orzo with kale spinach almond pesto and tomatoes

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orzo with kale spinach almond pesto and tomatoes

Here’s an awesome seasonal pasta dish to bring to your next summer potluck. It’s also an easy, under 30-minute weeknight dinner for all you crazy working parents out there!  Now that I’m heading back to being a full-time working mama, I’m putting my focus on creating super simple weeknight meals that my kids and I will love. I’m also trying to incorporate meals that the kids can have for lunch the next day as leftovers, bonus. This orzo pesto pasta takes no time to pull together because all you’re essentially doing is waiting for the water to boil and the orzo to cook. I always make the pesto up a few days ahead of time, (like on a Sunday night) …

baby kale salad with chickpeas and avocado

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baby kale salad with chickpeas and avocado

This baby kale salad with chickpeas and avocado is such a SIMPLE WEEKNIGHT KID APPROVED salad. It takes 5-10 minutes from start to finish, and complements any meal. You don’t need to pick up a pre-made salad from the grocery store, (that’s most likely been sitting there for a day or more) because if you keep a well-stocked kitchen full of simple ingredients like lemons, garlic, avocados, kale, arugula, mixed greens, olive oil and sea salt, then you can make last-minute dinner salad any night of the week. I also think having some pre-made quinoa, brown rice and eggs around are a great choice as well, because they can make a salad into a complete dinner pretty quickly. How’s that for a healthy last-minute dinner? …

weeknight dinner 101- burritos and mixed green salad

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easy weeknight burritos

So, I’m thinking of starting a new series on the blog called, weeknight dinner 101. It’s something new that I’m testing out and playing around with, so I really want to get your input and see what you all think. I’m not sure how I feel about the formatting of it all. I may just link you all to the actual recipes next time rather than putting them directly into the post, and then just explain all the steps to you. This is my first draft, and first drafts may not always be the best, but you have to start somewhere and give it a shot, right? So, take a look at the post and let me know if you have any ideas, tips or …

beet, ginger and coconut soup

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beet, ginger and coconut soup

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  It’s 2016 and this year is going to be AMAZING!  Well, I’m setting my intention for it to be at least 🙂 This is a BIG year for Marin mama! I’m going to be finishing up Natural Chef school in March, and I therefore need to figure out my next career move before I finish school, YIKES! It’s super scary, but exciting at the same time, but a little more on the scary side, as I’m not sure what’s out there for little old me. I’m going to be spending the next few months researching, networking and getting a feel for what’s out there career-wise for me. I have some ideas brewing, but I’m not entirely sure yet …

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 vegetable pizza

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fall roasted vegetable pizza

My last post showed you all how to roast seasonal fall vegetables, so here’s a great and simple way to turn them into a meal, top them on a PIZZA! Topping a pizza with roasted vegetables, some fresh rosemary and a few dollops of ricotta turn a plain-Jane pizza into an amazing sweet, savory gourmet meatless pizza. That was a mouthful, but this fall roasted vegetable pizza has all of that, and then some! This roasted vegetable pizza is a meal in itself and 1 to 2 pieces are all you’ll need because its got a lot going on besides just cheese!  This is not your plain-Jane cheese pizza folks! The red onions and rosemary are my FAVORITE toppings on the pizza! The red onions are all …

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 …

one-pan Mexican quinoa wraps

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one-pan Mexican quinoa wraps

I’m SO crazy for these wraps, like totally insanely crazy for these, and I’ve been making them non-stop for the past 3 weeks. Marin mama might need to be committed! They’re honestly my new favorite lunch and/or dinner, and the bonus is that Zoe loves them as much as I do. Yay Zoe! I’m working on Eli, as he likes these wraps, and will totally eat them, but he doesn’t crave them the way Zoe and I do.  I do have to remember that he’s only 10, and his palate hasn’t totally evolved the way Zoe’s and mine has. So Eli, I’ll give you a few more years to be lukewarm to my healthy recipes! Just kidding cutie! These quinoa wraps are awesome for …

pasta with pesto and broccolini

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kale and spinach pesto pasta with chicken sausage

