Food + Recipes

Oats Recipes That Stick To Your Ribs

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Photo courtesy: For Love and Lemons | Recipe: Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries

Time to get back into comfort food. Our favorite oats recipes can be enjoyed year round but they are extra nourishing in the cooler months. Oats contain a powerful soluble fiber that improves your blood flow and increases the growth of good bacteria in your digestive tract. They are a warm and yummy way to keep your body rich in […]

Puff Pastry: Keeping It Light

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What does a pot pie, a strawberry tart, and a palmier all have in common? Puff pastry is the light and buttery bond that binds these diverse dishes together. With salt, butter, flour, and water being the only ingredients, this dish seems like simplicity itself. However true, it takes some work and knowhow to get it right. Considering its versatility […]

Tacos: Quick, Easy, and Simply Delicious

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Photo courtesy: Love and Lemons

Any dish that gets its own day of the week must be pretty special, and this one is no exception. Tacos have become a staple dish for good reason. Whether you’re trying to feed a massive crowd, picky kids, or a potential partner, these are always a safe (and delicious) bet. With its wide selection of styles and recipes, theres […]

Rooibos Tea Recipes Make Us Never Go Back to Black

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We are ever in search of new and delicious varieties of herbal teas.  Our latest favorite is rooibos tea, which hails from southern Africa. It is a full-bodied, caffeine-free alternative to black tea and has plenty of health benefits to boost.  Rooibos (pronounced “ROY-boss”) is one of the many benefits of our ever-expanding global community! Rooibos Tea For Breakfast Did […]

Home Tea Blends: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

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Tea is great for relaxation but the flavor and the routine can get a bit bland. Home tea blends let you keep your tea time interesting. You can create an assortment of tea blends that best fit your tastes. In addition, you can create them in bulk so you can enjoy well into the future (with the help of an […]

Bagel Sandwich: A Blank Canvas

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Have you ever been dying to eat something different, but it feels like you’ve had it all before? Thanks to bagel sandwiches, that’s a problem of the past. Due to the complete lack of restriction, they can be whatever sounds best at the time. When the only limit is your imagination, the flavor possibilities become endless. Make It Yours The […]

Jello Salads: A Slice of American History

Jello Salads | strawberry raspberry bundt dessert | Girlfriend is Better

The early to mid-1900s was simple and full of vintage charm. Jello salads were the star of any dinner party. Jello molds instantly draw visions of the perfect nuclear family and their lives. Desserts were extravagant looking and very creative. Gelatin was highly practical and alluring for the times but often had some peculiar flavor profiles. Humble Beginnings America found its […]

Small Meals: The Way of The Future

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The time of eating three meals a day has long since past. Eating small meals throughout your day is the way of the future. An already common habit in places like Italy and Paris, it’s time to adopt it here in the US. Not only is it healthier, but it’s also pretty fun, an unusual descriptor when it comes to […]

Nice Cream: Can’t Believe Its Not Ice Cream

Looking for a guilt free frosty treat? Nice cream is an ice cream substitute that uses all natural ingredients. This creamy treat has all the sweetness and variety of ice cream with a fraction of the calories. In addition, its ingredients are fully customizable. We’ll give you a recipe that you can change up to your liking! Whats So Nice […]

Breakfast Bites: A Great Way To Wake Up

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s time to treat it like it is. These breakfast bites will have you covered, no matter the situation. These dishes are sure to satisfy and look good doing it.  Your family and friends will be stopping by a lot more often! Pop tarts for the soul Sometimes, you just […]

Spring Rolls: Goodbye Winter, Hello Healthy Eating

Spring Rolls | vegetarian platter | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Marina via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Spring is just around the corner. Why not celebrate the season with some fresh spring rolls? They perfectly celebrate what spring has to offer! These rolls are packed with vibrant vegetables and flavors. They are also a nice change of pace after a season’s worth of hardy winter foods. Fresh & Falvorful Winter brought along comforting soups and stews that […]

Alternative Nut Butter: A Healthy Departure From The Standard Peanut

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Photo courtesy: Alyssa | Simply Quinoa

Looking for a healthy alternative to peanut butter, or just a change of pace? Then alternative nut butter is perfect for you! Use one to make any peanut butter recipe a little healthier. Or, simply spice up your next PB&J. Either way, your choice of flavor variations are endless and variety is the spice of life! A Handful of Almonds […]

Macarons Will Sweeten Up Your Next Big Event

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These sandwich cookies have a delicate exterior and a soft interior. If you’re looking to spice up your next big gathering, macarons are the way to go. They come in a wide array of colors and flavors, and sometimes they’re almost too pretty to eat. These cookies bought fresh from a bakery can cost you a pretty penny, so today […]

Winter Soup Recipes to Cozy Up To

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Photo courtesy: Feasting at Home | Recipe: Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup

