how to make perfect hard boiled eggs

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how to make perfect hard boiled eggs

I know they’re tons of you out there that already know how to hard boil an egg, but I’ve run into countless friends/readers that really have no clue, so this post is for all of you out there who have never hard boiled an egg, or have, but haven’t had them turn out palatable. Let’s be honest, there are so many methods out there for hard boiling eggs, but today I’m sharing with you the method I always use that gets me perfect hard boiled eggs every time. Easy and simple is my motto! Hard boiled eggs are a weekly staple in my house, as they make for a great make-ahead, grab-and-go item. I usually make up 4-6 at a time depending on …

quick and easy guacamole

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quick and easy guacamole

I’ve recently taught a few small cooking classes/demos and come to the realization that a lot of my local readers and friends are on the lookout for simple, tasty, easy, no-fuss recipes to add to their repertoire. Recipes that I think are simple and not exactly blog post worthy, are really what most people want to make, and have time to make. I’ve always assumed that everyone had a go-to guacamole recipe, knew how to make brown rice, or de-stem kale, but I’ve come to realize that not everyone knows these things, and most of the time will not admit it. Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that during the beginning of natural chef school I googled certain unfamiliar …

no-bake cacao superfood energy bites

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no-bake cacao superfood energy bites

As most of you know, the kids and I are trying to cut back on refined sugars, processed foods and snacks, so I’ve been busy experimenting in the kitchen trying to come up new and tasty snack and breakfast ideas for us to try that are made with whole food ingredients and complex natural sugars. It’s actually been really fun and I think I’ve found a new passion, making whole food snacks! Hey, maybe I’ll even have my own local cute little snack brand one day! I mean who doesn’t love a good snack, plus I’ve learned that to keep our blood sugars stable (especially in kids) we all need to have a small snack in-between breakfast and lunch, and then lunch and …

blood orange smoothie

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blood orange smoothie

Smoothies are a year round thing in my house, not as much with Zoe, but Eli and his peeps love them! It can be cold and pouring out and Eli and his peeps will still want a smoothie. That’s why I always keep a batch of frozen bananas and some fresh or frozen fruit on hand, so when the troops come home, I’m ready to go! The kids and I have been naturally cutting back on refined sugars, and trying to find healthier unrefined alternatives for snacks and dessert in general. You know what’s funny, it hasn’t been hard to do at all, because as you naturally break away from refined sugars, your taste buds appreciate the taste of “real” …

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 …

gluten-free healthy cookie bites

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gluten-free healthy cookie bites

School is just around the corner and I’m all about having healthy snacks in the house for the kids and their friends to chow down on after school. I don’t know about you, but my kids come home from school ravenous and immediately ask me, “Mom, what can I have for snack?”  I often just tell them to open the fridge or pantry and have a go at it. If I’m home I may make them up a smoothie, or some popcorn (well, now thankfully they’re old enough make up their own smoothies and popcorn). Most afternoons though we’re running from one activity to another, so I like to have an easy and healthy grab-and-go snack, like these gluten-free cookie bites, instead …

guilt-free dark chocolate chip cookie bites

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Just try and keep your hands out of the cookie jar with these bad boys. These little cookie bites, even though they’re on the healthier side, are super addicting.  I shouldn’t really be calling them a cookie, as they are a take on the classic Cliff Kid’s ZBAR, so they’re more of an energy bar in cookie form. Maybe I should just call them cute little energy cookie bites! These cookie bites are vegan, gluten-free (if you use GF oats), have no refined sugar, are flourless, eggless and dairy free, and they still taste great!  That’s a winner recipe in my book!  The texture is soft and a bit chewy, sort of like a ZBAR. Also, the new food guidelines are out and the …

coconut granola bark

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coconut granola bark

What?? Another granola recipe Marin mama? Yep, I’m posting another granola recipe peeps, because I’m an oat crazed gal who loves something sweet and crunchy to nosh on in the afternoon, and this granola bark fits the bill! It’s crunchy, sweet, (but not too sweet) full of goodness and very addicting! I made this bark up the other day and it went very fast, so fast that I had to make another batch the next day so that I would have something to photograph. The kids and I couldn’t stop ourselves, we kept going back for seconds, thirds and so on… Put this bark in a jar and just watch how quickly it goes. Look, I even caught of picture of …

