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  • Pear & Cranberry Cream of Wheat & Oatmeal Bowl


    There's nothing like a big bowl of oatmeal to warm you up on a cold morning. Temperatures in Charlotte have been dropping down into the 20s overnight so breakfast has been all about warm foods. After spending last winter drinking green smoothies while shivering in front of a space heater I decided that while smoothies [...]

  • Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili


    I mentioned a month or so ago that I was going to start embracing my slow cooker more this fall to help with dinner on long days and so far I'm on a good roll! First I made Chicken Tikka Masala, then Balsamic Pork Tenderloin and this week was White Chicken Chili. This is not [...]

  • 5 Favorite Fall Recipes


    I am always a little sad to bid farewell to long summer days and all of the amazing fresh summer produce but this year I found myself eagerly welcoming fall. I am loving everything from the cooler days to the stunning foliage to warm and hearty meals. It seems like fall is the season that [...]

  • Pumpkin Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Swirl


    This recipe is sponsored by Chiquita. If there's something I love, it's a good challenge! Especially when it comes to cooking and being in the kitchen. I really enjoy creating my own recipes whether it's for a simple dinner using what I have in the fridge/pantry or something more involved to share publicly that involves [...]

  • Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with a Poached Egg


    Hold on to your hats because I'm about to write something that's going to make you wonder if you're reading the right blog. This fall I am testing out some changes to my diet. I'm swapping smoothies for oatmeal and salads for soup and warm veggies. I know, I know. Totally goes against everything you've [...]

  • 15-Minute Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pasta with Barilla Pronto


    I get asked all the time how I find the motivation to cook dinner after long days when dinner prep usually starts after 8 p.m. Three secrets. I love it. It's my creative outlet and helps me unwind and feel like I'm doing something to nurture myself. A well stocked pantry and fridge. Make it [...]

  • Recent Eats: The Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Edition (Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe!)


    Happy Friday! I got almost 9 hours of sleep last night which was so nice. I woke up naturally around 7:20 and invited Sullie up for some cuddles. It's a cold, rainy day so I'm now camped out at my desk with a space heater and french pressed coffee. Perfect Friday morning. While I don't [...]

  • Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas


    September brings the arrival of so many fall things...apples, pumpkin, crisp mornings, changing leaves and FOOTBALL! I am a Georgia girl and one thing we don't mess around with is our football! I spent every Friday night cheering on the field at home and away with my high school team. When I went off to [...]

  • Southern-Style Tomato Pie


    One of the saddest things about the end of summer is the end of tomatoes that are bursting with flavor. I can hardly bring myself to buy grocery store tomatoes during the off-season because they are so far removed from the real thing. We have enjoyed a great tomato season here in Charlotte and my [...]

  • Tuscan Kale Salad with Golden Beets, Figs and Feta


    For a long time I was not on the kale salad bandwagon. I didn't understand what people found so appealing about eating raw, chewy, bitter, hard to digest kale. I much preferred it the way my Mema has been making it for as long as I can remember, cooked in a flavorful broth (that usually [...]

  • The Best Flank Steak Marinade


    One of my most prized kitchen possessions is this old, beat up notebook stuffed full of recipes. You see, back before the era of Pinterest recipe organization was a little more old school. I would spend hours upon hours going through cooking magazines and cutting out recipes and going through online sites and blogs and [...]

  • Honey Almond & Coconut Granola


    For the last year I have been so hooked on granola! I love it for snacking and for topping my smoothies. The granola gives my smoothies serious staying power and keeps me full considerably longer than when I leave it off. After trying just about every granola brand and variety offered at Whole Foods (and [...]

  • Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette


    I have a wonderful summer salad to share with you today! Remember how I wrote in my last post that I have been loving watermelon lately? Well, I decided to try it out in salad form. A friend of mine hosted a pot luck last night and asked me to bring a salad. As I [...]

