Baked Oatmeal Cups

Baked Oatmeal Cups are wonderful for a quick breakfast or midday snack. They come together quickly and freeze beautifully so that you can easily store leftovers.  This might sound strange, but sometimes I forget to eat on workdays. It’s one of those odd things that happens when you’re home alone all day. I get no cues from coworkers microwaving their Lean Cuisine or asking who else wants to go in on an order from the local deli. This doesn’t happen

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Green Berry Granola Smoothie Bowl

This Green Berry Granola Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, flavorful breakfast that also supports a great cause! Last year, I had the opportunity to visit the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington DC. Learning about the prevalence of food deserts, and the extreme levels of food waste in this country had a tremendous impact on me. I’ve tried to be more mindful ever since. When The Soulfull Project reached out to me about their incredible mission dedicated to helping CAFB

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Brown Butter Banana Bread Muffins

Brown Butter Banana Bread Muffins are a perfectly portioned treat that will turn heads at breakfast or brunch!  Years ago, back when I was still working as a network administrator, I had a friend who began freelancing full time. She started showing up late to get togethers or canceling at the last minute, and was always so stressed out. All she could talk about was work. One day, she said something that has haunted me ever since: “If I’m not working, I’m not

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Avocado Toast with Asparagus and White Beans

Avocado Toast with Asparagus and White Beans is both a healthy breakfast or lunch option, and it comes together very quickly! What more can you ask for? Insomnia has plagued me for years. I often struggle to fall asleep (and have tried every solution you could possibly suggest, trust me). There are phases of morning insomnia where I wake up at 4:30am and ultimately get out of bed, knowing it’s a lost cause as my brain races with random, disconnected thoughts. Some nights I never truly fall

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Tahini Date Pistachio Granola

This Tahini Date Pistachio Granola is a healthy, flavorful breakfast! It also mades a perfect midday snack. Late night snacking has always been an issue for me. Unfortunately, cereal is my favorite evening indulgence, so I don’t keep it in the house anymore. I’m not sure what it is about a bowl filled with milk and crunchy-turning-mushy things, but it just feels so right at 9pm. The one exception to the rule is homemade granola. For whatever reason, I can keep

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Savory Oatmeal with Poached Eggs, Mushrooms and Parmesan + My Journey Toward Minimalism

This savory oatmeal with poached eggs, mushrooms and parmesan is a cozy breakfast for two that comes together in no time. Oatmeal is a healthy whole grain that doesn’t have to be sweetened to be delicious. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” – Joshua Becker Minimalism. Simple living. KonMari. Until recently these ideas were fairly abstract to me, but the past several months have led me to make a few life changes. Simplifying my surroundings

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Cranberry Goat Cheese Scones

These Cranberry Goat Cheese Scones are soft, decadent, and perfect for brunch (or anytime, really!) I’ve been having a tough time focusing on anything lately. Blogging, freelance work, errands… I’m a bit disjointed and overwhelmed with life. The whirlwind of publishing my first cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, hasn’t quite died down. Cycles of energy followed by exhaustion are confusing me. This might sound weird, but preparing this scone recipe was the first thing that made me feel truly grounded and

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Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. I’ve seen smoothie bowls appearing on various websites for awhile now, and have always given them the side-eye. They seemed gimmicky to me (why not just have a smoothie?), and I suppose that’s because I didn’t stop to think about what they actually are. Fast forward to this weekend, when I was flying cross-country from Seattle to Washington DC.

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Smokey Andouille Sausage Frittata

This Smokey Andouille Sausage Frittata is a perfect breakfast for powering through the week! It’s also a lovely weekend brunch option. Time and time again, I’m reminded about how food directly impacts my energy level, mood, and appetite. It’s easy to go into autopilot mode, not pay attention to what I’m eating, and then become frustrated as the lethargy kicks in. Usually, after a few weeks of falling behind on work and putting on a few pounds because of mindless snacking, it dawns on

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Granola Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

This Granola Yogurt Breakfast Bowl features an easy homemade granola that can be prepared in advanced for weeks’ worth of quick, healthy breakfasts. I’ve been working with Bob’s Red Mill for several years now, and I find that their range of healthy base ingredients (whole grains, beans, flours, etc) fit seamlessly into my recipes. It’s a natural, comfortable partnership. Since I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about how to minimize food waste, I’ve created a homemade granola that uses a variety of their

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