Asparagus + Spicy Roasted Chick Peas + Tahini Dressing


April is the best month, hands down! Outside little buds are sprouting up all over the place and life is resuming as if winter was never here. (But we all know too well that it was here, and that Jack Frost isn’t retreating as quickly as we would like!)

In Farmer’s Markets all over the Northeast, we are getting treated to one of April’s best treats, asparagus! So mild and sweet and so easy to prepare, I’m pretty sure I’ll be eating enough to last me all year!

This recipe is an amazing combo of flavors and so easy to make I highly recommend pulling out that long forgotten jar of tahini that resides in the far reaches of your refrigerator, and give this recipe a try!


2 Tbs olive oil
1 bunch of asparagus, bottoms cut off
1 can (15 oz) Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 tsp Paprika
Course salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400˚.

Take rinsed garbanzo beans and spread them out on a paper towel, and pat to dry. On a lined baking sheet, transfer beans and spread out in an even layer. Sprinkle with 1 Tbs olive oil, paprika, and salt to taste. Place in oven for 20 minutes.

For the asparagus: On a lined baking sheet spread out the asparagus. Drizzle with 1 Tbs of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Mix to combine and place in oven for 10 minutes.

Tahini dressing

2 Tbs Tahini
2 Tbs maple syrup
2 Tbs water
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash of salt

Add all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well combined.

Once the asparagus and beans are done, drizzle dressing over them and enjoy!

Chia Seed Protein Smoothie

That chubby little hand gets me every time! Don't grow up little one, don't grow up :( 

That chubby little hand gets me every time! Don't grow up little one, don't grow up :( 

This chia seed protein smoothie is about the best darn thing you're going to drink, I gotta tell ya! And what's even better than that is seeing your little ones gulp it down. It's a pat yourself on the back mama moment because you just gave your kids a combination of healthy fats, protein, and fiber with no added or fake sugar included! 


What's even better is that this smoothie is good for you, as well, post-workout. When you need to replenish your glycogen stores, repair muscle breakdown and feed your gut microbiome - or if you simply want to drink something yummy that will keep you full for awhile - you're going to want this smoothie. It's creamy (especially if you use a frozen banana) and nutritious. And for increased muscle repair after a particularly strenuous workout session with weights and resistance, add a scoop of protein powder to amp up the benefits!

Homemade Chia Seed Protein Smoothie

1/2 banana (frozen for extra creaminess)
2 Tbs nut butter of choice (I went with peanut butter with flaxseeds added - why not add in all the goodness you can)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (without carrageenan, we all know that right? Too much uncertainty around that bad boy to not assume it's wayward. You could also use hemp for added nutrients with slightly more fat - up to you, both are good choices.)
2 Tbs chia seeds
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Blend all ingredients until well combined and enjoy!

Garlicky Ginger Shrimp

This is an easy go-to recipe when you're short on time. I love this one paired with steamed broccoli and a little brown rice that can soak up some of the yummy sauce! You're going to want to get this recipe into your weekly mix.

2 tsp peeled and grated ginger
1 Tbs avocado oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbs raw honey
1/4 cup Tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
15 - 20 wild-caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp. sesame oil (optional)
2-4 scallions, chopped

In a medium sized skillet, or wok if you have one, (that's what I used, first time ever! I was excited), heat oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic and ginger and saute for about one minute. Add in the honey, soy sauce and salt and pepper and let it come to a boil, and then lower heat and simmer until it slightly thickens, about 8-10 minutes.

Increase the heat and add in the shrimp, cooking about 2-3 minutes on both sides, until cooked through. Add in the scallions, sesame oil, mix well, and serve. 

Easy right?! And soooooo good!

The BEST TASTING Chicken Salad!

Leftover chicken is something I always seem to have in my fridge. It's just so freaking versatile that little bird. Stuff it, saute it, bake it, soup it, shake an' bake it, and today turn it into the best ever chicken salad! Yup. Best ever. Why? Because this long generational pull toward drowning it in mayo no longer applies here. We're breaking the rules (and our ties to grandma's recipe) and we're turning our attention to healthy, satisfying and downright delicious! Can you feel it?! Yes!!! 

The secret to this "best ever" (which I am now officially calling it) is.... the hummus! There are so many flavors you can choose from that let you really personalize your own salad. That's pretty awesome, I know! Give this healthy version a try and you'll quickly agree... Best. Eva.


Chicken Hummus Salad

Leftover chicken, about 1 cup
3/4 cup plain hummus (or any hummus you like!)
2tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbs freshly chopped scallions (or chives)
1 small apple, diced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup chopped olives (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

In a bowl, combine hummus, mustard, scallions, olives, salt and pepper. Core the apple, and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Place in the bowl and add the lemon juice, toss to combine. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to salad and stir to combine. (I added a little fresh thyme on top because I had some - fresh herbs always a good idea!)

Ok, so now go out and make this! And if you have a secret recipe you'd love to share, let me know in the comments section. I would love to hear from you since my community can only grow by conversing and sharing! :)

What's In Your Taco Shell?


I think we need to rethink this whole #TacoTuesday thing and instead try something like # My Taco Is Better Than Yours Bc It's Green. Or something like that. It's still in the developmental stages. 

Anyway. Here is a great way to veg up your taco, make it way more wholesome, and get your kids to eat their greens! (the ultimate mom fist-pump.) 

