because eating healthy doesn't always come naturally

Recipes

My favorite blender

My favorite blender

Over the last several years, I have owned a Magic Bullet, Ninja Blender, and a good ol’ Oster blender. Even though the first 2 were supposed to be awesome for making smoothies and other blended treats, they each disappointed me in several ways. I ended […]

My name is Merri, and I’m a grown up picky eater

I’m a twenty-something living the dream in Minnesota with my husband, baby girl, and 2 cattle dogs. I love food, but really hate vegetables. When I started this blog 3 years ago, the goal was to document how I learned to hide my veggies behind […]

Homemade yogurt melts

Homemade yogurt melts

Are you ready to have your mind blown? I created a recipe for those yogurt melts for babies–but they aren’t made with yogurt! I had a bag of baby yogurt melts once, and tried one. It was not good. It tasted fake, and I wasn’t […]

Easy baby pancakes

Easy baby pancakes

I am not a morning person. My husband, baby, and I are all night owls. And sleeping in is not really a reality with a baby (and 2 loud dogs). So anything I can do to save time in the morning and get a few […]

Breakfast sandwich

Breakfast sandwich

This grain free breakfast sandwich is super easy to make, and you can do it all in the microwave! If you have a toaster oven, you should definitely toast the bun! Otherwise, you can sear it in a pan to get it a little crispy. […]

Baby Wipes

Baby Wipes

For some reason, I was SUPER intimidated to make my own baby wipes for diaper changes and on-the-go cleaning. But I was not happy about having to spend money on one more thing, because let’s be real, babies are expensive! I also wasn’t a fan […]

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Being gluten free, I’ve had trouble finding things I can eat at Chinese restaurants. It seems like everything is coated in flour, or sauces are thickened with flour. As I began to research recipes to make my own, I found many contained lots of white […]

Sour cream and onion dip

Sour cream and onion dip

I had a friend that would make the most amazing chip dip to bring to parties. It was just a tub of sour cream and packet of dry french onion soup mix. It was so good, but now I realize it was also so bad! […]

Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

The older I get, the more I realize that I really need more vegetables in my life. It’s gotten to the point that if I haven’t eaten any veggies during the day (oops), I actually crave something green before bed! And this coming from the […]

Cleaning Hack–Getting rid of fruit flies

Cleaning Hack–Getting rid of fruit flies

Fruit flies are so annoying. It seems like the moment my bananas are ripe, the flies swarm in. And then they never leave, even if I throw out ALL my fruit and clean thoroughly. I’m so glad I found this method to get rid of […]

Copycat Frappuccino

Copycat Frappuccino

This weekend was HOT. We were headed out the door to go for a walk (aka play Pokemon Go), and I needed an energy boost. I had some leftover coffee from the morning that I had put into the fridge, but I was really craving […]

All  Purpose Fudge

All Purpose Fudge

The name says it all! Versatile, delicious, and just sweet enough. This fudge is amazing. Serious game changer. I don’t keep sweets on hand because it’s way too hard to not mindlessly snack or overdo it. But if I’m really craving something sweet, I whip […]

Southwestern Chopped Salad

Southwestern Chopped Salad

I have been getting the most awful heartburn lately. I don’t know if it’s unavoidable at 33 weeks pregnant, or if it means my baby girl will come out with lots of hair (fingers crossed!). Regardless, my eating habits really plummeted, especially with healthy things. […]

Granola Bars

Granola Bars

It astounds me how much sugar, preservatives, and needless junk gets put in granola bars these days. I hate how much you have to pay for one bar, and then they are so small they don’t even put a dent in your hunger. Because I […]

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups

Chocolatey Peanut buttery And just a little sweet Gluten, dairy, and soy free, vegan, low in sugar These peanut butter cups are amazing, and because they only use healthy ingredients, you can enjoy them guilt free! No refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, or toxic preservatives.  They […]

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

I don’t know about you, but fall weather makes me crave crunchy, salty snacks. It’s really easy to choose potato chips, especially if they are kettle cooked. Yum…. But potato chips are also empty calories and are often fried in toxic oils. And that just […]

Pumpkin Spice is in the Air!

Pumpkin Spice is in the Air!