Time to bring some vegetables back into your life! After the holidays, a cozy winter soup will nurture your body back into good health. Most of these recipes can be made in 30 minutes and require one sturdy pot. We’ve compiled hearty Asian vegetarian and comforting creamy recipes that you are sure to love. Try one and start feeling better […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Overhaul

Thanksgiving leftovers recipe | Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Recipe Runner | Recipe: Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza

We love recreating the Thanksgiving feast just as much as the next person.  But sometimes those Thanksgiving leftovers can get kind of overwhelming.  By the time day 3 rolls around, you might be ready to try something a little more creative.  Take a look at our favorite recipes that reimagine your turkey and cranberry sauce beyond the classic cream cheese […]

5 Pumpkin Goodies w/out Guilt

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Photo courtesy: Ambitious Kitchen | Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

PSL season is officially here!  Pumpkin pie has always been a childhood favorite. (With the Cool Whip topping-to-pie ratio being 1:1.) It’s totally possible to indulge in a little pumpkin with the 5 health-smart recipes below.   We’ve got gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, low-glycemic, and more!  You’re bound to find one that fits your taste/ diet criteria.  Guaranteed! Pumpkin Pudding {egg-free, dairy-free} First, consider […]

Meal Prep: Healthy Eating With Minimal Effort

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Photo courtesy: Fit Foodie Finds | Recipe: Meal Prep Carnitas Burritos

School is getting back in session and initiatives are ramping back up at work.  Time to give meal prep a go, with these easy and healthy plan-ahead strategies.  Pack breakfast or a salad in jars and just grab and go!  We’re eating well effortlessly and all week long.  Take a look at our favorite recipes – once you get the […]

Popsicles Stocked in Our Freezers: Healthy On-The-Go Snacks

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Photo courtesy: Floating Kitchen | Recipe: Blueberry-Ginger Coconut Cheesecake Popsicles

Tired of the same old smoothie?  The weather is just going to get hotter, so frozen snacks are lifesavers! With a little planning, you can pack your freezer with our favorite popsicles. Terrific for kids and adults alike, these tasty treats work as a quick breakfast or easy snacks. Make them on a mellow night and enjoy them the rest of […]

Rose Recipes to Tantalize Your Tastebuds

Margarita rose recipes | Rose water and tequila | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: The Diary of a Debutante | Recipe: Refreshing Rose Margaritas

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare festivals are around the corner and we are filling our kitchens with rose recipes! Everything from cocktails and desserts are getting a splash of our favorite floral. Add a pinch for garnish and you’ve got the “Hostess of the Season” award locked in. Mouth-Watering Rose Recipes In case you […]

Zucchini Noodles: 30-Minute Low-Carb Recipes

Honey Sriracha Chicken Zucchini Noodles recipe | Quick low-carb meals | Girlfriend is Better
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Best low carb find of the day? Zucchini noodles (sometimes called “zoodles”) are terrific pasta replacement in any recipe. Zucchinis are 95% water and are a high source of potassium and Vitamin C. Just what susceptible bodies are craving (post flu season) and anyone needing to de-stress! We rounded up 5 of our favorite recipes for you to try, ranging […]

Green Smoothie Recipe Without All the Dang Sugar

Kale, Spinach, and Swiss Chard | Green Smoothie recipe that is low glycemic | Girlfriend is Better
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Alert! Is your healthy drink making you gain weight? We’ve got to warn you: most juice bars and smoothie shops are tricking you with their “skinny” green concoctions. Next time you get a green smoothie, take a closer look at the ingredients. Recipes tend to cover that “salad taste” with a myriad of high glycemic fruits or juices. Take a […]

Winter Smoothies Counterbalance Christmas Goodies

Winter smoothies recipes | Chai spice | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: I Simple as That Blog | Recipe: Chai Spice Smoothie

Are those “cheat days” starting to add up? Add a concoction of good stuff into your system with one of our favorite Winter smoothies. Doctor up your standard recipes with fruits that are in season. We like to boost our smoothies with lots of good stuff, like chia seeds, protein powder, and more. Starting your day off right helps to […]

Persimmons Add Festivity + Fiber to Boring Old Breakfasts

Toasted Persimmon Coconut Porridge | Persimmons recipes | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Fanny the Foodie | Recipe: Toasted Persimmon Coconut Porridge

Why are pumpkins getting all the hype? Persimmons are Fall’s most underrated fruit and work well in sweet or savory conditions. The Vitamin A and C rich darlings are wonderful as toppings or on their own. If you’re heading out to the Farmer’s Market this weekend, add a couple to your list! Persimmons in Season In our LA Farmer’s Market […]

Avocado Toast Recipes With a Little Upgrade

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What fruit improves your skin, has more potassium than a banana, and helps you feel fuller longer? That’s right, the lovely avocado, princess of the produce aisle. We’ve collected 5 of our favorite avocado toast recipes that go beyond mashed green on bread. Healthy, savory breakfast sandwiches and quick lunches to keep you going through the day. Emphasis on the […]

