutabaga!," I say, delighted to educate yet another cashier. Her inquisitive face finally turned content, continuing...

The Healthiest, Tastiest Cheese Substitute

So, cheese. It's one of THE most delicious foods on Earth, isn't it? I love a big fat hunk of Gruyére cheese with a glass of red wine, but only once in a blue moon due to an unfortunate dairy sensitivity. I'd love to eat it 'til the cows come home, but I truly feel...

6 Real Food Substitutions for High Carb Foods

Cereal boxes Spaghetti French fries Bread Potatoes Rice What do these all have in common?? 1) They are really high in glycemic index. Glycemic index measures how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a certain food. The higher the measure, the quicker the food...

Better (& Healthier) than Ketchup: Serbian Roasted Ayvar

My love affair with ayvar began about a month ago. I happened upon a jar of the stuff while at the local market here in Kragujevac with a friend, where she casually recommended that I buy a jar of this common Serbian condiment. Reluctantly, I purchased a bottle of the...

A Hidden Staple: Fermented Food (+ A Recipe)

My hands look like I killed something blue. Who knew that purple cabbage could stain hands so much that it looks like I strangled a Smurf (remember Smurfs, anyone...)? Inspired with the cabbage-heavy Serbian culture and a recent chapter from my class on the benefits...

Simple Candied Beet Chips

Do you drool when you think of chips 'n dip? I'm guessing you do. It's a part of our long-standing American food culture. We love easy, and we love finger foods. Potato chips, pretzels, Fritos, Cheetos, Doritos (nice little rhyme there), and other ridiculously simple,...