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  • Maple Apple Spice Cake


    Apple cake is one of the desserts I look forward to most every fall. I developed this recipe for Maple Apple Spice Bundt Cake in fall of 2013 and it immediately became my favorite apple cake. It's now a staple in my fall/holiday baking rotation. Fresh apple cake reminds me so much of my childhood. My [...]

  • Perfect Paleo Banana Bread


    I originally shared this Paleo Banana Bread recipe in 2013. It's received hundreds of glowing reviews and remains one of the top three recipes on my blog...for good reason! It's easy to prep with no mixer required, has short ingredients list, is gluten-free and Paleo-friendly and tastes delicious. I've made this recipe over and over again [...]

  • Ancho Chile & Cinnamon Brined Bone-In Pork Chops


    I feel like pork chops don't get the love they deserve. The pork chops of our youth were either thin cut and cooked until they were way overdone, fried or dare I mention Shake & Bake? (<--- AHH! I swear I could taste that seasoning as I typed the words!) Luckily, I had parents who were pork [...]

  • Peaches & Cream Egg White Oatmeal


    Good morning! You know how life seems to ebb and flow? There are good times, bad times and a lot of mundane in between. Over the last few weeks I've come to realize that I'm smack in the middle of one of those good times and feeling a deeper sense of peace and ease right now than [...]

  • Dairy-Free Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes


    We had pancakes for breakfast on a Thursday morning and it was kind of the best thing ever. I made these dairy-free blueberry buttermilk pancakes last Sunday morning and knew I had to recreate them again this week to photograph and share with you because they were so amazing. We "mmm'd" our way through them [...]

  • Grilled Plantains with Brown Sugar Butter Glaze


    These grilled plantains with brown sugar butter glaze are a delicious way to enjoy ripe plantains and make an easy summer side dish or dessert!  I know I've bragged on my dad's cooking many times on my blog before but I have to do it again today. Whether it's baking bread, making homemade yogurt, serving up [...]

  • The Best Basic Granola Recipe


    A basic granola recipe with a short ingredients list. This granola is the perfect balance sweet and salty; chewy and crispy. Oats, brown sugar, honey and coconut oil are studded with plump raisins for a delicious breakfast or snack.  Every time I go visit my parents my dad always has a container of homemade granola sitting [...]

  • The Most Addictive Avocado Toast Ever


    I have been so obsessed with this avocado, sauerkraut and scrambled egg toast combination that I couldn't wait one more day to share it with you. It's been on heavy rotation for breakfast, brunch, lunch and late night dinners. It doesn't matter what time of day it is, it's always the right time for this [...]

  • Roasted Broccoli Tutorial: Crowns and Stems


    Roasted broccoli is a staple side dish in our house. I'm sure many of you are already on the roasted broccoli bandwagon but today I'm going to walk you through a new prep method I learned from my dad that includes roasting the crowns and stems of the broccoli! Broccoli seems to be one of the [...]

  • Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage and Veggies


    I had a spaghetti squash that had been sitting on my counter for over a month. (Did you know they can last for 1-3 months?) I was getting kind of tired of looking at it (wasn't doing much for the decor of my kitchen counters) so I decided it was time to find a new and creative use for [...]

  • Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad


    This Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad is a delicious summer dish that can be shared with friends or enjoyed as a light dinner. It's packed with fresh vegetables and herbs and finished with a lemon dijon vinaigrette. I made this Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado salad a few weeks ago for our teacher training graduation party. I [...]

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Chili Garlic Vinaigrette


    I think it's safe to say I've been on a big sweet potato kick this year. Mashed, roasted, baked...breakfast, lunch, dinner. I love that sweet potatoes taste amazing, are simple to prepare and pack a nutritional punch. Did you know that one medium sweet potato only has around 100 calories and contains nearly four times [...]

  • Homemade Tahini Turmeric Dressing


    This homemade tahini turmeric dressing is a delicious way to break away from bottled dressings when you're making salads at home. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and turmeric is a spice well-known for it's anti-inflammatory properties. The bright yellow color of the dressing is reminiscent of honey mustard thanks to the turmeric [...]

  • Braised Red Cabbage with Red Onion, Apples and Balsamic


    I'm happy to finally share the recipe for one of my favorite side dishes, braised red cabbage with apples. It's a delicious, slow-cooked mix of red cabbage, red onions, balsamic vinegar and paper thin apples. I think I got hooked on braised red cabbage back in college after dining at Houston's in Atlanta. Has anyone [...]

  • Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls {Paleo + Whole30 Approved}


    This post features a recipe for sweet potato breakfast bowls. This delicious breakfast is Paleo and Whole30 friendly and also gluten-free. Sweet potato breakfast bowls are a great grain-free alternative to oatmeal.  Embarking on a Whole30 when a big plate of eggs and vegetables isn't quite your cup of tea first thing in the morning can [...]

  • Homemade Almond Milk {Video Tutorial}


    When I was in the initial planning stages of my Whole30, making my own almond milk was honestly not something that really interested me. I assumed it would be a cumbersome process that wasn't really worth the time or effort. Was I ever wrong! I did a lot of research and reading online about making [...]

  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili (Beanless, Whole30 & Paleo) + Kohl’s Giveaway


    If you're looking for a "set it and forget it" recipe for a delicious beanless chili, then do I ever have the recipe for you! This chili is packed with hunks of sweet potato and carrot along with ground lamb or beef and lots of warm, comforting spices. I guarantee that you won't miss the [...]

  • Overnight Banana Chia Pudding


    I owe chia pudding an apology. Two years ago I tried it, hated it and bashed it right here in this very same space. Luckily, one food mantra I've always adhered to is, "always give it another chance." To this day I will still take a bite of foods that I haven't liked since childhood [...]

  • The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015 (All-Time)


    Yesterday I shared the the 10 most popular posts of 2015 that were actually written in 2015. Today I'm sharing the top 10 posts of 2015 for all-time. These 10 posts got the more views than any other posts on Peanut Butter Runner and 9 of the 10 were not even written this year! For [...]

  • The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015 (Written in 2015)


    Time for the annual round up of the year's most popular posts! It's always fun to run a report in Google Analytics for the entire year to see what posts made the list. It's typically pretty heavy on recipes and workouts since those types of posts tend to stand the test of time. I was [...]

  • Cranberry Orange Muffins with Streusel Topping and Orange Glaze


    document.body.id = 'noIntelliTXT'; This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. I really enjoyed reading all about your holiday baking and breakfast traditions last week. It was so interesting to read about everyone's various traditions and my mouth was watering over [...]

  • 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


    A recipe for easy homemade pad thai featuring a delicious homemade pad thai sauce. Whether you're a lover of all things Thai and ethnic food related or you've never tried your hand at this kind of thing before, this recipe is accessible and easy.  After years of making homemade pad thai and being asked for [...]

  • 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


    This recipe for Armenian Lentil Soup is vegan and gluten-free. It's full of tomatoes, eggplant, apricots, peppers, onions and lentils along with some really fantastic spices like cayenne pepper, cinnamon and cumin. For the last few weeks I have been making soups to have on hand to eat throughout the week. It's such a treat [...]

  • 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 [...]