Katie is a resident at the Bush Temple who shares her plant-based recipes on her instagram account @girlnextdoor_kk and we love seeing the different creations she makes. She's our first guest for our cooking series, Local Eats; inspired recipes from Chicago food lovers. Watch Katie make a smoothie bowl and protein bites + subscribe to our Youtube channel for new episodes!
Gimme Sun Smoothie Bowl
Blend up 1.5 cup mango, 9 tbsp. Almond milk, and 1/2 cup of pinapple for 2-3 minutes.
Add 1 tbsp coconut yogurt and 1/4 tsp of Cinnamon.
Top with blueberries, coconut, cinnamon, chia seeds, cocoa nibs, granola, and protein bites!
In a food processor, blend 7 dates to a paste-like consistency.
Add 1/3 cup peanuts, and 1.5 Tbsp of peanut butter util combined.
Add 3 tbsp oats, 4 tsp cocoa powder, 4 shakes of cinnamon, and 3 pinches of salt.
Do you have hobbies or special talents?
I love cooking/baking (food that happens to be vegan & gluten free), and I have an Instagram called girlnextdoor_kk where I post my recipes! I also help run the social media for my church.
What drives you?
I am driven by great design, meaningful connections and faith.
How do you define your style?
Chic, yet edgy.
Do you work from home, and if so, what space do you use as a makeshift office?
I work from home sometimes and I use my kitchen table
What's your ideal road trip?
A road trip to my cottage on a lake in northern Michigan!
Which past era intrigues you the most and why?
Honestly, I like the era I'm in currently
I jam out to ...
I Wanna Dance with Somebody
On Friday nights you can find me...
Hanging with friends, watching a movie or experimenting in the kitchen.
Can’t live without...
My family, music and dark chocolate. In that order.
Chicago feels like home. The streets make me happy, the lake gives me life, I have family, friends and a job I love here. It's my favorite city, and I feel so fortunate to live here.
I made the account @girlnextdoor_kk while I was in France at culinary school and figuring out how to cook without dairy or gluten.
I wanted cooking to still be fun despite dietary restrictions. I started the account to inspire myself as I learned how to cook, and then it became a way for me to help others.
This is the Gimme Sun Smoothie bowl and Protein bites! Watch the video above for the full recipe.