Easy Gluten Free Pizza Crust {GF, keto, paleo}


I found out from 23andme that I have increased risk of developing celiac disease and that this was inherited from one of my parents. My dad gets his results in a few days so we will see who the culprit is, but my money is on him. His mom went through a period of time…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix


A few years ago I asked my mom to buy me a dehydrator so I could make homemade beef jerky. Sadly the dehydrator sat on a shelf for too long before I began tackling the long process of dehydrating foods. But once I started using it I became a bit obsessed with it, specifically obsessed…

Simple Roasted Almonds


I have had this mega large package of raw almonds sitting on my kitchen table forever. Real time: 3 or 4 months. I don’t usually buy raw nuts because typically I like nuts roasted or dry roasted or oiled and salted. (Who’s with me on this?) But clearly I bought these in a rare moment…

Flourless Zucchini Breakfast Cookies


We are going through some ups and downs with my diabetic dog. “We” is me and him and my dad when my dad’s in town. He has become an increasingly picky eater over time, which could be due to kidney failure or gum disease or both or neither. It could be some other reason. It…

Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas {vegetarian}


I admire the people who eat vegan or vegetarian, in part, because it’s something I could never do. I love meat and dairy too much to give up either even though I don’t actually eat a ton of meat or dairy. (Which you wouldn’t know from reading my blog.) Which is why when I find…

Fresh Salmon Tacos


I have this friend who is obsessed with tacos. OBSESSED. He can and does eat tacos for every meal. And he tells me about it all the time. I literally get daily updates telling me he ate tacos again for lunch. And then dinner. Or he might tell me that he was forced to eat…

Italian Green Salad


I was planning on making my cousin Stuffed Manicotti and my Mom’s Garlic Bread one night for dinner dreaming about what sort of gorgeous dessert I could serve us when she suggested we make a salad or some sort of vegetable dish with our dinner. Buzz kill! There went my thought of the perfect dessert…

Blackberry Smoothie Oatmeal Bake


This baked oatmeal dish was inspired by a blackberry overnight oats recipe gone awry. I had blended blackberries, yogurt and almond milk together in a large smoothie blender intending to pour the mixture over oats (overnight, obviously). Well I did this one night and was not thrilled with the results the next morning. The mixture…

Fresh Ahi Tuna Salad {w/avocado}


Have I ever told you about my problem with impulse spending? It’s grocery store specific. (Mostly…) I see something in the grocery store that looks good and/or is on sale and I want to buy it. I have no thought in mind as to what I’m going to do with said ingredient. I just see…

Basil Strawberry Spinach Salad


I’m desperately trying to eat more “greens” in my life on a daily basis and the easiest way to do that for me is to make a salad. My problem is that simple side salads bore me. Like what’s more boring than a salad with cucumbers, tomato and dressing? Hardly anything. So to tempt my…

Beet Blue Cheese Walnut Salad


I’m not overly fond of eating salad for dinner but do enjoy a nice starter salad, especially when out to eat at a fancy steak house. I’ve had a beet salad or two in my day at my local steakhouse, 555 East and thoroughly enjoyed the taste and the experience. After eyeing up some golden beets…

Quinoa Beet Black Bean Burgers


I bought some golden beets on a whim the other day because I thought they looked pretty and they were only $2 for a bunch. So I roasted them and made a salad with walnuts and blue cheese. The salad was good, but not something I could eat every night for dinner. As I contemplated…

Pesto Arugula Avocado Toast {w/bacon and eggs}


My family and friends are very aware of my love of food. Oftentimes they will share with me foods they’ve eaten or foods they think I might like. Anything that would be appropriate for me to recreate at home and subsequently share via my blog. The other day one of my friends sent me a…

Roasted Asparagus, Blue Cheese and Soft Boiled Egg Salad


I bought two pounds of asparagus the other day with no real plans of what to do with it, which is really odd. I almost never buy perishable foods without a plan in mind. I also bought a huge tub of mixed greens to make salad so I thought I would try to find another…

Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich


I wasn’t planning on making a chicken salad sandwich today. I was, in fact, looking for a recipe for chicken salad that I could put on a salad. And that’s the exact recipe I found at a website called eatingwell.com. The more I thought about it, the more I felt the chicken salad would taste…

Spring Berry Salad


The idea of seasons is kind of laughable to me because I live in Southern California where probably about 90% of the time it’s some variation of 70s or 80s and sunny. It doesn’t seem overly often that there’s a cloud in the sky actually. For most of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere it…

Wheat Berry Pancakes


If you walk a few blocks down the street from where I live is one of the best breakfast joints in the area. They serve the best healthy pancakes I’ve ever had. No joke. They are wheat berry pancakes. Yeah. Who ever heard of wheat berries? Not me until I had Breakfast Bar’s wheat berry…

Blueberry, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad


My aunt is in town for her first visit in about 8 or 9 years. She bought a giant tub of mixed greens when we were at Costco the other day, impressively, for $3.79. I happened to have two giant blocks of blue cheese in my fridge (also from Costco) and was on the look…

Factory Chopped Salad {copycat}


It’s been many years since I worked at the Cheesecake Factory but my love for their food remains. I can still picture the end of a night shift where another bartender and myself would perch in the paper room with a plateful of Factory Nachos and our favorite dessert to split, Fresh Strawberry Shortcake (extra…

Sweet Potato Black Bean {veggie} Burgers


On a whim one night many months ago I made the Pioneer Woman’s black bean burger and fell so in love with it I was hoping to find a burger recipe similar but with sweet potato added. I was actually hoping the Pioneer Woman would have such a recipe but a quick google search did not…