easy skillet sausage and white bean stew

Marin Mama dinner, family favorites, Soups, weeknight dinners 33 Comments

easy skillet sausage and white bean stew

Let’s face it, we’re all busy, and coming home at the end of a hectic weekday and cooking up an elaborate meal is not really anyones’ idea of fun. We’re not living in June Cleaver reality here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun cooking up a nice meal when there’s time, (like the weekend) but on most weeknights I prefer to keep things simple, tasty and quick.  This stew fits that bill. This is an easy one-skillet, one-bowl weeknight meal. It can be made in approximately 30 minutes (give or take a few) and you only dirty up one pan, yes you heard me right, one pan, oh, and a cutting board (but that doesn’t really count). When I made …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for February 24th

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Ok, I’m so in love with Pandora radio right now. Are you all familiar with it?  It’s basically internet radio that you can play on your iPhone, iPad or computer. I’m listening to it all the time, and right now my favorite station is, The Fray radio. Basically, you put in your favorite song or artist and it will play similar songs or artists. Anyway, I just love listening to music when I’m cooking away in the kitchen, as it makes cooking dinner so much more fun. BTW, for those of you that are eyeing that above soup, it’s a carrot ginger soup and it’s amazing!

chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt

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chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt

I saw this recipe in the most recent issue of bon appetit and knew I had to make it. When I opened up the magazine and saw these cookies and the words salty and chocolate in the title, they had me. I’m one of those gals that loves salty and sweet combinations. Chocolate covered pretzels are my weakness.  I will admit that I was a bit hesitant to try a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, because I have my absolute FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie recipe already on this blog.  If you haven’t tried those chocolate chip cookies, you must! OK, so lets move onto these cookies. I quickly made up a batch of these cookies one Sunday afternoon and posted …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for February 17th

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Cookies, cookies, cookies!  I love cookies!  Yes, there will be cookies on the blog this week and yes, they are the ones pictured in the above photo. Yippee! I gave you some healthy but cheesy quinoa cakes last week, so this week it’s all about the dessert baby. If you like bittersweet chocolate, sea salt and cookies, then you will love these. I was actually going to post this easy, one-skillet, weeknight dinner of sausage and white bean stew but…

quinoa cakes

Marin Mama burgers & patties, meatless meals, most popular recipes, Quinoa, side dishes, veggie burgers and patties 84 Comments

quinoa cakes (1 of 1)

Ok, so remember when I was obsessed with kale and everything kale?  Well, I’m still pretty obsessed with kale, but now I’m obsessed with quinoa as well.  I have figured out my favorite way to eat quinoa, and that is warm, liked warmed up in patties or a cereal rather than cold like in a salad.  I’ve made more quinoa dishes in the last few months than I have in the past year that I’ve been blogging.  First, there were these quinoa patties.  Super yummy, easy to make and healthy. Then I tried quinoa for breakfast with steel-cut oats and goji berries. Say what, quinoa for breakfast?  Oh yes, try it!  It’s my new favorite way to start the day.  It’s …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for February 10th

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Ok, I just had to throw that photo up there. I know it’s a strange photo for a weekly menu post, but come on, it’s funny. For those of you that know Eli, you gotta love this photo. This is how Eli entertains us on a Friday night (I know, we have such exciting Friday nights here at the Grandy house). He puts on some black glasses, hikes his shorts way high so that they’re at the middle of his waist, tucks in his shirt and plays nerd. He tells us the funniest jokes and has this hilarious laugh that he does after each of his jokes. He is a funny guy!  Right now he is thrilled that I posted …

chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Marin Mama cakes and cupcakes, chocolate, Desserts, family favorites, most popular recipes 39 Comments

chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

I sincerely apologize for all of those crazy emails you received yesterday. I did an update on word press (still getting use to word press) and at the same time I was working on the draft to this post. For some strange reason the post then got published and thus the emails instantly went out to you all. I’m glad that my email notification is so efficient, but at the same time, it’s a bit too efficient.  The post was obviously not fit to be published, as it was in total draft form, but now at last it’s all ready, so here it is. So, lets move away from the hassles of computers and technology and onto these cupcakes or …

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

Marin Mama breakfast, marin mama's favorites, most popular recipes, Quinoa 40 Comments

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

Move over grape nuts, there’s a new cereal in town. Seriously, this is by far my newest cereal obsession.  I mean I’m literally OBSESSED!  I’m now substituting my regimented daily bowl of grape nuts for this warm and comforting cereal. This is a big deal folks because I have been eating grape nuts since I was 17.  Yes, it’s the honest to goodness truth, I kid you not. I explain more about my cereal habit/obsession in this old, what I ate last week post.  I’m really just a creature of habit, especially when it comes to my breakfast routine.  I’m a carb junkie and always have been.  I need carbs to get me going in the morning, and eggs or pancakes …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for February 2nd

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Ok, it’s 5:00 on Saturday and I’m up writing this post.  Yes, you heard me right, I’m up at 5:00 on a Saturday. Who am I?  What the heck am I doing up at 5:00 on a Saturday morning?  I set a new goal yesterday in my mind and I may have mentioned it to a few friends that I’m going to start getting up at 5:00 because I want to try to get out more posts, and mornings are my “on” time.  It’s the time of day when my noggin is the most creative.  Well, my noggin remembered that promise and held me to it. I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at exactly 5:00, I kid you not. It …