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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Chipotle Shrimp Taco Salad

Taco salad combines two of my favorite things, and this chipotle shrimp version is not to be missed! You guys were loving this recipe on Snapchat Tuesday night so here it is…and if you love this, you definitely need to check out my spicy shrimp taco recipe for when a salad just won’t cut it.

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Topped with a generous helping of cilantro avocado dressing, of course!

We’ve had a couple of 80 degree days in Dallas lately, so a salad with spicy shrimp and refreshing avocado and herb dressing was calling my name this week. And, this dish is pretty easy to throw together. I typically make the cilantro avocado dressing a day or two in advance and use it in as many lunches and dinners as possible because it is amazing. This week, I saved some extra dressing and made a loaded sweet potato with peppers, black beans and feta.

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Great Green Salad

I’m completely in love with this super simple, incredibly delicious salad! I discovered it one afternoon when I combined a random handful of ingredients I had in the fridge, and I’m so glad I did. It’s packed with nutrients, and makes a perfect lunch or side for your main protein or pasta dish.

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Catch a health vibe!

This salad is all about quality ingredients. Fresh greens and a solid avocado are musts – I’m obsessed with Lacinato kale lately. It will change your world. Also, make sure you use the best olive oil you can find and fresh S+P…it makes all the difference!

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Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

We’ve had our fair share of indulgences lately, so it’s time to get back on the health train with these 100% veggie burrito bowls! Cauliflower rice makes an amazing base for so many dishes – you could almost forget you’re eating a vegetable. I posted my go-to cauliflower rice recipe on Instagram not too long ago, and have found the perfect place for it in these spicy, savory perfect-for-weeknight-dinner bowls.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

With all of the toppings, of course.

The “meat” in this recipe is also completely vegetarian, made with Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles! I love using plant-based proteins, and Beyond’s products are so quick and easy to season.

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Tuna Poké

Today we’re talking poké, people. Not only is it fun to say (FYI – it’s pronounced POH-keh), it’s delicious, healthy, and ridiculously easy to put together.

I know this is the second post I’ve put up in the past couple of weeks involving chopsticks (see sesame shrimp soba noodles) but as previously discussed, I am now completely obsessed with toasted sesame oil, and just happened to come into possession of a few sashimi grade tuna steaks last week. Also, soba noodles are Japanese in origin whereas poké is totally Hawaiian. So, variety.

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Thank you, takeout, for my extensive chopstick collection!

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Three Juice Recipes to Try this Summer

To preface this post, these are my three favorite juice recipes right now and they are all delicious. They will also will really, truly mess up your kitchen. But it’s worth it.

Summer is the perfect time to incorporate juice into your daily drink rotation. It’s hot (and juice is refreshing) and it’s swimsuit season (health vibes). My first juice endeavor took place last year, and involved an extended trip to Whole Foods and a massive haul of produce at which Hunter was very confused/disturbed. However, once he realized how good it was he (sort of) got on board.

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Watermelon lime.

Today I present to you: a classic cucumber mint green juice, a zesty spicy orange juice, and a refreshing AF watermelon lime juice. The entire time I was making the watermelon lime juice I was thinking about how to turn it into a watermelon lime margarita, but that’s for another post.

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Loaded Zoodle Bowls

Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are back on the blog! This loaded zoodle bowl is one of my favorite lunches right now because it’s light and fresh, easy to prep, and with plenty of veggies and an herb pesto, it’s super healthy!

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Also love topping these with avocado and sliced almonds.

About a month ago I tested out Love & Lemons’ spring broccolini and kale quinoa bowls and became obsessed with herb pesto. I loved the broccolini and kale quinoa bowls too and started to play around with different ingredients, but always kept the pesto the same (minus the peas, can’t do peas).

As you know from my roasted red peppers with pesto zucchini noodles and goat cheese and sweet potato noodle bowls posts, I love my spiralizer! So of course I felt the need to incorporate zoodles.  You could also make a delicious lunch bowl with cucumber noodles (I did this a few weeks ago with the same pesto and it was awesome!).

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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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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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