Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate-Pistachio Guacamole

Chipotle-Mashed-Sweet-Potatoes-Stuffed-with-Pomegranate-Pistachio-GuacamoleBased on the commitment to healthy eating demonstrated on this blog, and the fact that I masterminded what will surely become a diet/lifestyle phenomenon, one would assume that I’ve always had a firm grasp on nutrition. Perhaps you picture me as a Gwyneth-like pre-teen, eating quinoa salads, drinking green juice, and insisting that my mother use coconut oil in her stir-fries. (Thank you! What a nice image!) Sadly, that was not the case. Growing up in California, I did consume a lot of fresh produce, smoothies, and grilled meats and fish, but I also happened to be a picky eater that favored pizza, grilled cheese, and Costco blueberry muffins (you know those things are bomb) over pretty much everything else. Reflecting on my cringe-worthy adolescent eating habits makes me uncomfortable, but at the time, I really didn’t give too...
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Crispy Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Avocado Salsa Verde

Crispy-Baked-Tilapia-Tacos-with-Mango-Salsa-and-avocado-salsa-verde-4Apologies for going MIA unannounced last week and leaving you with nothing but Tastemade videos. That was the worst, but it couldn’t be helped. I had to go on a last-minute vacation to Guatemala. Just to give you a little back story, my roommate and I actually planned this Central American adventure a couple months ago. We’d been coveting a stay at Hotel Atitlan since Logan’s godparents shared photos from their trip last spring, and in early March, we giddily booked ourselves a room for the week leading up to Easter. Since I live for vacation, I was pretty pumped. #Logena2k14! I bought new bikinis. Then some life complications happened, work stuff came up for both Logan and me (so busy and important!), and adult Spring Break was unceremoniously scrapped. This was a tough pill to swallow, but...
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Tastemade Famous

Serena-Wolf-Tastemade-VideosYou knew this day would come, friends…. I am very excited to inform all of you that I now have my very own food show. Pause for dramatic effect. (I like to think at least a handful of you are crying and/or peed your pants.) Okay, so you can’t actually watch it on television, but you can watch it on your phone/computer, which is fine (for now). I’ll take what I can get. Let’s back up a little bit. About six months ago, I was introduced to an app called Tastemade, which allows you to make fun, bite-size food videos on your iPhone. I was intrigued, but it was the description on their website that really reeled me in: “Be the star of your own food show!” As you know, I’ve been trying to do exactly that for years, and apparently all I had...
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Cheesy Baked Penne with Chicken and Broccoli

Cheesy-Baked-Whole-Wheat-Penne-with-Chicken-and-BroccoliThis is my second spring participating in Food Network’s Sensational Sides event, which is always a treat. Every Thursday, a handful of awesome bloggers and I share recipes that we’ve developed based on a given theme, such as “clean out the pantry,” “no-cook,” or “mashed.” I’m generally on board with all of these themes, but there’s one that tends to keep me up at night, and it’s finally arrived… KID-FRIENDLY. Honestly, “kid-friendly” week gives me anxiety based on the simple fact that it’s outside my wheelhouse. As I’ve said many times before, I’m not the biggest fan of small children. They make me feel uncomfortable, and I’m always afraid that they’re going to touch my clothes or that I’m going to accidentally trip over them. They also ask a lot of questions, which is cute in...
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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Turkey Burgers with Sriracha-Lime Crema

Sweet-Potato-and-Black-Bean-Turkey-Burgers-with-Sriracha-Lime-CremaMy dad gave me a gym membership for my birthday. Don’t worry, I wasn’t offended. I actually asked for this incredibly generous and practical present. I know a gym membership may seem like a crazy request considering my distaste for sweating in public, but as many of you know, I was feeling a little panicked about turning 27. Just to recap, the days leading up to my birthday were scary ones, during which I convinced myself that my neck was wrinkling, my teeth were about to fall out, and my muscles were surely on the verge of atrophy. Cue panic attacks. So, when my dad emailed asking if there was anything special that I wanted for my birthday, my immediate response was a gym membership, a masseuse, and a lifetime of oxygen facials. Needless to say, neither a masseuse nor facialist...
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Domestic Details: 13 Items to Stock in Your Fridge