  • Banana Egg White Oatmeal Recipe + Tons of Recent Eats


    How is it already Thursday? This week has flown by but in a blur of many things I love...teaching, training, friend dates, marketing and social media...but not much blogging (or working out). Everything ebbs and flows so I'm not stressed about it. It all evens out in the end. I'm here today to catch you [...]

  • The Most Adventurous Thing I’ve Ever Cooked {Provencal Braised Octopus Recipe}


    This dinner looks pretty delicious, right? It was actually the most adventurous thing I've ever cooked! Last week I received a text from my fiance that there was no need to go to the grocery because he'd already been shopping at Whole Foods. I arrived home to a fridge that looked like it had been [...]

  • The Best Easy Homemade Pad Thai Recipe


    Yes, you read that title correctly. After years of making homemade pad thai and being asked for the recipe, I'm finally sharing it today. It's not that I never wanted to share the recipe before but this is something that I cook without a recipe so it takes some discipline to actually make myself measure [...]

  • Quinoa Breakfast Bake with Blueberries, Bananas and Vanilla Soymilk


    I train the majority of my clients first thing in the morning. As we're wrapping up their sessions, I frequently ask them "what's for breakfast?" or encourage them to go home and eat a good breakfast before they head to work. Eating a good breakfast with a mix of protein, carbs and fat will help [...]

  • Boost Your Brainpower Spinach, Quinoa and Berry Salad


    This post is sponsored by Dole Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Dole provided me with compensation for my time and recipe development. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine. March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week. This annual event is a global celebration of the brain that brings attention to brain science advances and promotes brain [...]

  • Perfect Pressed Wrap Tutorial


    Hi everyone! Happiest of Wednesdays. My day started with a 5:30 a.m. wake up call to teach my 6 a.m. hot vinyasa class at Charlotte Yoga. It was a SERIOUS struggle to get out of bed this morning (the time change is kicking my butt in the mornings) but the second I started class I [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola


    I have a recipe to share with you today that might be the best recipe I've shared in a long time! Let me introduce you to homemade Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola! I wish I could say I'm exaggerating but I've made this granola FOUR times in the past eight days. It's that good. (And [...]

  • Fig, Cherry & Berry Smoothie + Recent (Lots of Out To) Eats


    This is the first week that I've truly felt "in the swing of things" in over a month. Between traveling in February and the weird snow/ice days we had, my schedule has been all over the place. This week it's been 100% business as usual and it's one of those magical weeks where none of [...]

  • Healthy-ish Peanut Butter & Coconut Banana Bread


    After going five days without peanut butter last week while I was away on the yoga retreat, it's been all peanut butter, all the time since getting back. The first thing I ate when I arrived home was an apple with peanut butter and since then it's been a steady stream of peanut butter smoothies, peanut [...]

  • Healthier Super Bowl Snack Ideas: Sweet Potato Nachos and Loaded Hummus Plate


    Whether you're a die-hard football fan or just in it when your team is winning or when it serves as a fun social outlet, Super Bowl Sunday brings a day of eating, drinking and parties. When I was growing up we ate dinner every night at the table but on Super Bowl Sunday we ordered pizza and were [...]

  • Armenian Lentil Soup with Eggplant and Apricots


    For the last few weeks I have been making soups to have on hand to eat throughout the week. It's such a treat to enjoy a good homemade soup instead of heating up boxed or canned soups. (Don't get me wrong...I eat my fair share of boxed soups from Trader Joe's.) Given my love for being [...]

  • Three Ingredient Pot Roast {Recipe}


    It's comfort food season here in Charlotte. Last week we endured a stretch of arctic air and this week it's a four days of rain and 40 degree temperatures. The weather, coupled with the sadness of taking all the holiday prettiness down and the realization we have a few more months of this weather, has left [...]

  • Healthier Holiday Dessert: Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait


    To wrap up my "healthier holiday" series with ALDI I have a beautiful, festive and lighter dessert to share with you. But first...let's remember the appetizer and main courses. For the appetizer we had four bite-sized skewer combinations. The main course was pork loin stuffed with butternut squash, apples, cranberries and topped with a cider gravy. [...]

