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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Einkorn and Soy-Mustard Dressing

During the later winter months, I start moving away from heavy meals. I crave simple, fresh meals. This einkorn salad has been a favorite of mine for years. I love the warmth of the einkorn paired with the Brussels. You could easily leave the Brussels raw and do more of a slaw- also delicious! I [...]

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Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges with Chive Cream | Pretty Simple Cooking

Imagine if you will, traveling 4 hours to stay the weekend with 2 people (and a dog) you had never met. This is exactly how my first time went meeting Alex and Sonja from A Couple Cooks in early 2012. Back when I lived in Illinois, it was only a four hour drive over to [...]

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15 Vegetarian Butternut Squash Recipes For Late Winter

By the time February rolls around, I’m pining for spring produce. This has happened a bit less since I moved to California but I remember how it’s like. It’s the final month of full-on winter because come March, signs of life reappear. I also remember being completely over winter squash and sweet potatoes. However, I’m [...]

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Garlicky Goat Cheese Toast with Arugula

One of my goals is to share more minimal, 1 to 2 person recipes. These are the recipes that I throw together on a whim and usually don’t post because they feel too simple. And yet, I think this is what people need more of in their kitchen. Recipes that are ready in 20, full [...]

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Ras El Hanout Farro Skillet

Post sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. See below for more details. I am in love with eggs baked in tomato bases. Give me a solid Shakshuka with some crusty bread any day of the week. This farro skillet is inspired by the traditional Shakshuka but the farro plays a large role in the substance of [...]

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12 Vegetarian Millet Recipes

As part of the pantry reset, I had intended to share a video about the three ways I make millet. The video didn’t turn out super well so I decided to share the information here with a few millet recipes to use with the cooking methods. Millet is a workhorse in my kitchen. It’s a [...]

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Kale Pasta with Sunflower Cream Sauce

My kitchen would not be complete without a stash of nut/seed cream (so much so, in fact, I made a video for the pantry reset series.) It’s a lovely addition to soups, porridge, dressings, or sauces. This kale pasta is the perfect way to use the sunflower cream. The pasta comes together fast and also [...]

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Brown Rice Porridge

I’m on a mission to make a porridge from every grain I have in my pantry (not really, but I probably should be). I have my favorites and this brown rice porridge is towards the top. One thing about my porridges that happens to be the case across the board: I like them thick and [...]

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Pumpkin Paneer Curry

Post sponsored by Frontier Co-op. See below for more details. One pretty well known fact is that I’m not big on tofu- it’s a texture thing. I’ve tried to get over it for years and while there are some recipes I enjoy, it’s still not a favorite of mine. I’ve managed to adapt most of [...]

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Chipotle Lentil Tacos

Of all the pantry inspired meals, these tacos are one of my favorites. Lentils soak up flavors amazingly well. Then toss those spiced lentils in a warm tortilla and add your favorite toppings: it’s a perfect recipe for dinner. Beyond the flavor, these chipotle lentil tacos are fairly fast and most of the time is [...]

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Sumac Acorn Squash Soup with Parsley Sauce

This is one of those recipes that I like to push the flavors just a bit. The sumac lends a slightly brighter taste to the acorn squash while the parsley/tahini sauce brings the balance. It’s a perfect partnership that also happens to be vegan (thanks for creamy white beans). I also find this soup is [...]

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Grain-Free Granola

As much as I love grains, I sometimes like to experiment without. This grain-free granola is actually part of the Pantry Reset series in a little bonus recipe I’m sharing. In the video, I’m sharing 3 different granola versions and this granola is one of those variations. I really love this version because with help from [...]

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Wild Rice Soup with Carrots and Parsley

This is the kind of meal that comes together with help from an empty refrigerator. Usually the last two items left are a few carrots and celery. While I typically make stock, I was on a mission to use a small amount of wild rice that I found pushed to the back of my pantry. [...]

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Black Bean Burrito Bowl with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I feel like it is only right that I start month of pantry inspiration with a pantry recipe I eat every week. These burrito bowls are a staple in our house because the vegetables and toppings are interchangeable. I’ve also been known to eat the rice and beans be themselves with a bit of hot [...]

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The January Pantry Reset

Happy New Year! As some of you know, I’m starting the year out on a different path. No resolutions, no ‘feel better’ schemes, no diet plans. Just some good-old-fashion organization and inspiration. I’m spending the month of January helping you reset your pantry and be inspired to cook from all those grains, legumes, nuts, and [...]

