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Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

Impress your guests with this salad while you secretly know that it is the easiest thing in the world to make. This is my go-to for greens when having people over for dinner.

  • Kale
  • Caesar Salad dressing (I love the Annie’s brand from Whole Foods, but you could totally make your own!!)
  • Croutons (Wholefoods actually had bruschetta in the bakery section that I bought and crumbled up- so good)
  • Shaved parmesan

— Wash the kale and put in a big salad bowl. Top with the parmesan and croutons and finish with the dressing. Serve with salad tongs and enjoy!

A little something sweet

a little something sweet // lolo mag

Hello, easiest dessert ever. We were having people over the other night and I was randomly inspired to create a dessert. Sweets aren’t really my thing (weird, I know) but others enjoy a little something sweet after a savory meal, so I decided to give it a go. I scoured the kitchen and came up with this. I’ll spoil the ending and tell you that all of our guests LOVED it. The taste ends up being just the right amount of sweet and the different textures work so well together.

Here are the simple ingredients + directions:

Creme Fraiche + Toppings


Creme Fraiche


Slivered almonds

Coconut flakes


**We used organic ingredients + raw honey, but it’s totally up to you of course. I made 10 small-ish servings and used 2 of the small containers of Creme Fraiche from Whole Foods and about 3 packages of blackberries in total. 


1. Spoon desired amount of creme fraiche in each ramekin.

2. Top each with several blackberries.

3. Sprinkle slivered almonds and coconut flakes on top.

4. Drizzle with honey.

Yes, I promise, it is THAT easy. And everyone will love it! Hopefully.

xo Melissa

Kale Risotto Recipe

I have always been a risotto girl- not really sure why, but I just love it so much. If it’s on the menu (especially when paired with scallops) I am most certainly going to order it. However- It can be very rich and I also heard that cooking it can be a real pain, so I had always stayed away from cooking it myself. Until I found this recipe from Strawberry Plum!

What I love about this recipe is that most of the cooking process happens in the oven, which makes it a baked risotto recipe I suppose. The important part is that it does not require that intensive stirring that stove-top risotto entails.  I have cooked Strawberry Plum’s recipe (with chicken thighs) two times now, but I’ve also experimented a bit and ended up with a kale risotto version that I just adore. It makes a great side dish, is so easy, and is not too rich! Success. Below are the ingredients + steps. Happy Cooking! -M

Risotto recipe


2 cloves of Garlic – chopped

1 bunch of scallions – or less! 

1 cup Arborio rice

1 cup dry white wine

2 cups chicken stock

Rosemary (2 or 3 springs)

Parmesan cheese

Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Saute garlic + scallions in olive oil- preferably in a cast iron skillet! If not, any pan that can go from stove to oven is fine. The sauteing will take about 2 mins!

2. Pour rice into pan and ‘toast’ it for about a minute. This is also a good time to add in the rosemary as well as a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

3. Pour in the wine- simmer until the rice has absorbed most of it. 

4.  Add the chicken broth then place the entire pan in oven for about 30 minutes.

5. While the risotto is baking, sautee kale (in olive oil) in a separate pan. This should only take a few minutes! 

6. Once the risotto is done, use a potholder to remove the pan from oven. The liquid should be absorbed, but the rice should be creamy.

7. Stir in the kale and top with Parmesan cheese.


Healthy + Satisfying Breakfasts

Healthy + satisfying breakfast ideas // lolo mag

Breakfast is one of my favorite times of the day. I wake up and looking forward to fueling my body with a good meal + a cup of black coffee. I use a Keurig and buy pods from Whole Foods- the organic Italian roast is my absolute favorite. When it comes to breakfast food, I look for options that are healthy, satisfying, and filling without  being too much- I love feeling energized from breakfast and not so full that I get sleepy again. Below are 7 ideas for a great first meal of the day. Enjoy! XO

1. DNA Life Bar – this is Lo’s absolute favorite in the roasted quinoa + chocolate flavor. It is a healthy choice, but according to Lo it tastes SO good. I have to give this a try!

2. Hardboiled egg + half of an avocado– this is my go-to breakfast routine right now. I sprinkle a little pepper on the avocado and it is truly heavenly.

3. Apple + 2 tablespoons of Almond Butter (Justin’s maple almond butter is my fave!) – Talk about YUM. You honestly can’t beat that almond butter with an organic Honeyscrisp apple. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. This would also make a great mid-day snack.

4. 2 scrambled eggs, spinach, and parmesan- This is so easy to make. Start scrambling the eggs, then throw in some spinach so it gets warm. Finish it with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Once the eggs are finished cooking, take off of the heat, serve, and enjoy!

5. A cup of brown rice, 1 fried egg, and sauteed spinach (organic brown rice from Trader Joe’s is so good and ready in minutes) That quick rice from TJ’s makes this an easy morning option. Make the rice, fry an egg, sautee some spinach and mix it all together.

6. Oatmeal + blueberries and strawberries (love this oatmeal from Trader Joe’s) If you love oatmeal and quinoa, you will love that product from TJ’s. Add some fruit on top and you will have yourself a healthy morning treat.

7. Greek yogurt with raspberries + walnuts (Wallaby greek yogurt from Whole Foods is a great choice) I am not a big yogurt fan, but my boyfriend is and he loves that yogurt from Whole Foods. Adding some nuts and fruit to the yogurt will make it a satisfying breakfast choice.


Here’s to starting each day on a tasty and healthy note!

Thanksgiving Recipes

Two hobbies of mine are cooking & spending time on Pinterest. That being said, finding new recipes on Pinterest and trying them out the kitchen is hands-down one of my favorite things to do. Pinterest is such a great source for recipes. We’ve pinned quite a few on our ‘To Cook’ board, but wanted to share some recipes today that are totally perfect for Thanksgiving. If you need to bring a dish to Thanksgiving (or to Friendsgiving) consider making one of these. Happy pinning & happy cooking! -M

1. The Best Fall Salad & Dressing

Fall Salad- The Pioneer Woman

 2. Roasted Mushrooms

Roasted Mushrooms

3. Garlic Lemon Green Beans

Garlic lemon green beans

4. Parmesan & Rosemary Potatoes

Oven roasted parmesan rosemary potatoes

5. Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad

Thanksgiving Recipes

6. Brussels, Butternut Squash, Pecans, & Cranberries

Thanksgiving Recipes

7. Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanksgiving Recipes

8. Zuchini & Wild Rice Gratin 

Thanksgiving Recipes

9. Tomato & Roasted Lemon Salad

Thanksgiving Recipes

10. Apple, Brie, & Honey Bruschetta 

Thanksgiving Recipes

YumUniverse Recipe Video: Almond Crunch Kale Chips

Kale. Let’s talk about kale. It’s one of the most nutritious and easily digested greens out there, yet it is one of the most untouched. Don’t be scared of it, but rather embrace it. It’s not just for health nuts. Fabulous recipes using this leafy green are scattered galore, and Heather Crosby from the wonderful YumUniverse, has come to share one of the best and easiest ways to eat it. Incorporate this delicious veggie into your snacking regime with these oh-so-yummy Almond Crunch Kale Chips.