quinoa with tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint

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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 lunch …

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.

kale salad with pear, toasted almonds and aged gouda

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kale salad with pear, toasted almonds and aged gouda

Surprise, surprise, salad number two this week is a kale salad.  Did you really expect anything else?  I mean I already have 7 kale salad recipes on the blog, so why not add another one, right?  This salad is similar to my kale salad with delicata squash, almonds and aged cheddar.  I love the base of that salad, but wanted to make up a more kid friendly version, as my kids are not big fans of squash. They like butternut squash soup, and spaghetti squash tacos, but they don’t like cubed or sliced squash, they need it blended in something.  They’re huge fans of pears though, so I decided to add in some pears in place of the squash.  I …

mixed greens with creamy mustard vinaigrette

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mixed greens with creamy mustard vinaigrette

It’s salad week at Marin mama cooks.  Yes, I’m calling it salad week because I’m posting 2 salad recipes for you all.  Aren’t you happy?  After 2 weeks of posting nothing but sweets, I figured we could all use a salad or two right?  Today I’m sharing with you all a classic salad dressing that John and I love. I used to make this salad dressing all of the time before I discovered kale that is. Mixed greens was our go-to salad and this creamy mustard vinaigrette was our go-to dressing.  I made this salad up for dinner parties, topped it with grilled chicken for an easy weeknight dinner, you name it.  I had kind of  forgotten about this salad …

quinoa, tuna and corn salad

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quinoa, corn and tuna salad

Quinoa, quinoa, quinoa.  I’m sure you’re seeing that word everywhere these days and that some of you are tired of seeing recipes with quinoa, but here’s another recipe just incase you’re not tired of it yet.  I admit I did go on a hiatus from cold quinoa dishes for about a year, as I was tired of eating it day after day.  I discovered new and unique ways to enjoy quinoa like sautéed in a patty or cheesy cake, perfect for lunch or as a side dish to your favorite soup or salad.  I also discovered I liked quinoa in the morning mixed in with some steel-cut oats or quinoa flakes mixed with goji berries.  In fact I’m having a bowl …

Israeli couscous salad

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israeli couscous salad (1 of 1)

I love it when I find new salads or summer side dishes that can be made ahead to marinate all day or made on the fly to eat up right then and there. This salad is one of those salads that tastes great either way. This is the perfect salad to bring to a potluck, picnic or to serve up in your own backyard. It’s full of summer flavor from the fresh mint, parsley and cherry tomatoes. We love pairing this salad with chicken drumsticks and one of my kale salads for a family backyard dinner. You can really make this a year round salad by adding seasonal ingredients to the mixture, like asparagus in the spring, cauliflower or broccoli in the …

lacinato kale salad video tutorial

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lacinato kale salad

Yes, you read the title right, I’m posting my first attempt at an instructional cooking video. Woo hoo! I actually wouldn’t call it an official cooking video because I make a few mistakes in the video, and my head totally gets cut off in places, but as I said, it’s my first attempt, and making videos is not really my forte. I almost didn’t post the video because it’s not a perfect and I’m kind of embarrassed by the way I look and sound on camera. I mean come on, everyone hates seeing themselves on video, right?  You see yourself and think, wow, that’s really how I look to people, but then you realize that your friends and loved ones …

Nepenthe’s garbanzo and kidney bean salad

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garbanzo and kidney bean salad

Here’s a simple but tasty bean salad to pair with your favorite burger, sandwich or simply to throw on a bed of greens. We first tasted this salad on our recent visit to Nepenthe in Big Sur. They pair this bean salad alongside their burgers, and I have to say that it’s the perfect side, as it’s a nice break from the traditional mixed greens, fries or coleslaw that most restaurants serve up with their burgers. Below is a photo of the amazing tofu burger that I had paired with this salad. Isn’t it adorable how they put it all in this cute little basket? I’ve already posted the recipe for their famous ambrosia sauce, which is the perfect sauce …