Cilantro Lime Black Bean Burgers and a Little Appreciation

It’s been two months since I moved back in with my parents and in about three weeks I’ll be back out again. I must confess, living at home is not as terrible as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong I’m ready to have my own space again, but I’ll miss a few things about home livin’. Like how my car wouldn’t start this morning and all I had to do was knock on my dad’s door…problem fixed. Or how my mom keeps the pantry stocked with 80% of the ingredients I need for any given recipe. Oh, and then there’s my always-down to sip wine, blast country, and make recipes together sister. Yea, I have it pretty good here. I am happy I can appreciate it this time around. For example, I really appreciate my dad, the grill master, helping me create these Cilantro and Lime Back Bean Burgers.

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls & Internship Days

I cannot believe it has been two full years since my dietetic internship! This time two years ago I was studying my butt off for my board exam to become a Registered Dietitian. In honor of the anniversary, I will reminisce…

In order to be a dietitian, there is a practical internship comprised of three topic areas: clinical, community, and food service. Of the three, food service was at the bottom of my anticipation list. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find I actually enjoyed and connected with many aspects of food service.

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Key Lime Coconut Energy Balls & Upping my Photography Game


Monday, ready or not here it is! Let me try to distract you from your to-do list a bit…

I took a photography class in high school. I lasted about one day before we had to start measuring things and doing math and I said, “whoa whoa whoa…nope”. I swapped the class out for ceramics (math, measuring, science and I were not friends at the time).

I deeply regret that swap.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins labeled

When I think muffins, I think of my Grandma’s house in Stamford, Connecticut. Not because she baked muffins, actually I can’t really remember anything she baked except chicken wings (baking wasn’t really her thing).

I do remember my mom and my Aunt MaryAnn coming in the house after a long morning walk, arms overflowing with Dunkin’ Doughnut Bags. Picture 7 kids (me, siblings, and cousins) and about 30 sleeping bags arguing over which cartoon to watch while desperately awaiting breakfast. These bags came complete with individual orders from all 7 of us spoiled brats.

I always ordered a large chocolate chip muffin while my sisters typically went for the doughnuts. At the time, I thought I was making the “healthy choice”. I would pour myself a glass of milk and go to town on my oversized muffin blissfully thinking I was being healthy.

It wasn’t until I got a little bit older (and wiser) that I realized just how wrong I was. It turns out that at Dunkin’ Doughnuts …

A chocolate frosted doughnut with sprinkles is about 290 calories and 16 grams of fat, whereas, a chocolate chip muffin is about 550 calories and 21 grams of fat.


The truth is I love muffins and I’m going to eat them no matter what, so I’ll make my own less monstrous version.

I came up with these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins because I’m still having dreams about the Lemon Poppy Seed pancakes I ate in New York Last Weekend. I did some experimenting in the kitchen and the result is worth sharing.


Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins 

Lemone Poppy seed stacked

Serves: 12


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • zest from one lemon
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 Tbsp honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well
  3. Coat muffin pan with non-stick spray and divide batter evenly
  4. Bake for 18-25 minutes
  5. Allow to cool before serving

Lemon Poppy Seed aligned

4th of July Weekend Recap

Hello! I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July Holiday, I know I did. I took advantage of the long weekend and headed up north to visit one of my very best friends, Charlene, in White Plains, NY. We went to high school and college together and now we are both pursuing advanced degrees (or I will be very soon).

Amy and Char

Charlene is in business school at Emory and spending her summer in White Plains (pictured) interning for Pepsi. #bigthings


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She has a new puppy, Langston, who I claimed as my God dog about 5 minutes into our trip. I just fell in love this weekend. I mean come on…


We have so much in common…

Langston and beer

I desperately want a puppy, but seeing the way Char completely changed her schedule and priorities to accommodate the little prince made me question whether I’m ready yet. It was a bit of a reality check for me but we shall see where life takes me…

Back to the weekend, it was a shopping,  sushi-eating, beer-drinking, talking until mid night  kind of weekend.  We had ambitious plans to make it into NYC (about 40 minutes from White Plains), but it never happened and we had no regrets.

The first night we deliberately ate sushi at a restaurant called Asian Temptation. The environment was on point with Buddha statues and fountains in every direction. The sushi and service was impressive as well…sushi 1 buddah fountain


Saturday began with the Orignal Pancake house for brunch…

orginal pancake house


Typically, at breakfast places I go for eggs or something with protein. Lately, eggs have been leaving me with an unsettling feeling so pancakes it was. These Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes were SO GOOD! I was nervous about ordering them… I’m not huge on pancakes, but when in a pancake house… why not?  They left me thinking I need to recreate the lemon poppy-seed goodness in some form or another so stay tuned!

lemon pancakes


Since Saturday was the 4th Char and I wanted an American place for dinner, but it proved harder than we thought to find in White Plains. We ended up settling on a Puerto Rican restaurant called Sofrito (I mean it’s technically America, so its fine).

I ended up getting sushi, because yes it was on a Puerto Rican cuisine menu, and it just looked so good. Don’t worry I got guacamole and sangaria too. It was amazing, I defiantly recommend it if you ever find yourself in White Plains, NY.

sushi 2



I got home from NY, just in time for the Women’s World Cup. I played soccer until I went off to college and I have a big place in my heart for the sport. I cannot think of better way to ring in the America’s weekend than a world championship from the US Women’s team.

US world cup


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Well, that’s about it from me!

Question: What do you typically eat on the July 4th?