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A Guide to Vegetarian Cooking

Even though I don’t do resolutions, I love the first of the year as a time to reset. I clean and organize the kitchen, jot down a few intentions for the new year, and I sketch of rough list of new things I’d like to try. I like to try and kick myself out of [...]

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Roasted Sunchoke Salad

Between all the holidays, I find myself gravitating towards lighter meals. Bring on all the greens and vegetables. This is especially helpful when visiting the Sunday market- everything looks good. It’s around this time of year I grab extra sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes). These cousins of the sunflower have a nice, warm flavor that’s not overpowering. [...]

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13 Vegetarian Holiday Main Dishes

As I get older, holiday dinners become a bit of an “oh no, it’s three days away” affair. We keep our dinners small, but still delicious. In honor of my procrastination, I wanted to share 13 vegetarian holiday main dishes that can satisfy all your guests. For many years, I’d always make a quiche as [...]

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Sweet Potato Salad with Butter-Hazelnut Dressing

It’s rare that I get stuck on one salad- I like to mix things up every time. However, this salad is different. I’ve been making this butter-hazelnut dressing for a few weeks now. I could honestly do without the sweet potatoes- just a bit of butter lettuce and this dressing (but the sweet potatoes do [...]

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Grain-Free Granola

As much as I love grains, I sometimes like to experiment without. This grain-free granola is actually part of the Pantry Reset series in a little bonus recipe I’m sharing. In the video, I’m sharing 3 different granola versions and this granola is one of those variations. I really love this version because with help from [...]

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Garlicky Bean Toast

I have no shame in how much toast I eat and it’s rare I meet a toast I don’t like. A crisp slice of toasted bread piled high with vegetarian delights is the perfect way to start (or end) the day. Sure, most popular is the solid avocado toast but I say give me toast [...]

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Spiced Lentil Stew with Potatoes

If you watch the video for this recipe, my enthusiasm for lentils might not fully show. Trust, however, I have a passion for lentils that sometimes gets a bit much for others. Lentils are one of the perfect ingredients in my pantry. They require no soaking but still cook within 30 minutes, they adapt to [...]

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13 Vegetarian Holiday Main Dishes

As I get older, holiday dinners become a bit of an “oh no, it’s three days away” affair. We keep our dinners small, but still delicious. In honor of my procrastination, I wanted to share 13 vegetarian holiday main dishes that can satisfy all your guests. For many years, I’d always make a quiche as [...]

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Ricotta Butternut Squash Pizza with Spinach

If you’ve caught on by now, you might have noticed that many of my components I share also happen to work well with pizza. Olive tapenade, garlicky greens, and romesco are a few of my favorites. And obviously this, roasted butternut squash (with this pizza!) This pizza is a version that finds itself in rotation [...]

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Roasted Butternut Squash | Cooking Component

Of all the things I could share, I realize roasted butternut squash is rather boring. However, it’s such a major component in my cooking this time of year. I use butternut squash is almost every way imaginable. So, I decided to share this roasted butternut squash recipe less for the recipe and more for all [...]

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Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Poppy Seed Cream Sauce

Post sponsored by Frontier Co-op. See below for more details. There are some items I don’t use terribly often in my kitchen. These are the items that make their way to the back of the cabinet, the items that when you need it you have to pull everything out and hope your memory isn’t faulty [...]

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5 Pantry Must-Haves + Recipes

More often than not, I sound like a broken record. It doesn’t matter if I’m chatting with a friend or doing an interview. If we are talking about food, I’m talking about my pantry. I love produce and going to the Farmers’ market every week but it wouldn’t be near as exciting if I wasn’t [...]

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19 Vegetarian Bowls for Winter

There is something amazingly comforting about a bowl full of cooked vegetables. It’s like you’re getting the best of something nourishing and something comforting. It’s also easy to mix, match, and adapt these recipes, making them accessible for weeknight cooking. Below is a list of my favorite vegetarian bowls for winter. Get ready to curl [...]

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Noodles in Curry Broth with Spinach and Egg

One of the easiest things to make at home is broth. Toss vegetables, herbs, and/or spices in a pot, cover with water, then let cook for an hour or so. The result is a delicious liquid that you could easily drink by itself or use in your favorite soups. Usually every other week or so, [...]

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19 Vegetarian Bowls for Winter

There is something amazingly comforting about a bowl full of cooked vegetables. It’s like you’re getting the best of something nourishing and something comforting. It’s also easy to mix, match, and adapt these recipes, making them accessible for weeknight cooking. Below is a list of my favorite vegetarian bowls for winter. Get ready to curl [...]

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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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