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Classic Lemon Garlic Hummus

Going back to the basics with my go-to classic lemon garlic hummus. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but hummus is something I often make without measuring. I just throw a can of chickpeas in the food processor, along with lemon juice, oil, salt and a generous amount of tahini. Well, after years of imprecise hummus-making, I finally decided to write down my own recipe. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to hummus (I tried some versions that I didn’t care for in the past), but this is my favorite. Lots of flavor, lower in salt and more tahini. The internet may be filled with homemade hummus recipes, but I wanted to share my version, partly because I can then refer to this recipe whenever I use hummus in another recipe. One of…

Nourishing Protein Quinoa Bowl

Welcoming the New Year with this nourishing protein quinoa bowl. I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and that you’re ready for 2019! Did you set any goals this year? I shared a few of my goals in this post, but I’m trying to be a bit more flexible with my goals this year. For the first time in my life, I have no idea what the future holds and I’m okay with it. All I know is that we’re off to a good start. We started 2019 in Los Angeles, on our 2 week road trip across the West Coast. Not a bad start at all if you ask me. So far, we’ve been to Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona and now we’re back in Nevada before…

Instant Pot Cinnamon Roll Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Instant pot cinnamon roll steel-cut oatmeal. A delicious, holiday-inspired bowl of oatmeal, made easier in the Instant Pot. In one week tomorrow, it’s Christmas day. Also, in one week tomorrow, Shaun and I are leaving for California for 2 weeks. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. We did all the Christmas things already, knowing that we’d be gone for Christmas, but there’s still something special about that day. I’m planning on listening to Christmas music in the car all day, whether Shaun likes it or not. Hah! That’s 9 hours in the car to be exact, from Vernon to Portland, Oregon. It’s still one week away though, and until then, I’m working all week at the hospital and I’ll be working on some blog content for the…

How to Cook Steel-Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

My favorite way to cook steel-cut oats: In the Instant Pot. Guys, I recently started making steel-cut oatmeal in the Instant pot and it’s life-changing. I know it sounds a bit extreme, but the reality is, it makes it possible to eat steel-cut oats during the week. Cooking steel cut oats on the stove top does take more time than rolled oats, which is why I don’t cook them often. While the difference is minimal (about 10 minutes), it can make a difference on a busy morning. By using the Instant pot, you eliminate the need to stand next to the pot and stir. All you do is mix all the ingredients together, set it to cook and leave it until it’s done. That means you can prepare it, get ready for the…

Weeknight Vegetarian Stir Fry

Weeknight vegetarian stir fry. This, served with rice, is all I need on a cold winter night. We just got our second small batch of snow of the season on Sunday. Shaun and I were out for a hike when large, beautiful snow flakes started falling. It was beautiful, until the next morning, when I tried to drive to work. We live around mountains and the roads are full of sharp turns and hills – Ends up my car couldn’t handle that and I got stuck not far from home. Winter really isn’t bad here, but the winding roads do make it a little more difficult to drive. Back home, where the roads are flat, I would drive in a snow storm, no problem. Lesson learned! So that was my Monday. Now, let’s move…