Here's what you're gonna do... you're gonna get these ingredients:

• 1 Tbs vegetable oil
• 1 lb ground pork (because it's local, it's humanely-raised, it's got way more flavor than your beef, and if I've missed any other buzz words let me know in the comments section below ;)
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 Tbs chopped or grated fresh ginger root
• 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
• 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and julienned (because I think that looks so much prettier than diced!)
• 2 cups spinach (because you can NEVA have enough green in your green taco!)
• 3 scallions, chopped (I slice up as high as I can so use even the green part!)
• Salt and pepper to taste

And then you're going to do this:

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add ground pork and cook until no longer pink, 5 minutes. Add hoisin sauce and stir until combined.

Add in the julienned red pepper and the spinach, and cook another 2 minutes.

Spoon pork into lettuce leaves and sprinkle with scallions, avocado slices, and extra hoisin, if desired.

And there you go, a super green taco! If you're looking to add more, go for it, there are plenty to choose from. Maybe even some pea sprouts, or chopped parsley or cilantro (both good detoxifiers!). You could even make a chimmichurri sauce and drizzle over. Yum yum nom nom!!

#GreenTacoTuesday (There it is, that sounds muuuuuch better!) Any tips on how to go more green with it?! I'd love to hear, as my community can only grow by sharing! Let me hear what variations you use in the comments below! 


3 Healthy On-The-Go Snacks

This is probably one of the biggest issues many of us (if not all - let's be real) suffer from. The What the hell am I going to eat? I've been running around all day and I'm seriously low on fuel, I could literally eat gravel I'm so freaking hungry moment.

Snacking has got to be one of the worst things to figure out since it always seems like there is nothing to eat when all we want to do is immediately eat something! That's when it gets ugly and anything goes... and goes quickly. 5 minutes after a frenzied smash and grab in the cupboards and you're left like wtf just happened?! 

Rewind the tape and let's hit the reset button.

It comes down to this, and only this: if you plan ahead, you won't overeat on crap. Plain and simple, just how I like it. Being healthy takes work, just like relationships do, just like building a career does, and just like raising well-adjusted children. None of that "just happens", and neither does 50 pounds in the mid-section! 

It's habits, beliefs, behaviors, and a whole slew of other factors that if left unattended can wreak havoc on you and your body. So let's do the work and plan ahead shall we? (This means putting down the phone, and not getting too self-absorbed/sucked into Facebook or Instagram! Your time is valuable so why not use it for good, not mindless evil ;)

The three snacks I've come up with are also kid-friendly so these are perfect for baseball games, soccer games, lacrosse and any other activity your kids are involved in. Go ahead, be that mom and get ready for all the other moms to be like, guuuurrrrrlll, I'm gonna need that recipe!

Here's what I've come up with:

1. Apple slices with peanut butter/maple syrup spread

This one is so easy and soooooo yummy your kids are going to love it as an afternoon snack! Here's what you need:

1 apple, sliced
1/4 cup peanut butter, or almond - or seed butter
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a small pot over a low flame add in the peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla and mix until well combined, only a minute or two. Place on the side and slice your apple. Scoop a little of the peanut butter/maple syrup mixture onto the apple slice and top with the chopped walnuts. Easy peasy.

And if you're feeling lazy, because hey, we all have our moments, you can simply make the spread, add in the chopped walnuts, and put in a bowl for easy scoop-ability! Good fats, protein, naturally sweetened... it's got it all for a grab-able snack. Prep a few beforehand and place in the fridge for a grab and go!

2. Energy Seed Balls

A little bit of protein, some anti-inflammatory benefits, and a little natural sweetness round out these balls as a perfect grab and go! You simply can't feel guilty eating these bad boys. 

1 cup dates, soaked in water for a little bit before using
1 cup old-fashioned oats, ground down in your food processor
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 Tbs ground flaxseeds
1 Tbs chia seeds

In your food processor, or high powered blender, add in the oats and pulse into a fine grain. Drain the dates and add into the processor and blend until well combined with the oats. Then add in the all the seeds and pulse until well combined. Then roll out the mixture into little balls and place in the fridge for a few minutes, and then eat them, what are you waiting for? They're pretty darn good! (And if you need a hard sell for the kids, melt 1 Tbs coconut oil, 1 Tbs maple syrup, and 2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder in a small saucepan over a low flame and stir until well combined. Once the mixture cooled down a bit, roll the balls in the chocolate and watch your kids eat them all!)

3. Protein Brownies

Now I'm a brownie freak so I'm gonna be real here and tell you that no, these do not taste like my fudge brownies I make every Christmas, simply because there is 2 sticks of butter and 1 cup of sugar in those... I can't replicate that and still be able to tell you it's a healthy snack. So with that in mind, know that these are actually good for you brownies and while they're not super sweet, they're pretty darn good and will crush any craving you have for the real thing because these are packed with good fats and protein... just what you need to squash a craving! So don't be deterred, these are brownies and they're good for you. Can you say that about any other brownie?! 

3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter, or almond, or seed butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 scoop chocolate plant protein powder (I use VegaOne)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Place parchment paper in a small baking dish. In a medium sized bowl add in the bananas and mash them up. Then add in the peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, protein powder and vanilla and mix until well combined. Place mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread the mixture out evenly. Add the sea salt on top and bake for about 20 minutes. Once done, remove from the pan and place on cutting board to cool. Then slice into squares and keep in the fridge for about a week, if they'll last that long!

And there you have it. 3 healthy on-the-go snacks that you can whip up in no time flat. Trust me, it's worth the effort to have snacks on hand that you can grab and take with you because life is unpredictable and we always seem to be on the go. Your healthy matters and what you eat, every single day, makes a huge difference in the long run, so quit giving your body fuel it can't use (junk food), and start giving it the supreme kind of fuel it can actually work with!