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 …

simple egg salad

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simple egg salad

Spring is around the corner and it’s the perfect time for cold sandwiches like egg or chicken salad. Egg salad is such a simple and quick sandwich to throw together, especially if you have hardboiled eggs already made up, and it’s the perfect Meatless Monday sandwich. To be honest, I have never made egg salad at home until this past year. I usually just ate it when I went out for lunch. John decided to boil up some eggs on day and suggested we make some egg salad for lunch. We didn’t have a recipe on hand and we both knew we didn’t want a mayonnaise laden sandwich, so I went to Heidi’s blog (my other favorite go-to person for recipes, …

kale and ricotta salata salad

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kale and ricotta salata salad

Anyone who knows me knows that I love lacinato kale. I mean it just tastes so good, yes, you heard me right, it really tastes good. It’s not just me who feels that way, my kids prefer a kale salad over an arugula or spinach one any-day, and John, well he likes all types of salads, he’s not a picky guy. Kale is uber healthy, and if stored properly the leaves can last for about 2 weeks in the fridge. Kale is also a great make-ahead salad.  It’s one of those salads that you can make ahead, like the morning of an event, and have it taste great at dinner. Kale salads make great leftovers. I love that I can make up …

kale salad with delicata squash, almonds and aged cheddar

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kale salad with delicata squash, almonds and aged cheddar

Ok, I must admit, I’m not a holiday recipe kind of food blogger. I don’t feature holiday recipes months before the holidays, unless it’s a recipe that can be used for any occasion, like this salad. I’m honestly not an expert when it comes to cooking turkey or stuffing. I make the same stuffing every year (sausage and chestnut stuffing) and John cooks the turkey, as cooking large birds sort of scare me. I also figure that most of you have family favorite Thanksgiving recipes that have been passed down through the generations. We actually have a family favorite cranberry sauce that John’s mom passed down to us, which John makes every year for Thanksgiving.  

kid friendly caesar salad

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kid friendly caesar salad

Moms, do I have caesar salad recipe for you.  This is one of Eli’s favorite salads now and he literally requests it daily.  He eats a whole plate full, even when I sneak some lacinato kale in the salad.  I told him the other night as he scarfed down a plate full of salad that he just polished off about 1/4 a head of kale. His jaw just about slammed down on the table.  He said he didn’t even know there was kale in the salad, he thought the dark green leaves were darker romaine lettuce pieces. The dressing is what makes this a kid friendly salad (no anchovies, mayo or raw egg) or should I say adult friendly as …

roasted beet and arugula salad

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It’s almost Labor Day and everyone is either going out of town, or fitting in that last summer barbecue.  We’re actually staying local and plan on hitting the pool, grilling out, and making our annual end of summer bike trek through Sebastopol to pick some fresh blackberries.  It’s a family and friend tradition, and one of our final hurrah’s each summer.  The blackberries are so ripe and fresh that they honestly taste like dark chocolate, I’m not lying.  They beat any blackberry you will buy at the supermarket.  We take our time biking through the wine country and stop for lunch at our favorite cafe in Graton, as well as check out our favorite gallery.  The food is local and fresh, and the gallery …

curried chicken salad

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Want an easy, tasty, family friendly summer meal that can be made ahead of time?  Look no further because this recipe has it all. This is one of our favorite summer meals (well any time of year meal).  Its chock full of flavor and can be served up in so many ways that you’ll never get bored.  Top it on some mixed greens or basmati rice, throw it in a whole grain tortilla or serve it between your favorite sandwich bread.  The possibilities are endless. This salad is also great to bring to a potluck picnic.  My friend Yvonne brought it to our 4th of July pool party and we served it up on some whole-grain tortillas and paired with …

miso kale salad with miso roasted tofu

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miso kale salad with miso roasted tofu (1 of 1)-2

