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 …

natural chef and life recap

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Natural Chef recap

So before I go into sharing with you all some of the cool things I’ve been learning at school, (by the way, if you eat almonds or buy almond milk, please make sure that you read my info about almonds below in the post) I want to share with you what I’ve learned about myself in these past few weeks, so here we go… First off natural chef school is amazing, and there are some days where I absolutely LOVE IT and I’m giddy with joy, excited and bouncing off the walls with passion, where I want to shout out to the world on a roof top, “I LOVE SCHOOL! ” On the other hand, there are other days where …

turmeric infused honey

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turmeric infused honey

Here’s a simple and natural, two-ingredient recipe to help you combat the upcoming cold and flu season, as well as to help relieve your aching muscles and joints, and basically just give your immune system a slight boost! It’s called golden honey, and it’s basically raw honey that’s infused with ground turmeric. It’s super easy to whip up and super good for you to boot! My instructor, Chef Camila showed us this simple recipe for golden honey the other day during our class demo, and I being the spaz that I am, immediately went home and made up a batch. I ate a teaspoon (or two) after dinner as my little post dinner sweet, and then woke up the next morning …

arugula salad with simple lemon vinaigrette

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arugula salad with simple lemon vinaigrette

Hey, let’s admit it, we all need to get more veggies and greens into our diet and the easiest way I know how is to make up a salad. This the perfect weeknight, busy night, or any night salad. The vinaigrette consists of 4 simple pantry ingredients; lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and takes under 2 minutes to whip up. Trust me, this vinaigrette beats the pants off of any store-bought variety! Also, making your own vinaigrette is way less expensive than the store-bought variety, is fresher and the best part is that you know exactly what goes into it. I’ve discovered a few things since starting the natural chef program. One thing is that I’m a bit more relaxed and confident in …

homemade vanilla almond milk

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homemade vanilla almond milk

Yes, even though my life is super crazy busy with school, this blog (well, I’ve been slacking there a bit) and the kids, I’m still finding (more like making) time to whip up some of my favorite homemade staples each week like; almond milk, granola bark, healthy cookies for snacking, roasted red peppers, sweet potatoes and roasted beets for lunches, and pesto and salad dressings for those last-minute salads and meals. I’m a firm believer that anything homemade is just overall better, it’s tastier, healthier, less expensive, and when you make something from scratch you can control the quality and integrity of the finished product. When you make something from scratch, you know what’s exactly going into your food! Almond milk is one …

my first week at natural chef school

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my first week at natural chef school

Hi guys!  I’m going to TRY (try is the operative word here, as it’s already week 2 and I’m barely getting this post together) and get out a weekly recap to you all about how schools going, as well as share with you all some helpful tips and insight as to what I’m learning, because I’m learning SO MUCH!  I’m totally LOVING school, but I will admit that it’s a big adjustment, like HUGE adjustment! I’m literally hitting the pillow at 9:00 most nights and getting up extra early to get everything done before school, like dinner prep, recipe testing, working out, life admin, you get it. Oh, and did I mention the homework? Yes, there’s HOMEWORK, and lots of it! I …