13-Essential-Items-To-Stock-In-Your-FridgeStocking your fridge can be a daunting task, which I’m guessing is why so many of you seem to avoid it. I’ve noticed recently that most of my friends’ refrigerators contain some combination of booze, cheese, hummus, baby carrots, and old milk, which is both weird and gross. It’s also not the most inspiring ingredient list for a quick meal, which perpetuates some very expensive Seamless habits. When questioned, these fridge offenders often say something like, “Whatever, Serena. I’m not going to spend my money buying like a million things I’m never going to use!” I find this to be very melodramatic, since you only really need 13. And once you stock your fridge with the essentials, it will be infinitely easier to conjure your inner domestic god(dess) and whip up awesome meals on the reg. For your convenience, I’ve compiled a...
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The Dude Diet: Sushi Edition

Ahi-tuna-poke-sushi-bowls-with-brown-riceBefore we launch into the subject of today’s post, I would like to sincerely apologize for the lack of Dude Diet activity over the past three months. In my defense, I’m hard at work on an e-book of Dude Diet recipes and teachings, and as a result, I’ve been negligent about blogging on the subject. I only hope that you can find it in your hearts (which I’m praying are still in decent shape) to forgive me, and that you haven’t completely destroyed your wonderland bodies in my absence. That said, I have some good news, friends! I’m very pleased to report that the Dude has been doing a pretty stand-up job as brand ambassador recently, and by some miracle, he’s kept himself under a deuce since January. It’s unclear whether he’s keeping it tight as a result of finally internalizing...
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Fiesta Baked Eggs with Farro and Black Beans

Fiesta-Baked-Eggs-with-Farro-Black-Beans-and-Chicken-SausageWhen people find out that I’m a food blogger, they often turn to my roommate and say, “You’re so lucky! You must eat gourmet meals every night!” On these occasions, I put on my very best modest smile and say something like, “No, no, no. Of course not! During the week, I mostly just make skillet creations with whatever I happen to have in the fridge that day.” This is a lie. I make such platitudes because I don’t want to unnecessarily intimidate strangers and/or make them feel badly about their culinary skills off the bat. But the truth is, they’re right. Logan and I do eat fabulous gourmet meals on the reg. After all, I am a domestic goddess, and that’s just how I roll. I realize that I’ve never really discussed it before, but the average evening’s cooking usually begins around...
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10 Foolproof Recipes For Spring

10-Best-Recipes-For-SpringThis winter was is a shit show. Those words look harsh on my computer screen, but you know it’s true. It’s been cold and gray for so long that I feel like we’re living in that creepy world from Frozen that Adele Dazeem sang about at the Oscars. Plus, I’m deathly pale, my hair is permanently static-y, and I went over my moisturizer budget like three months ago, so I can’t just “let it go.” Because I believe in the power of positive thinking, I’ve been doing lots of preparations for the sunny season despite the fact that the weather won’t quit playing games with my heart (sing it). Thanks to my mom, I’m all set on the crop top front, so I’ve mostly been focused on cleaning/organizing my apartment and playing around with recipe ideas...
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The Best Tropical Green Smoothie

vegan-tropical-green-smoothie-with-avocado-spinach-mango-pineapple-and-chia-seedsA lot of terrible things have happened this week. First, there was the failure of my Tyler Florence eggs-periment (had to), followed by constant, LOUD construction in my building that makes me feel mildly homicidal no matter how much I turn up Beyoncé, and I’ve had several True Detective-induced nightmares. (For the record, the theme song was the only thing that I actually liked about the show.) Oh, and then there was Gwyneth’s “conscious uncoupling,” which led me to waste several hours Googling that nonsense when I could have been doing productive things like writing and/or jazzercising to the True Detective theme song. As usual, Gwyneth is the worst. All of these unfortunate events left me feeling frustrated, tired and in serious need of a nutritional pick me up. I’m proud to report that I’ve...
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