RECIPE: Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

A traditional Thanksgiving food in my family is stuffed mushrooms, and they’re delicious. I’ve been helping my mom make them since I was a kid, and this year I wanted to do it myself – and change up the recipe.  I figured there had to be a way to incorporate spinach, since it goes so…

RECIPE: Orange White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I cook lots of things and like to experiment with them, but baking is a little different.  It’s harder to alter measurements and expect a good result.  An extra bit of salt can ruin a batch of cookies, and a minute too long in the oven can turn soft, chewy cookies into hard crisps.  I…

RECIPE: Fruity Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

So, remember how I love avocados? Well, I got tired of just putting them on my salads (because I like them so much that I usually eat all the avocado pieces first). I found a way to incorporate them into a creamy-but-still-healthy dressing! The thing I love about salads is that they’re so customizable.  I…

RECIPE: Mediterranean Roasted Pepper Orzo

This recipe is one of my favorite creations.  I found a somewhat similar idea for a cold orzo salad on Pinterest, but I wanted to make something that could be eaten both hot and cold, so I started brainstorming.  For as long as I can remember, my mom and grandma have made orzo as a…

A Berry Good Breakfast

If you’re anything like me, breakfast foods can be eaten at any time of the day. Somehow, when it gets later, it gets even better. This past week my friends and I decided we’d have breakfast for dinner and the first place that came to my mind was the Flying Biscuit Cafe in Raleigh, NC….

Such A Gouda Sandwich

This delicious panini-like sandwich is The Sparrow from Capital Club 16 in Raleigh, NC.  It’s made with melted Brie, gouda, baby spinach, apple, caramelized onion, sunflower seeds and a side of honey mustard aioli. Wow. It was sweet, salty, and delicious in so many ways. The cheeses blend really well together, and melted Brie has…

RECIPE: Avocado Mac & Cheese

I eat a lot of avocados.  I like incorporating them into dishes that don’t normally call for them and eating them hot, cold, whole, or mashed.  Mac and cheese is also one of my favorites, but when you’re trying to be healthy, butter and heavy cream aren’t exactly what you need to be cooking with….

A Blackened and Black-Eyed Salad

If you’re looking for a super tangy and sweet salad, this is the one. It’s the Blackened Shrimp Salad from the H Street Kitchen in Raleigh, NC.  With tortilla strips, cilantro, avocado, and queso fresco cheese, it seems like just another average taco salad, but the blackened shrimp are really sweet and add a little…

RECIPE: Shrimp Scampi

This is the first recipe I ever learned to make. It’s a classic Italian seafood dinner that can be prepared lots of different ways. Some recipes (like mine) include pasta, while others are just the shrimp! I’ll include a few variations on this dish, because everyone has different tastes. It’s quicker to make than it…

RECIPE: Avocado Chicken Burgers

So, I really like avocados.  I made an attempt to incorporate them into practically every meal I ate all summer, some of which turned out better than others.  This one was one of the best, and comes in handy when I feel like I could use a little extra lean protein in my diet.  It came from…

RECIPE: Berry-Lime Quinoa

This past summer I explored new (healthy) recipes and came up with this one for a quick and delicious quinoa!  Rather than simply using it as a side dish, you can add fruits and vegetables to make it a main course.  Since it was summer, fresh berries were totally the way to go.  The red,…

The Best (not) Burger I’ve Ever Had

The amazing burger here on this adorably square plate is definitely one of my favorite things I’ve ever eaten.  It’s the Spinach “Burger” from the Busy Bee Cafe in Raleigh, NC.  Although there’s no meat whatsoever in my burger, the one across the table from me, for anyone who’s wondering, is the Bacon Jam Burger with smoked…