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 …

mixed greens with healthy hemp seed dressing

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mixed greens with healthy hemp seed dressing

Don’t you just want to take a fork and dig into that salad? I mean look at all that color and texture. There’s roasted beets, hemp seeds, diced avocado, broccoli sprouts, sprouted sunflower seeds (good source of protein, magnesium & Omega 6) and sprouted pumpkin seeds (good source of protein, iron & Omega 6). Lot’s of good stuff going on! I’m totally craving this salad now as I write up this post, so I think I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow night… Lately, I’ve been eating salads like a madwoman. Not only are salads a great way to get our daily dose of “greens” in, but they’re super easy to whip up for that last-minute dinner side, or for lunch. I’ll …

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 …

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 …

shaved zucchini and arugula salad with pine nut lemon dressing

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shaved zucchini and arugula salad with pine nut lemon dressing

I had to get this post out to you all today because I’m totally crushing on this salad wanted to share it with you all ASAP! See, I’m thinking of you guys all of the time, really, and I was thinking about how much you would all love this salad! I think this could be one of my new favorite salads! It’s one of those salads that’s chock-full of texture, crunch and has an abundance of fresh and nutty flavor. It’s also loaded with healthy goodness, as it contains fresh seasonal veggies, garbanzo beans for protein, some healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds and olive oil) and has a combination both Omega 6 and Omega 3, which we all need more of. I made …

vegan kale salad with sweet lemon maple dressing

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vegan kale salad with sweet lemon maple dressing

So you all know that I’m a bit obsessed with raw kale salads! Come on, let’s just admit that kale rocks. It’s truly the “rock star” of all greens. Not only is kale salad chock full of nutrition, but it’s the only salad that you can make up ahead of time and enjoy for 3 days. Awesome! This was actually the first kale salad (yes, this was the salad that started my kale obsession) that I posted on the blog, and I’m reposting it today because it’s a great fall salad, and one that I wanted to share with you all again. I discovered this recipe at a vegan cooking class that I took years ago at Cavallo Point with Mikoyo Schinner. This salad …

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 …

quinoa with tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint

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quinoa with tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint_

I’M BACK!!!!  I’m back from vacation and back to reality!  Yay 🙁   I love vacations (I mean really, who doesn’t love a good vacation).  I love playing and bonding with family and friends, exploring new places, as well as having a break from the routine of life, and the routine of cooking and cleaning! Vacations are great until they end, and then you have to leave paradise and get back to reality!  YUCK! The one and only thing I love about returning from vacation is getting back to my kitchen and cooking and eating healthy again. The first thing I made up when we returned was my favorite kale salad, (of course) and this summer quinoa salad. I ate this up for …

collard greens with spicy ginger dressing and seed brittle

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collard greens with spicy ginger dressing and seed brittle

Wait… don’t let the collard greens in the title of this post scare you away, especially you Amanda. You can also use KALE in this recipe, so read on if you’re a fan of either of these wonder greens. I originally wanted to call this salad kale and collard greens with spicy ginger dressing, as they are both interchangeable in this recipe, but that would just confuse people, so I decided to use collard greens as my post title. I assumed most of you have not tried raw collard greens, (hey, this was my first time eating them) and that this might intrigue you a bit. Plus, I wanted to break out and feature a different green for you to try instead of …

carrot-ginger dressing

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carrot-ginger dressing

It’s summer-time and that means lots of salads in my house.  I love summer salads because they’re just so easy to whip up, they’re healthy for the most part (unless you slather them with too much dressing) and they pair with just about anything.  The best part is that there’s no cooking involved, which is the perfect thing on a hot summer night.  I try to make my salad dressings from scratch when I can because homemade dressings are full of fresh ingredients, and I love that you have control over what’s going into your dressing.  With dressings you can add a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and come out with something that makes your …

farro and chicken salad with dates and cranberries

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farro and chicken salad with dates and cranberries

It’s official, Marin mama has been slacking on the blog.  I promised this recipe to you all last week and I never posted it, so I’m sorry!  I’m still trying to manage working full-time, making quality time for the kids and friends, as well as making sure I have some time to play and enjoy life in general, because at the end you have to enjoy all the fruits of your labor, right?  Life is a balancing act that I’m trying to figure out.  What I’ve learned lately is to let go of certain things that really don’t matter at the end of the day, and to try and not control life too much.  My big lesson this spring has …

quinoa wrap with black beans, feta and avocado

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quinoa wrap with black beans, feta and avocado

So, 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.

roasted sweet potato and farro salad

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roasted sweet potato and farro salad

Ok, 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 …

kale salad with brussels sprouts and toasted almonds

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kale salad with brussels sprouts and toasted almonds

So, yes, this is another kale salad recipe, (sorry for all of the kale recipes lately folks) but it has Brussels sprouts in it, so you’re getting 2 amazing veggies in one salad! Bonus!  My foodie friend Carolyn passed this recipe onto me and told me I had to try it. I totally trust Carolyn, and when she tells me that I need to try something, I do, no questions asked. I was nervous to have the kids try this because Eli despises Brussels sprouts, like totally gags on them.  So the first time I made this up, I didn’t tell him that there were Brussels sprouts in it (I know, I’m a mean and sneaky mama).  He ate the …

Marin mama’s favorite kale recipes

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marin mama's favorite kale recipes

It’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.