Ok, we’re always looking (well, at least I am) for a tasty, easy weeknight, 30-minute, one-pot, one-bowl meatless pasta, right (wow, that was mouthful)?  Well, good news because I’ve got one for you! I wasn’t sure if this pasta even qualified as a post since I do have some similar pesto-type pasta’s on the blog, but they have meat in them, and that might throw some of you off from even looking at the recipe, so I’m posting this meatless pesto pasta recipe for you! I make this pasta up all of the time! I love it because it’s simple and easy, kid approved and even makes enough leftovers for the kid’s lunches the next day! Yippee! Some nights we …

broccoli rabe pizza

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broccoli rabe pizza

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! How I love pizza! I truly do! Pizza is one of my favorite things to chow down on! I’m a total carboholic and cheese fanatic, so with pizza, I get the best of both worlds. Also, you get to be creative with pizza and top it with whatever your heart desires, and these past few weeks we’ve been desiring roasted broccoli rabe! That’s not such a bad thing, right? I know it’s not pizza Friday yet, but I wanted to share this recipe with all you pizza lovers today, so that you can add this recipe to your weekly menu this week!  This is such an easy weeknight meatless pizza. It’s full of flavor, has a crispy crust and honestly …

cold pesto pasta with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes

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cold pesto pasta with chicken and sundried tomatoes_

So I have this friend who is as obsessed with sun-dried tomatoes as I am with kale, and we all know how obsessed I am with kale, so you can only imagine. He puts sun-dried tomatoes in anything and everything, scrambled eggs, pasta, chicken dishes, cookies and brownies, you name it (just kidding on the last two, but I wouldn’t be surprised)!  Sun-dried tomatoes haven’t been in my pantry for the past couple of years, not because I’m not a fan, but I guess I sort of forgot about them.  Since I’ve been reintroduced to them, I’ve fallen in love with them once again.  They really add that extra punch of flavor to any dish, and I love their chewy …

ham and gruyere stuffed french toast

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ham and gruyere stuffed french toast

Easter is just around the corner and this ham and gruyere stuffed french toast is the perfect entrée for Easter brunch or dinner.  Actually in my opinion, this stuffed toast is good anytime of year and anytime of day. I baked this up the other night for dinner and it was amazing, and needless to say it got the double thumbs up from both of the kids. Eli was literally licking his plate, of course he slathered his piece with maple syrup, but he was still licking his plate, and that makes any mom happy. Sometimes breakfast for dinner is the best!  This french toast is perfect for those that like a sweet and savory combination. To get the sweet, …

rosemary skillet chicken

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rosemary skillet chicken

Ok, here’s a recipe for all of my chicken loving readers out there, and I know there are quite a few of you. You guys have been so patient with my quinoa craziness lately, so I found this recipe just for you, and I guess selfishly for me, because my family and I do love chicken.   This is the perfect weeknight chicken recipe folks.  The marinade comes together in a flash and can be made ahead in the morning, so when you get home from work or just from a long busy day, all you have to do is roast up the chicken.  Yippee! The chicken takes under 30 minutes to roast up to perfection, but tastes like a chicken …

simple weeknight chicken soup

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simple weeknight chicken soup

So, I’m back, well sort of. I’ve realized during this brief hiatus that I really missed my blog and I really missed all of you.  This blog is a part of me and a part of me that I don’t want to quit or give up on just yet.  I’m a person who loves to share with people, sharing just makes me happy, so I’m going to keep sharing with you all my recipes as well as my journey. There are a lot of changes going on in my life right now, some changes that are amazing and others that are difficult, so I don’t know the frequency of how often I will post, it may just be two times a …

Barefoot’s weeknight bolognese

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Barefoot's weeknight bolognese

Ok, so maybe this isn’t the best recipe to post the week after Thanksgiving since we’re all pretty much fooded out, but I’m posting it now because I know there are a lot of you who love and need easy family approved weeknight dinners. December is all about indulgence to me, so let’s go ahead and indulge, celebrate and eat to our hearts content!  Doesn’t that sound fun?  This is the perfect bolognese for those busy weeknights, as it only takes 45 minutes to pull together, and the sauce tastes like a sauce that’s been cooking on your stove top all day, not for just 30 minutes. This is a great winter pasta because you don’t need any fresh vegetables, …