Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Festiva

My husband and I love Tinker Street, and owners Peter George and Thomas Main recently opened up Festiva–a casual 21+ atmosphere with an authentic Mexican style menu created by head chef Rachel Hoover. We tried out Festiva on New Year’s Eve and loved it! We recently returned and they exceeded our expectations. Just like Tinker […]

Egg Muffins

These egg muffins have been a hit in our home. I’m on my second round of Whole30 (follow along on Instagram!), and Adam is eating as much of what I make as he can. I baked up 2 dozen, and froze half so I was ready for the following week! Ingredients:  16-18 eggs (I started […]

Chia Pudding

I’m on my second round of Whole30* (follow @whole30ali on Instagram for daily meals), and I’ve been eating the same thing for early-morning breakfasts: a whole30-compliant Larabar and hard-boiled egg, egg muffin, or RX bar. I wanted to add something else to the rotation, so I experimented with chia pudding. And it was a nice […]

Happy Anniversary to A Couple Cooks!

I am so excited to be a guest on the one-year anniversary episode of A Couple Cooks Podcast! Alex and Sonja Overhiser are the creative brains behind A Couple Cooks, and I’ve been a huge fan of their blog for years. They believe that “real, whole food not only tastes good, but can do good for our […]

A Favorite Salad

Adam and I both love to support local restaurants and businesses, and one of our favorite restaurants makes this Apple-Brie salad. We decided to recreate it at home, and it’s delicious! Ingredients: Arugula Granny Smith apples, chopped Red grapes, halved Sugared pecans (we like the Trader Joe’s bag, which is dairy-free) Dried cherries Brie–optional (or any […]

Indiana Fall Blogs Tour Day 5

The final #IndianaFallBlogsTour day is here! Today’s blogger is city-girl turned country-girl Claire from Bloom, where she chronicles her journey–and the beauty–of blooming where she is planted. Claire is sharing an awesome spiced apple cider donut recipe. (I plan on trying these by replacing them with gluten-free all purpose flour and dairy-free substitutions!) Happy fall 2016 […]

Indiana Blogs Fall Tour Day 2

Today is Day 2 of the Indiana Blogs Fall Tour, and I am sharing two of my favorite recipes. They are both paleo, and therefore gluten-free and dairy-free. Bacon-wrapped chicken chorizo stuffed peppers and apple crisp! Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Chorizo Stuffed Peppers Ingredients: 1 pound mini sweet peppers* 3 links of uncooked chicken chorizo sausage** (approximately […]

Apple Pear Crisp

Last week I signed up for my first Green BEAN Delivery order* (I love supporting local farmers and artisans), and I decided to order organic red Starkrimson pears, golden delicious apples, gala apples, and honey crisp apples from the produce selection. (I guess you could say that autumn was on the brain!) This dessert is […]

Strawberry Basil Salsa

Fresh strawberries. Pineapple. Mango. Basil. Lime. Tortilla Chips. Grilled chicken. Avodaco. Spinach… The flavors of summer. (Is your mouth watering yet?) This sweet strawberry salsa recipe was inspired by a spicy strawberry salsa at Whole Foods. Its sweet flavor combines great with something salty. I have a feeling that you won’t be disappointed with this recipe! […]

Whole30 Chocolate Avocado Pudding

This whole30-approved, and therefore gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and paleo treat is to die for!