The Best Breakfast: Overnight Oats

Happy Monday! Do a little stretch, pour some coffee, and let’s read about the best, easiest breakfast I have ever discovered.

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I am a morning person, but I am no-fuss breakfast person. If it can’t be made in less than seven minutes I am not interested. That’s why poached eggs, smoothies, and cereal are favourites in my house. But lately I’ve been turning to overnight oats for a breakfast that takes no time in the morning.Read More

My Favourite Things at Trader Joe's

My coworker has a joke that I live at Trader Joe’s. And this isn’t as much a joke as a slightly exaggerated truth. I love Trader Joe’s and I am not ashamed of it.

my favourite things at trader joes.pngMy many trips to TJ’s {I can’t help it, it’s only five minutes away} I have tried just about everything on those hallowed aisles. From dips to produce to that glorious frozen aisle, my kitchen is always stocked with the yummiest treats from the always affordable, delicious grocery store we call Trader Joe’s.

Here’s what I always have in my cart…Read More

The 5 Best Gluten-Free Recipes

If you haven’t caught on, a few months ago I found that my body decided for me to go gluten-free. It’s been a big change in my life – goodbye soft, fluffy bread – but one that I’ve tried to deal with as gracefully as possible.

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Today I’m sharing the five recipes that have gotten me out of my food slump of boring, crusty food. These recipes are good whether you eat gluten or not, so definitely give them  a try!Read More

Favourites Friday #69: Bon Appétit!

I love food. Food is something that can take on so many different forms depending on the culture, the situation, and the palate. It’s just fascinating.

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This week I got to experience so many different foods as I started doing my 98% paleo (I make few exceptions) diet and tried out some new recipes because I’m just that kind of girl. Aka, a girl who realizes she’s a grown woman who needs to start cooking instead of heating up everything in the Trader Joe’s frozen section.

So, for this Favourites Friday I am going to share all the food-related things I loved from this week. Let’s dig in!Read More

Favourites Friday #64: That {lactose} Intolerant Life

One of the worst things that ever happened to me was finding out that I am lactose intolerant. No, not because I could no longer chug 2% milk, but I found out because my stomach had horrible grumbling fits during my 5th period chemistry class where I sat right behind my crush.

Yes, milk was the cause of my tragic lack of love.

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But six years later I have learned to deal with leaving lactose out of my diet. No, it’s not quite as fun as eating whatever you want, but adopting a more dairy-free diet has definitely improved my health and made eating with friends with an actual allergy not as bad.

Below are five amazing tricks to eating lactose-free in the last few years (and some in the last week) that I think everyone should try because they taste just as good as the lactose!Read More

Enthusiastic Eats: Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Who’s ready for another very easy, very affordable meal by someone who loves cooking, but has very little patience.

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Today’s recipe comes from all of my favourite things to eat (lemon, garlic, shrimp, pasta) and the fact that one pot meals are the only meals I am interested in making. I love being in the kitchen, but not while doing the dishes. This pasta dish is perfect for comfort night, but healthy enough to not feel guilty for having a second helping. And there’s tons to share with that special someone!

Bon appetit!Read More

5 Easy Healthy Eating Tricks

I love trying fad diets, and I love eating healthy, but I’m kind of the worst at staying consistent with my diet. So, in the light of the new year – and the fact that I have to wear a corset for WizardCon in two weeks – it’s time to get my health back on track. Which means it needs to be easy.

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We all approach healthy eating like a disease or freak show: Something that we are intrigued by, but don’t want to approach. That’s why when you break down healthy eating into something super simple (and this is from someone who hates cooking on week nights and too many cravings for meal planning) eating healthy becomes a lot more doable. And because I like eating healthy, it’s all the more fun!

See below for my five tricks to eating healthier without all the stress.Read More

Not Your Average Poached Eggs

I love poached eggs. They are the one kind of egg I feel confident making (yes, even over scrambled) and when I can find a delicious change to plain poached eggs on toast, then I am very happy!

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Today I will be sharing my recipe for Not Your Average Poached Eggs. It’s a small but flavorful twist to the classic, and definitely one for the books. Enjoy!Read More

My Favourite Fall Breakfast: Pumpkin Honey Overnight Oats

As the leaves begin to fall and the need for a jacket in the evening becomes necessary, it’s time to switch from eggs and fruit to something a bit more hearty for breakfast.

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As autumn is time for pumpkin and brown sugar and crockpot soup, I love a good bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. And something I can make the night before and just heat up the next morning (or eat cold) is exactly the kind of breakfast I want when I’d rather just stay in bed than face the bitter wind.

This recipe steals from multiple overnight oat recipes I’ve seen in the last year and I’ve made it so it’s just perfect for me. I hope you love my pumpkin overnight oats as much as I do!Read More

10 Recipes Every College Student Should Know

This week I went back to babysitting the kids I used to watch when I’m in high school. I feel like the older sister who came back from college and is now here to impart wisdom upon my younger brother and sister.

In reality, they think I’m their best friend and like to try the cool things I tell them, as I am a decade older than them and seem very hip with my cropped skinny jeans and penchant for chai lattes.

While making them lunch they asked what I ate in college and it made me realize how much I blossomed in making easy, cheap meals the last three years. It’s truly an art as a broke girl who loves fine cooking.

I thought today I’d impart on those heading back to school this month the recipes that got me a fantastic GPA – and through very boring lecture halls with 200 students.Read More