Healing Holiday Soup

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Tomorrow is the big day! It's my first official day of being self-employed. Holy crap. This is really happening. I can't believe it. Friday was my last day with my full-time job and tomorrow is the start of Alyssa, the full-time food blogger (you can read more about the decision here). The whole situation feels kind of unreal. Like it's happening to someone else and I'm just watching from … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Quinoa Cookies

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Surprise, surprise - I made you cookies! Since we're a mere 9 days away from Christmas - yikes!! - how could I not share a new cookie recipe with you? I know I've been talking a lot about healthy eating around here lately, but I've also been talking about balance. So this is my balance. You know I love me some kale salads, I'll also be enjoying some of these cookies this holiday season. And … [Read more...]

Christmas Kale Quinoa Salad

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Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret. A secret that I just discovered that has really helped me. And I think it might help you too!  First, let me ask you: do you struggle with maintaining your healthy diet during the holidays? I know I do! For me, it’s a constant battle of satisfying my sugar cravings with the latest batch of cookies that I’ve made or drinking a green juice. I know … [Read more...]

Chocolate Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Can you even handle that Christmas is less than a week away? I just finished all of my shopping today and now I can just sit back and relax. Bake cookies, drink eggnog, and wrap presents. Are you ready? Funny enough, I actually did almost all of my Christmas shopping online this year - rather stress free I'd say. And almost exclusively from Amazon. Amazon is my new obsession, well not that … [Read more...]

12 Days of Quinoa Giveaways

The holidays are in full swing at my house. We have our Christmas tree up, lights strung all over the apartment and little nutcrackers sitting on the window sill. It's as decorated as I'm allowed in a 500 square foot apartment, but I'm happy nonetheless. To celebrate this special time of year, and most importantly, to show my appreciation for you, I wanted to give you something special. I … [Read more...]

Coconut Flour Pumpkin Bread

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that you are having a lovely morning so far, surrounded by your loved ones, enjoying their company. If you're lucky, you're looking out your window to a winter wonderland (not for me, but a girl can dream). To honor favorite holiday, I baked you one of my most favorite treats in the world, pumpkin bread. But this isn't any old pumpkin bread, this is a Coconut … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Pizzelle Cookies

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Pizzelle cookies are my absolute favorite kind Christmas cookie. They remind me of Sunday morning waffles, but in cookie form. They're thin and crispy, and I think it would be entirely possible for me to sit down and eat an entire batch. They're one of those things that you don't realize how many you've eaten until they're all gone. They're that good. For some reason, I thought Pizzelles were … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You asked for it on Facebook, so I decided I had to give it a whirl. A cookie that is not only gluten-free, but also vegan, nut-free and refined sugar-free! This Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie is the fourth recipe in a Week of Quinoa Christmas Cookies and my coworkers can attest - it's a winner! But first, let's talk about what's happening at my house right now. First, the boyfriend is in New York … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies

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Day numero tres of a Week of Christmas Cookies is bringing us a healthified version of a holiday favorite. A gluten-free molasses cookie, that is sweetened with date sugar and baked to chewy perfection. Wrapped up in a little bow, these cookies make a great holiday gift. I've always been a molasses cookie fan. They're the essence of a Christmas cookie to me. But give me one of these … [Read more...]

Honey Cut-Out Cookies

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Today my friends, is Day 2 of my special Week of Quinoa Christmas Cookies and I'm thrilled to be sharing this new recipe with you! It was my mission this year to come up with a recipe that brought me back to my mom's kitchen, when we used to make sweet, buttery sugar cookies around Christmas, but that suited my new food allergies. Surprisingly, these Honey Cut-Out Cookies are a cinch to whip up, … [Read more...]