Hot chocolate is a go-to comfort food this time of year, but what happens when you can't have dairy or chocolate? Back when I first realized I was lactose intolerant, dairy was the only food on my "things I have to avoid" list. So I'd make hot chocolate with almond or soy milk (the sweetened vanilla flavor, please) and then load it up with cocoa powder and white sugar until it pretty much tasted the same. I knew it still wasn't healthy but I felt better about my indulgence knowing I wasn't drinking anything that was actively, immediately bad … [Read more...] about Chocolate-Free Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk
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It's apple season! I mean, I know apples are available pretty much year-round, but they're just so much more enjoyable in the fall, don't you think? Now's the time of year to pick up new heirloom varieties at the farmer's market or take the family apple-picking at a local orchard. (Not that I've ever done these things, living nowhere near decent apples, but it's still a nice thought–and something on my bucket list! I love trying different varieties of fruits.) Anyway, regardless of where you get your apples, it's also the time of year to make … [Read more...] about Maple-Cinnamon Stuffed Apples
We've all got food aversions, and I'm no exception. Sometimes they're there because of vivid memories of getting sick on seafood or being force-fed your veggies. Other times... they just exist, and you can't quite figure out why. That's how I feel about winter squash. It was just never something I could bring myself to swallow. Maybe it was the mushy texture or maybe it was the not-quite-sweet flavor. Even the fall favorite, pumpkin, just didn't do it for me, whether it was a pie, puree, or latte. But when you embrace a whole-foods diet like … [Read more...] about Twice-Baked Butternut Squash
Fall was always my absolute favorite season. I mean, as a kid, summer won by default because there wasn't any school, but the cooler weather and turning of the leaves–not to mention my birthday and the holidays right around the corner–always felt invigorating. Sometimes going back to school could feel invigorating, too. Getting to see friends every day, meeting my new classmates, trying out new clubs or sports... it wasn't all bad! And when I started driving myself to school at 16, I'd often go out of my way for a nice hot Starbuck's cider on … [Read more...] about Pomegranate Cider with Autumn Spices
Stir fries are one of my favorite things to turn to for quick meals and easy ways to get my veggie quote in. You really just have to throw some stuff in a pan, cook it 'til it's tender (or no longer raw, if you're cooking meat), and season to taste with garlic, herbs, and salt. For a hot meal, it really couldn't get much easier. Plus, they tend to be very forgiving: You can substitute spinach for kale or chard or collard greens, yellow squash or zucchini for carrots or mushrooms, pork or chicken for beef–whatever you happen to have on hand. In … [Read more...] about Mushroom Spinach Stir-Fry with Bacon
Who doesn't love a simple entree? Something you can throw together real quick and forget about while you make the side dishes. Something that only requires a few minutes of your attention while its cooking and won't require a whole lot of clean-up afterwards. That's definitely my favorite kind of recipe! Steaks are an obvious choice when you're looking for something quick and easy for your protein (although most types of fish are equally low-maintenance, steaks tend to be more affordable). I usually coat mine in garlic and salt (a la my Garlic … [Read more...] about Simple Balsamic-Rosemary Steaks