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Curried Chickpea Bowls with Quinoa

I’m sometimes hesitant to share these types of recipes on the site. It could easily be categorized as ‘too simple’ but I’m finding as a busy family, I crave the 20 minute meals. This recipe is a solid start for more involved meals but I find it perfect as-is. A couple of notes. This recipe [...]

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Saving the Season: 3-Ways with Strawberries

There is nothing quite as enticing as a flat of strawberries at the farmers’ market. The flavor of strawberries is amazing. However, I think a large part of my draw to a flat of strawberries is due to coming out of winter to this gorgeous red color. Plus, the price for a flat is usually [...]

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Romesco Potato Arugula Salad

Post sponsored by CA Grown. See below for more details. When it comes to summer salads, I’m constantly pushing to explore different flavors and textures. This arugula salad happens to feature a favorite combination of mine: a romesco potato mix. The smoky sauce brings the party to this salad, both as a coating for the [...]

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Spinach Millet Egg Bake

One of the things I love about running this site for so long is seeing how some of my favorite recipes morph. Outside of developing recipes, I don’t measure. I go based on whatever mood I’m in and never cook a meal the same way twice. This millet egg bake is the perfect example. This [...]

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Garlicky Pea Pasta with Cream Sauce

  Post sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. See below for more details. Having a child drastically changed my cooking. Most drastically: the amount of items I make at home. Pre-child, I’d easily spend hours in the kitchen making homemade everything. I don’t have that kind of time anymore and occasionally I miss. And so, I’ve [...]

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8 Compendium Cookbooks to Have on Hand

As I approach the 11 year (!) mark for this site, I decided it was time to branch out a bit from sharing recipe after recipe. Over the years, I’ve amassed notes, ideas, methods, and books that rarely get shared (unless you happen to hold a conversation with me). And so, I thought it time [...]

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Grilled Snap Peas with Hazelnut-Dill Crumb

There are two ways I like my snap peas: raw or grilled. More often than not, snap peas become our spring snack. We eat them as is or they are the perfect crunchy companion for hummus or any other kind of dip. However, I always make sure to fire up the grill while we have [...]

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Potato Chickpea Croquettes with Garlicky Sunflower Dip

I know I’ve mentioned before that I have a penchant for fried foods. It’s a once-in-awhile treat but there’s just something kind of magical about a crisp outside and a perfect inside. Given this love, it’s a bit surprising I’ve not shared croquettes before given the literal definition (bread + fried, made with potatoes). It’s [...]

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Berbere Roasted Pistachios

Post sponsored by Frontier Co-op. See below for more details. One of the things I’m constantly in awe of is how big the snack market is (we’re talking a multi-billion dollar industry). Pretty much anything you could want, there is- even in the natural food space. However, I still like making most of our snacks [...]

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Spiced Pinto Bean Bowls with Avocado

It may feel like I’m phoning it in with this recipe but I assure you I’m not. I professed my love of these spiced pinto beans in my last post but I wanted to share how simple it was to use these beans. Enter these pinto bean bowls. The base is still rice and beans [...]

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Spiced Pinto Beans | Cooking Component

I think one of the biggest changes in how I cooked beans came when I read from someone that you should treat beans like you were making a broth. If you’ve ever made a stock or broth, you know it’s fairly simple but using quality ingredients (and a lot of them) makes the broth. And [...]

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Green Curry Noodle Bowl

Post sponsored by GE Appliances. See below for more details. It’s no secret that I love a good noodle bowl, especially when it’s topped with an egg. However, I realized I’ve never shared one of my favorite ways to eat noodles: bathed in a delicious broth. These noodles get help from my favorite green curry [...]

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Sesame Turnips with Soba Noodles

I get stuck in my ways. I eat the same type of salad dressing. I order the same item from a restaurant menu. I roast my vegetables. These aren’t inherently bad but I have to remind myself there are other things to try and ways to explore. Enter these sesame turnips. This is a fairly [...]

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Beet Salad with Broiled Feta and Sesame Sunflower Seeds

I think one of my subconscious goals in life is to create as many salad recipes as possible (so I’m sorry if you don’t like salads, we can’t be friends). Almost any ingredient can be made into a delicious salad, so why not experiment? There’s a lot going on in this beet salad. It has [...]

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Grilled Scallion Avocado Halloumi Tacos

This recipe is in partnership with Nugget Markets. See below for more details. It’s hard to play favorites among recipes because there are so many wonderful combinations to explore. However, given the option between halloumi tacos and anything else, there’s a 99% chance I’d choose the halloumi tacos. Grilled halloumi is pretty much perfect in [...]

