fig and arugula pizza on naan bread

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fig & arugula pizza

What we have learned from my what I ate last week posts is that I love using whole-wheat naan bread as a base for mini lunchtime pizzas, and that I love my fig jam. Fig jam is incredibly thick, rich, and sweet, and pairs really well with nuts, cheese, crackers, and fruit. I love pairing it with almond or walnut butter for a scrumptious PB&J.  Below is a picture of the fig jam I love so much.  Naan bread is awesome because you can do so much with it.  You can heat it up with just a splash of olive oil and pair it with your favorite salad, or use it as a base for a mini pizza like I did above.  I …

vegan kale caesar salad with multi-grain croutons

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Happy Memorial Day everyone, and Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband, John!  The kids and I love that John’s birthday falls on a Holiday weekend because we always get to spend a full day celebrating with him.  Zoe and I made his favorite coconut cake (recipe soon) while he supplied the homemade coconut ice cream.  What a man! So, I am celebrating this day by showcasing a vegan kale caesar salad!  Yaay!  I can’t get enough kale, and I am assuming most of you are the same way.  Kale is the “it” vegetable of 2012, (at least in my world).  This is not your typical caesar salad though because it’s egg and dairy free.  It’s definitely a healthier take on …

what I ate last week, week 3

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Here’s the third installment of what I ate last week.  If you are interested in checking out week’s one and two click here.  This week you will notice that I ate dessert, lots of it.  Last week was not normal for me in the dessert department.  I love a sweet at the end of the day and this week proved it.  Last Monday was National Chocolate Chip day so I celebrated by making my FAVORITE chocolate chip cookies.  You seriously have to try these cookies folks.  They are the bomb!  Em, I thought of you this week with a few items I ate, let me know if you can figure out what they are!  OK, lets get this party started! Monday: …

couscous cakes

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couscous cakes

Did you ever have one of those Mondays where you get so much done and have tons of energy?  I had that day yesterday and it was an amazing way to start up the week.  I accomplished more in 2 hours then I had the whole weekend.  Whoo hoo!  I even had some extra time to write up this post, so you’re getting 2 posts already this week and it’s only Tuesday.  Bonus!  Who am I?  I don’t know, but I like this new me (don’t get too excited as this is not normal for me). So I cooked up some salmon last week and whenever I cook up salmon my kids ask for couscous as their side dish.  Basically …

roasted asparagus

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Roasting asparagus is super quick, (just takes 7 minutes, super easy and totally kid approved. Roasted asparagus is super tasty, and it’s a perfect healthy side to any spring meal. Have you ever roasted asparagus before?  If you haven’t, you have to try it.  It’s converted my family and friends from asparagus haters to asparagus lovers!  It’s so easy to prepare.  All you do is rinse it, break off the ends with your hands, toss it in a bit of olive oil and sea salt and a bit of pepper, and let it roast for 7 minutes. How easy is that? Here’s a great tip for keeping asparagus fresh.  Fill a tall glass container with about 2 inches of cold …

what I ate last week, week 2

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I’m back with week two of “what I ate last week.”  Aren’t you excited?  Come on, I know some of you enjoyed seeing all the exciting things I showed you in last week’s post of “what I ate last week.”  If you read last week’s post then you know that I eat the same thing for breakfast every day.  I am therefore not going to post breakfast again till I change it up a bit.  Life was hectic this week so I honestly did not have the energy to create a new breakfast plan, but I thought about it though! Monday: Lunch: This was a great lunch to kick off the week.  I love using whole-wheat naan bread as a base for mini …

strawberry, mango & banana smoothie

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afterschool smoothie

I swear May should be re-named May madness.  It’s almost worst than December.  This month has been non-stop and it’s only the middle of the month.  I seriously can’t wait for summer and this is the first year that I can truly say that.  I can’t wait to sleep in, kick back with the kids and just chill at the pool.  I may even chill out with one of these smoothies. Anyway, amongst all this madness of racing to and from everything, I want to give my kids a healthy snack where I can. The weather has been warm and summer-like lately so smoothies are back in my kid’s radar. They love this spinach smoothie as well as this spinach …

marin mama’s two favorite recipes

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Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers out there!   I got a head start on Mothers Day yesterday as Eli made me this wonderful bouquet at the farmers market, and I got to see Zoe perform in her jazz band concert.  Here’s Zoe practicing before her concert. I got to sit and watch with my 2 favorite guys!  Then we had an amazing authentic Mexican lunch at El Huarache Loco. We capped it off with ice cream at Three Twins. Then it was off to Eli’s baseball game. After his game, we walked down to Yankee Pier and had a wonderful family dinner outside. I had this salmon burger below.  Yum! All in all it was a perfect family day. …

What I ate last week, week 1

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Here is my new post as promised. I thought this would be a fun series to add in addition to my weekly recipe posts, as it’s a view into my day-to-day eating habits (for those of you that care or are interested).  Welcome to my food diary.  This so called food diary may give you some new lunch or dinner ideas, show you how I portion up my meals and give you a bit if insight as to who I really am.  You will see that I am a big fan of leftovers and a creature of habit, especially when it comes to breakfast.  I will post Monday through Friday’s meals from the prior week. I may occasionally post a …

turkey burgers with cilantro-lime mayonnaise and kale slaw

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turkey burgers with cilantro-lime mayonnaise and kale slaw

You’re all in for a treat as you’re getting three recipes in one post here.  You heard me right, three recipes in one post!  I treat you well, don’t I?  Also, I want to let you know that all three of these recipes can be made ahead of time.  Now, that’s really treating you well. Lets start the talk with turkey burgers.  To be honest with you, I have never been a big turkey burger fan because most of the ones I’ve tried have either been dry or lacking in the flavor department.  What’s the point of eating a meat burger if it tastes like cardboard? When we do eat a meat burger, we use buffalo meat because it has 70% to 90% less …

tomatillo and avocado salsa

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tomatillo and avocado salsa

OK, I tried to make this salsa look attractive and exciting, but hey let’s face it, it’s salsa.  It may not look enticing, but it tastes great.  I’m posting this salsa recipe in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, (which is this Saturday in case you forgot). Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo?  We’re not exactly celebrating it, but we’re definitely going to consume some Mexican fare and have ourselves a margarita or two. This is the perfect salsa to bring to a party or to serve up at home with your favorite chips and Mexican fare.  It’s got a bit of a kick to it, but not too much where your kids won’t enjoy it.  Eli kept dipping his chips …