Healthy Shamrock Shake {Avocado Mint Smoothie}

A traumatic McDonald’s episode has convinced me that some cherished childhood experiences are best left as pristine memories. Shamrock Shake, never speak to me again.

Skinny Shamrock Shake made with frozen bananas, avocado and mint. This healthy mint smoothie tastes just like the McDonald's shamrock shake, without the guilt. Vegan and gluten free!

I spent the first 18 Februaries of my life anticipating the Shamrock Shake’s annual arrival. Its glorious return meant more to me than simply the chance to slurp my favorite frosty mint beverage—it heralded the coming of spring, placing me one season closer to summer vacation. I could mentally organize my February timeline as “Pre-Shamrock Shake” and “Post-Shamrock Shake.”

Once I hit college, I stopped making my annual Shamrock Shake pilgrimage, first because I didn’t have a car, then later because I moved to Wisconsin, where I developed a penchant for frozen custard. Then on Sunday, after spending most of our weekend working, Ben and I decided that a pair of milkshakes was in order. He went for chocolate; I giddily ordered that great companion of my youth, the heralder of spring, The Shamrock Shake. I took a long, much anticipated sip and…

Easy Veggie Lo Mein recipe that's perfect for busy weeknights. Paelo and gluten free!

Veggie Lo Mein with Soy Ginger Sauce

I definitely do not want to see a video of myself standing in front of the leftovers in our refrigerator. The footage would be less than flattering—me sporting my knobby wool socks, wielding a...

A fast, healthy and easy dinner! Kale Feta Eggs Florentine on toast. Simple and DELICIOUS.

Easy Kale Feta Egg Toast

Easy Kale Feta Egg Toast is an important reminder that—no matter what else happens today—we can still feed ourselves a decent meal. Hit every red light on the way to work? Fresh inch of snow...

English muffin bread- Tastes just like homemade English muffins, but is so easy to make. No kneading required!

Whole Wheat English Muffin Bread

If toast had a “Best in Show,” the grand prize would be awarded to Whole Wheat English Muffin Bread. Pillowy enough to give me the fuzzy, contented feelings I seek from my carbs, yet sturdy...

5 Things I Learned from my Grandmothers

5 Things I Learned from My Grandmothers

Welcome to the next installment of The Fives. I introduced this series of little post shorts I’ve had in mind for you with 5 Instant Ways to Be a Better Cook, and today I’m...

Chai Chocolate Oatmeal. A healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

Chai Chocolate Oatmeal

I wake up every morning with a voracious need for sustenance. Some days, I crave it in commendable, well-behaved forms—wholesome grains, lean yogurts, produce-packed smoothies. Other days, I just need chocolate. Since I’ve yet...

Pineapple Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos

Pineapple Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos

We deserve a Caribbean vacation. The inbox is too full, the weekend too short, and the winter too long. The only reasonable remedy is to toss our bikinis and blenders into a duffle bag...

Mississippi Mud Pie Bars. Decadent chocolate marshmallow bars topped with fudge frosting. to die for!

Mississippi Mud Bars {+Dessert for Two Cookbook Giveaway!}

I’m absconding with the Mississippi Mud Bars. You see, this recipe for an intensely buttery, fudgy brownie that’s interlaced with chocolate chips, smothered with a layer of gooey, melty marshmallows, then smeared a layer...

Perfect Balsamic Glazed Salmon. Easy, impessive and ready in 20 minutes!

Ben’s Balsamic Glazed Salmon {a guest post from my husband}

The first dinner Ben cooked for me was a frozen Stouffer’s lasagna. The second (and third and fourth) were Balsamic Glazed Salmon. I married a man who is nothing if not perceptive. It is an...