pasta bake with pancetta, tomato sauce and mozzarella

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pasta bake with pancetta, tomato sauce and mozzarella

Come on, take a good look at that pasta, the cheese is all melted and browned on top, the sauce is clinging to each pasta shell.  I just want to take a bite right now, though I don’t think it would taste to good at 6:00 in the morning.  I’m sure there are many of you that aren’t cheese fans or think a dish like this might not be too good for the old waistline, I get it, but I also believe life is about moderation and if you have balance, then you can eat just about anything (real food that is).  For the rest of you that are licking your choppers, this dish is pure comfort bliss, especially on …

Marin mama’s weekly menu for November 25th

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Marin Mama's weekly dinner menu for week of nov 25

The kids, my hubby and I helped volunteer at the Marin Food Bank last week.  One of Zoe’s friends organized it for her mitzvah project.  We spent 2 hours loading boxes from these huge containers and I’m proud to say that we pretty much emptied the containers.  The kids were amazing and worked so hard. Eli was the youngest volunteer, and we had to get special permission for him to volunteer as they have an age requirement.  I think they should lower the age requirement, as he worked incredibly hard.  I mean look at him, his arms were loaded like that the whole time and he had a smile on his face as well.  The photos were taken on my …

turkey wrap with apples and brie

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turkey wrap with apples and brie

Here’s a tasty and simple weeknight or lunchtime sandwich to serve up alongside a bowl of soup or salad.  I alternate between serving these wraps and grilled cheese sandwiches on soup and sandwich nights. This is the perfect sandwich to make use of all that leftover turkey you have lying around. You might be thinking brie cheese is not going to work with your child, but give it a try, as it’s a fairly mild cheese.  I was worried at first that my kids wouldn’t like this wrap due to there being brie cheese in it, because whenever there is a tray of cheese, brie is not one they gravitate towards. So the first time I made these wraps, I …

mashed potatoes with kale

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mashed potatoes with kale

I’m sorry that I’m not doing my regular weekly dinner menu post, but this considered a vacation week, so I’m kind of taking a vacation from cooking (until Thanksgiving that is). I’m also in the process of moving my site over to Wordpress, so I’m going to be busy working on getting that up and running with the help of my HTML goddess Wendy, thanks Wendy!  I can’t wait to move over, as I’m feeling limited on blogger and have finally decided that it’s time to make the move!  I promise to have my weekly dinner menu up and running next Sunday. If you love kale and mashed potatoes, then you will love these.  Zoe and I were looking through Sprouted Kitchen’s new cookbook …

kale salad with delicata squash, almonds and aged cheddar

Marin Mama kale, kale salads, meatless meals, salads, Veggies 32 Comments

kale salad with delicata squash, almonds and aged cheddar

Ok, I must admit, I’m not a holiday recipe kind of food blogger. I don’t feature holiday recipes months before the holidays, unless it’s a recipe that can be used for any occasion, like this salad. I’m honestly not an expert when it comes to cooking turkey or stuffing. I make the same stuffing every year (sausage and chestnut stuffing) and John cooks the turkey, as cooking large birds sort of scare me. I also figure that most of you have family favorite Thanksgiving recipes that have been passed down through the generations. We actually have a family favorite cranberry sauce that John’s mom passed down to us, which John makes every year for Thanksgiving.   I do think that this …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for November 11th

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What was I thinking with last week’s menu?  I exhausted myself by cooking dinner every night. I realized that I didn’t plan for a two-nighter meal, LAME!  By the time Friday came around, I was done in the kitchen, so I had John pick up a pizza on his way home and I whipped up Eli’s favorite caesar salad. This week I’m back to reality and back to serving up leftovers, which is honestly more realistic for us!  We’re having leftovers on Monday as well as Thursday. 

kid friendly caesar salad

Marin Mama dressings, family favorites, kale, kale salads, salads, vegetarian 41 Comments

kid friendly caesar salad

Moms, do I have caesar salad recipe for you.  This is one of Eli’s favorite salads now and he literally requests it daily.  He eats a whole plate full, even when I sneak some lacinato kale in the salad.  I told him the other night as he scarfed down a plate full of salad that he just polished off about 1/4 a head of kale. His jaw just about slammed down on the table.  He said he didn’t even know there was kale in the salad, he thought the dark green leaves were darker romaine lettuce pieces. The dressing is what makes this a kid friendly salad (no anchovies, mayo or raw egg) or should I say adult friendly as …

how to keep kale and other greens fresh

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Ok, I’ll be frank with you all, this isn’t the most exciting post I have ever put out there. As I was writing it, I kind of yawned a few times and thought to myself, am I really writing about how to keep lettuce and kale fresh, really?  I’m writing this post because I want you all to see how easy it is to whip up a nightly salad on the fly without having to buy the pre-washed bagged lettuce or kale.

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for November 4th

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Before we get started on this week’s menu, I thought I would share with you some Halloween photos of the kids. This year was easy in the costume department, because both Zoe and Eli designed and made their own costumes. We didn’t buy a thing except for a few pieces of felt for Zoe’s vest.  Easy peasy!

quinoa patties

Marin Mama burgers & patties, meatless meals, most popular recipes, Quinoa, side dishes, veggie burgers and patties 44 Comments


Happy day after Halloween!  Are you all candied out?  Are you putting yourself on a diet of kale salads and quinoa dishes till Thanksgiving? I’m not going to go that far, but I do need some sort of cleanse from all the sugar I’ve been eating lately. It’s not candy that I need a break from, but baked goods. I have been baking way to many pumpkin muffins, cupcakes and bundt cakes lately, and I need to stop!  Maybe with all of this new candy in the house, I won’t be asked to bake anything. I think the trick-or-treat candy will give me about a week off before the kids start getting sick of it and start asking me what …