  • Cider Brined Pork Loin Stuffed with Butternut Squash, Apples and Cranberries


    This post is sponsored by ALDI as a part of the Healthier Holiday series. Check out my first post featuring healthy holiday appetizer ideas.  It’s the season of holiday parties, family feasts and indulgent meals. The good news is that indulgent doesn’t have to be synonymous with diet-breaking butter, cream and cheese. Indulgent can mean [...]

  • Adding A Little Brilliance to My Daily Beverage Routine with Tate+Lyle®


    One of the things I look forward to each day is my beverage routine. It's such a simple thing but there's something about it that feels so comforting. It starts with coffee in the morning, followed by hot tea, iced coffee, kombucha or sparkling water in the afternoon and finally a cocktail, mocktail or another [...]

  • Healthier Holidays Series: 4 Bite-Sized Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining


    This post is sponsored by ALDI as part of the Healthier Holidays Series.  I am excited about the holidays this year. I'm staying in Charlotte for Thanksgiving where I'll spend the day with a big group of friends and going home for Christmas to be with my family in Georgia. I'm also looking forward to all of the holiday [...]

  • Acorn Squash Stuffed with Brown Rice, Kale, Cranberries and Pecans {Recipe + Giveaway}


    Even though my work schedule often means late nights at the gym or yoga studio, I make it a priority to eat a healthy, homemade dinner whenever possible. I really enjoy cooking but sometimes I simply don't have the time to start everything from scratch at 8 p.m. I have found that products offering a short cut can [...]

  • How to Make Homemade Plain Yogurt


    Today is a pretty epic day for PBR. It's my dad's first recipe post! I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me that he's going to be regularly contributing around here. Let me back up and tell you the story of me + my dad + my love for cooking. My [...]

  • Must Try Smoothie and Salad Combinations


    Hey, hey! I hope you've all had a great week. I wanted to pop in quickly to share a new smoothie and salad combo that I'm loving this week. The star ingredients of the smoothie are pumpkin, almond butter and chocolate coconut granola. The team at Cascadian Farm sent me two different flavors of their [...]

  • Southwestern Shrimp Taco Salad {Recipe}


    One of my favorite things about visiting my family is being in my dad's kitchen. There is always something good in the works and on this trip it's been homemade sourdough bread, homemade yogurt (tutorial coming soon!) and an awesome taco salad. Last night we cooked a Southwestern Shrimp Taco Salad that my dad has [...]

  • Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal {Recipe}


    Good morning! I promised the apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe yesterday but then I got distracted. By babies! Two of my best friends just had babies within a week of each other. They are 3 and 4 weeks old. I met one friend for lunch and another for a walk and visit. This baby is like, [...]

  • Roasted Okra with Sriracha Aioli {Recipe}


    Growing up in the south has given me quite an appreciation for some of our regional specialties including grits, greens, cornbread (my favorite recipe here), banana pudding, pimento cheese, pulled pork and okra just to name a few. Today we're going to talk about okra. What exactly is okra? Well, it's edible green seed pods that grow [...]

  • Spiced Zucchini Carrot Bread {Recipe}


    This is the time of the year when everyone starts to feel pretty over the surplus of summer veggies and fast forwards to fall. My favorite farmer at the farmers market gave me an oversized zucchini a few weeks ago because they weren't selling. Everyone was starting to go for the winter squash instead. My mind immediately went [...]

  • Lemon Feta Potato Salad {Recipe}


    Potato salad is one of those foods that tends to put people in opposing camps. You're either a fan or it's not your thing. One of the things that can turn people off of potato salad is the mayonnaise, as it also tends to be a food that often puts people in opposing camps. Several [...]

