• A Week’s Worth of Chicken Dinner Ideas

    Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Rice Inspired by my summer trip to the Caribbean, this jerk chicken dinner is super spicy, but keeps you wanting more! Paired with pineapple rice and roasted veggies, this is a dinner that has spice, sweet heat, and even makes for great leftovers! Let’s not forget that it’s also deliciously nutritious with a good source of lean protein, fibrous veggies, and complex carbohydrates!  Ingredients: serves 4 2 lb. chicken (my family went for 1 lb. breasts & 1 lb. drumsticks) Jerk Spice Rub: 3 tsp garlic powder  3 tsp onion powder 3 tsp cayenne (reduce for less spice) 3 tsp black pepper 2 tbsp oregano 2…

  • Fool-Proof Chickpea Salad

    This no-cooking-required recipe was originally made as one of the Cutie Foodie’s contributions to the Super Bowl Sunday spread. And let me tell you, for being SO incredibly simple, this ended up being quite the super-bowl of light and refreshing deliciousness! Here’s what you’ll need: 1 can garbanzo beans 1 can corn kernels 1 large avocado 1 large plum tomato 1/2 large red onion juice of 1 lemon salt, pepper, & chopped cilantro to taste Directions: 1. Thoroughly rinse your garbanzo beans, removing the skin.  Although tedious, allowing the running water to naturally loosen the skins and popping each chickpea from its plastic-like casing is a vital step for those…

  • 7 Days of Self-Care

     If you’ve been a Cutie follower for some time now, you’d know just how important self-care is to me and my philosophy of living a healthy and positive life. While I can list the reasons as to why taking care of yourself first isn’t selfish, I’ll admit I also spent the beginning of 2019 not taking care of myself myself. Essentially, I was going through the motions with my gas light ON; and as we all know, you can only push farther for so long until the tank is empty and you roll to a stop.  I’ll be honest, when that happened to me this past February, it was a…

  • A Day in the Life on Vacay

    Hi, if you’re new here, I’m Shannon. I’m a foodie. I’m also the uptime of a creature of habit and love my routines and rituals more than the average person. However, I’ve taken the Christmas-to-New Years break to practice what I preach — to allow myself to be selfish. To relax, and to spend quality time with my family before reverting back to my extremely self-disciplined self. So, I’m saying “Hola!” while oceanside in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, and I’m going to share with you what a typical — or should I say untypical — day looks like here. Keeping it authentic here on day three! Read on as I…

  • Fitness is Cute, Too

    Growing up as a dancer had a huge impact on who I am today. Aside from teaching me what it takes to master a skill and gifting me with lifelong friends, I gained a passion for learning about my body — how to fuel it, nourish it, and move it in order to live healthfully.  Since graduating high school and no longer having scheduled, implemented dance classes, I’ve now channeled that into a fitness regime. Others may say I’m addicted to the grind, but I’d just say I love moving my body in a positive way. I love having a huge space and filling it. I love bettering myself. Most…

  • Your Guide to NYC Avo Toast

    Let’s be cheesy and put it this way: Manhattan is the avocado to my toast! It’s ever-changing and always on-trend, despite the fact that it creates most of those trends.  Inevitably, this got me thinking: How well does the greatest city in the world* do the greatest brunch dish in the world*? The open-faced sandwich has worked its way up the social ladder, and is now THE thing to do. Yes, avocado toast is no longer merely something to eat. It has become something to do! Just ask the nearly 1 million posts featured on #avocadotoast. The Internet became obsessed in 2016, and have you checked your Instagram feed lately?…

  • ChefShan Granola (My 1st Recipe!)

    You call it ‘kryptonite’, I call it ‘granola’. Give me any oat-y, nutty, sugary crunch topping and a side of non-dairy yogurt, and I’m one content foodie. Forget sprinkles, roll my vegan vanilla scoop in some toasted oats! 😉 Alas, I must admit that granola is not necessarily the healthiest of choices, as most food-realated ‘kryptonites’ are. So…this called for a recipe-test mess in the kitchen! I decided to get all Cutie Foodie by lacing up my most adorable of aprons, and contributing to the year of 2018 #health and #fitness with a batch of granola that doesn’t tarnish gym gains or cause guilt by scooping another heaped tablespoon onto…

  • Sweet Heat Summer Shrimp Salad

        This Sweet Heat Summer Shrimp Salad (phew, try saying that 5 times fast) is a refreshing and delicious dish — great paired with chips to turn into a party salsa, or equally yum with a fork on its own!   I tried to come up with something that defies the struggles of being invited over a friend’s home for a party: whether that be worrying whether or not there will be food there to meet dietary needs or having to contribute a dish, yet not wanting to simply buy a fruit platter, but also not wanting to make a mess of your kitchen while trying to prepare a…