Carrot Muffins

Love carrot cake? Then you HAVE to try these healthy carrot muffins! Moist, tender, and warmly spiced, they're a delicious breakfast or on-the-go snack.

These carrot muffins combine two of my favorite things: carrot cake and muffins! They’re exactly what I want to eat on a spring morning (or any morning, really). They’re moist, warmly spiced, and studded with chewy raisins and crunchy walnuts. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to start their day with one of these? If you need a little last-minute something to round out your Easter menu tomorrow, I think these carrot muffins would be perfect. But if you don’t celebrate Easter, or if your menu is all set to go, I hope you’ll find a time to make them anyway. I adore…


Best Deviled Eggs

Learn how to make the BEST deviled eggs! Sweet pickle relish, Dijon mustard, and Greek yogurt make their filling creamy, rich, and tangy.

Fun fact about Jack: he doesn’t like deviled eggs. To me, this is crazy, because his mom happens to make some of the best deviled eggs on the planet. They have a smooth, creamy filling that’s tangy, savory, and a tiny bit sweet. If I see them at a party or a family gathering, I immediately pile a few onto my plate. Jack won’t be having any, so I get to eat enough for both of us, right? This deviled eggs recipe is my riff on hers. It relies on the same classic ingredients – mustard, mayo, etc. – but…


Pickled Asparagus

Garlic, shallot, and fresh dill amp up the flavor in this simple pickled asparagus recipe. Crisp, tangy, and refreshing, it's a delicious spring snack.

Right now, I have three jars of this quick pickled asparagus lined up in my fridge, which, for me, is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that the slender, green spears are absolutely delicious – crisp, grassy, tangy, salty, and sweet. The curse is, well, pretty much the same thing. Every time I open the fridge, I promptly forget what I’m looking for. Seconds later, I find myself standing at the counter, downing spear after spear of pickled asparagus as a refreshing (and surprisingly addictive) spring snack. …oops? As you start to work your way through different…


49 Best Healthy Snacks

Stomach growling in the middle of the afternoon? Tide yourself over with one of these healthy snacks! They include granola bars, dips, and more.

If I don’t have a stockpile of healthy snacks on hand, I will, without fail, reach for a cookie at 3pm. Now, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to something sweet in the afternoon, but if I’m working on a new cookie recipe, there’s a good chance that snacking on sweets will become less of a treat and more of a habit. Over the years, I’ve learned that filling up on healthy snacks like veggies and dip, smoothies, or trail mix will only make those sweets more rewarding in the end. I’ll be more energized and focused throughout the day, my…


Garden Crisps with Herby White Bean Spread

These colorful garden crisps are such an easy healthy snack! I top puffed grain cakes with fresh veggies and a creamy white bean spread.

This post is in partnership with Lundberg Family Farms. Happy Friday! Is anyone else SO excited that it’s finally spring? Here in Chicago, the temperatures are gradually getting warmer, and I’m in the mood for all things fresh and bright. I’m making smoothies for breakfast, salads for lunch, and these veggie-topped puffed grain cakes for an afternoon snack. In case you’re looking for some new spring snack ideas, I’m sharing the recipe for these yummy puffed grain cakes below. To make them, I spread a creamy, herby white bean spread on Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Thin Stackers. Then, I top them…


Blueberry Smoothie

I love this blueberry smoothie recipe because it's super nutritious, but it tastes like a treat! Blend it together for a yummy healthy breakfast or snack.

Well friends, this blueberry smoothie recipe has sent me off on another breakfast kick. We had a stretch of sunny days in Chicago over the weekend, and with the (slightly) warmer weather, I started craving all things light and fresh. On Saturday, I ditched my usual morning toast and blended up this blueberry smoothie for breakfast instead. I did it again on Sunday. …And on Monday. It’s Tuesday now, and I’m certainly not looking back. This blueberry smoothie is packed with healthy ingredients, but thanks to its thick, frosty texture and sweet berry flavor, it tastes like a morning ice…


Ultimate Loaded Nachos

Learn how to make the BEST homemade nachos! Loaded with gooey queso and tons of fresh fixings, they're the ultimate appetizer or game day snack.

If you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend, you have to make this nachos recipe. If you’re not watching the Super Bowl this weekend, you still have to make this nachos recipe. Jack and I may not be football fans, but we are fans of football food. These loaded nachos are as good as it gets. Every bite has the perfect blend of crispy, creamy textures and tangy, spicy flavors. Serve them as a party appetizer or devour them for dinner. Either way, the entire platter will be gone in minutes. Loaded Nachos Recipe Ingredients Ok, confession time: These homemade…


30 Best Super Bowl Food Ideas

The best part of Super Bowl Sunday? The snacks! Below, you'll find over 30 Super Bowl food ideas to help you make a crowd-pleasing game day spread.

The Super Bowl is coming up this weekend, so I thought I’d pop in today and share some of my best Super Bowl food ideas! They include everything you need to put together an epic game day spread – finger foods, delicious dips, salty snacks, desserts, and more. To be totally honest, I’m not a huge football fan (who’s playing this weekend?), but I am a huge fan of all of these recipes. They’re easy, flavorful, and – most importantly – fun. Whether you’re tuning in for the halftime show, the commercials, or the big game itself, they’ll make your…


Best Bean Dip

This easy bean dip recipe is the ultimate party appetizer or game day snack! With a smooth, creamy texture and bright, zesty flavor, it's always a hit.

See that platter of bean dip up there? 5 minutes after we took this photo, the entire thing was gone. This bean dip is just so zesty, so tangy, so creamy, and so delicious that we can never help devouring it in a single sitting. …Or standing, as the case may be. The day we took this photo, Jack and I didn’t even bother to sit down. We dug right in at the kitchen counter! If you’re looking for an easy appetizer to bring to a party or make for game day, you can’t go wrong with this bean dip…


30 Healthy Freezer Meals to Make Ahead

On busy nights, these easy freezer meals will help you get a healthy dinner on the table without a lot of fuss. They include cozy soups, pastas, and more!

When I want to get a quick, healthy dinner on the table, freezer meals are the first thing I turn to. These easy meals aren’t store-bought frozen dinners, but the soups, stews, and casseroles that I make ahead and freeze myself. Stored and reheated the right way, these freezer meals are just as flavorful as they were on the day they were made. When I have a stash of them on hand, making a delicious, healthy dinner is as simple as heating one up! Below, you’ll find my favorite freezer meals to make ahead, along with my best tips for…


Energy Balls

These date and nut energy balls are the BEST healthy snack! Sticky, sweet, and studded with chocolate chips, they taste like little balls of cookie dough.

These no-bake energy balls are my favorite healthy snack. Sticky, sweet, and studded with chocolate chips, they taste like little balls of cookie dough, but they’re made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Dates bind them together, oats add fiber, and walnuts and almond butter pack them with protein and healthy fats. They’re super-quick and easy to make in the food processor, and they keep for weeks in the freezer or fridge. At least they do in theory. If you love these energy balls as much as we do, there’s no way they’ll stick around that long. Between speedy breakfasts and on-the-go…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.