Buttery Pretzel Shortbread Cookies

Festive, easy, and so much fun! I am always a sucker for salt and sweet so buttery pretzel shortbread cookies seemed like the best recipe for your cookie exchange! You can also just eat them yourself. I promise I will not judge.

We are overdue for a cookie recipe! Are you excited?

I am such a snacker. If I can find a way to get snacks in while, at the same time, eating dessert, you best believe I am going to do it. Pretzels and shortbread? Salt and chocolate? You best believe I am going to whip it OUT

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Paleo Coconut Banana Bread

There’s really nothing I love more than food that tastes good and is pretty too. It’s not something that’s easily achievable, but in the summer months, the food is really pretty, full of colors, and delicious. I love it. Colorful bowls am I right??

However, usually when it comes to sweet things, you guys know how I do it, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. It’s pretty obvious though that, even lately I’ve been slowly changing my ways and incorporating more fruit based desserts into my life, I still need to have some chocolate. As you might expect however, I don’t really consider this banana bread a dessert, more like a sweet breakfast or brunch item, but I’ll let you guys decide what course you’d like to serve this with.

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Fluffy Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat is definitely the sexiest form of pancake.

I know because I’ve had them all. I am very particular about the pancakes I consume. My dad every Saturday would make stacks and stacks of buckwheat pancakes. I loved going downstairs and eating a huge stack. Then, I might follow that up with a pancake chaser/snack sometime in the afternoon. And then of course, there were the pancakes that I would take in a Ziploc bag to lunch at school. I would eat them cold, smeared with peanut butter.

I was living my best life, even at 8.

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Superfood Gingerbread Loaf

How is it December, the END of December, and I have baked ZERO things?

Oh sure, I can use my graduate apps and my and just all around adulating to blame for my lack of time cozied up to my oven, but that would just be excuses. If y’all did not know, I used to be a baking FIEND. In high school, I pretty much baked every weekend. Some standout were Smitten Kitchen’s gingersnaps and a clearly not gluten-free/paleo/vegan banana bread recipe from the back of a Land o’ Lakes box. And regard of what healthified recipe I would give to my parents or siblings, they would still just want the banana bread from “the back of the box.”

At least they were easy to please!

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Power Lunch Bowls with Green Goddess Dressing

It’s safe to say that I freaking LOVE lunch!

Most people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I personally get most excited about lunch. People who say “I was too busy, I forgot to eat lunch”… I don’t get you. I am always waiting for my clock to tick down to 1:30 PM, for me to bust out my prepacked Tupperware, and shout, “YES! LUNCH TIME!” But maybe I’m the only weirdo who eats breakfast and then immediately starts counting down the hours ’til lunch?

Anyone? Anyone at all?

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Red Curry Squash Noodle Soup

This this this this thisssss.

I am eating this noodle bowl for L & D every day right now and I guess you could say it’s going alright. I just freaking love noods, so the idea of having coconutty goodness mixed with squashy goodness mixed with noods.

Oh yeah, get this straight up in my face.

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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

These pancakes are a bit life changing.

I know I’ve touched on this before, but like, I am obsessed with breakfast food. No joke. I want all the breakfast foods, sweet or savory, all the time. Eggs, pancakes, waffles, hash. You say the words and I am SO. GAME. What makes that hard is most breakfast food is hard to take to work, ya know? And I am at work for a considerable portion of my week. So even if I want breakfast food for lunch (aka, that is most days) it is damn near impossible to make my dreams a reality.

If you’ve ever had a cold fried egg, you now exactly what I am talking about.

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Smoked Salmon Socca Pizza

Aww yeah it is pizza time!

Isn’t pizza day the best day of the week? Friday was usually my family’s pizza day. My mom was too tired to cook by the end of the week, so we would call what I still think is the BEST pizza in the country (that’s right, in little old South Jersey I have found pizza that absolutely crushes any pie I’ve had in NYC) But hey, I’m all about not limiting pizza Friday to just Friday. Actually you know what the best day of the week would be for pizza day? How about everyday!

A girl can dream.

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Chickpea Socca with Garlick-y Kale and Pistachio Dukkah

I bring you sunshine in a dish.

And I know that ANYONE would be totally down with eating something that has the title of SUNSHINE in a dish, don’t you. How could this possible be bad right? After a season of grain bowls and polenta, I am TOTALLY down with eating my greens.

​Actually to be honest I am ALWAYS down with eating my greens.

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