Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup

Short on time? Try this spicy (and speedy!) zucchini noodle soup!

Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup :: this one-pot soup can be made with a spiralizer or a veggie peeler and is ready in 15 minutes!

Get ready for a smorgasbord of crazy inconsistent food photography, folks!

Now that we’re somewhat settled in Florida, I’ve begun my search for the perfect spot to take photos of my food. So far I’ve tried 3 different rooms and set ups and I’m totally over it. With the chickpea scaling my leg, stealing bites, and taking over the tripod like she’s the pro around here… it’s a race against the clock.

And sometimes, a race for my sanity. 

Luckily my pint-sized intern genuinely enjoys playing foodie with me and takes payment in the form of food and snuggles. I mean hello, is that not the best deal ever!?

Now if only she would stop stealing noodles mid-shoot.

Without further adieu, let’s jump right into the recipe! We can chat after. I’ll even completely skip washing the dishes so I can make time. Because I love you.

And also because I really hate washing dishes. 

Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup :: this one-pot soup can be made with a spiralizer or a veggie peeler and is ready in 15 minutes!

Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup

One pot and 15 minutes are all you need to make this delicious dish! I simply adore this T-rex twist on my One-Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup!… 

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Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cups

Quick, easy, and uber customizable, these Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cups are ready to take your snack game to the next level! Serve them up as a side dish, appetizer, or snack, or add your favorite protein and give them spotlight status at mealtime!

Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cups


I could come up with a fun intro to today’s recipe, or a story, or maybe a musing of sorts… Or I can simply shove veggies in your face and tell you to eat them.

I think I may do the latter today. Veggies: they’re healthy, they’re delicious, eat them.

Preferably in Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cup form.

Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cups

Eat. Yo. Veggies…. 

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Recipe ABCs: Favorite recipes from A to Z!

Recipe ABCs :: My all-time favorite recipes from A to Z!

I have ABCs on the brain lately.

The alphabet song is hands-down the chickpea’s favorite thing ever and cheerfully squeaked ad nauseum around here. We’re all about our ABCs.

And our veggies.

In honor of the song I fall asleep [and wake up] singing/humming/screaming at all hours of the day, let’s make it edible. Because the only thing more fun than singing…… 

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Whole Grain Fluffy Flax and Zucchini Bread

This fluffy whole grain bread is spiked with a boatload of healthy goodness and a whole lot of YUM!

Whole Grain Fluffy Flax Zucchini Bread

Though I’m trying my best to space these bad boys out a bit, holy cow am I on a baking spree! As part of The Great Pantry Purge of 2015 I’ve been knee deep in whole grains, nuts, and dry goods galore so naturally, bakers gonna bake!

bake bake bake bake

Severe Banana Split Bread withdrawls led me to break out my loaf pan yet again and try something new. Well, sort of new. I took my Fluffy Flax Fruit and Veggie Bread recipe, a reader favorite from my days of food photography faux pas, and made a few tasty tweaks. Then I slathered each slice in soft, spreadable, sweet cream cinnamon butter because I’m a complete animal and it’s SO GOOD!

The combination of sweet, nutty zucchini bread with the buttery cinnamon flecked spread was positively fireworks-worthy. Good thing too, considering this was a delicious part of our 4th of July brunch.

God bless America.… 

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July in Review :: Recipes + Reflections

Hi!!! Grab some coffee, we’re getting wordy today!

My lovely friend Becca at Amuse Your Bouche does these fantastic little month-in-review posts to reflect on recent recipes and I just adore them! It’s a great way to play catchup on some deliciousness I may have missed out on and I always find a new recipe to bookmark in the process. Totally a win!

With all the buckets-o-chaos around here lately I thought it would be fun to look back on the the prior month’s recipes, shenanigans, and stories and jump ahead with some sneak peeks of what’s to come around here!

It’s a little embarrassing how excited I am about this. I did a little rainy day introspection and decided I really wanted to start writing more on this little blog of mine, and not just about veggies. [Though there will still be a ton of veggie chat – get ready for it!] These posts will be the perfect chance to get a little personal with y’all and I’m SO FLIPPING EXCITED!  Let’s get things started!

First, the FOOD!

Creamy Cilantro Cucumber Dip

This dip rocked my face off and it’s about to do it again. I’m stocking up on cilantro tomorrow so I can make a big batch of Creamy Cilantro Cucumber Dip and put it on everything in sight!

After a bit of digging, I finally the brand new bottle of Sriracha chili sauce that I bought before the move. July’s Sriracha Recipe Round-Up and my tasty new Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing have had me craving a cucumber salad with rooster sauce like woah. You’ll never guess where I found my beloved hot sauce.


How hilarious would it have been if I mixed those two up? Actually the vinegar in the sauce would probably be pretty good for my scalp… Or set it on fire. I’m partial to believing the latter.

Moving on!

One-Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup: Ready in under 10 minutes!

Other favorites from July include a ridiculously amazing One-Pot Zucchini Noodle Soup that I am so stoked to make for my in-laws this week! Paul refused to let me bring my spiralizer with me [yet he let me pack Sriracha; priorities!] so while my “precious” in in storage, I’ll be making this Summery soup with a veggie peeler!