  • In My Kitchen: Green Smoothie Video Tutorial


    I know that I blog about green smoothies A LOT but over the last year I've gone from being an occasional smoothie drinker to having one almost every day. I used to find smoothies to be unsatisfying because I thought I needed something to "chew" and I always felt hungry after I ate them. I [...]

  • Salted Fudge Brownies (The Best Brownie Recipe Ever!)


    When it comes to desserts I tend to gravitate more towards fruity flavored things rather than chocolate. When I look at a dessert menu I can always pass on things like chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. I like chocolate in things but I don't like strictly chocolate flavored things. Does that make any sense at [...]

  • Fresh Peach Greek Frozen Yogurt {Recipe}


    I have been soaking up peach season and stocking up on fresh South Carolina peaches weekly. My favorite way to eat peaches is peel, slice and enjoy them plain (I'm not a peach fuzz lover...I need that off my peach before eating it!) But I also love to get creative with them...grilled peaches with ice [...]

  • Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars {Recipe}


    I have the best neighbors. They've lived on my street for 20+ years and are always looking out for me and Sullie. They help me take care of her on crazy days, check in with me on a regular basis, watch out for the house while I'm gone all day or away on trips and are [...]

  • How To Cook Perfect Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts + Recent Eats


    Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great week. One of my friends is teaching a monthly yoga class at the Ritz Carlton. For just $20 you get a 75 minute vinyasa class in their 18th floor yoga studio with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city, as well as access to the amazing [...]

  • The Best Homemade Chicken Enchiladas


    I have a chicken enchilada recipe for you that will change your life for the better. Say goodbye to canned enchilada sauce and get ready to experience a whole new level of taste and authentic flavor with homemade Mexican cuisine. I first started making this recipe about five years ago after my friend Josie posted [...]

  • Fresh Peach Cake {Recipe}


    It's peach season y'all! Growing up in Georgia, peaches were a big deal...we are the peach state after all. ;) Little did I know that after moving to the Carolinas (I've lived in North and South Carolina) that South Carolina peaches are also a big deal and equally as delicious as Georgia peaches. I have [...]

  • How to Make Delicious Pizza Using FlatOut Wraps


    If I had to list five of my favorite foods the list would include pizza, ice cream, cheese, cupcakes and peanut butter. Not exactly all the healthiest choices but very delicious! Recently, I've discovered an easy, lighter alternative to pizza that makes a great lunch or weeknight dinner. FlatOut pizza! I have been using FlatOut [...]

  • Blueberry Banana Muffins {Recipe}


    Good morning! I always keep bananas in the house for smoothies and sometimes they get a little too ripe before I get around to using them. I know many people freeze their bananas for smoothies but since all the other fruit I use in my smoothies is frozen, I like having the banana to add [...]

  • Homemade Honey Dijon Balsamic Dressing {Recipe}


    It's time for the second installment of my homemade salad dressings tutorial. Today I have a homemade Honey Dijon Balsamic vinaigrette that is my GO TO dressing for 90% of the salads I make at home. Like most of my homemade salad dressings, the ingredients list is short with just four items. I start with [...]

  • Honey Balsamic Glazed Chicken Breasts {Recipe}


    Several years ago I received a copy of the Canyon Ranch Nourish cookbook from a friend as a gift. It has become one of my favorite cookbooks and I have made more recipes from it that any other cookbook on my bookshelf (with the exception of The Gourmet Cookbook...we spent a lot of time together [...]

  • A Day of Meals with MorningStar Farms {Giveaway}


    I have been buying veggie burgers since I was in college. MorningStar Farms was one of the first brands that I ever tried. 10 years ago they were one of the only brands of veggie burgers! When I first started eating veggie burgers I ate them like a straight up burger. Over the years I [...]

  • Homemade Greek Yogurt Honey Mustard Dressing


    Hey, hey! This is part one of a series featuring homemade salad dressings. I quit buying salad dressings years ago in favor of whipping up my own creations. When I was in high school/college my parents started making their own balsamic vinaigrette for our salads at home. I could never find a bottled balsamic that I [...]