Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Healthy Buckeyes

My hometown is in Michigan and my husband is from Ohio, and we both grew up eating buckeyes over the holidays. My grandma always makes them, and his mom always makes them. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, these healthy buckeyes were the dessert I brought with me as we traveled in December. They are […]

Easy Chicken Taco Soup

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. Whether you’re looking for a tasty new soup to try, are on Whole30, or eat gluten-free, grain-free, and/or dairy-free, this soup is for you! I love creating simple and delicious recipes, and this soup is so easy. I was in the […]

Grain Free Vegan Snickerdoodles

Would you believe it if I told you that I never had a snickerdoodle cookie until I was a teenager? I guess my family stuck to baking mainly chocolate chip cookies (which are still my favorite, by the way). I’ve always been a big fan of real cinnamon (not the fake artificial flavoring that is […]

Paleo Strawberry Vinaigrette

Why do salads always taste better when someone else makes them for us? I was at a local restaurant in my hometown in Michigan with my mom, and we had this incredible mixed greens salad with orange slices, dried cranberries, pepitas, avocado, and three choices of dairy-free dressing–the classic balsamic vinaigrette, another basic vinaigrette, and strawberry […]

Summer Spritzer

With a combination of fresh strawberries, kiwi, lime, and mint, this refreshing drink is a summer weeknight go-to at the Wren home. (Good for the nights you don’t want to drink your calories, too!) Super simple and super tasty! This recipe makes two 16-oz. drinks. Ingredients:  1/2 cup sliced strawberries 2 sliced kiwis 3 lime slices […]

Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

The texture and flavor of coconut flakes mixed with (dark) chocolate chips and cinnamon makes this grain-free cookie combination delightful. I’ve made the egg version and egg-free version, and both recipes turned out great. Enjoy in the morning with coffee, or for an afternoon snack with almond milk! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut 1 […]

Paleo Zucchini Muffins

These delicious zucchini muffins are packed full of health! They can be made vegan if you replace three eggs with a flaxseed meal replacement. (I made a batch with 3 tbsp. flaxseed meal + 9 tbsp. water.) Warning: the muffins will have a green hue swirled throughout them, so it might be difficult to trick […]

Paleo 5-Minute Mug Cake

The other day I was craving something sweet*, but I didn’t want to bake a whole batch of brownies or cookies (because I would eat them all!). So I looked up some mug cake recipes, and tried a grain-free option. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it! Ingredients:  1 8-oz. […]

Single Serving Spinach Tomato Frittata

I’ve been doing a Whole30 reset this week, and I get pretty tired of scrambled eggs in the morning. So I decided to try a single-serving frittata in a ramekin with whatever I had in my fridge, which happened to be spinach, tomatoes, and chicken sausage. Voila! This was so easy to make, and delicious! […]

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Adam introduced slow-roasted tomatoes to me last summer, and I was hooked. They are now one of our go-to snacks–worth the many hour wait in the oven. (I did my second Whole30 in January, and am doing a 3 to 5 day reset right now. You can follow along on Instagram if you’d like to […]