2-ingredient chocolate mousse with coconut sugar whipped cream

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2-ingredient chocolate mousse with coconut sugar whipped cream

This chocolate mousse is one of our favorite desserts, and we actually call this Zoe’s mousse because she’s the one who makes it all of the time. Well, actually Zoe’s the one who originally found this recipe years ago in a William-Sonoma kids cookbook. I first featured this chocolate mousse recipe back in 2012 (wow, so many years ago) in a series I was starting up called, “cooking with kids.” It was a series where Zoe and her peeps would make a kid friendly recipe, take photos and then  write and put the post together. We did 2 posts in the series, one featuring this chocolate mousse and another one featuring, easy 2-ingredient homemade dark magic shell. After that, Zoe got busy with life and school, …

weeknight dinner 101- burritos and mixed green salad

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easy weeknight burritos

So, I’m thinking of starting a new series on the blog called, weeknight dinner 101. It’s something new that I’m testing out and playing around with, so I really want to get your input and see what you all think. I’m not sure how I feel about the formatting of it all. I may just link you all to the actual recipes next time rather than putting them directly into the post, and then just explain all the steps to you. This is my first draft, and first drafts may not always be the best, but you have to start somewhere and give it a shot, right? So, take a look at the post and let me know if you have any ideas, tips or …

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 …

the best oven baked crispy chicken

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the best oven baked crispy chicken

These drumsticks/thighs are finger licking awesome, not good, but awesome and that’s why I’m calling them the best oven baked crispy chicken!  If you’re a fan of chicken, then you need to make this ASAP! My kids and I LOVED and totally devoured this chicken. The kids literally ate every bit of chicken off that bone and even had seconds!  We couldn’t believe how flavorful, tender and juicy the chicken was. It tasted like picnic fried chicken, but there’s no frying involved, and the coating on this chicken is down right amazing and grain-free and chock-full of healthy ingredients, but you would never know that! When I told the kids that the chicken was dredged in almond meal and nutritional yeast, they just rolled their …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

oatmeal pancakes

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oatmeal pancakes

Do pancakes on a weekday morning seem to good to be true, or too difficult for working or crazed parents? Well, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore, as I found recipe where most of the batter can be made ahead the night before. Yippee!  I’m not even sure if I made any sense there in my intro, (see, I’m typing this up at 5:00 am, so bear with me) but basically the batter for these pancakes can be made ahead the night before, so all you have to do in the morning (when you’re all tired, crazed and sleepy-eyed) is melt some butter, (in the microwave folks, so it’s like 30 seconds here) crack and egg, mix both …

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 …

broccoli rabe pizza

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broccoli rabe pizza

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! How I love pizza! I truly do! Pizza is one of my favorite things to chow down on! I’m a total carboholic and cheese fanatic, so with pizza, I get the best of both worlds. Also, you get to be creative with pizza and top it with whatever your heart desires, and these past few weeks we’ve been desiring roasted broccoli rabe! That’s not such a bad thing, right? I know it’s not pizza Friday yet, but I wanted to share this recipe with all you pizza lovers today, so that you can add this recipe to your weekly menu this week!  This is such an easy weeknight meatless pizza. It’s full of flavor, has a crispy crust and honestly …

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 …

grilled cheese with roasted broccoli

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grilled cheese with roasted broccoli

This is the BEST grilled cheese sandwich EVER, at least that’s what Zoe and I said as we devoured this sandwich. Adding roasted broccoli to a grilled cheese sandwich is genius, as it adds an extra punch of flavor and texture, and honestly makes you feel less guilty about eating a grilled cheese.  As one of my readers Samantha says, “can’t go wrong with grilled cheese, but when you add a green- it takes it to a whole new level.”  Samantha, I totally agree with you girl!  Tossing some brocoli into a grilled cheese is also a great way to sneak some veggies into your little ones, so for those of you that have some picky veggie eaters, you may want to …