Naturally nourished travel: PB Apple pie and fruity pebble overnight oats

This is the first of my new series while we are out traveling. We want to enjoy ourselves fully while we travel and enjoy our fun foods, but also be able to keep up the energy that’s needed for you to go for a hike, jump in the ocean or continue your marathon training while getting some R & R. No need to compromise your health while you’re away from home. No one wants a hangover, especially one from eating too much junk food. I’m not telling you to skip dessert or refrain from snacking! I would never! But I can tell within a day or two if I’ve fallen too deep down the rabbit hole of vacation bliss and indulgence.
We’ve always been told that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. And I firmly believe that having a breakfast to look forward to makes looking forward to the next day even better. And overnight oats is a breakfast that you can do anywhere. I love it for camping or for when I have no access to a kitchen or am just too lazy to want to make breakfast in the morning. Hey! I’m on vacation, too!

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Cape Town’s farmers’ and night markets

A backdrop of mountains and green valleys almost anywhere you go, turquoise coasts with cold waters and the farmers markets and night markets are the highlights of my trip to Cape Town.
When we landed in Cape Town we didn’t have a ton of time before nightfall and set on a walk to the Oranjezicht district at the base of Table Mountain. We had read that on the first Wednesday of each month, a garden opened its doors and allowed a pick your own experience. Not like the endless amounts of fruit pickings I had done in Pennsylvania or the vast apple orchards in California, but a small garden about the size of a large city plot of land was sitting below mountains with a view of the ocean. We were toured by Jamie, one of the volunteers on where we could pick. Off we headed down the tiny rows, harvesting bunches of carrots, spinach, sprigs of rosemary and thyme, broad beans, radish and lettuce.

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But first, travel + a camper’s breakfast sandwich

Can there be anything better than going to bed looking forward to making breakfast the next day?! It makes waking up so much more exciting, especially if you have a busy & crazy day ahead of you. Or when you’re out in nature. Or on a Sunday morning at home. Pretty much all the time is the best time to have a breakfast to look forward to.
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Baked breakfast tacos to-go + salsa verde

Tacos. For breakfast. On the go. Well, it looks like my brain has finally decided to unionize and go off strike! After a month of high octane travel to Iceland, Sweden and Philly, wedding attending and planning, and my own wedding (woopwoop), I crashed a little after coming back to LA and pretty much slept, read, beached and went to Cross Fit.  Continue reading Baked breakfast tacos to-go + salsa verde

Grilled apricots + almond pistachio ricotta (vegan)

When I was younger I never ever dreamt about my wedding. To give you some background I never carried a blanky, but rather a pair of rubber pliers and a skeleton key. Yup, I was into my own thing and was always dreaming of secret, magical worlds to which I could travel and unlock my fantastical mind. I also use to dig mazes in a sandbox and take the mice that my cat caught and tried to make them run through it. I guess you could say I was not into the average girlie things. Maybe that was because my mom gave me a boy haircut and gave me all of my brother’s old clothes. I’m pretty sure I loved it.

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Skillet zucchini ribbon veggie pasta + herb vegan ricotta (vegan)

I have to admit, I am a spiralizer hater. Maybe it’s because it always leaves a nub or the fact that you have to twist so many damn times to yield little results. I’ve tried different brands and have gotten frustrated when I have tried to spiralize anything except zucchini, and even then I just started chopping because the noodles were not very noodle-y.  And then I went to dinner at a friend’s house and she made me zucchini pasta or “zoodles.” And it was goooooood. So I became determined to make them at home. Just without a spiralizer.  Continue reading Skillet zucchini ribbon veggie pasta + herb vegan ricotta (vegan)

Chocolate peanut butter donuts + salted PB glaze (vegan, GF)

“Mmmmmm donuts. Mmmmmmm chocolate. Mmmmmmm chocolate and peanut butter donuts. Mmmmmmm salted peanut butter glaze.” This was my thought process on making these donuts. I had done a chocolate peanut butter donut way back that got a crazy response on social media, but I never nailed down a recipe. In comes a month of weddings out of state and out of the country and in comes my crazy “need to use all of our food so it doesn’t go to waste” bakeathons and cookathons. I’m pretty sure I have made about 324 baked goods this past week. (And yes, I gave most of those away). But these donuts take the cake. Errr donuts? Continue reading Chocolate peanut butter donuts + salted PB glaze (vegan, GF)

Naturally nourishing your adventurous side.

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