LEMON RICOTTA CAKE WITH RASPBERRY CHIA JAM

LEMON RICOTTA CAKE WITH RASPBERRY CHIA JAM

We’re still holding on to that last bit of September before the leaves turn crisp and it’s light jacket weather.

The autumn season always brings upon a time of reflection for me. As I was in yoga today my teacher talked about this and how the time on our mat can be used for a time of reflecting on the year and thinking about what we are grateful for.

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DRIED FIG AND HONEY CAKE

DRIED FIG AND HONEY CAKE

Every Rosh HaShana (the Jewish New Year), my mom would make a honey cake. While this certainly isn't her exact recipe, and I've created variations, it's a tradition to make.

Sometimes I still think I am in school mode and consider September the start of the year, even though I've been in the "working world" for over 3 years and know January is where it's at. 

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TAHINI HALVA BANANA BREAD

TAHINI HALVA BANANA BREAD

Vegan and gluten free. 

What more can I tempt you? 

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PALEO AB&J MUFFINS

PALEO AB&J MUFFINS

Every so often you need a good snack in between breakfast, and while bliss bites are fantastic, it's always good to mix it up. 

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OLIVE OIL TAHINI BLONDIES

OLIVE OIL TAHINI BLONDIES

Can you sense a theme here?

Last week had white chocolate and this week we have white chocolate olive oil blondies. 

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NO BAKE WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIES

NO BAKE WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIES

It's been raining in NYC and my body feels exhausted (we recently got a Peloton and the addiction is real).

I'm too hot in my apartment or freezing from the AC to feel like I actually want to cook but want to share another healthy delicious recipe. 

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COCONUT ZUCCHINI BREAD

COCONUT ZUCCHINI BREAD

While I'm all about healthy eating and a balanced diet, I was listening to a podcast this week and a line really struck me- "the start of your health journey starts with addressing your emotions." 

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SWEET POTATO AVOCADO BROWNIES

SWEET POTATO AVOCADO BROWNIES

It's be I need to eat the whole brownie pan weeks. 

While nothing in particular happened, it just felt like a slow, muggy, sad week. But what I've learned that while eating a whole pan of brownies feels good in the moment, the next moment isn't quite so sweet. 

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CHOCOLATE STOUT CAKE WITH ESPRESSO BUTTERCREAM AND DULCE DE LECHE

CHOCOLATE STOUT CAKE WITH ESPRESSO BUTTERCREAM AND DULCE DE LECHE

While I certainly don't make cakes often, I jump at the chance when I can.

There's just something about being covered in buttercream and delivering someone a delicious confection. While most of my treats err on the healthier side, a birthday treat is just that- a treat, so full dairy, sugar, and gluten are welcome.

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SPICED BERRY AND CREAM COOKIES

SPICED BERRY AND CREAM COOKIES

These cookies came and went just as fast as the middle of the week 4th of a July. 

Last year I baked two pies, but with the recent heat wave in NYC, there was so just no way- so I went with an alternative, cookies inspired by some red, white, and blue (ok maybe not blue). 

This week in my world of wellness, a big focus has been on mental health- which is something I feel personally strong about. With recent current events (RIP Anthony Bourdain) more and more companies have been wondering, what can they do?

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FUDGEY BANANA ZUCCHINI BREAD

FUDGEY BANANA ZUCCHINI BREAD

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but this is hands down the best vegan banana bread I've ever attempted/made/eaten.

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STRAWBERRY RHUBARB OAT PIE BARS

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB OAT PIE BARS

I've returned from Idaho with a bag of rhubarb. So naturally it's been going in everything- aka smoothies and these pie bars.

Strawberry and rhubarb is the perfect sweet and tart combination- similar to the balance you find in life.

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HONEY CORN MUFFINS WITH STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CHIA JAM

HONEY CORN MUFFINS WITH STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CHIA JAM

from Idaho!

From rolling hills, clear skies, and all the green you can see. 

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COLLAGEN OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

COLLAGEN OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ever since my eczema came back with a vengeance, I've been reading about ways to heal in a holistic approach.

I knew off the bat a constant stream of steroid cream wasn't going to do. After seeing my current dermatologist and being prescribed, flaxseed oil, fish oil, reishi mushrooms, nettle, and probiotics, I did some digging. 


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SPINACH ARTICHOKE MEATBALLS

SPINACH ARTICHOKE MEATBALLS

As I'm sitting in the AC post sun-bathing in Charleston, I'm truly craving these meatballs after my mom made a killer pecan pesto. Though I'd make these tonight for dinner, my arms, back, and abs are so sore from the boxing class cookie monster and I did yesterday.

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SNICKERDOODLE PROTEIN BITES

SNICKERDOODLE PROTEIN BITES

As cookie monster has turned soul-cycle protein obsessed monster, I find these protein bites going faster and faster. These delicious bites are the perfect snack when hanger hits and have just enough sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

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PECAN PEACH OATMEAL BARS

PECAN PEACH OATMEAL BARS

Slow down, you're moving too fast.. 

On rainy days, there's something soothing about listening to Jack Johnson- and in particular this week this line resonates with me- aside from all the terrible rain we've been having in NYC. 

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LEMON CHIA AND RASPBERRY MUFFINS

LEMON CHIA AND RASPBERRY MUFFINS

Ok, confession, I'm totally on the soul-cycle train- or bike I should say. 

I always loved going to fitness classes (even though I hate what they do to my wallet), but spin has been the current obsession due to cookie-monster, who should better be re-named, protein-bite-only-rice-cakes-please monster's liking to the class.

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OLIVE ZAATAR BREAD

OLIVE ZAATAR BREAD

There's always something comforting about baking bread.

People say its always good to be "breaking bread" but I like to bake it and share. There's something about cooking food and sharing it with good company.

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CHOCOLATE SWEET POTATO LOAF

CHOCOLATE SWEET POTATO LOAF

Notice that moment before you fall over the edge. By recognizing that, you can use the tools you have to recenter yourself and let all the light in your life shine and led the dark fade away.

It's definitely been a non-stop week. A week where I felt I was heading toward burn-out, which of course resulted in waking up with a cold/allergy reaction yesterday morning. 

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