mixed greens with healthy hemp seed dressing

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mixed greens with healthy hemp seed dressing

Don’t you just want to take a fork and dig into that salad? I mean look at all that color and texture. There’s roasted beets, hemp seeds, diced avocado, broccoli sprouts, sprouted sunflower seeds (good source of protein, magnesium & Omega 6) and sprouted pumpkin seeds (good source of protein, iron & Omega 6). Lot’s of good stuff going on! I’m totally craving this salad now as I write up this post, so I think I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow night… Lately, I’ve been eating salads like a madwoman. Not only are salads a great way to get our daily dose of “greens” in, but they’re super easy to whip up for that last-minute dinner side, or for lunch. I’ll …

roasted matchstick beets with coconut oil

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roasted matchstick beets with coocnut oil

If you’re looking for a nutrient dense, vitamin packed, vegan, naturally gluten-free topping to replace the standard old croutons for your next salad or soup, then you have to try these roasted matchstick beets. Yes, I said roasted matchstick beets (because they truly look like matchsticks)! They’re the cutest and simplest things to make, and add a pop of flavor and texture to any soup or salad. I’m all about adding in extra nutrition where I can, as well as showing you all simple recipes that incorporate seasonal produce.  Hey, if we could all learn to eat seasonaly and locally, then we will not only be helping our bodies and our wallets, but our local farmers as well! If you’re not a fan of …

oven roasted sweet potato halves

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oven roasted sweet potato halves

These roasted sweet potato halves are honestly one of my new favorite things of 2016 (it’s only been 10 days since the New Year and I’ve already found something new to love, pretty cool). I know you’re all looking for easy, weeknight, tasty, healthy, kid approved recipes, and these sweet potatoes hit every mark! These roasted sweet potatoes make the perfect meatless dinner or lunch paired with a salad, or they’re great as a side dish to just about anything. You could also stuff them with some roasted broccoli and mushrooms and have a complete meal, or keep it simple and pair them as is with some soup, steak or chicken, I mean anything works! I’ve been enjoying them lately …

nordic ware popover pan winner!

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Nordic Ware popover pan giveaway!

Happy Saturday peeps! First off, I want to thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment on the popover pan giveaway post. Your comments were all super helpful and informative, and I’m going to do the best I can to respond to your wishes. You’re all really looking for the same thing, which is great! What I heard from the vast majority of you is that you want healthy, quick and easy,  family approved recipes, and I can totally do that! I also noticed that a lot of you want me to publish slow cooker meals, which is hilarious because Santa actually gave me a slow cooker for Christmas and it’s just sitting in its box waiting to be used..So, let’s …

5 on-the-go healthy snacks

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5 on-the-go healthy snacks

Whose got their hands in the cookie jar? I believe that little cute hand in the above photo belongs to Eli, but I’ll admit that in my house, we’ve all been known to have our hands in the cookie jar, as we’re a family of snackers! Between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 we all need a little something to nosh on, and something a bit sweet or salty tends to do the trick! Most afternoons the kids and I are running from one activity to another, so I prefer to hand them a homemade, healthy, grab-and-go snack, like one of these below bars, instead of something processed like goldfish or store-bought granola bars. I know all of my mom friends are always …

beet, ginger and coconut soup

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beet, ginger and coconut soup

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  It’s 2016 and this year is going to be AMAZING!  Well, I’m setting my intention for it to be at least 🙂 This is a BIG year for Marin mama! I’m going to be finishing up Natural Chef school in March, and I therefore need to figure out my next career move before I finish school, YIKES! It’s super scary, but exciting at the same time, but a little more on the scary side, as I’m not sure what’s out there for little old me. I’m going to be spending the next few months researching, networking and getting a feel for what’s out there career-wise for me. I have some ideas brewing, but I’m not entirely sure yet …

nordic ware popover pan giveaway

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Nordic Ware popover pan giveaway

Hi guys! Happy almost New Year! I hope you’re all enjoying this awesome holiday season! I’m in snowy Tahoe and craving one of those sugar-crusted popovers in the above photo. There’s something about skiing in the mountains all day that doesn’t make me feel so guilty about eating treats like sugar-crusted popovers and french fries! 😉 So most of you know that I’m a HUGE FAN of popovers! I mean I make them 2 times a week, if not more. I even have 5 popover recipes on my blog, plus an instructional video, so you could really say that I’m a bit obsessed with these quirky and tasty little guys!  If you haven’t made them yet, then you’re in for a treat! …

Christmas ideas for the cook in your house

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last minute Christmas ideas for the home chef

