Simple Kale Salad with cranberries, pepitas and a fresh lemon dressing

The Simplest Kale Salad

Simplicity is a beautiful thing. Over the past month (where did the time go?!), I feel like I’ve been running around from place to place, so when I’ve been back home, simple is about all I can handle in the food department. Three ingredients and a quick homemade dressing are all you need to make this easy kale salad. It works as lunch, with maybe some grilled chicken on top, or just a side to whatever graces the dinner table.

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This smoothie tastes just like a blueberry muffin! It's the perfect summer breakfast.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Recently I’ve been all about turning all of my breakfast foods blueberry muffin flavored. That’s right – not just blueberry, but blueberry muffin! I was inspired by eating blueberry muffin overnight oats (which, by the way, if you haven’t discovered yet, you should probably run out and get yourself some mason jars ASAP, because they need to be in your life), and wanted to see what else I could apply the flavor to. So what’s the difference between regular ‘ole blueberry flavor, and blueberry muffin flavor? It’s all in the lemon zest!

Of all the gadgets that occupy my kitchen drawer (I use my strong skills of maintaining organized chaos to accomplish fitting everything I own into one drawer), my microplane is by far one of the ones I find the most useful. Being able to add lemon zest really brings something simple like a smoothie or oatmeal to a whole new level.  Read More

Eggplant stuffed with ground turkey, veggies, and covered in cheese!

Turkey & Veggie Stuffed Eggplant

You know what I think we should all do more often? Take a vacation in our home cities. For me, this is also known as “having visitors,” because they provide a great excuse to see the tourist sites, pick out special places to eat, and revisit old haunts. I got the best of both worlds when my Mom was in town for a visit recently; we did plenty of exploring and restaurant-hopping, but also got a chance to put together a few home-cooked goodies.

We made these stuffed eggplants for dinner one night, and we were both big fans! Of course, it’s not all that surprising that the two of us would gravitate to this dish given the chance. We never ate much eggplant growing up, as my dad likes to refer to it as “the evil purple fruit,” so with just the girls around, we could make as much eggplant as we wanted!

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BLTs made with Turkey Bacon, dressed up with avocado and honey mustard are super comforting, tasty lunch or dinner.

BLT, Dressed Up

Technically, I think this should be called a TBLTA (Turkey Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Avocado), but that seemed like a bit of a mouthful, so I like to think of this as a regular old BLT, just dressed up a bit. There’s something super classic and comforting about a traditional BLT. I remember eating them as a kid, except I would request them with no lettuce – just good old bacon, tomato & mayo. Since my tastes have changed a bit since then, I thought I’d adapt this to be a bit more “grown up”. Don’t worry, grown up BLTs are just as delicious as their kid-friendly versions.

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Beet Hummus - slightly sweet, a little tangy, and such a gorgeous color!

Beet Hummus (and my favorite way to eat it!)

It’s no secret that turquoise is my favorite color. From my blog color scheme, to my apartment decor – it’s pretty hard to forget my affinity for a rather specific shade of blue. However, I will admit that there aren’t very many tasty looking turquoise foods (this is probably as close as we get). Instead, I usually turn to pink foods (see here, here, and here). This beet hummus is just next in line in my pink food fascination.

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Lentils are turned into a hearty vegetarian dinner with this Puttensca style sauce.

Lentils Puttenesca

I talk a lot about my Mom’s cooking – how she instilled a love of cooking in both my sister and I, how I aspire to have her repertoire of “on the fly” meals – but I sometimes forget that her origins of cooking love came from my Grandmother. Last week I was lucky enough to enjoy two of my Grandmother’s specialties, which inspired my lentil-based meal tonight. I’m not sure whether it’s the tapered candles that always adorn the table, the well-balanced meals, or the homey flavors, but there’s something truly comforting about a Grandmother-cooked meal. This lentil dish is the perfect way to bring that comfort with you wherever you are.

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Smashed chickpeas, sliced beets, and cucumber make the perfect crunchy, delicious lunchtime staple.

Smashed Chickpea and Veggie Sandwich

I wasn’t going to share this with you this week. I had all sorts of plans to make something truly special. The kind of recipe you pull out when you have company you want to impress, or just want something out of the ordinary. Well, as they say, the best laid plans are always foiled by a good sandwich. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s a saying. Maybe you’ll believe me after you make this.  Read More

Cauliflower, pulsed into rice, and tossed with extra veggies makes great take-out makeover.

Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

I have a friend that declares she wants “a burger on top of a burger” whenever she is really hungry. I’m not sure if she’s ever successfully found this double decker burger, but I’m totally on board with the sentiment. My college roommates and I spent last weekend reliving some of our favorite college traditions in New York City. We saw old friends, played board games, went out dancing, and most importantly, ate a lot of great food. Double Stuff Oreos and Hint of Lime Tostitos were our weaknesses in college, and last weekend proved we haven’t quite kicked the habit. 🙂

Needless to say, upon my return home, I was looking for something a little different than a burger on top of a burger. Vegetables on top of vegetables seemed like more the thing to start the week. Cauliflower Fried Rice to the rescue.

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