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Pumpkin Chocolate Marbled Freezer Fudge (Paleo + Vegan)

Yes, I’m posting two fudge recipes back to back.

and I’m not mad about it. I don’t think you will be either.

After finishing off a batch of the chocolate freezer fudge during last weeks heat wave AND simultaneously seeing the rest of the country posting pumpkin recipes and photos allll over the place, I found myself both craving the freezer fudge AND all things pumpkin.

I had a lone can of pumpkin left in my pantry another batch of freezer fudge with pumpkin was really the obvious choice.

Mango Avocado Crunchy Slaw Salad (Paleo & Vegan)

I just started back up at work after three months off and I try to pack my lunch as often as possible. Usually on Sunday nights, I make a big batch of roasted veggies and a protein or two and throw them on top of some lettuce each morning and call it a day. It’s simple and filling and since I’m a creature of habit, it almost always does the trick.

BUT sometimes, salads are… BORING. And dark leafy greens is really not what I’m after. Ya know?

But I know when I eat a big sandwich or the big giant bowl of Gluten Free Pad Thai from P.F. Changs when the office orders from there, I’m usually ready for a nap about 30 minutes after lunch.

So to resist the salad boredom AND the post sandwich slump, I’ve been working on a few new recipes that are easy to whip up and a little bit different.

Enter this Mango

PB&J Overnight Oats (Gluten, Dairy + Refined Sugar Free)

One of my biggest regrets in life might just be that I never truly appreciated Peanut Butter & Jelly as a kid. When my mom would pack it in my lunch it was always met with an “Ugh not PB&J!!!”

What was I thinking?!
Peanut Butter & Jelly is like chocolate and coffee. Or like chocolate & pb. Or like me being serenaded by Backstreet Boys. All WINNING combinations.

Now that I’m a total grown up I’ll take that PB&J combo wherever I can get it, thankyouverymuch. In a smoothie, a classic sandwich and now, these overnight oats.

I’m way way way behind on the overnight oats train, I know. The truth is, I’ve thought about making them for years but oats are generally something we just don’t keep on hand and so overnight oats haven’t been made!

But recently, my husband tried a store-bought version of overnight oats at work and he raved about

Frozen Mocha Chip Coffee! (Dairy Free + Collagen!)

It’s been So HOT. So Hot In Herre.

Sorry I can’t help myself.

I just came back from running errands around my neighborhood and even though I’ve lived here for just over 5 years now, I have yet to fully grasp that people drive EVERYWHERE (like they will get in their car to drive a block only to spend 15 minutes trying to find parking) I still have that Chicago mentality so I spent the last couple of hours bopping around West Hollywood and I think I finally understand why people drive such short distances.

If you could see my frizzy hair and incredibly sweaty self at this very moment, you’d get it, too.

So I needed something to cool me down and fill me up. Iced coffee in the afternoon on a hot day (so like, every day here for the past 5 years)  is always my go to but today I needed something a little more. I love

Grain Free Pita Bread! (Paleo + Gluten Free)

This Pita Bread takes 10 minutes to make from start to finish and is gluten, grain + dairy free!

When I was in High School, I worked at a Greek diner.

Or maybe I should say I worked at the Greek Diner.

If you grew up around Metro Detroit, Leo’s Coney Island was the place to eat. You grew up going with your family and then in middle school when you were first itching to hang out in public places without your parents, they would drop you off there (and then you would call them from the pay phone to come pick you up) and then in high school you would hang out there after school and start just about every weekend night eating there. Basically it was the food that fueled your youth.

And at some point, I was probably your waitress.

Chocolate Cinnamon Chia Pudding Parfait! (Dairy + Refined Sugar Free)

This chia parfait tastes like dessert but is a super filling and healthy breakfast or snack! It’s completely dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free, vegan and paleo friendly and the best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make!

 Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Since chia seeds burst on to the health food scene a few years ago, I still can’t help but sing the jingle from commercial for the Chia Pet from the 90s EVERY time I say the word chia. Is that just me? And pretty much on constant loop in my brain because I use chia seeds all the time! (The Pottery That Grows!)

Aside from growing pet plants, Chia seeds are full of fiber and they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, they are rich in antioxidants as well as calcium and iron too!

I use them in smoothies or sprinkle them on top of acai bowls but my favorite way to make them

Roasted Tumeric Carrot Fries!

I’ve expressed this before but I can’t say it enough:

To me, food is as a vehicle to consume condiments. And one of my favorite ways to do that?

The Fry.

I love me a fry. Thick cut steak fries, hand cut, wedges, waffle, curly, sweet potato- I’ve rarely met a fry I don’t like. But for me, traditional fries live in the “20” category of the whole 80/20 thing.

But! I still have the urge to dip dip dip. So carrot fries have been my new go to as of late.

Chocolate Caramel Slice (Gluten/Grain, Dairy + Refined Sugar free!)

These Caramel Slices look like they are full of refined sugar and other not so ideal ingredients but surprise! They are completely grain, dairy and refined sugar free… and totally addicting.

Though I got married just over a year ago (ah!) we waited to go on our honeymoon until March when I had a long break from work and it was summer in Australia!

I had been to Australia in 2010 when I was working for Oprah and loved every second- even the work related we-almost-took out-Hugh-Jackman’s-eye stressful ones (sorry about that, Hugh). I instantly knew I wanted to go back ASAP.

7 years later (ha!) we made it back for 16 days of pure amazingness. And what I didn’t realize back in 2010 (and maybe that’s because I spent a good part of those days in a hotel conference room), was that Australia KNOWS WHAT’S UP when it comes to incredibly healthy, fresh and delicious food that

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Paleo + Refined Sugar Free)

These cookies are incredibly easy to whip up and even easier to eat! Totally free of refined sugar but full of delicious chocolate chunks! 

You guys. I’m experiencing a bit of a break through over here. Oprah always called it an a-ha moment, others an epiphany. But By George, I think I’ve got it (yes I just said that).

I’ve finally figured out what takes chocolate chip cookies to the next level.

No matter what batter you’re using, everyone wants a cookie with gooey melty chocolate goodness and after baking them for countless years and trying recipes of every kind from gluten-free to gluten-filled, grain-free to vegan and everything in between, the key to making your chocolate chip cookies the envy of all other chocolate chip cookies?