Category Archives: Food


Pinterest to Plate: Raspberry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

October 3, 2015

Pinterest to Plate: Raspberry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding on

Here is another edition of Pinterest to Plate!  Lately, I have been so so busy, but as you know I always keep it healthy, simple and quick when it comes to my weekly meals and snacks.  And Chia pudding is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth plus it is good for you and literally, too easy to make.  Guys, don’t be afraid of the Chia seed.  It won’t bite. read more


Pinterest to Plate: My Journey to Loving Guacamole

August 7, 2015


Don’t gasp, but I fell in love with guacamole this year.  Yes, 2015. I know, I know.  Whatever you are going to say, I’ve already heard it.  I was just never into the taste. It was always something so off about the taste to me. And I would try it time and time again at various restaurants trying to find the guacamole that would change my mind. But to no avail.  Le sigh.  Then one day, the spark awakened in me as I dipped my chip into the guacamole at Gracias Madre. Eureka! I instantly fell in love. read more


Pinterest to Plate: Raw Gorilla wraps That Really Taste Like Tacos

July 16, 2015

Raw Gorilla Wraps

As I sit here shamelessly stuffing my face with a Van de Kamp’s donut, here is one of my favorite vegan, raw, gluten-free (and all that jazz) dish that is the easiest to to make, and super filling. I originally found this recipe via Kimberly Snyder, one of my favorite nutritionists. I mention her green smoothie recipe here. read more


Pinterest to Plate: blueberries with Custard Sauce

June 28, 2015

Yay!  My first Pinterest to Plate post! I am so excited to have a place to document this series, where I try recipes and share my experience cooking them right here on Monarch by JR.

We all pin and re-pin tons of delicious and beautiful looking recipes, but how often do we put them to the test?  Well, I am that person who will actually cook ‘dinner for one,’ just to try a recipe I have pinned.  There is one caveat – all recipes featured will be simple, easy and perfect for a quick afterwork meal, that tastes like it look HOURS to make.  Some featured recipes I have tried, tested and gobbled up many times and love.  Others will be .  Now, let’s get to it!

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