Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

During the early years of my culinary career, at the first restaurant I ever worked – one of the staples of many entree specials was a horseradish mashed potato. There’s just something about the combo of spicy horseradish and the starch and creaminess of a potato. We would pair this with everything from a New…

Tomato Basil Pasta

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now the holiday season is in full swing. It’s easy to get in a slump over the holidays with all the tempting treats and high calorie foods on the table. It’s more important than ever to give yourself the opportunity to stick with your meal plan, but also not…

Apple Maple Steel Cut Oats

I’ve always had trouble with breakfast. I’m not a lover of your typical “breakfast” foods. Eggs? Meh – I can only handle a sunny side up egg or an omelette for limited periods of time. Biscuits and Gravy? Too rich. Pancakes or waffles? Delicious, but not the healthiest of choices – especially when I need some…

Enchilada Stew

Fall and cold weather are in full swing – which means soups and stews are a-plenty around here. I’ve said it before, this probably won’t be the last time I say it – but there is something so gosh darn comforting about a warm bowl of soup. This enchilada stew has all of the flavors…

Beef Stir Fry

One of my go-to meal prep options is some sort of stir fry – it’s simple, easy and pretty much helps clean out the rest of my fridge in one dish. This particular meal features lean ground beef, a selection of vegetables, and some mushrooms for that extra umami punch. Pile it on top of…

Sausage & Kale Stew

As the fall weather sets in – so does my increasing want and need for comfort food. To me, the quintessential comfort food of the season is soup. Any soup. All soup. There’s something about cupping a warm bowl of soup in your hands that screams love. And in this day and age – we could all…

Salsa Chicken

I recently purchased an Instant Pot because I couldn’t handle not having one any longer. It was an impulse buy, for sure – but it has proven to be one of my favorite pieces of kitchen equipment. I’d put it in the ranks of my Kitchen-aid mixer and Vita-Mix. It’s that awesome. Anyway, I’ve experimented in…

Grilled Chicken + Mixed Greens + Cashew-Soy Dressing

Today is the last day of the Crossfit Games and I'm pretty sad that it's almost over. It's been exhilarating to watch the most bad ass women and men fight for the top spot and earn the name of "Fittest on Earth." While I may never compete at that elite of a level, it's definitely…

Rice Crusted Catfish

After competing in 6 Crossfit competitions over the past year – my gym bestie and I finally got ourselves a podium! We placed 2nd in the Scaled division of the 859 Summer Showdown this past weekend and I could not be more thrilled for both of us! We both PR’d in our designated lifts –…

Lemon Shrimp and Scallop Salad

It’s been a hot summer, so much of my meal prep has been quick and cool salads packed full of tasty protein, fruits and lots of leafy greens. This salad is no exception – grilled shrimp and scallops add a sweetness that mixes well with the slight acidity of the citrus, crunchiness of the granola,…

BLT Chicken Salad

When your garden is thriving with tomatoes, you gotta improvise on some classics to make use of them without getting bored. This comes together quickly and is perfect for those light summer lunches. Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts, grilled and cubed 1 cup of bacon crumbles 1 packet Ranch seasoning 1/4 cup no fat Greek Yogurt…

Broiled Flank Steak + Roasted Broccoli and Potatoes

This is one of those “looks fancy” but is stupid easy kind of recipes. You know, for when you’re too busy, but still want something of substance. I always prefer a grilled steak to a skillet seared or broiled steak – but when it’s raining outside, you have to use a plan B. All of…