Asian-Inspired Honey Baked Chicken

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and just finished Double Cup Love on the Trail of Family, Food and Broken Hearts in China by Eddie Huang, who you might know from Fresh off the Boat. Eddie is now a chef and decides to travel to China to reconnect with his culture through food. He eats, makes…

Apple and Gruyere Grilled Cheese

It’s exciting when summer comes around, but my favorite season is still fall. It’s the time to stay home and be cozy and cook. It’s time for warm comfort foods and baking with seasonal squashes and fruits. There are local apple tastings to go to and try ciders, paint pumpkins and buy more apples than…

Weight Gain and Diabetes During Pregnancy

There’s been a lot of talk in the media recently regarding a certain reality TV star gaining over 50 lbs during her pregnancy and, more recently, possibly having gestational diabetes. Contrary to what most people do, pregnancy is not a time to indulge with no limits. Healthy weight gain during pregnancy certainly depends on the…

Healthy Holidays Survival Guide

People tell me all the time, the holiday season is when they pack on pounds. Who can blame them when the last three months of the year are characterized by Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, and holiday parties. This year, let’s have a mindful holiday season and ring in the new year…

Vegetarian Pot Pie with Butternut Squash and Kale

It’s that time of year again. Brisk weather, hot tea and baked goods. Nothing better than spending a cozy Sunday afternoon indoors, roasting squash, baking pot pies and listening to my favorite 90’s playlist on Spotify. I didn’t make a traditional pot pie though. This one is vegetarian and filled with nutritious vegetables, i.e. kale…

How to Determine Calories Burned Without a Fitness Tracker

I walked eight miles in four hours today and burned about 545 calories! Not a lot compared to other activities, but it was great to see all the people that Sunday Parkways brought out to walk, run or bike the route. Portland Sunday Parkways is a public health effort to get people out and be…

Eating Out Without Wrecking Your Diet

Mmm… street fair tacos and a happy hour margarita. 🙂 Eating out and trying to stay healthy can be so hard sometimes. Ideally, a healthy diet consists of fresh foods cooked at home, but that’s not always the case. There are definitely times when you don’t have the time or enough food left in the fridge…

Eagle Creek Trail to Punch Bowl Falls

Hiking is an awesome way to burn calories. I spent 144 minutes actively hiking the Eagle Creek Trail in the Gorge and burned 785 calories! If you go, I recommend going on a weekday or getting there early. Parking is very limited. There is also a $5 fee that you pay at the self-service stations….

Nectarine Dump Cake From Scratch

Nothing beats the smell of a fresh fruit dessert baking in the oven. Not even my favorite orange citrus candle I lit this morning. Dump cake doesn’t sound very elegant, and it’s not. Kind of ends up looking like a cobbler once you plate it, but it is really simple and easy to make. Basically,…

Oneonta Gorge

Just woke up from a nap. I don’t know what it is about being out in the sun that makes me so tired. I spent a couple hours at Oneonta Gorge today, trudging through ice cold water. The hike to the falls is only about one mile round trip, so it’s a relatively easy hike….

Pacific Northwest

Home sweet home! I’ve officially been back in Oregon for over a month and loooooving it. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been outdoors more than I ever was during my four years in Houston. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun in Houston and miss my friends there, but… look at this view. I took…

Mini No-Bake Cheesecakes with Candied Raspberries

Happy Holidays!! December is my favorite month of the year, so why not celebrate with dessert? I haven’t made any Christmas cookies, but I did indulge in some homemade mini cheesecakes and fruit tarts. Making the cheesecake was a good reminder as to why I don’t eat  it often. It’s just full of fat and sugar….