I also made the most baller banana bread with a banana split twist and broke out the rainbow chip sprinkles to make the most colorful granola bars EVER… 

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Creamy Cilantro Cucumber Dip

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Nut Thins. Aka the most delicious gluten-free crackers of my life!

Creamy Cilantro Cucumber Dip :: mayo-free and SO GOOD!

I’m a sucker for a good dip. It’s without-fail the first thing I beeline for at a party or potluck and my go-to snack on the regular. My tiny human shares my dip-thusiasim and will come running at the mere mention of dip at snack time.

Not just any dip though, in this case fresh is most definitely best!

Next time you start to eye one of those fancy dips or spreads at the grocery store, do yourself a favor and beeline to the produce section instead. Your wallet [and waistline] will thank you for it. It’s super simple to whip up a delicious dip that’s full of flavor and free of sketchy additives… 

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One-Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup

This super healthy one pot wonder comes together in record time. From stove top to table top in under 10 minutes, you’ll love this speedy veggie soup!

One-Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup: Ready in under 10 minutes!

Well, it’s official: we’ve successfully eaten our way through nearly everything in the house! In preparation for this week’s move, we have nothing more than a few vegetables [four, to be exact], some fresh fruit [perfect for snacking!], and several pantry essentials left. Huzzah!

This soup, inspired by last week’s impromptu miso noodle bowl, was the perfect use for my lone zucchini. Though I normally beeline for rice noodles, zucchini noodles are equally gluten-free with the added bonus of dashing calories and upping my veggie count for the day. Aside from being oh so healthy, they’re also pretty darn tasty, super speedy to prepare, and don’t require any soaking or cooking like traditional noodles.

That, folks, is a win-win-win-win.

Maybe I missed a win there. There should be WAY more wins. While I take a victory lap around my near-empty kitchen, here’s how you make this bowl-o-yum:… 

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Creamy Feta Dressing

This Creamy Feta Dressing is ready to rock your veggies! Uber easy and ready in under 6 minutes, you’ll want to slather this dressing on everything from salads to sandwiches.

Creamy Feta Dressing :: Would you believe me if I said I loved it more than Ranch!? SO GOOD!

As I type this, it’s 100 degrees outside. ONE HUNDRED!!! In June!!!

What the what!?

I don’t remember North Carolina being this sweltering this time of year but let me tell you, moving to Florida this Summer is scaring the pants off me! Well, assuming I can actually be found wearing pants, that is, because it’s too flipping hot for that! I shall never wear pants again!

Though the next three years of my life are due to be positively toasty, I can’t complain. I’m so head over heels excited for powdery white sand beaches, sensational seafood restaurants, reunions with friends and family, and new adventures galore. Heck yes! Is it July yet?


Since it truly is hotter than Hades outside, let’s celebrate with a big crisp salad topped with my new favorite dressing recipe!

This creamy feta dressing is EVERYTHING! Cool, creamy, tangy and downright delicious, it’s nothing short of magical. The taste is a cross between blue cheese dressing and ranch and begs to be poured generously over a bed of crisp green and veggies or slathered on your favorite burger fresh off the grill. I could toss a bajillion more adjectives your way or simply insist that you make it. Now. Yesterday. Two weeks ag– I think you catch my drift…. 

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Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

Easy to make and even easier to eat, these baked jalapeno popper phyllo cups are the ultimate appetizer! Everyone is sure to adore this jazzed up, bite-sized, crowd-pleasing recipe!

Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

I’ve got some serious rambling to do today, so I’m foregoing the typical food blogger protocol of making you endure my blabbering before rewarding you with a recipe.

Eff that noise.

Here’s the good stuff:… 

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Sweet Pea Crostini with Tomato and Avocado

This tasty appetizer is a great way to add some extra vegetables to the mix! Making use of delicious seasonal produce, these tomato avocado sweet pea crostini are quick, easy, and ridiculously good!

Sweet Pea Crostini with Tomato and Avocado :: This tasty appetizer is a great way to add some extra vegetables to the mix! Making use of delicious seasonal produce, these tomato avocado sweet pea crostini are quick, easy, and ridiculously good!

“Bear, I have writer’s block again.” 

“No you don’t.”

“Um, yeah I do! I have no idea what to write for today’s post.” 

“You don’t have writer’s block. You write about food. Write about food. Bam!” 

Cue eye roll.

He’s right though. Some days I’m insistent on sharing some wacky story or one of my token “Hiiii! Let’s talk!” rambles but other days I just want to wax poetic about food and shove a recipe in your face. Other times I simply want to toss up nothing more than a tasty recipe then go putz around Target for an unreasonable amount of time. [helllooo! dangerous!]

I think I have an over-thinking problem. Let’s dial it down and talk about dem veggies!

This impromptu app was inspired by the yummy pea puree I made for this week’s Pea-zza shenanigans. I’m probably the only person in my family who will curl up with a big bowl of seasoned sweet peas so, in order to sneak them into their faces, I’ve been pureeing peas into everything from Hummus to Pesto!

It works like a charm! Organic peas for everyone!… 

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