Bacon + Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice

Bacon + Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe // @nicoledula

As you may have seen on Instagram/Snapchat last week, I tried Goop’s nutritious kimchi cauliflower rice with her buddy Cameron Diaz’s addition of lean beef and a fried egg, but it didn’t capture the magic of our first cauliflower fried rice experience. It was a bit watery and needed more kick. I did some more homework and looked at several recipes, including my favorite kimchi fried rice and the original Nom Nom Paleo recipe we tried during whole 30. The resulting recipe was a success and I may have high-fived Marc over it. I grew up on rice and will always love it,… Continue reading

Easiest Blender Cauliflower Rice

Easiest Blender Cauliflower Rice Recipe // @nicoledula

Last June during Whole 30, I found myself poring over grain-free recipes. The diet never left me hungry, but I did miss certain textures and seriously craved comfort food. Cauliflower rice sounded odd, but fried rice for dinner sounded like a lifesaver. It turned out to be one of my favorite meals. The only problem is that making cauliflower rice is typically a real pain. Most recipes call for it to be blitz up in a food processor and I really hate cleaning my food processor. However, now I’ve discovered this blender method and YOU MUST MAKE ALL OF YOUR CAULIFLOWER… Continue reading

Shrimp Salad

Shrimp Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Sometimes you just want to eat something that makes you think of warmer weather and maybe sitting on a porch in Charleston. Marc and I spent 3 days there in 2009 (whoa) and it was 100 degrees every day. Unseasonably warm for that part of June they said. We stayed at a bed and breakfast and each day at 4:30, they’d have tea time (iced tea for us) with light snacks. A spread of tiny sandwiches and tarts and crackers and dip. It was so lovely. We felt young and like we were pretending to be grown-ups. We kind of were. Whether… Continue reading

Napa Cabbage Slaw

Napa Cabbage Slaw Recipe // @nicoledula

This salad is famous in Marc’s family. His grandpa and grandma make it, his aunts make it, his mom and sister make it. I haven’t met a person who can resist it. It’s essentially shredded napa cabbage with toasted crunchy bits and a sweet vinaigrette. I did the unthinkable and altered the recipe a wee bit. While I love the original, I always thought the dressing was too sweet, so I kicked the sugar back by half. I also added more almonds and seeds to the crunchy bits because, as Marc reminded me, it’s the best part. I love this… Continue reading

Chai Spice Carrot Cake

Chai Spice Carrot Cake Recipe // @nicoledula

First, thank you so much for all of the love on FB, Instagram, and here on the blog regarding the baby news! Thank you, thank you! I’ve been really fortunate and haven’t been sick at all. I have great energy in the morning and have kept up my boxing/strength training classes. At night I’m pretty much useless, but I’ve learned to be really productive in the morning before work. My food aversions are few. Surprisingly I have more of an aversion to actual cooking than to specific foods and when I do make something, I hardly want to eat it.… Continue reading

Hey Baby

Dula Baby Announcement // @nicoledula

It just popped in my head that I hope Gwen Stefani announced one of her pregnancies with “Hey Baby Hey Baby Hey!” And if not, Gwen, I’m for hire. I’m excited to share with you that a little babe is on the way! And it’s a GIRL. So Beyonce Bader-Ginsburg Dula is still on the table. She is set to arrive around July 29 and it’s just starting to get real. Like really real. Let’s celebrate with cantaloupe letters and sprinkles, ok?

Seasonal Snapshots // Winter 2015-2016

Winter Snapshots - Chocolate Brioche from The Give Thanks Bakery // @nicoledula

We had a mild winter in Michigan and while it’s still cold now, it’s been sunny! Spring is starting off right. It’s time to take one more look at those winter pictures before I’m ready to eat asparagus and rhubarb to my fill. Photo above features Slow-Cooker Pork Ragu with Gnocchi. Yum. Christmas Stollen for 2015 and beyond. Mom always gets me cronuts when I visit now. Avocado toast just never gets old. New favorite Trader Joe’s candy to eat until my stomach hurts. Smashed crispy potatoes with eggs + lemon vinaigrette – best breakfast! The North American International Auto Show +… Continue reading

No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with Toasted Meringue

No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with Toasted Meringue Recipe // @nicoledula

I’ve had this pie bookmarked from Bon Appétit since I first laid heart-eyes on it. It’s a rich chocolate pudding pie in a chocolate cookie crust with a torched meringue topping. Can you even? Marc was out of town for work the week of his birthday, so I schemed to make this for his return. He loves chocolate pudding and his birthday was just the excuse I needed to get out the blow torch. By complete stroke of luck, it also happens to be Pi Day and here I have one of the prettiest pies to come out of my… Continue reading

Olive Oil Banana Nut Bread

Olive Oil Banana Nut Bread Recipe // @nicoledula

Banana bread is one of my favorite comfort foods, yet, I rarely make it! What’s wrong with me?? It reminds me of childhood church picnics where the older ladies sliced the banana bread thin and smeared each slice with (let’s be real) margarine. I could eat that forever. Eleven years ago now, my sister-in-law suffered a terrible loss. She was still so young at 17 and she needed us. We invited her over to our new apartment and she wanted to bake something together. A quick search of the internet produced an EXTREME banana nut bread recipe and it was… Continue reading

Vegetarian Black Bean, Kale and Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Vegetarian Black Bean, Kale and Quinoa Enchilada Bake Recipe // @nicoledula

You’re going to like this one. It’s hearty comfort food made with nutritious ingredients for a cozy meal you can feel good about. I’ve been all about comfort food this winter, but it sadly can’t always be carbs, carbs, carbs. This casserole comes together easily and will impress your vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends alike. It’s a great dish to bring to a friend, new mom or anyone who could use a meal hug. It freezes great, too. Remove the cheddar cheese and you have a full-flavored vegan meal. Marc said this filling would be great on nachos and I say… Continue reading