Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms


Quinoa has been trending for awhile but like with most things, I am late to the party. Last month I made quinoa for the first time and blah! it had no taste.  So I decided to change that. I cooked the quinoa according to the directions on the package and added Herbs de Provence, pepper, and kosher salt. A few spices kicked my quinoa up a notch.

To make a complete meal, I stuffed quinoa in a mushroom cap, topped them with Gruyere cheese and baked the mushroom caps in the oven for 20 minutes. Ah-mazing.

This recipe would be perfect as a Thanksgiving side. (How the h-e- double hockey sticks is it almost Thanksgiving!?) This recipe is vegetarian which will please Cousin Shirley. It requires very little hands-on work which is great because it’s Thanksgiving and you have plenty to do. You need to set the table, perhaps wrangle children, and most importantly you have a bottle of wine to drink before crazy Aunt Gertrude arrives. You know she’s going to call you by your sister’s name…just keep drinking…and eating!

Bottoms up!

Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms


  • 2 portobello mushroom caps
  • 1 cup pearl quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence
  • Gruyère cheese (you decide the amount)
  • a dash of kosher salt
  • a dash of black pepper
  • olive oil



  1. Cook quinoa according to the directions on the box. Add the herbs, salt and pepper to the water
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Wipe mushrooms with a damp paper towel and place them on a greased baking sheet
  4. Stuff mushrooms with cooked quinoa and top with cheese
  5. Cook for 20 minutes










Coconut Banana Chia Ice Cream

I came across this recipe on a lovely vegan blog I just discovered- Naturally Meghan. My jaw dropped when I read that I could eat dessert for breakfast. DESSERT FOR BREAKFAST? Thank you, Meghan!

Many people go without breakfast because they don’t have time to cook in the morning. Well, problem solved. Coconut Banana Chia Ice Cream is quick to make and it’s packed with fiber and healthy fats.

You don’t have to follow my exact recipe but it’s a great starting point. I can see a chocolate coconut banana ice cream in my near future! Mmmm chocolate for breakfast (Homer voice.)

Coconut Banana Chia Ice Cream

Coconut chia banana ice cream


  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen overnight
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (I use the 365 Whole Foods brand)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I use So Delicious)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon for garnish
  • fruit for garnish (I used pomegranate)


  1. Mix bananas and coconut milk in a food processor or a powerful blender for 40 seconds
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Mix until everything is incorporated and you have a soft serve ice cream consistency
  3. Garnish with fruit and a dash of cinnamon


It’s that easy. If you have a high-quality food processor, you don’t need anything more than the bananas to make a bowl of ice cream. But it’s so much fun to experiment. Give it a go!



What I’ve Been Up To

The last few months have been a whirlwind. I had big plans for my blog this fall but alas life happened and I was left with little desire or time to spend on my blog.

Forgive me? Yes?

I’ll leave out the lame stuff but here is a picture walk of some of the cool and fun things I ate or did the last few months.

I appeared as a guest blogger here. PLEASE check it out and let me know what you think!

I helped set up for my girlfriend's bachelorette party

I helped set up for my girlfriend’s bachelorette party


The bachelorette partay!


I indulged. Parma proscuitto, manchego cheese, blackberries, pickles, and a smooth sangiovese. I did not eat the pretty rose


I sent Uber to collect this sparkly Scala dress from my girlfriend then decided to change into black pants & a black shirt.


I became a Cooking Matter Volunteer for No Kids Hungry! Yay!


My friend made me the most amazing poached egg, drizzled with a fine olive oil. Isn’t she a beauty!? Am I the only one who finds eggs so darn sexy? (bad picture but come on!)


Trying on my dress for the wedding


My date suggested I wear flats…and I listened! Crazy, right? Here he is hemming my Alice & Olivia dress


Stunning wedding centerpiece


With the lovely bride. Love you, Jenna!


I visited my sister & her two cherubs to celebrate my nieces 4th birthday


Relaxing with my niece


With my lovely mother, niece and nephew


Having a good laugh with Amy of Cupcakes & Couture

Shot Glass Eggs

I made shot glass eggs. recipe coming soon. along with 100 others!

I’m having my 3rd hand surgery next week so I hope to post a few recipes before I go under. Thanks for your patience!

What have you guys been up to? Are you ready for the holidays?!

Xo Vanessa

On The Run With V: London

 iPhone pictures from my trip to London.



A wedding inside my hotel!



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2014-08-30 11.29.03 London

The saddest pizza I ever did see

The saddest pizza I ever did see



Hotel selfies

London  London London

Words, recipes, and updates coming soon.


Summer Solstice Smoothie Popsicles

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year, the summer solstice aka the first day of summer! It’s also the longest day of the year with 16 hours of daylight so I am going to take full advantage. The summer solstice signifies “growth and life, the event has a long history of being recognized as a critical event in the calendar, and many cultures have developed celebrations and rituals to coincide with it.” Nat. Geo

My agenda for tomorrow morning

  • rise with the sun
  • 1hr of yoga
  • make Summer Solstice Smoothie Pops (Say it three times!)

Haverhill, MA

Rising with the sun on the first day of summer sounds magical but to be honest, I’m tired so I’ll most likely use my eye mask tonight and sleep past 6am. As for yoga and popsicles? It’s on! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the summer solstice than with a series of Sun Salutations and my favorite summer popsicle recipe. Ah, sweet sweet summer.


June 2013

Popsicle molds are sold everywhere this time of year. I have two plastic molds, both a set of 6, from Target that cost less than $3 each. You can also use dixie cups to make the pops. My molds are starting to crack so I’m considering buying this set of super cool stainless steel molds! So.Cool.

How are you celebrating the first day of summer?

Happy Summer Solstice

IMG_0566Whatever is dreamed on this night, will come to pass. William Shakespeare