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Lavender, Rosemary & Orange Cookies

March 31, 2017

Upon returning from a restorative family trip to the Ojai Valley, I was inspired to bake cookies using aromatic Spring herbs and citrus that fill the air this time of year. The buttery undertones and neutral flavor of shortbread to allow the lavender, rosemary and orange to shine through. A simple orange icing really takes this cookie to the next level. Gather Cookies: 1/2 cup of butter 1/4 cup of sugar 1 1/2 cups of flour 1 tsp of vanilla extract a…

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Benjamin’s 3rd Birthday

January 29, 2017

After a fast and intense labor, you were peacefully born three years ago today. You’re wide-eyed, full of wonder and quite a character, bursting with personality! Some words to best describe you are attuned, curious, determined, observant, silly, energetic, self-assured, clever and empathetic. You’re drawn to animals and the natural world – whether it’s playing in the snow or sand, you enjoy adventuring in the great outdoors, getting your hands in the mix, and love playing in the water. Some of…

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The Perfect Vanilla Cupcake

December 21, 2016

The height of sophistication is simplicity. – Clare Boothe Luce I poured extra love into perfecting this classic little cake. Vanilla on vanilla is my son’s favorite and he recently requested it for his 6th birthday. The recipe uses simple ingredients that you probably have on hand. It starts with a cake that has an amazing crumb. The key is to use the spoon and level method. Packing flour into a measuring cup will give you a dense cake. Instead, stir the…

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Fattoush Salad

November 7, 2016

It was a gorgeous Southern California day so Benjamin and I sat out on the patio for lunch and enjoyed this delicious fattoush salad inspired by my friend Mirey of High on Wholesome (check out her feed for the most vibrant, beautiful dishes!) There are different variations of this salad but I used what I had on hand. I chopped up a head of romaine lettuce, red onion, red bell pepper, persian cucumber, fresh dill and mint leaves. If you have…

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No Bake Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bites

October 31, 2016

These No-Bake Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bites from Running with Spoons are easy and fun to make with kids, suitable for many dietary restrictions because they’re free of eggs, dairy, nuts, gluten, soy and wheat, and they’re a delicious treat you can feel good about giving to your kids all season long! Ingredients For the bites: 1/2 cup (4 dates), pitted 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 2 Tbsp maple syrup 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 tsp…

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Meditteranean Farro Salad w. Tomatoes & Cucumbers

September 11, 2016

Our family often eats a Mediterranean-style diet which emphasizes eating primarily plant-based foods, whole grains, fish, legumes and nuts. Healthy fats such as olive oil are incorporated and herbs and spices are used to add flavor. Grain bowls and salads are simple to make and are light, yet satisfying. They’re typically composed of a grain and topped with veggies, a protein and a dressing. Farro is an ancient grain that’s a good source of protein, fiber and nutrients like magnesium and iron. This versatile dish can be served…

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Strawberry-Mango Quinoa Salad w. Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

June 28, 2016

This summer salad is nutritious, light yet satisfying, kid-friendly and bursting with flavor! Mango, strawberries and avocado are tossed with fluffy quinoa, chopped spinach, crumbled goat cheese, pine nuts and dressed in a honey-lime vinaigrette. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner and is a crowd-pleaser at gatherings. Gather Salad 6 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped 1 cup strawberries, hulled and cut into ¼-inch thick slices 1 mango, diced ½ avocado, diced 1½ ounces goat cheese (omit for vegan) 2 tablespoons pine…

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Lemon-Coconut Breakfast Bars

June 10, 2016

These sweet lemony treats are the perfect canvas for a beautiful collection of natural superfood ingredients like chia seeds, dates, oats and coconut. Chia seeds are an excellent source of healthy essential fatty acids containing eight times more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Chia seeds are also one of the most digestible plant proteins, an excellent source of dietary fiber, and a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and free-radical fighting antioxidants. I keep some of these breakfast anytime bars in my…

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Berry Bliss Oat Squares

June 7, 2016

Although these Berry Oat Bars are free of dairy, egg, soy, gluten and refined sugar, they are not free of flavor! Perfect for breakfast with a cup of tea or add a scoop of ice cream and you’ve got dessert! Gather Filling 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped 1 ripe banana, chopped ¼ cup pure maple syrup 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp warm water Crumble 3 cups gluten-free oats, divided…

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Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl w. Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

May 10, 2016

This bowl is everything! Simple to prepare, light yet satisfying, packed with nutrients and kid-approved! I make extra for a quick and delicious meal in minutes throughout the week. When on-the go, simply layer the ingredients in a jar and toss in your bag. No more missed lunches! Roasting the red peppers is super easy and brings out their natural sweetness. The roasted red peppers that you buy at the market will work, but they really don’t compare to roasting them at home…

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