Pumpkin pancakes

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

What better way to kick off Thanksgiving week with pumpkin pancakes? I’m still in pumpkin mode (even though I prematurely decorated for Christmas because why not), so I see a few more weekends with this breakfast in my near future.

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Pumpkin season still going strong for me.

I get major pancake cravings, but only treat myself to them every once in a while when we go out for breakfast because they can be super sugary and then I’m down for the count. Making them at home means 1. I get to stay in my PJs and 2. I can pick the ingredients! This healthier take on pancakes uses whole wheat flour and Mooala vanilla bean almond milk. If you’re over pumpkin season, you can adjust this batter recipe for whatever ingredients you like. Bananas, chocolate chips…you really can’t go wrong. Recipe adapted from Cookie + Kate. Mine turned out a liiiiitle bit crispier than hers (multitasking + pancaking).

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Sweet Potato Avocado “Toasts”

Sweet potato season is in full swing at our house! I love sweet potatoes year-round, but especially in the fall.  They’ve  been involved in many a chili dinner over the past couple of weeks. I also love avocado toast (basic, I know, but whatever it’s easy and good). So naturally, when I heard about combining sweet potatoes and avocado toast, I had to test it out.

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Loved topping these with pom seeds, but like any avocado toast recipe the toppings are up to you!

I put a seasonal spin on the recipe by topping the “toasts” with Pom Wonderful Pom Poms. I’m thinking this one will be a healthy addition to our holiday appetizer spreads this year. I kept it dairy free this time, but next time I might toss a little goat cheese on top. Who knows, things might get crazy.

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A Toast to Toast: Lemon Edamame Avocado + Apricot Gorgonzola

Soooo July has been a crazy month and we’re only about halfway through! I’m in the final stretch of wedding planning (T-minus 70 days) and between work and the big day details, life has been busy (fun-busy, but still busy). So in honor of this crazy month, I’m giving a shoutout to one of my favorite go-to meals for even the busiest of weekdays…TOAST!

Breakfast, lunch, dinner…all perfect occasions for toast. It’s filling, requires no silverware, and can be made in 15 minutes or less. You can prep savory toast for lunch, sweet toast for breakfast, or a combination of both for whatever time of day the mood strikes. In all honesty, when I did this post I ate these toasts for dinner. And they were delicious.

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So much love for toast.

It just wouldn’t be right to do a “toast to toast” without sharing both a sweet and savory variety to do the dish justice. So today’s toast toppings include:

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Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls

People, meet the zoodle’s delicious cousin. Sweet potato noodles are heartier than zucchini noodles, and make a great base for one of our new favorite weeknight dishes – sweet potato noodle bowls.

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The beauty of the sweet potato noodle bowl is that you can include whatever vegetables and sauces you like. My favorite recipe includes sautéed onions and bell peppers, orzo, and black beans topped with crunchy almonds and an avocado vinaigrette.

Fun fact: this is my first 100 percent original recipe! I usually rely on my favorite food bloggers or restaurants to inspire me and then adapt the recipe from there, but this one was completely made up by yours truly (with feedback from Hunter re: vegetable inclusions, of course).

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Teriyaki Salmon + Thai Salad

Salmon is a weekday staple for us, so I’m always looking for ways to switch it up and use new flavors. A little teriyaki glaze and a bright, crunchy salad made for a seriously game-changing meal this week.

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Avocado slicing skills on point.

Major bonus: leftover thai salad makes an excellent less sad desk lunch. Just save some dressing to take to work.

The dressing is arguably one of the best parts of the meal – I even topped the salmon with it. Will definitely be using the recipe for future salads. Also, the salmon is baked (my weeknight go-to) making the recipe super easy.

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Brighten your day with Less Sad Desk Lunches

Your desk lunch doesn’t have to be sad. In fact, it can be the highlight of your workday if you put a little planning into it.

Of course, ideally we would all be sitting on a patio somewhere sipping cocktails and enjoying a nice cheese board, but sometimes that’s just not an option. Now, with the invention of mason jar salads and major improvements in the plastic lunch container world (how cool are these adult lunch boxes?) lunch at your desk can officially be less depressing and more enjoyable.

Key attributes of a  great desk lunch include:

  • Portability (major key)
  • Ability to fit in office fridge
  • Easy assembly
  • Minimal mess
  • Great tasting (necessary)
  • Healthy (for the most part…)

Today I give you two options that meet all of the above criteria:

  • Lemon Tarragon Salad with Sautéed Vegetables + Veggie Burger with Lemon Hummus and Sprouts (my current fave)
  • LL’s Salad in a Jar (bonus: makes a great Instagram)
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Veggie burger with lemon hummus and sprouts; lemon tarragon salad with sautéed veggies and of course water

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