Posted 2 days ago

One-Pot Veggie Pasta

When your counter and sink are already piled high with dirty dishes, and dinner still needs to be made, the last thing you want to do is create another pile of dirty dishes. Such was my predicament the other night. The solution: one-pot pasta! Technically, one pot + one cutting board + one knife + one bowl + one spoon. But that’s still pretty darn simplistic!

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The trick is this: you first saute…

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Posted 3 days ago

Liebster Award: Discover New Bloggers

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award! Thanks to Kailey at Still My Superman for the nomination :)

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The Liebster Award is designed to introduce bloggers to other bloggers. The idea is that through nominations, new bloggers can connect, meet virtually and expand their networks. Part of the process is to share information about ourselves, and respond to the questions posed by the nominator.

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Posted 4 days ago

Warm Buckwheat, Chickpea and Roasted Veggie Salad

It’s still cold outside, so roasting vegetables is my solution for warmth! Not only does roasting enhance the flavors of vegetables, it does a fine job of heating the kitchen!

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Chop up a big bowlful of veggies, toss in some chickpeas, and finish off your meal with hearty buckwheat. This recipe is quick to prepare, and lets you go about your business while it cooks! This is also a great way to use…

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Posted 5 days ago

Taco Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday everyone. Well, *cold* Tuesday for us in the Midwest…it SNOWED last night! Is it April, or November again?! Regardless, tacos are a great way to brighten up any day, and spicy vegan tacos are a healthy way to do so at the same time! You’ll probably even have most of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry, so set up a toppings station, cook up this bean-filled vegetable filling…

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Posted 6 days ago

Chocolate Easter Egg Nest Cookies

This past Saturday was a busy one for me! First, I went to my friend Jamie’s house to make these cookies with her and her kids…a fun, messy project with a delicious end result! We even played “Just Dance” (my first time) and I wowed the kids with my dancing ability and following skills. Practice makes perfect :)

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Eli, Noah and Brooklyn, happy with the cookies they made :)

Then, my boyfriend and I…

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Posted 1 week ago

Loaded Southwest Baked Sweet Potatoes

Cooking doesn’t always have to be intricate, shouldn’t always require fancy or foreign ingredients, or require hours slaving over a hot stove. But it SHOULD always produce a delicious result. This recipe was inspired by a lack of time, but a big desire for flavor and health.

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Nutrient-packed sweet potatoes, baked in the oven, topped with a load of southwestern-flavored sauteed vegetables was a…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Sauteed Asparagus and Peas, with Spicy Cheesy Sweet Potato Coins

If you visit my blog often enough, you’ll notice that most of my recipes are not original creations. They’re usually inspired by another recipe I see online, adapted from other bloggers’ posts, or taken straight out of cookbooks. Sometimes, they’re even inspired by something I’ve made previously, but with a twist. Today, you get TWO recipes! I had some produce to use up, so behold my tasty meal…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Roasted Red Peppers and Asparagus with Buckwheat

In the spirit of trying new things, I recently bought a package of buckwheat. This was more adventurous than it sounds – the entire package was written in Russian! Well, at least the directions were translated for me on the back. Luckily, I knew that buckwheat is a different type of grain, and apparently classified by some as a “superfood,”which I’m all about incorporating into my diet. It’s…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ok, I know that sounds weird. Chocolate and avocado in the same dessert. Gross, even. But hear me out. IT’S GOOD. And good for you! Creamy avocado easily takes the place of pudding’s traditional fat sources: whole milk and eggs. And while neither of those ingredients aren’t necessarily bad, avocado has properties that are far more desirable and healthy!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Even Mickey liked the pudding!

Besides,…

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Posted 1 month ago

Energy Muffins: Zucchini and Bananas and Walnuts…Oh My!

Energy and protein bars don’t always cut it. The taste is sometimes lacking, and the size often leaves something to be desired. And let’s face it: an intense workout deserves and intensely flavorful snack to match it. Whether you chow down on one of these muffins before or after exercise (or just for a tasty breakfast) , it’s sure to please. Packed with zucchini, bananas, applesauce, walnuts,…

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Posted 1 month ago

Roasted Purple Cauliflower Thyme Risotto

Before you squeal and run away at the sight of my pictures for this recipe, hear me out. No, the lighting was not ruined by something dark in the room. No, I did not use a different filter while photographing. And yes, this is real food (really good food!). The culprit to this oddly-colored dish? PURPLE cauliflower!

Roasted Purple Cauliflower Thyme Risotto

That’s right – I found and bought cauliflower that was grown purple. No longer…

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Posted 1 month ago

Vegetable Stir Fry in Peanut Sauce

This weekend produced another opportunity to find dinner inspiration at my favorite fresh market/grocery store. And this time, we went Thai! A bottle of peanut marinade got the cooking juices flowing in my head (and the boyfriend OK’d the idea). A few simple ingredients led to a tasty, filling and healthy dinner that was simple to whip up. Adjust the vegetables to your liking, and you’ve got a…

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Posted 1 month ago

Fruity Nutty Citrus Granola (via Fruity Nutty Citrus Granola)

Posted 1 month ago

Taco Cornbread Pie

Taco Cornbread Pie

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I could really go for some pie as dinner tonight” and then proceeded to slice away at the apple pie that mysteriously appeared in your fridge?

Taco Cornbread Pie

No? Hmm, we need to get you some mysteriously appearing pie.

Taco Cornbread Pie

But until then, why not eat pie that’s MADE to be a dinner?! That’s right, this “pie” has a crust of delicious, spicy, crunchy cornbread, and a “filling” of…

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Posted 2 months ago

Green Monster Frittata

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What do I do when the fridge is stocked with an over-abundance of vegetables? Throw ‘em together in a pan, saute, and add eggs! That’s right, here’s another frittata recipe for you – I really can’t get enough of this simple yet versatile dish.

Green Monster Frittata

A bunch of green vegetables + healthful eggs + a bit of creamy cheese = perfect dinner entree or breakfast! The fiber combined with the protein and fats…

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