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Sesame Turnips with Soba Noodles

I get stuck in my ways. I eat the same type of salad dressing. I order the same item from a restaurant menu. I roast my vegetables. These aren’t inherently bad but I have to remind myself there are other things to try and ways to explore. Enter these sesame turnips. This is a fairly [...]

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Beet Salad with Broiled Feta and Sesame Sunflower Seeds

I think one of my subconscious goals in life is to create as many salad recipes as possible (so I’m sorry if you don’t like salads, we can’t be friends). Almost any ingredient can be made into a delicious salad, so why not experiment? There’s a lot going on in this beet salad. It has [...]

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Avocado Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details. We’re currently in the slow process of looking to buy a house and our family agrees: backyard space is a priority (for our little guy and outdoor dinners). During the warmer months, there is nothing better than a backyard get-together that runs late into the [...]

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Grilled Scallion Avocado Halloumi Tacos

This recipe is in partnership with Nugget Markets. See below for more details. It’s hard to play favorites among recipes because there are so many wonderful combinations to explore. However, given the option between halloumi tacos and anything else, there’s a 99% chance I’d choose the halloumi tacos. Grilled halloumi is pretty much perfect in [...]

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Coconut Rhubarb Amaranth Porridge

I have mentioned before that when I first started using amaranth, it wasn’t love at first bite. Amaranth was definitely a grain I was slow to add to my cooking. However, this porridge was one of the first recipes that I really learned to love this pseudo-grain. One of the major flavor discoveries along the [...]

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Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet

Post sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. See below for more details. This time of year always feels a bit like waking up from a long nap. Coming out of winter, my family still has slow weekend mornings often filled with lots of coffee on the patio and a solid mid-morning brunch. Even though [...]

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13 Vegetarian Beet Recipes

13 Vegetarian Beet Recipes Whenever I hear people talk about spring produce, it’s usually centered around two items: asparagus and strawberries. I’m not saying that’s bad, it’s just there are so many other wonderful spring/early summer items that deserve a share of the spotlight. One of my favorites: beets. They are irresistible at the farmers’ [...]

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Avocado Chickpea Salad

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details. The second the temperature gets above 60˚F, it’s hard to pull me back inside. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m sitting on my patio, soaking up a bit of afternoon sun. So it should come as no surprise that I start to also focus [...]

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Real Food Scoop | No. 9

This May Day (and beyond), we’re showing up for workers.   There is no food without workers. And the formidable power of workers to transform our food system, as well as our political and economic systems, is on display all around us: Florida farmworkers and their allies demanding an end to sexual violence in the... Read more »

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Smoky White Bean Carrot Dip

Post sponsored by Lundberg Family Farms. See below for more details. I usually show up to a party with two things: wine and a vegetable-heavy dish. Even for events that are laden with greasy fried things, I’m still there with vegetables (but don’t get me wrong- I’ll still eat the fried things too). It’s in [...]

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Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet

Post sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. See below for more details. This time of year always feels a bit like waking up from a long nap. Coming out of winter, my family still has slow weekend mornings often filled with lots of coffee on the patio and a solid mid-morning brunch. Even though [...]

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13 Vegetarian Beet Recipes

13 Vegetarian Beet Recipes Whenever I hear people talk about spring produce, it’s usually centered around two items: asparagus and strawberries. I’m not saying that’s bad, it’s just there are so many other wonderful spring/early summer items that deserve a share of the spotlight. One of my favorites: beets. They are irresistible at the farmers’ [...]

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Avocado Chickpea Salad

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details. The second the temperature gets above 60˚F, it’s hard to pull me back inside. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m sitting on my patio, soaking up a bit of afternoon sun. So it should come as no surprise that I start to also focus [...]

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Breakfast Tostada

I am pretty excited to share this recipe with you. If you’ve been hanging around this site for years, you may remember I had a web design company that I co-ran with Melissa from The Faux Martha. We met in person after following each other in 2012, for a Joy the Baker book signing in [...]

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Einkorn Risotto with Roasted Asparagus

I try and use as few pans as possible when I cook. So when I was writing out this recipe, I realized I dirtied a lot for this einkorn risotto. But, it’s worth it for a delicious spring dinner. There’s nothing better than roasted asparagus during the spring months. Pair that with the warming einkorn [...]

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The idea behind the diet is to replace two daily meals with jars of homemade pureed baby food or store bought jars. The third meal of the day is to remain low calorie and small. The daily calorie restrictions are said to be 600 calories or less. The diet is not meant to be on for months at a time, rather 7 days maximum. The purpose is to rid your body of toxins and cravings of unhealthy foods.

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