I’m so excited because I have found another kale salad that I love just as much as my lacinato kale salad. Wendy, Debbie & Amanda, you have to try this. This is going to be another weekly go-to salad for me. I love this salad so much that I ate a whole head of kale on Friday as well as made a fresh batch up for dinner on Saturday, and had leftovers for lunch on Sunday. It was a kale filled weekend for me. This salad is great on its own, but top it off with the miso roasted tofu and you have yourself a substantial lunch or dinner. Did I mention that this salad is also kid and hubby …

vegan kale caesar salad with multi-grain croutons

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Happy Memorial Day everyone, and Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband, John!  The kids and I love that John’s birthday falls on a Holiday weekend because we always get to spend a full day celebrating with him.  Zoe and I made his favorite coconut cake (recipe soon) while he supplied the homemade coconut ice cream.  What a man! So, I am celebrating this day by showcasing a vegan kale caesar salad!  Yaay!  I can’t get enough kale, and I am assuming most of you are the same way.  Kale is the “it” vegetable of 2012, (at least in my world).  This is not your typical caesar salad though because it’s egg and dairy free.  It’s definitely a healthier take on …

wheat berries with charred onions and kale

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wheat berries with charred onions and kale

Am I turning into a health nut or what?  I have eaten more kale in the past 6 months than I have in my whole lifetime, seriously. This blog is working wonders for my health and waistline (as well as my hubby’s).  It was actually John that picked out this recipe, can you believe it?  We received the recent issue of bon appetit on Friday.  John opened it up, pointed at two recipes, looked at me and said, “honey, we’re making this for dinner on Sunday.”  I  then took a look at the two recipes and happily agreed.  Did I mention that John is an amazing cook, even better than me?  I’m such a lucky girl. Wheat berries?  You’re probably …

kale salad with tahini & lemon dressing

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Last week was so much fun!  I received so many positive emails, phone calls & comments from friends and people in my local and not-so-local community regarding my article in the Marin IJ.  It was wonderful to interact with everyone and hear what their favorite recipes were and such.  What started out as a mere hobby for me is really turning into so much more.  This blog is opening so many unique doors and introducing me to so many wonderful people.  So for those of you come by each week to check out my blog, thank you!  You are all inspiring me to keep this blog going and to keep trying new recipes!  So, since I’m known as the kale …

lacinato kale salad

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lacinato kale salad

I know this photo is not quote on quote “food porn” quality or pinterest worthy, but I guarantee it’s tastebud worthy.  It’s so tastebud worthy that I was literally licking the bowl after this salad.  I never thought I would be licking the bowl of a kale salad, but I was licking this one, seriously!  Who am I these days?  When did I start getting excited over kale of all things?  You won’t even realize that you’re eating kale as the garlic and lemon take away the bitterness of the kale.  You might surprise yourself and find that you just ate a whole head or two of kale with this salad.  I have friends who have tried this salad and gone from kale haters to kale …

Brussels sprouts salad

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

I know Brussels sprouts are not really “in season” right now.  We are actually at the end of their season, but I was craving a Brussels salad for lunch after devouring one the other night at a local restaurant. Brussels sprouts do taste best in the fall when they are small and green, but you can find still find them in most grocery stores this time of year, at least in the Bay area.  If you’re not a fan of Brussles sprouts or have not tried them, then you might want to wait and try this recipe in the fall when they are at their peak season.  I like veggies so this is a salad for someone who likes veggies, …

miso-garlic-roasted tofu caesar salad

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Here is another fabulous meatless “mommy” meal for you guys!  This post is actually 3 separate recipes.  You can combine them all to make this savory salad or make each one individually for another dish.  It’s all about flexibility here and we love flexibility when cooking. If you’re a fan of tofu (or not) you will love the way it’s prepared here.  I’m not a fan of raw tofu, but I loved eating it this way as the tofu got all crisp from roasting it in the oven.  This tofu recipe can be used in so many ways.  It would be perfect in a bowl of quinoa, over a bowl of noodles or brown rice or even thrown into your …

vegan kale salad with cranberries, apples and toasted almonds

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kale, cranberry, apple and toasted almond salad with lemon dressing

One of my Christmas gifts from John was a vegan cooking class at Cavallo Point in Sausalito.  At first I was like, “Honey, a vegan cooking class?”  I mean I’m no vegan nor plan on being one anytime soon, but I was intrigued as I wanted to learn more about vegan cooking.  The instructor, Miyoko Schinner, is an amazingly vibrant woman.  She only cooks with whole and local ingredients (no processed ingredients here).  She has such great energy and enthusiasm for what she does, that she got the whole class excited to cook vegan.  Check out her website and videos and you will see what I mean.   One of the recipes that we whipped up was this kale salad. …