Zucchini Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Dressing

raw-zucchini-noodle-salad-with-spicy-almond-dressingWedding season is officially upon us, friends.Logan and I kicked things off with his bestie’s nuptials on Harbour Island last weekend, and it was one of the most glorious weekends, wedding or otherwise, in recent memory.If you’ve been to Harbour Island, you already know that it’s basically heaven on earth. (And if you haven’t, you should put it on your bucket list, stat.) The water is the brightest of turquoise blues, the sand is pale pink and freakishly soft, and the Goombay Smashes at The Sip Sip will knock you on your ass faster than you can say, “Pass the conch fritters.”Clearly, it’s an idyllic place to get married, and this particular wedding was absolute perfection. From the wedding party’s sing-a-long to this version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” at the rehearsal dinner to the shoe-less reception...
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The Travel Recipe Round-Up

12-travel-friendly-recipes-to-take-on-the-planeWhen I was little, my babysitter always packed me a big bag of travel snacks for a flight. The contents of the Ziploc freezer bag varied, but there was usually a sandwich or yogurt (ahhh the days before TSA confiscated yogurt) and some combo of fresh fruit, granola bars, Goldfish, and fruit leathers. Maybe a personal bag of gummy bears or Oreo Minis if she was feeling festive.It didn’t matter where I was headed or how long the flight would be, I NEVER left home without a fully stocked snack pack. (Thanks, Arleen!)Looking back, this practice was clearly born out of necessity. My family only ever made flights by the skin of our teeth—if we made them at all—and there was a snowball’s chance in hell that we’d have enough time to grab food at the airport. On top of that,...
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Loaded Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes

vegetarian-loaded-sweet-potatoes-with-cherry-tomato-pico-de-galloLogan LOVES to scare me.And I’m not talking about his eating habits and music taste here (although those are undeniably terrifying)—I mean it much more literally. The dude takes great pleasure in hiding behind things/sneaking up on me just to witness my reaction. Said reaction typically involves me screaming at the top of my lungs and spilling drinks, dropping things, and/or falling down. Not gonna lie, there are sometimes tears.Just to give you an idea of what I’m dealing with, the first time Logan really got me was in the shower. Not long after we became roommates, he snuck into the bathroom one Saturday morning and suuuuper quietly pulled back just enough of the shower curtain to fit his head. I was rinsing my hair with my back to him, and when I turned around to grab the conditioner, he screamed, “BOO!”...
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Lemon-Coconut Energy Bites

Vegan-Lemon-Coconut-Energy-BitesIt’s Friday, I had a few too many “tastes” of wine last night, and I feel like today’s post is a challenge in not making ball jokes. (I actually changed “balls” to “bites” in the recipe title to avoid have to say “balls” infinity times, yet all I can think about right now is the SNL Shweddy Balls skit. C’est la vie.) Please bear with me.If you follow me on the Snapchats (serenagwolf), you already know these citrusy, coconut-y balls bites have been flying at my face all week, and I imagine that will continue until I get sick of them. Which will probably happen soon since I’ve eaten a lot of them (they’re addictive), but I have to say, my daily ball snack has been the highlight of my week. Talk about afternoon delight…I imagine some peeps...
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Chicken and Wheat Berry Salad with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Arugula

Chicken-and-Wheat-Berry-Salad-with-Shaved-Brussels-Sprouts-and-ArugulaSo, about a month ago, my friend Phoebe sent a very entertaining email asking me to join her in a “spring pantry purge.” Like yours truly, Ms. Lapine is a culinary hoarder (occupational hazard), but a recent move to Brooklyn (Godspeed!) prompted her to go all Marie Kondo on her superfluous foodstuffs. And while she significantly lightened both her kitchen and spiritual load, the best part about the de-cluttering process was the fact that it unearthed some long forgotten gems lurking in her cabinets—from festive African spices to slightly obscure grains—which, in turn, inspired several surprisingly creative and delicious meals.Thrilled with the results of her own pantry cleanse, Phoebe thought it would be fun to gather the interwebs for a communal #SpringPantryPurge, inviting fellow bloggers to share a recipe featuring a pantry ingredient (new, old,...
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Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry-Mango-Kombucha-Smoothie-BowlI do most of my day-to-day, non-farmer’s market shopping in two places: Westside Market and a semi-creepy health food store on my block called Elm Health. A while back, I mentioned that I’m the resident weirdo at Westside Market, but I feel as if I’ve managed to maintain relatively normal person status at Elm Health over the years.Sadly, that is no longer the case.Until recently, I only went to Elm Health like twice or thrice (“thrice” is an amazing word) a month when I needed a trendy superfood or mildly obscure natural product that they don’t carry at Westside. Like bee pollen. Or an industrial-sized plastic bucket of Dead Sea bath salts. And to be perfectly honest, I’ve always kind of dreaded my trips there. The store smells like vitamins and patchouli, and I swear they change the layout...
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Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta

one-skillet-chicken-with-sun-dried-tomatoes-and-fetaAs I may have mentioned once or twice before, I watch a truly impressive amount of television.In fact, after my rather surprising keg-standing abilities and limbo skills, my comprehensive TV knowledge is probably my best party trick. Want to talk about The People vs. OJ Simpson? Cool. I’m up to date. Same goes for any Shonda Rhimes show (including season infinity of Grey’s Anatomy) and Chicago Fire/PD/Med. Netflix and Hulu originals? I’ve given most of them at least a three episode shot at hooking me, and I’d love to discuss my your thoughts on anything from Narcos (gots to be ready for those subtitles) to Fuller House (disaster). Looking for something new to binge? Tell me your interests, and I’ll give you a personalized shortlist! I’m like a human version of Netflix’s “Suggestions For You.” And proud of it.Honestly, if I...
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Casual Friday: Coconut-Banana French Toast Cups

Dairy-Free-Coconut-Banana-French-Toast-CupsTGI(Casual)F, people. We’ve got Coconut-Banana French Toast Cups, random musings, and internet stuff to cover, so let’s get right to it.First, these French toast cups are ridiculously awesome. A coconut milk-based custard dressed up with mashed bananas, brown sugar and a splash of vanilla gives these bad boys the perfect amount of sweetness and some serious tropical vibes. And the texture! Dear God, the texture. The cups are basically individual bread puddings—chewy and moist (eek) on the inside with a puffed, slightly crunchy top. You could definitely eat these sans accoutrements, and I do, but I’m partial to an added drizzle of maple syrup and some toasted almonds and coconut flakes for crunch. If you're feeling super weird, get a little shaved dark chocolate and a dollop of whipped coconut cream involved. #treatyoselfIn other exciting news, these cute little cups couldn't be easier, and they're actually pretty healthy. All you need...
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake

5-Ingredient-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Nutella-Icebox-CakeHappy my birthday to you, friends!I have to say, it’s been a pretty glorious birthday week. I got a pre-bday microcurrent facial on Saturday (I look weeks younger!), followed by a long nap, and a champagne-filled dinner with some of my favorite peeps. And Sunday? Sunday was a glorious no-calorie blur of besties, pizza, and Momofuku birthday cake—I loved every second.If you’re thinking that today is going to be mildly anticlimactic in the wake of those weekend festivities, you clearly underestimate my bday princess dedication…I’m about to take a midday salt bath! I’m making grilled cheese for lunch! My mom is coming over later (Prosecco and presentssss!), and then my roommate is taking me to a surprise dinner! And right now? WE’RE GONNA TALK ABOUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE ICEBOX CAKE!! Exciting things are happening!!!(I’m going to stop using exclamation...
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30 Recipes for the Ultimate Easter Brunch

best-easter-brunch-recipesHeyooo, happy SPRING!I hate to interrupt this week’s regularly scheduled Birthday Princess programming, but Easter is coming. And since *a few* more people recognize Easter than my birthday, I thought it was important to address the holiday and your potential feasting needs.If you celebrate Easter, I’m sure you have your own traditions (mine include competitive egg hunting, reckless chocolate consumption, and family naps), but I feel like there’s usually brunch involved, right? So, for those planning to skip the hotel buffets and overcrowded restaurants this year in favor of a spring-y at-home celebration (excellent call!), I’ve rounded up 30 of my favorite foolproof recipes for your brunching pleasure. Personally, I like to do an easy and egg-y "centerpiece," along with a few salads or sides, something sweet, and a crowd-pleasing cocktail, but you should obviously do you. This list has a little something for everyone—I’m hoping you'll...
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