orzo with kale spinach almond pesto and tomatoes

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orzo with kale spinach almond pesto and tomatoes

Here’s an awesome seasonal pasta dish to bring to your next summer potluck. It’s also an easy, under 30-minute weeknight dinner for all you crazy working parents out there!  Now that I’m heading back to being a full-time working mama, I’m putting my focus on creating super simple weeknight meals that my kids and I will love. I’m also trying to incorporate meals that the kids can have for lunch the next day as leftovers, bonus. This orzo pesto pasta takes no time to pull together because all you’re essentially doing is waiting for the water to boil and the orzo to cook. I always make the pesto up a few days ahead of time, (like on a Sunday night) …

sautéed nectarines and peaches in coconut oil

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sautéed nectarines and peaches in coconut oil - Marin mama cooks

Here’s another simple, seasonal and tasty recipe from Marin mama! Yay! Today I’m showing you all a fun and tasty way to enjoy all those abundant nectarines and peaches you’re seeing everywhere this time of year. For those of you that haven’t sautéed stone fruit, (aka, peaches, nectarines and apricots) you’re in for a treat!  First off, it’s super simple to do, as it literally takes 3 minutes, secondly, it requires just 2 simple ingredients, peaches or nectarines (apricots will work too) and coconut oil. That’s it. Easy peasy! Sautéing nectarines and peaches in coconut oil caramelizes them and sweetens them up even more, while adding a bit of  tropical flavor to the fruit. The juices when cooked down with the …

weekly salad prep 101

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weekly salad prep 101

Sorry I’ve been MIA from the blog, but I’ve been trying to focus my efforts full-time on my job search. Yes, I’m officially out there trying to get back into the working world. I never realized that trying to find a job is actually a full-time job in itself. It’s a process that I actually want to share with all of you, once I find that perfect job (I hope I’m close). I think my experience could help those of you moms and dads out there that are looking to get back into the workforce. I’ve discovered so much about myself through this experience, and while it’s been excruciatingly difficult at times to fully put myself out there and to have to “sell” …

avocado toast 2 ways

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avocado toast 2 ways

My main focus on this blog is to inspire you all to get in the kitchen and cook for yourselves more. I want to take the intimidation away from making breakfast, lunch or dinner, by showing you simple whole food recipes that you can whip up on a moments notice, but recipes that taste like you ordered them from your favorite cafe. Good food doesn’t have to be labor intensive, or complicated to taste good. Some recipes, like this avocado toast, are so simple and easy that it feels strange to even write a recipe for them. Avocado toast is the BOMB, and one of the simplest and tastiest ways to dress up a slice of toast. I mean it’s literally …

how to make perfect hard boiled eggs

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how to make perfect hard boiled eggs

I know they’re tons of you out there that already know how to hard boil an egg, but I’ve run into countless friends/readers that really have no clue, so this post is for all of you out there who have never hard boiled an egg, or have, but haven’t had them turn out palatable. Let’s be honest, there are so many methods out there for hard boiling eggs, but today I’m sharing with you the method I always use that gets me perfect hard boiled eggs every time. Easy and simple is my motto! Hard boiled eggs are a weekly staple in my house, as they make for a great make-ahead, grab-and-go item. I usually make up 4-6 at a time depending on …

baby kale salad with chickpeas and avocado

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baby kale salad with chickpeas and avocado

This baby kale salad with chickpeas and avocado is such a SIMPLE WEEKNIGHT KID APPROVED salad. It takes 5-10 minutes from start to finish, and complements any meal. You don’t need to pick up a pre-made salad from the grocery store, (that’s most likely been sitting there for a day or more) because if you keep a well-stocked kitchen full of simple ingredients like lemons, garlic, avocados, kale, arugula, mixed greens, olive oil and sea salt, then you can make last-minute dinner salad any night of the week. I also think having some pre-made quinoa, brown rice and eggs around are a great choice as well, because they can make a salad into a complete dinner pretty quickly. How’s that for a healthy last-minute dinner? …

roasted beet and arugula salad with toasted almonds

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roasted beet and arugula salad with toasted almonds

Last week I showed you all how to roast up whole beets without foil, and today I’m showing an easy weeknight, (or any night) salad recipe that incorporates those roasted beets, that you hopefully roasted. 😉 This salad is vegan, whole-30 approved and paleo, so for those of you on any of those diets, feel free to dig in. Salads are such a simple, no-fuss way to incorporate more greens into your diet. Salads are awesome because they take no time to assemble, you can add just about anything to them to make them more nutritious, such as roasted beets, nuts, sweet potatoes, hemp seeds, pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds, the list goes on and on. These simple nutritious additions can turn a Plain-Jane …

Marin mama’s first podcast and links to my favorite things

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Marin mama cooks first podcast

