• protein packed pesto caprese pasta

    this post is brought to you in partnership with banza I know, I know, it seems crazy to call this pasta recipe “protein-packed” right? But this is not just any pasta – it’s from a company called Banza which makes their pastas from… Chickpeas! Pretty cool right?  It gives a whole new meaning to lazy night pasta dishes.  I can’t tell… [Continue Reading]

    protein packed pesto caprese pasta
  • chocolate peppermint snack bites

    For those of you that follow along with my Instagram stories, you know that I’m currently obsessed with the chocolate peppermint stick luna bars.  I think there’s just something about this time of year that makes me crave that flavor combination. I’ve been ordering those luna bars by the mega box from amazon lately and finally decided that it was time… [Continue Reading]

    chocolate peppermint snack bites
  • quick and easy veggie-packed meatball soup

    The weather is FINALLY starting to cool down here in Charlotte which made me really happy that I whipped up this ridiculously simple meatball soup yesterday. For those of you that have followed me for a while, you know that I’ve always been a pretty big fan of quick, easy meals (as well as meals that give me everything I… [Continue Reading]

    quick and easy veggie-packed meatball soup
  • super simple veggie-packed ramen with roasted tofu

    If you guys were like me, then you ate a WHOLE lot of instant ramen back in the day.  I remember specifically loving the chicken ramen flavor. Of course, I also didn’t bother to add anything with nutritive value to the bowl either so I was basically eating a whole lot of starch with nothing else (no wonder it never… [Continue Reading]

    super simple veggie-packed ramen with roasted tofu


It’s a beautiful day out there! Chad and I enjoyed a nice lunch outside at Noodles & Co. We placed our orders then chose a nice seat in the shade, sipped our drinks and waited for our meals to arrive. Chad got his usual – the pesto cavatappi with chicken (which I inevitably always end up having some of!) I…

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Apple Crisp Parfait

Good morning!  Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends.  We definitely enjoyed ours! If you’re just catching up: Cinnamon Multigrain Pancakes Trail Blazers Apples to Apples Cars, Clara and Chipotle As Sunday morning’s post may have indicated, I have a plethora of apples and not much other fruit in the house so I decided to try something new for…

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Cars, Clara and Chipotle

Can’t believe it’s already Sunday night! Where do the weekends go? Before we headed out to meet my sister I grabbed a veggie delight sub at subway that I paired with an apple: Inside mine I put: Lettuce Peppers (banana and green) Pickles Onions Cucumbers Spinach Olive oil + vinegar Avocado Then we hit the road! We successfully picked up…

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Apples to Apples

What do you do when you have leftover apple slices in the fridge? You make an apple cranberry buckwheat bake! Apple Cranberry Buckwheat Bake Ingredients: 1/4 cup buckwheat flour (ground from raw buckwheat groats) 1 tbsp buckwheat groats 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 diced apples 1/4 cup soymilk 1 tbsp. dried cranberries 1 tsp vanilla 1 whole…

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Trail Blazers

We spent the afternoon here: The Whitewater Center in Charlotte is just amazing. You can do everything from stand up paddle boarding to trail running and biking as well as kayaking and whitewater rafting! Notice the zip-liner above?  I am declaring that I will absolutely do that before the summer is over! While we have a list a mile long…

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Cinnamon Multigrain Pancakes

Cinnamon Multigrain Pancakes were on tap for brunch today. And thanks to Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix, they were an absolute breeze! I prepared the batter according to the box: 2 cups of Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix 1 cup of milk 2 tbsp. canola oil 2 large eggs Then I added a heaping tsp. of…

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Dancing Dirty

It’s Friday and you know what that means… Pizza and Movie night! I ran a quick 3 miles and then walked 1 this afternoon so that I could be all set and ready to go when Chad got home. When he did we made our picks (whole wheat margherita (roma tomatoes, fresh house-made mozzarella and basil) for me and barbeque…

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Pillowy Soft

Another delicious meal thanks to Stonefire! And in the words of Rachael Ray: She took the words right out of my mouth.  It’s absolutely true.   Also absolutely true? Egg + avocado is a match made in heaven. I hard boiled two eggs, mashed them with my fork then stuffed the whole wheat pita full with them, 1/4 avocado and…

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I woke up not really craving anything in particular for the first time in a long time (which might not seem weird to most normal people, but for people like me it’s not normal…did you follow that?). It wasn’t until I offered to make Chad a bowl of yogurt with strawberries and granola that I decided, suddenly, that that’s what…

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Candy Solution

We’ve had a huge jar of peanut m&ms sitting in the kitchen since the mountain house weekend. It certainly doesn’t help that they sit in a huge glass jar and stare me in the face all the live long day! Try studying with that staring you in the face and resist reaching in with every hard math problem. It’s not easy….

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Good old Southern BBQ was on tap for lunch today! And another restaurant on our restaurant list bites the dust! Chad has wanted to take me to Mac’s for a while and today just happened to be that day!   It gets super crowded in the evening so we figured lunch would be a better time to go and get…

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You Are What You…Think?

Morning! Is it Thursday? I’m all mixed up on my days.  Vacations will always do that to ya I guess…especially when you come back mid-week versus Sunday night. But I’m not complaining! If you follow me on Instagram or on Twitter, you probably saw my delicious dessert.   Somehow, despite having ice cream last night, I woke up wanting yogurt!  Actually,…

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