5 Chia Seed Pudding Recipes to Make Overnight

Vanilla Greek Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding Recipe | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Little Broken

If you’re looking for a cold dessert, skip the ice cream and make a batch of pudding instead! Take a peek at our 5 favorite chia seed pudding recipes.  They need to set overnight, so a little advanced planning is required.  (We make big batches and enjoy the fruits of our labors the rest of the week.)  Bonus: you will […]

Watermelon Season is Upon Us! 5 Recipes to Try

Watermelon fruit pizza recipe | Girlfriend is Better
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We’ve got watermelons in our garden just in time for summertime barbecues. Since a watermelon is about 92% water, it is the perfect hydrating fruit for hot, sunny days. You can do the old slice-and-dice routine, or get a little more creative with some of our favorite recipes below! These are easy and delicious ways to get your Vitamins A, […]

5 Rhubarb Crumble Recipes Benefit Bones + Brains

Rhubarb crumble recipes | Girlfriend is Better
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Time to get in a few crumble recipes while rhubarb is still in season! Did you know? Rhubarb is red in color and grows in stalks like like celery. The tart, but sweet flavored fruit is packed with Vitamin K and pairs well with other berries. If you are over 30, you should focus on getting more Calcium and Vitamin […]

Easy Meals Delivered to Your Doorstep (Healthy, Too!)

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My friend Sarah recently turned me on to the meal-kit delivery craze. And I’m a believer! I recently had baby #4 and am definitely juggling kids and home responsibilities these days. Having 3 easy meals packaged and delivered to my doorstep was the highlight of my week! This is a smart solution to keeping your family away from fast food […]

Strawberry Season is Upon Us! Top 5 Recipes to Try

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April showers bring May strawberries! Mother’s Day has got to be the easiest holiday for treats. Simply add a strawberry or two and you’ve got an instant tasty drink or dessert. Here are 5 easy ways to use Mother Nature’s most loving fruit. Sweeten up a Salad It’s easy to feel run down after the holidays and iron is always […]

Chicken Pot Pie at Your Service – Make it Tonight!

Hearty Chicken Pot Pie recipe | Healthier than you think! | Girlfriend is better
Photo courtesy: Two Peas and Their Pod

They say, “April showers bring May flowers”. I say, “bring on the comfort food!” One of my favorite stand-by recipes for this time of year is the hearty old chicken pot pie. This menu staple is packed with protein and good veggies that I usually have on hand. That makes it a snap to whip up and feeds my family […]

Chocolate No Bake Cookies: Protein-Enhanced

Chocolate No Bake Cookies recipe | Low-glycemic, high protein | Girlfriend is Better

Our mom somehow raised seven kids with a hot breakfast every morning! Oatmeal was a household staple as a little bit went a long way to sustain us through the morning. Not just for breakfast, an easy family night dessert was also her famous oatmeal Chocolate No Bake Cookies.  I’ve doctored the recipe up a little over the years to create […]

Jambalaya: Healthy Southern Comfort

Healthy Jumbalaya Recipe | Girlfriend is Better
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Is healthy Southern comfort an oxymoron?  Not with this recipe!  Since we’re still in the cold weather months, I like to eat my veggies warm.  This jambalaya recipe is a household staple and my kids will even eat the leftovers!  I especially like to cook it in a big cast iron skillet which adds some extra iron into our diets. […]

Fondue Holiday Parties With a Retro Vibe

Fondue parties are fun + easy! | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Camille Styles

Fondue much? I went through a short period of fondue-craze back in my 20’s. I think I owned at least 10-15 different pots at one time. But what’s not to love? Fondue parties are an easy way to entertain and feed your guests at the same time. You can do a full-scale meal, or stick to dessert, with berries and […]

Skillet Cooking, Care + Recipes

Skillet care, health + recipes | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Eat Well 101

Feeling tired?  Add a little iron to your diet with a skillet!  Cast-iron skillets are my new obsession as of early this year.  Not only do they conduct heat beautifully, they go from stove top to oven easily, too.  Learn how to cook with less oil, increase the iron in a meal by almost 20%, and save time in the […]

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe Helps You Stay Well

Vegetable Beef Soup slow cooker recipe | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Kimi Encarnacion

Now that we’re getting into official Fall-mode, I’m leaning away from salads and am getting my veggie quota in soups. When it’s earlier in the season, I like something hearty but with a broth to keep it on the lighter side. This week, I pulled out my favorite recipe for Vegetable Beef Soup and thought you might like to try […]

Blackberry Chèvre Salad Love Potion Recipe

Blackberry chevre salad recipe | Girlfriend is Better
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I eat very little sugar these days and as a result the sweetness of fruits and veggies is off the charts for me now. The beauty of this salad is that it would be sweet to anyone and for me, it’s like eating dessert. Dessert for lunch? Okay! This blackberry chèvre salad has been a recipe staple for some time, and […]