Ok, so I did my first PODCAST EVER a few weeks back, and it was SO MUCH FUN!  I was asked by Sarah of Another Mother Runner if I would be willing to chat with her about nutrition, food and kids on one of her weekly podcasts!  I of course excitedly raised my hand and said, “YES” as I love to talk and share. I mean I create, talk and share with you all on a weekly basis, so a podcast was a natural progression for me! Like I said, it was my first podcast, so I was extremely nervous, I rambled on quite a bit, and I also think I talked a bit TOO MUCH, but it was live and there were no …

roasted whole beets without foil

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roasted whole beets without foil

You’ve all heard me talk about how aluminum foil is a big “NO, NO“ when it comes to cooking, and if not, then I’m here to remind you again. Aluminum foil is a big “NO, NO” (sorry Reynolds) because it leaches aluminum into your food, so don’t roast or bake your veggies and meat on foil, use parchment paper instead! Also, most commercial baking sheets (I think all of them actually) are made of heavy-duty aluminum, which like aluminum foil will leach into your food, so always line your rimmed baking sheets/sheet pans with parchment paper.  For instance, if you’re roasting up sweet potato fries, cookies, chicken breasts or broccoli make sure to put a layer of parchment paper between the food …

overnight refrigerator steel cut oats with chia and strawberries

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overnight refrigerator steel cut oats with chia and strawberries

I posted the below photo Saturday on my Instagram and Facebook page asking you all if you wanted me to post the recipe on the blog, and tons of you responded with an overwhelming “YES!”  Yay!  So I listened to you all and jumped on getting this recipe out to you ASAP, so you can get to the store this week, grab the ingredients and make this up for breakfast! This is basically a “grab-an-go” breakfast which is perfect for those busy mornings!  It’s ULTRA EASY to make, (takes just 5 minutes) and is ready to go in the morning! All you have to do in the morning is open your refrigerator, grab the jar of oats, twist off the lid, give the oats a stir and dig in!  How …

grilled cheese with roasted red pepper and avocado

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grilled cheese with roasted red pepper and avocado

A good grilled cheese sandwich is a bit like life. It not always pretty, it can be messy, fall apart and be all over place, and sometimes the inner components don’t hold together well, but in the end with that first bite, everything comes together. The flavors meld, the messiness is forgotten and thus balance is created, as the inner components compliment and come together to create this beautiful satisfying sandwich. I guess I’ve been thinking a lot about life lately, (I mean I’m comparing a grilled cheese sandwich to life) but it makes sense to me. Life is complicated. Life is messy, but when we reach out, take that risk, indulge in our passions, face our fears, create the unique, then …

2-ingredient chocolate mousse with coconut sugar whipped cream

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2-ingredient chocolate mousse with coconut sugar whipped cream

This chocolate mousse is one of our favorite desserts, and we actually call this Zoe’s mousse because she’s the one who makes it all of the time. Well, actually Zoe’s the one who originally found this recipe years ago in a William-Sonoma kids cookbook. I first featured this chocolate mousse recipe back in 2012 (wow, so many years ago) in a series I was starting up called, “cooking with kids.” It was a series where Zoe and her peeps would make a kid friendly recipe, take photos and then  write and put the post together. We did 2 posts in the series, one featuring this chocolate mousse and another one featuring, easy 2-ingredient homemade dark magic shell. After that, Zoe got busy with life and school, …

weeknight dinner 101- burritos and mixed green salad

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easy weeknight burritos

So, I’m thinking of starting a new series on the blog called, weeknight dinner 101. It’s something new that I’m testing out and playing around with, so I really want to get your input and see what you all think. I’m not sure how I feel about the formatting of it all. I may just link you all to the actual recipes next time rather than putting them directly into the post, and then just explain all the steps to you. This is my first draft, and first drafts may not always be the best, but you have to start somewhere and give it a shot, right? So, take a look at the post and let me know if you have any ideas, tips or …

quick and easy guacamole

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quick and easy guacamole

I’ve recently taught a few small cooking classes/demos and come to the realization that a lot of my local readers and friends are on the lookout for simple, tasty, easy, no-fuss recipes to add to their repertoire. Recipes that I think are simple and not exactly blog post worthy, are really what most people want to make, and have time to make. I’ve always assumed that everyone had a go-to guacamole recipe, knew how to make brown rice, or de-stem kale, but I’ve come to realize that not everyone knows these things, and most of the time will not admit it. Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that during the beginning of natural chef school I googled certain unfamiliar …

no-bake cacao superfood energy bites

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no-bake cacao superfood energy bites

As most of you know, the kids and I are trying to cut back on refined sugars, processed foods and snacks, so I’ve been busy experimenting in the kitchen trying to come up new and tasty snack and breakfast ideas for us to try that are made with whole food ingredients and complex natural sugars. It’s actually been really fun and I think I’ve found a new passion, making whole food snacks! Hey, maybe I’ll even have my own local cute little snack brand one day! I mean who doesn’t love a good snack, plus I’ve learned that to keep our blood sugars stable (especially in kids) we all need to have a small snack in-between breakfast and lunch, and then lunch and …