avocado yogurt crema

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Happy Monday peeps! You’re probably confused as you’re getting 2 posts 2 days in a row. You’re most likely saying to yourselves, “what’s up with Marin mama and all of her posting lately, she’s going crazy over there!” Well, I’m not going crazy, but I have been up since 5:00 this morning, and I’m baking a fresh batch of oatmeal cookies, so I figured why not bang out a new post as well. I mean I’m currently in-between jobs, so I feel like I have all the time in the world to bake, post and cook! So, I wanted to get this avocado yogurt crema post out to you all today, as it’s truly a stand alone recipe and pairs wonderfully …

peanut butter chocolate chip granola

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peanut butter chocolate chip granola

This granola is not what I would classify as a healthy breakfast alternative. I would say that it falls into the sugar cereal family rather than the Ezekiel cereal family, but that’s ok. My philosophy when it comes to food is that it’s all about balance, and some days we want something healthy for breakfast, and some days we want something naughty like this granola!  This granola is a cinch to whip up, as it only takes 30 minute tops, and requires only 6 simple pantry ingredients! Easy peasy! This granola is addicting!  So addicting that I find myself digging into my mason jar and grabbing handfuls all day long. I’ll be honest with you, this granola has become a …

no-bake dark chocolate peanut butter granola bars

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no-bake dark chocolate peanut butter granola bars

I’m going to admit something to you all.  I’m a total snacker!  I can’t make it through lunch and dinner without some sort of snack. I mean I think/know I could make it, but I choose not to, as I love snacks. My kids are total snackers as well, and when they get home from school, the first words our of their mouths are, “hi mom, what can I have for a snack?” Most of the time I try to rummage up a of healthy, non-processed after-school snack for them, like a smoothie, popover, gluten-free healthy cookie bites, quesadilla topped with fresh guacamole, avocado-tahini dip or my kid’s favorite homemade popcorn, but some days you just have to have a snack that you …

strawberry banana smoothie

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I’m officially calling it snack week here at Marin mama cooks, so in honor of snack week I’m going to be posting two of my kid’s new favorite snacks. Yippee! I mean who doesn’t love a good snack, right? I figured this was the perfect week to focus on snacks, as the days are getting longer and spring sports are starting to ramp up.  As a result, kids tend to be hungrier this time of year (at least in my house) and need some fuel to power them through the afternoon until dinnertime.  I don’t mind feeding my kids a snack, but I prefer it to be on the healthier side when possible!  I think I scored with these two snacks, …

the best corn muffins

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I know it’s a bit bold to say that these are the best corn muffins, but in my humble opinion they are. I’ve sampled many corn muffins over the years, and these bad boys are basically what a corn muffin should taste like. They’re moist, a bit sweet and savory and have a nice texture and crunch from the cornmeal. They also brown up perfectly. I mean take a look at the above muffin, it’s nicely browned on the top and the bottom, perfection! Another reason I declare these the best corn muffins is that they’re SO easy to whip up, I mean they are virtually foolproof. They take 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook, (25 minutes total) so they’re …

easy oven baked sweet potato fries

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These fries are SO GOOD, SUPER ADDICTIVE and honestly as easy to make up as the frozen variety (and cheaper too).  I’m serious!  They’re browned, caramelized and slightly crispy on the outside, and soft, sweet and tender on the inside. Yum, Yum!  I will admit that these fries are not going to be crispy, like fries that have been fried, they tend to be softer like steak fries. In the past few weeks these “fries” have become our new favorite dinner/lunch side, and one of the kid’s favorite after school snacks.  I hate even calling these fries, because fries have such a bad rap, and these are healthy.  I call them fries because it gets kids excited to try them, but between you …

quinoa snack bars

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quinoa snack bars

So, I will confess to you all that I haven’t been cooking up any new recipes this past month, total lazy mama here.  Hey, I’ve been trying to juggle my new full-time job, crazy kid’s schedules and basically life in general, and at the end of the day I just want to come home and whip up something quick and easy, but nutritious as the same time. I’m seriously so happy that I created this blog because all I have been doing is cooking from it this past month. Yep, Marin mama is totally cooking from her blog. I’ve come to realize that I initially created this blog to share my favorite recipes with friends, but in the end I think …