Kung Pao Eggplant

Better than Chinese takeout! Kung Pao Eggplant is a vegan twist on a classic, bursting with savory, rich umami flavors and packed with nutrients.Happy Thursday!

I’m getting ready to head off to Buffalo tomorrow for my bridal shower weekend so I can channel my inner 10-year-old and awkwardly open gifts in front of a bunch of people. Can you tell being the center of attention isn’t my thing? I am looking forward though to see family and friends and celebrating our upcoming wedding which is 5 weeks away! AHHHHH. So crazy. And still so much to do. Steve and I were joking with each other the other day saying what the hell are we going to do with our lives once this wedding is over?

Maybe make more recipes. Like this one I made for Food Network using one of my favorite vegetables that’s in-season right now, eggplant! I especially love eggplant…

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What to Do in Switzerland for 7 Days

We were clueless when we planned our Switzerland trip, which is why I created this travel guide for you for what to do in Switzerland for 7 days. To say that Switzerland is a beautiful country would be the understatement of the century. The nature, the beauty and the charm all surpassed my expectations.

Switzerland is a very small country, just slightly larger than the state of Maryland to give you a comparison. This is good news for travelers who are hoping to see a good chunk of the country in a short period of time. When my girlfriends and I were planning the trip, we struggled to decide which parts of the country to prioritize to visit in 7 days, relying on friends’ recommendations and Rick Steves. Everyone said something different. I’m here to set the record straight. To give you a day-to-day guide on how to tackle Switzerland in 7 days.


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Mindful Monday: How to Let Go of the Stories You Tell Yourself

My recent trip to Switzerland inspired this Mindful Monday post on how to let go of the stories you tell yourself to reduce your anxieties. Hey friends! I’m baaaaaaaaack. I started writing this post as a travel guide to Switzerland and then shit got deep so it evolved into a Mindful Monday post :). Stay tuned for a travel guide soon!

My trip to Switzerland was incredible. Like the kind of incredible that opens your heart, opens your mind and leaves you hungry for more. My trip pushed me way outside my comfort zone. Challenged me. Brought me to new heights (literally and figuratively). Made me stronger. There’s a quote that resonated with me from my trip to Thailand a few years ago, “Life begins where your comfort zone ends.” I had the quote put on a magnet with a picture of me on top of a lookout point at Ko Phi…

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Avocado Rose Toast 3 Ways

Avocado roses are all the rage right now. Take your avo toast to the next level with my 3 variations on avocado rose toast.Hey guys!

I’m back from my trip to Switzerland – it was absolutely incredible. Its beauty totally exceeded my expectations. I’ve got a few travel posts coming over the next few weeks to talk more about the trip but for now, a recipe! This month’s Recipe Redux theme is “Get your fruits and veggies in shape – show us how you’re serving the bounty of gardens and orchards in shapes like ribbons, noodles, cut-outs, or other creative cuts.” Now I don’t have a spiralizer (hoping to get one on my registry!) so veggie noodles were out of the picture. But then it hit me…the latest food photo trend…avocado roses! I’m sure you’ve seen them taking over your Insta feed.

I wanted to test it out for myself…

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Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie Bowl

This cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl may taste indulgent but it’s a protein-packed and healthy way to start your morning.Hi, friends!

I’m almost one week into my Switzerland trip and I can’t wait to share my travels with you when I return home! But for now I have a delicious breakfast recipe that’s going to sweeten your morning routine. You guys know I have a thing for dessert breakfasts, right? I mean there’s been the Wild Blueberry Basil Cheesecake Smoothie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Smoothie, Chocolate Cherry Frosty, Carrot Cake Overnight Oats and Apple Pie Teff Porridge. I guess it’s no secret that I have a serious sweet tooth. But have no fear because you can easily make delicious, indulgent tasting breakfasts super healthy and good-for-you too. And that’s the case for the newest addition to my DFB (dessert for breakfast) collection: Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie Bowl. Smoothies are such an easy breakfast to make…

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Mango Turmeric Lassi Popsicles

Sweet and creamy, these mango turmeric lassi popsicles are the perfect antioxidant-packed dessert.This recipe was created in partnership with the National Mango Board as I am a mango ambassador. Thanks for supporting the foods and organizations I love that make TFD possible! 


Hope you all had a fantastic fourth of July! Steve and I had a really nice weekend just the two of us as most of our friends were out of town for the holiday. It was quite perfect because we were celebrating our official two month countdown before “I do” and because we won’t be spending much QT together these next couple weeks as I leave for my Switzerland trip on Friday. We stuffed and sent out our wedding invitations on Friday night, which I was super happy with how they turned out. Steve also created this super cute little “evening picnic” at home complete with rose and…

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Grilled Hemp Pesto Peach Flatbread

A delicious and easy dish, this grilled hemp pesto peach flatbread is perfect to fire up on the grill to satisfy your guests during a summer weekend celebration. 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods. Thanks so much for supporting brands that align with my values and help make TFD possible!

Hey ya’ll!

The three day holiday weekend is almost here! For the past few years, Steve and I have created an unintentional tradition of hunkering down on hill outside the city, packing wine and picnic foods, creepily watching all the adorable babies (and dreaming about when we will have some of our own) and of course, watching the fireworks. We’ll likely do the same this year (as I can’t imagine doing anything else at this point – we always have such a nice time) and I can’t wait to pack the recipe I’m going to share with you today. It’s the perfect dish…

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