Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I have a confession to make: I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. If I crave foods, it’s almost always a dessert of some sort, probably consisting of something chocolaty and rich. I’ve never been a candy person, but oh boy put a bar of chocolate in front of me and game over. Continue reading “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies”

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Grain-free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

I cannot believe it has been a year since I began my Instagram  account @TheBalancedRose, originally @Roseinthe_Kitchen! Happy 1st birthday! Woohooo! (Sorry, I am just super excited!) Quite the year it has been, so full of growth, of rebirth and of falling apart, ups, downs, amazing memories, and trying moments, but such a beautiful and wonderful journey along the way. I thought a celebration recipe was in order so I thought back to one of my favorites.

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Turmeric Spiced Overnight Chia Oats

TRUE LIFE: I am obsessed with turmeric- I think that should be an episode. I love turmeric and all of its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. This wonderful golden spice does wonders for our bodies at the cellular level as well as our bodies as a whole. As I discussed a few posts back, turmeric’s main active ingredient is curcumin, which contributes to the amazing effects turmeric has on the body. It contains high levels of manganese, iron, vitamin B6, fiber, copper, and potassium, and is a quite strong but extremely safe anti-inflammatory.

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Lentil, Quinoa, and Chickpea Stew

Being a college student, I am constantly on-the-go, running from the gym to class to my internship, meals in tote in recycled take-out containers or in plastic bags. I basically always have two things on my person, my camelbak water bottle, and my lunch box. Oh and we can’t forget about the fact that, because I am a college student buying my own groceries, the budget is quite tight. Meals need to be relatively cheap and quick, which I have been much better at this semester! *Patting myself on the back*

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Superfood PIPcorn Balls

I have a confession to make; I LOVE sweets. I have a huge sweet tooth and sometimes it gets me in trouble (i.e. too many cookies, pieces of dark chocolate, or brownies- or is it too many?). Something about popcorn, chocolate, and caramel reminds me of going to the movies with my parents as a little kid. Sitting there in the seat, so excited for the lights to dim and the picture to start, while munching on overly buttered and salted popcorn and chocolaty sweet bites of whatever candy I begged my parents to buy me. Oh, good times.
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Turmeric Spiced Porridge

Before I get started on how amazing and delicious this bowl of goodness tastes, let’s talk about turmeric. “What is turmeric?” You may ask. Turmeric is a golden spice which comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant that is native to southeast India. It has a warm but bitter, and peppery flavor with a mild fragrance almost like orange and ginger. It is traditionally used in a great deal of Indian cuisine and is behind the bright yellow color of mustard.

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Creamy Pumpkin Pie Oats

Fall is truly my favorite time of year. The leaves begin turning bright colors and falling to the ground looking like flowers upon the still green grass, the outdoors looking like an almost painted landscape. One of my favorite sounds is the leaves crunching and crackling under my feet. While I love summer and spring, not so much winter—being from New England—fall is truly the most beautiful time of the year.

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Zoats: Two Ways

This can certainly sound strange if you have never heard of zoats before. Zoats are a delicious way of sneakily adding veggies into your breakfast when you crave a warming bowl of porridge. Zoats are also a great low carbohydrate & high protein option because they are made up of egg whites, zucchini, and a small amount of rolled oats, along with some other ingredients.

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The “Huge Salad Bowl” Salad

Thank you for reading and horray for my first post on my new blog! I am so excited to share this “recipe” with you because if you’re visiting from instagram you’ve probably seen that I make this typically once a day. I’ve been making this “recipe” super often for about six months and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet because there are so many different ways to make it.

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