It’s October, the leaves are changing, and we had our first cold day of the year today. If it wasn’t already, it is now officially fall! With the start of another beautiful autumn, there are a few classics you can count on making an appearance […]

Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

  I can’t remember the last time a recipe changed my life so significantly. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and was blown away at how amazing these brownies were! I was expecting them to be good, but in a fake dessert kind of way. […]

How to make your own coconut milk

How to make your own coconut milk

About a year ago, my husband starting experiencing awful intestinal inflammation. It took months of cutting out various foods, such as dairy and meat, and adding supplemental curcumen and fish oil, but we finally got it under control. My husband can now tolerate meat and dairy, […]

Mostly vegan alfredo

Mostly vegan alfredo

About a year ago, my husband was forced to eliminate dairy and meat from his diet. We were already eating gluten free at this point, so this didn’t leave very many exciting options for his meals. A quick trip to the local health food store […]

How to shop for produce at Costco

How to shop for produce at Costco

How to shop for produce at Costco Costco is awesome! I love the industrial feel of the store, and you can’t beat the prices. There are not many choices for each product, which I actually appreciate. I waste far too much time comparing products when I […]

Creamy Kimchi Stew

Creamy Kimchi Stew

I’m back! It’s been almost 3 months since my last post, and for that I apologize. I have been working hard on a new project, and work has been extra busy.  I’ve come up with several new recipes in the mean time, which I’ll be […]

Red lentil burgers

Red lentil burgers

I hate lentils. They have a weird taste, and the texture grosses me out. Due to some health issues, we have been trying to eliminate meat and dairy from our diets, and I knew it was inevitable that red lentils would work their way into […]

Chickpeazza crust

Chickpeazza crust

Chickpeazza crust = chickpea pizza crust. Clever, huh? I remember my mom making gluten free baked goods with chickpea or garbanzo bean flour, back before there were good gluten free flour mixes available. This was right after I had to go gluten free, so I […]

Spaghetti squash with spinach sauce

Spaghetti squash with spinach sauce

Spaghetti squash with spinach sauce. That’s a mouthful! To be exact, it is actually spaghetti squash with shallot spinach sauce… Say that 3 times fast! This was a completely new experience for me, because I hate squash. I remember when I was young, trying to […]

Veggie Marinara Pasta

Veggie Marinara Pasta

I have always referred to my abilities to care for plants or a garden as a “black thumb”.  I have never been very good at keeping a garden going or even a houseplant (my husband thankfully keeps our house looking green!) I decided to give […]

Magic Potion Coffee

Magic Potion Coffee

I love coffee. I can’t go a day without it. I love the smell of it, and my favorite aisle in the store is the one with all the different kinds of coffee. When I’m preparing the coffee at night for the next morning, I get […]

Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta

This is my attempt to replicate Noodles & Company’s Pesto Cavatappi, which is my favorite thing to order there. They never seem to put enough pesto on it though, so I tend to add extra when I make it for myself. We found these awesome […]

Grilled Curry Cauliflower

Grilled Curry Cauliflower

This is another recipe that was invented sort of by accident. Andrew and I were all prepared and excited to go to our favorite Thai restaurant for our anniversary. We had a gift card AND a coupon, and we had been saving our appetites all […]

Chickpea turkey chili

Chickpea turkey chili

This recipe was developed by accident (or forgetfulness). I was intending to make black bean chili, but only had garbanzo beans (chickpeas) on hand. I never used to care for beans or peas, but in this chili I really like them! I use ground turkey […]

The Gluten Apocalypse

  I watched this video a couple days ago, so funny! It seems like the current trend is to be gluten free, and that has subsequently made my life easier. And harder. It’s really nice that restaurants have gluten free menus, and there are laws […]

Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour chicken

Being gluten free, I’ve had trouble finding things I can eat at Chinese restaurants. It seems like everything is coated in flour, or sauces are thickened with flour. As I began to research recipes to make on my own, I found that many contained lots […]

Love grilling, hate cancer

Love grilling, hate cancer

It seems like I can’t turn on the news, or even browse the internet, without being barraged by the newest theory of what is going to give me cancer. Granted, several of them are not rooted in science and have no research to back them […]

Curry and Carrots

Curry and Carrots

For some reason, I have gone 24 years without trying Indian food. After visiting an Indian buffet, I discovered just what I was missing out on. I love the combination of spicy, creamy, and a little sweet. There is significant research out there about the […]

How picky are you?

This is a fun quiz 🙂 For not eating 38 out of 87 foods, I got… You are the pickiest of ALL the picky eaters Here’s the link to take the quiz and find out how picky you are! Comment your score, let’s see if […]

Crap Shakes

Crap Shakes

This was one of my very first attempts at making vegetables tolerable. It gets its name from how I loving refer to the “crap” I put into it (that’s how much I dislike spinach). The Magic Bullet works great for a single serving, and then […]

My name is Merri, and I am a grown up picky eater.

I’m a twenty-something living the dream in Minnesota with my husband, baby girl, and 2 cattle dogs. I love food, but really hate vegetables. When I started this blog 3 years ago, the goal was to document how I learned to hide my veggies behind […]