Yikes, can you believe that Christmas is next week?  I feel like we just celebrated Thanksgiving last week, jeez times flies! Anyway, I’m sure there are those of you that are still figuring out what to give that special someone, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite kitchen gadgets, in case that special someone your shopping for loves to cook, or you’re hoping that they will soon learn to love to cook 😉 Be forewarned, you will hear the word “LOVE” a lot in this post because I’m showing you all my favorite kitchen gadgets that make being a home chef so much easier and fun. These are items that I use all of the time, …

quick and tasty weeknight beans

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quick and easy weeknight beans

We’re BIG fans of Taco Tuesday in my house, but Taco Tuesday doesn’t have to be on Tuesday, we like burritos, tacos and burrito bowls any night of the week. Since I discovered the best, tastiest and easiest way to cook up brown rice, I find that we’re eating a lot of burrito bowls and burritos, as they’re the perfect thing to whip up on those busy weeknights, and they also make great lunches to pack up for the kiddos. I’m a huge fan of black beans and pinto beans, but don’t always have the time or energy to soak and cook them. Sometimes it’s just easier, and way more convenient, to open up a can of black beans and be done …

the best gluten-free brownies

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the best gluten-free brownies

I know it’s a bit presumptuous to call these “THE BEST GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES,” but to be honest, they’re the best I’ve tasted, and they also happen to be a gluten-free version of my favorite brownie ever, so you might say that I’m a bit biased, but I’m a bit of  brownie and chocolate cake addict, so I happen to know a thing or two about chocolate desserts, and I know tasty brownie when I try one. If you like fudgey, chocolaty and rich brownies, then you’re going to LOVE these! We just finished up a week of gluten-free and grain-free baking at school, and some of the recipes were super tasty and full of flavor, but there were some that were dry and flavorless, so I came home from …

last minute Thanksgiving ideas

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last minute Thanksgiving ideas

Ok,I’ll 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 the following recipes! These recipes are not Thanksgiving specific recipes at all, but some of my favorite recipes that would pair perfectly with any Thanksgiving fare. I know there are those of you that are still planning and figuring out what to serve up that day, or bring to a friend’s house, so hopefully one of these recipes will inspire you! First off,  I want to share with you all my favorite stuffing recipe. I make this sausage and chestnut stuffing every year for Thanksgiving, (I’ve made it the …

fall roasted vegetable pizza

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fall roasted vegetable pizza

My last post showed you all how to roast seasonal fall vegetables, so here’s a great and simple way to turn them into a meal, top them on a PIZZA! Topping a pizza with roasted vegetables, some fresh rosemary and a few dollops of ricotta turn a plain-Jane pizza into an amazing sweet, savory gourmet meatless pizza. That was a mouthful, but this fall roasted vegetable pizza has all of that, and then some! This roasted vegetable pizza is a meal in itself and 1 to 2 pieces are all you’ll need because its got a lot going on besides just cheese!  This is not your plain-Jane cheese pizza folks! The red onions and rosemary are my FAVORITE toppings on the pizza! The red onions are all …

fall roasted vegetables

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fall roasted vegetables

It finally feels like fall around here and I have to tell you that I’m happy about that. Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s a cozy time filled with soups, stews, savory chicken dishes, big bowls of steel cut oats, and of course fall roasted veggies! Yes, I’m someone who gets excited by butternut squash, acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and sweet potatoes! I simply adore roasted vegetables. They get all caramelized and crispy on the outside, and stay soft and tender on the inside. Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables. The sweet potatoes and squash get a bit sweeter, and the red onion sweetens considerably (especially when you use coconut oil to roast …

natural chef journey and week in review

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natural chef journey

This week I felt like a true with a capital “T” chef!  I cleaned and filleted squid and fish (was not excited about that) and broke down a “whole” chicken.  We were basically giving a chicken with its head and feet still attached and we had to essentially butcher it. I detest using that word, but that’s what we did. Before we did any of this, we all said a prayer and gave our blessings to these sea creatures and birds. To be honest, I was not looking forward to either of these days. I went into sea creature day, all green and cringing at the fact that I was going to have to touch raw squid and fillet a fish, …

easy oven baked brown rice

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easy oven baked brown rice

First off I want you to know that my kids are totally obsessed with this rice, like licking their plates clean obsessed. It’s 6:00 am on Friday and I’m baking them a fresh batch for their lunches and pairing it with some leftover chicken thighs and mushrooms. I posted this below picture on Instagram yesterday, exclaiming how excited I get about perfectly baked brown rice and Zoe saw it on her way home, ran inside and said, “where’s the rice mom, I have to try it?”  She tried it and exclaimed “its delicious mom, this is exactly how brown rice should taste!” Eli was literally licking his plate last night saying “this rice is SO good mom.” Gosh, I didn’t know my …