quinoa wrap with black beans, feta and avocado

quinoa wrap with black beans, feta and avocado

quinoa wrap with black beans, feta and avocadoSo, I have to tell you that I’m totally obsessed with this wrap, like when I say obsessed, I mean I’ve had this wrap for lunch everyday this past week as well as dinner on a few occasions,  and I’m still craving it.  I’m just as obsessed with this wrap as I was when I first tried my lacinato kale salad, and for those of you that know me or have been following me for a while, you know that is my all time favorite salad ever!  I would put this wrap right up there in the same ballpark as my lacinato salad, and that’s saying a lot.

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roasted sweet potato and farro salad

roasted sweet potato and farro salad

roasted sweet potato and farro saladOk, so I start my new job this week as the Director of Catering for Paradise Foods.  I’m going to be in charge of growing and running the catering division for all 3 stores.  It’s a huge job to undertake and I’m a bit nervous as it’s a bit like starting a new business, but I’m good at sales and I love working with people and food, so to me it’s a match made in heaven.  BTW, I’ll be working most of the time out of the Tiburon store, so if any of you see me, please say hi!  So, since I’m going to be working outside of the home, I’ve been looking for some new healthy lunch alternatives to bring into work.  The funny thing is, I’m working at an amazing grocery store with one of the best deli’s, sandwich and salad bars in Marin, so I don’t really need to bring my lunch in, but I’m on a bit of a budget now, so a brown bagged lunch is the way to go.

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Marin mama’s favorite kale recipes

marin mama's favorite kale recipes

marin mama's favorite kale recipesIt’s the day after Halloween and I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for some healthier fare today.  When I need to detox from too many sweets, wine and pizza, I tend to gravitate towards something made with kale, whether it be a smoothie or salad.  So today I thought I would share with you my favorite kale recipes from the blog in-case you were looking to detox with some kale as well.

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grilled bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes

grilled bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes

grilled bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes (1 of 1) I’m sure you’ve all seen the cover for the July/August edition of Martha Stewart Living in either a book store or your grocery store. If you’ve seen it, then you know why I just had to run out and make up this bread. I opened up my mailbox last week and saw the cover showcasing this beautiful assortment of heirloom tomatoes on top of this toasted bread. I immediately went to the grocery store, bought me some heirlooms and made this up for lunch. I have to say that I was in food heaven. This bread is crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside from the juicy heirlooms and olive oil. The crunchy sea salt and fresh basil just give it another punch of flavor and texture. John and I split half a loaf up for lunch one day and paired it with my lacinato kale salad and drumsticks another night for dinner. I also brought this to a friend’s house and served it up as an appetizer. Let’s just say it was a hit with everyone. It’s truly the perfect summer bruschetta!

I cut Martha’s original recipe in half and only used the bottom half of the ciabatta bread instead of the whole loaf, (don’t fret, we used the other half for toast and jam the next morning) so feel free to double the quantities in the recipe if you’re serving a larger crowd.

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marin mama’s two favorite recipes

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Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers out there!  
I got a head start on Mothers Day yesterday as Eli made me this wonderful bouquet at the farmers market, and I got to see Zoe perform in her jazz band concert.

 Here’s Zoe practicing before her concert.
I got to sit and watch with my 2 favorite guys!
 Then we had an amazing authentic Mexican lunch at El Huarache Loco.
We capped it off with ice cream at Three Twins.
Then it was off to Eli’s baseball game.
After his game, we walked down to Yankee Pier and had a wonderful family dinner outside.
I had this salmon burger below.  Yum!
All in all it was a perfect family day.
So, since it’s Mothers Day and this is a recipe blog, I thought I would share with you my two favorite recipes, as I posted my kid’s two favorites about a week ago.  
 These are the two recipes that I make the most often, just for me.

Both of these recipes would be perfect to serve up for a girls lunch or baby shower finished off with a huge slice of my favorite chocolate cake.

Click on the title below the pictures to link over to the full recipe.
These burgers are my absolute favorite.  I could literally eat them day after day and not get sick of them.  The key ingredient is the tzatzki yogurt sauce as it helps to moisten the burger and gives it that flavor kick.
These burgers are a great make-ahead meal.  All you do is make up the burgers, store them in the refrigerator and saute them up as needed.  They are great for those last minute lunches where you want something healthy, but don’t want to take the time to throw something complicated together.  

I also love that you don’t need a bun with these burgers, as the burger is the bun!  How genius is that?  I tend to eat a lot of carbs, so I feel great when I eat this “carbless” burger.  
I’ll be honest here; I make this salad at least twice a week, if not more.  It’s just the easiest salad to make and the tastiest.  This salad has changed friends from kale haters to kale lovers, seriously!  Every time I run into someone locally who has read my blog, the first recipe they mention is this kale salad.  They say it’s now their favorite salad, and that they make it all the time.  One of my friends even mentioned that she lost 10 pounds from incorporating this salad into her diet.  I love hearing comments like that!  

I have my other kale salad that I love just as much, but there are a few complex ingredients in there that I don’t always have on hand.  This kale recipe just calls for those “pantry” ingredients that we all have lying around the house.  This salad is also a great make-ahead meal as well.  You can make this in the morning and refrigerate it till dinner or the next day.  I tend to eat 1/2 at dinner and then save the rest for lunch or dinner the next day.  

Feel free to play around with this salad.  I use all types of kale, not just the lacinato.  I also am being a bit bolder and add more than a pinch of red pepper!  Rebel, I know!
Today I plan on hitting the gym with my 2 favorite workout peeps and then I get to enjoy an afternoon of watching Zoe dance in her spring recital.  I am so blessed that I get to spend this weekend with my 3 favorite people in the world, John, Zoe and Eli.  
Being a mother is simply the best gift of all.
Have a wonderful day!