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 …

roasted whole beets without foil

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roasted whole beets without foil

You’ve all heard me talk about how aluminum foil is a big “NO, NO“ when it comes to cooking, and if not, then I’m here to remind you again. Aluminum foil is a big “NO, NO” (sorry Reynolds) because it leaches aluminum into your food, so don’t roast or bake your veggies and meat on foil, use parchment paper instead! Also, most commercial baking sheets (I think all of them actually) are made of heavy-duty aluminum, which like aluminum foil will leach into your food, so always line your rimmed baking sheets/sheet pans with parchment paper.  For instance, if you’re roasting up sweet potato fries, cookies, chicken breasts or broccoli make sure to put a layer of parchment paper between the food …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

how to store basil and tomatoes

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how to store basil and tomatoes

This post came to me out of the blue as I was making up the tomato marinade for one of our favorite summer pastas, Ina Garten’s summer garden pasta.  As you can see from the below photo, this marinade uses both fresh basil and tomatoes.  So it got me to thinking, why not bang out a quick post showing you all how to best store these two summer staples.  Both of these methods have worked for me, my tomatoes taste juicer and sweeter, and my basil lasts longer and smells and looks great in the kitchen, as it sits on the counter!  Bonus!  This post is not fancy, but a simple how-to post, so here goes! Storing Basil: Lets start …

how to make homemade croutons

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how to make homemade croutons

For me it’s the little things that stand out and make a recipe pop, like these homemade croutons. Every time I toss these bad boys into a salad or soup, I always get compliments on how amazing the croutons are. Yes, something so simple as homemade croutons can make a recipe go from great to outstanding! They truly beat out any store-bought variety, and are a great way to use up any leftover bread you have lying around. Homemade croutons take roughly 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and require 4 simple pantry ingredients that I know you all have in your house; bread, salt, pepper and olive oil, so there are no excuses for not making a …

toasted overnight steel cut oats

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toasted overnight steel cut oats

Everyone has a favorite meal of the day and mine is breakfast! Breakfast just rocks! Give me some coffee and some carbs and I’m a happy camper! I’m a ravenous girl in the morning, and when I wake up I need a hot cup of coffee (pronto) and some carbs!  I’ve been a breakfast carb and cereal addict since the age of 17.  Until the age of 30, a daily bowl of grape-nuts was my thing, but now I like to change it up a bit. I rotate between a cold cereal like Ezekiel mixed with some Kind or Cafe Fanny granola topped with some fresh or dried fruit and…. hot cereal like my overnight steel cut oats, 5-minute hot quinoa cereal, hot quinoa and oats, and sometimes on the …

video on how to make perfect popovers

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popovers

Hi peeps! Guess what? I’m finally posting another video for the blog!  Yippee!  Gosh, I can’t believe that it’s been 2 years since I posted my lacinato kale salad video tutorial. Oops, Marin mama has been slacking in the video making department, sorry! Hopefully it won’t take me 2 more years to get another one out! For those of you that follow my blog, you know that I’m pretty much obsessed with kale and popovers.  I have 20 kale recipes on my blog (wow, I guess I really am obsessed) and a mere 6 popover recipes, so maybe I’m a tad more obsessed with kale than popovers, but I still love popovers!  My friends actually tell me that when I open my …

how to roast chicken breasts

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how to roast chicken breasts

So here’s an simple question for you all.  How many of you buy a rotisserie chicken for a recipe that calls for shredded chicken, but end up just using the breast meat, and then tossing the legs and thighs? Hmmmm… I know that last sentence sounds a bit risky for a food blog, but you all get what I’m saying, right?  On one hand buying a rotisserie chicken is easy and pretty cost effective, but not when you’re tossing the legs and thighs because you’re not a fan of dark meat.  So, if you just buy rotisserie chicken for the white meat, then let me show you an easier, less expensive and less wasteful way to roast up chicken breasts for …

roasted broccoli

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roasted broccoli

I thought instead of showing you all some fancy staged photo of a bowl of roasted broccoli, that I would show you my kids actually eating and liking it!  I know that if I hear about someone’s kids digging a veggie then I’m more inclined to make it up for my kids.  So, hopefully by seeing my kids enjoying this super healthy veggie, some of you may be more inclined to make this up for your troops!  I’m also letting you all know that this is not going to be a fancy post with jaw dropping photos, but instead it’s going to be a quick and simple post showing you all a quick and simple family approved recipe.  That’s how Marin …

how to roast red peppers

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how to roast red peppers

Today I thought I would share with you all a quick and practical post on how to roast red peppers, because I know they’re some of you out there that may not know how to. Roasting red peppers is super easy, and roasting them brings out their natural sweetness. The roasted red peppers that you buy at the market are good, but they really don’t hold a candle to red peppers that you roast at home in your oven. You can roast a few red peppers at a time for a particular recipe, or roast a bunch to use in various recipes throughout  the week.  I used roasted red peppers for soups, sandwiches, pizza sauces, in omelets or scrambled eggs and …