meat free protein

Meatless Chicken Fried Rice

One of my FAVORITE (yes, it deserves all caps) restaurants to eat at is Sumo. They have pretty good sushi and great grill items, but my number one favorite menu item of all time is their garlic fried rice. There is a reason butter and oil were invented and I believe it was so Sumo could make this delicous concoction of carbs and fats. As much as I love their rice, I have come to the conclusion that it's not in my best interested to eat an entire bowl of it, especially when the bowl contains … READ MORE>

guinea grinder sandwich recipe

Guinea Grinder

My parents were the type that always ordered the same type of food whenever we ate out. They'd have a small conference about what sounded good and make their decision. Mom would always order first so all my Dad would have to say was, "the same as her." At the time I always thought that was kind of silly but now that my Mom is gone, it seems kind of sweet. One of their favorite places to eat was a local restaurant called The Pizza House. This place had the absolute best pizza ever and served one … READ MORE>

strawberry almond rice pudding

Strawberry Almond Rice Pudding

School is officially in session at the East 9th Street household! Brecken's first day at a new school went off without a hitch. She even told me that tomorrow I don't have to walk her to her classroom, she's a big kid and can do it by herself. Now I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about that. Part of me is proud of my shy kid for wanting to this by herself, the other part of me is wondering if she's getting to the stage where she's embarassed by me! I promised her I wouldn't show up at her … READ MORE>

Plenti yogurt

Fight the Afternoon Slump with Plenti Greek Yogurt

Everyone has a sweet spot. You know, that time of day where you're really productive and can get things done! For me, that time starts around 9 pm and ends around midnight. Those three hours are golden. My to-do lists shrink, my stress level decreases and I go to bed feeling like I accomplished something, a lot of somethings. The downside to my golden hours are that I don't get as much sleep as I probably should. During the week, I average about 6 hours a night. That means around 3 o'clock in … READ MORE>

loaded nachos

Loaded Nachos with Beefless Ground

My family loves Mexican food. We've consumed our fair share of fajitas from El Agave and one more than a few occasions have used the kitchen island to set up a taco bar. We also love meat, especially red meat. But in my quest to be a positive role model for my daughter, I started making small changes to improve my overall health. I have restricted myself to one can of Diet Coke per day and increased my water intake. Instead of eating chips and dip for lunch (my absolute favorite snack), I … READ MORE>

pumpkin bread recipe

Mom’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Food can trigger some pretty awesome memories. Whenever I eat a caramel apple (which is rare), I think about the times my friends and I used to "run" the Pikes Peak Ascent (PPA). We felt we deserved, or better yet, were entitled to the richest, most fattening thing we could stomach and for whatever reason, we felt loaded caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory were the bomb (yup, I said that). If you're not familiar with the Pikes Peak Ascent, it's a 13.32 mile race with about an … READ MORE>


Chicken and Noodles

Give me a pot of chicken and noodles and I'll be your friend forever. Seriously, forever. Last month B and I were in Iowa celebrating a late Christmas with my family. Instead of doing the traditional Christmas dinner, I made the executive decision to serve a couple of soups instead. My original plan was to make chili and potato soup but laziness got the best of me. The chili was simple enough but potato soup? My official potato peeler was back in Kansas and I wasn't in the mood to cover … READ MORE>

quick and easy lunch idea

Quick and Easy Lunch with Herdez Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls

Thank you to Herdez for sponsoring this post! #HerdezFrozenBowls There are a few things you will never hear come out of my mouth: I love spiders, getting eaten alive by mosquitos was fun and I was so busy I forgot to eat. The spider that found his way in my bed didn't live to tell about it, I chose function over fashion and wore a mosquito net while hiking in Glacier National Park and I'm pretty busy at the office but I never forget to eat. I get too "hangry" for that too happen and why I … READ MORE>

black eyed pea and corn dip

Black Eyed Pea and Corn Dip

Zoo dip. That's what my boyfriend and brother called this. You see, neither one is very cultured when it comes to food and if they don't see a chunk of meat or a potato, they get a bit confused. At first I took offense, after all, it's hard work throwing things into a bowl and mixing them together (that would be sarcasm) but then I got the last laugh because the two of them were having their share of my black eye pea and corn dip. The dip was a hit with the guys and with some of the … READ MORE>

black beans and roasted corn taco bar

4 Ingredient Roasted Corn and Black Beans

Last week I shared with you an easy way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I like to do a simple taco bar with all of the traditional fixins plus a few items that are a little bit more unique. One item that has been a continued hit is my simple 4 ingredient roasted corn and black beans. The great thing about this recipe is you can treat it as a side dish, or you can add it to your tacos to give it some extra flavor. For my vegetarian friends, they can make a taco that has "meatiness" without the … READ MORE>