kale, spinach and basil pesto

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kale, spinach and basil pesto

Oh my gosh, this pesto is SO tasty, fresh and chunky that it’s seriously bowl licking and spoon licking good (yep, Zoe and I licked our bowls clean)! I’ve made this pesto up twice already and Zoe and I couldn’t keep our spoons out of the jar. We kept opening the jar taking a spoonful, closing the jar and then sneaking back for another spoonful, you get the picture…  We were totally digging this pesto. This pesto is chunky in texture from the roasted almonds and SO vibrant in color and flavor. It’s kid approved and can be paired with virtually anything, or even just eaten by the spoonful, because it’s that good.  After whipping this up, I may seriously never …

coconut granola bark

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coconut granola bark

What?? Another granola recipe Marin mama? Yep, I’m posting another granola recipe peeps, because I’m an oat crazed gal who loves something sweet and crunchy to nosh on in the afternoon, and this granola bark fits the bill! It’s crunchy, sweet, (but not too sweet) full of goodness and very addicting! I made this bark up the other day and it went very fast, so fast that I had to make another batch the next day so that I would have something to photograph. The kids and I couldn’t stop ourselves, we kept going back for seconds, thirds and so on… Put this bark in a jar and just watch how quickly it goes. Look, I even caught of picture of …

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

So, I’m being a bit naughty and giving you all a sugary treat today! I’m posting a new cookie recipe that has been happily tested on at least 40 kids and adults, ranging in age from 6 to 44 (yes, you guessed it, I’m the 44-year-old)!  These cookies got the double thumbs up, and there were even some kids that gave me the feet thumbs up as well! Crazy kids! These cookies are chock-full of flavor from the cinnamon, allspice and the turbinado sugar. The turbinado sugar helps gives the cookies a nice crunchy texture. You can also tastes bits of salt in each cookie bite, and those bittersweet chocolate chips, wow, they just make anything better in my opinion. Give me a cookie with some …

sweet potato tacos with avocado crema

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sweet potato tacos with avocado crema . These are the perfect meatless taco!

If you’re looking for a new meatless taco recipe, then you’ve come to the right place! Sweet potatoes make the perfect hearty filling for a taco when you’re craving a meatless meal. Insert them in a corn tortilla with some black beans, cotija cheese and the avocado crema and you have yourself not only a beautiful looking taco, but a tasty and healthy one as well. These tacos are perfect for your next meatless Monday or taco Tuesday, as these tacos can literally can be made in under 30 minutes, making them an easy weeknight dinner. You just prep and roast the sweet potatoes and make the avocado crema (it only takes 5-minutes to make) while they potatoes are roasting.  Easy …

avocado yogurt crema

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avocado yogurt crema - Marin mama cooks

Happy Monday peeps! You’re probably confused as you’re getting 2 posts 2 days in a row. You’re most likely saying to yourselves, “what’s up with Marin mama and all of her posting lately, she’s going crazy over there!” Well, I’m not going crazy, but I have been up since 5:00 this morning, and I’m baking a fresh batch of oatmeal cookies, so I figured why not bang out a new post as well. I mean I’m currently in-between jobs, so I feel like I have all the time in the world to bake, post and cook! So, I wanted to get this avocado yogurt crema post out to you all today, as it’s truly a stand alone recipe and pairs wonderfully …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for May 3rd

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marin mama cooks weekly dinner menu for May 3rd

Happy Sunday peeps! It’s 10:00 and I’m honestly sitting here struggling with what to say to introduce this weekly menu. I’ve been typing text.. then deleting it.. re-typing something else.. then deleting that. This is honestly how I’ve spent the last 2 hours, so I’m just going be honest and admit to you all that I’m at a loss for words today, and I’m in a total writing rut. Whew, that felt good and liberating. To be honest, there really wasn’t anything exciting, or should I say blog worthy that happened this past week. It was my last week working for Paradise, so I kind of spent the week finishing up and closing up shop, which is exciting, but sad and scary …

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 …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for April 26th

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marin mama's weekly dinner menu for April 26th

Don’t those cookies and brownies look amazing?  Those brownies are my absolute favorite brownies in the world, hence the name, Robert’s absolute best brownies! They’re rich, fudgey and basically a chocolate lovers dream.  Those chocolate chip cookies are the bomb, seriously, they’re the best chocolate chip cookies!  Try one of them, or try them both, and you will be a happy camper, that is, if you like sweets! I made both of the above desserts as a thank you to to one of my favorite corporate catering clients for their business this past year. I walked in with a full container of sweets for all of my gals, and left with an empty container and a very happy client! That’s the …

peanut butter chocolate chip granola

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peanut butter chocolate chip granola

This granola is not what I would classify as a healthy breakfast alternative. I would say that it falls into the sugar cereal family rather than the Ezekiel cereal family, but that’s ok. My philosophy when it comes to food is that it’s all about balance, and some days we want something healthy for breakfast, and some days we want something naughty like this granola!  This granola is a cinch to whip up, as it only takes 30 minute tops, and requires only 6 simple pantry ingredients! Easy peasy! This granola is addicting!  So addicting that I find myself digging into my mason jar and grabbing handfuls all day long. I’ll be honest with you, this granola has become a …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for April 19th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for April 19th

First off, I LOVE this picture of Zoe. I took it this past fall when we were in the city for one of Eli’s soccer games. We had some down time before the game, so we decided to do a photo shoot (which was SO much fun).  Zoe is a total natural in front of the camera and she just blows me away at how naturally gorgeous she is, and her smile radiates life. I feel like this photo totally captured who she is, and who she is becoming! I love you Zoe! Wow, I can’t believe that it’s been 2 weeks since I posted a recipe on the blog.  Sorry for being such a slacker guys, but I have a …

toasted overnight steel cut oats

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toasted overnight steel cut oats

Everyone has a favorite meal of the day and mine is breakfast! Breakfast just rocks! Give me some coffee and some carbs and I’m a happy camper! I’m a ravenous girl in the morning, and when I wake up I need a hot cup of coffee (pronto) and some carbs!  I’ve been a breakfast carb and cereal addict since the age of 17.  Until the age of 30, a daily bowl of grape-nuts was my thing, but now I like to change it up a bit. I rotate between a cold cereal like Ezekiel mixed with some Kind or Cafe Fanny granola topped with some fresh or dried fruit and…. hot cereal like my overnight steel cut oats, 5-minute hot quinoa cereal, hot quinoa and oats, and sometimes on the …

video on how to make perfect popovers

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Hi peeps! Guess what? I’m finally posting another video for the blog!  Yippee!  Gosh, I can’t believe that it’s been 2 years since I posted my lacinato kale salad video tutorial. Oops, Marin mama has been slacking in the video making department, sorry! Hopefully it won’t take me 2 more years to get another one out! For those of you that follow my blog, you know that I’m pretty much obsessed with kale and popovers.  I have 20 kale recipes on my blog (wow, I guess I really am obsessed) and a mere 6 popover recipes, so maybe I’m a tad more obsessed with kale than popovers, but I still love popovers!  My friends actually tell me that when I open my …

no-bake dark chocolate peanut butter granola bars

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no-bake dark chocolate peanut butter granola bars

I’m going to admit something to you all.  I’m a total snacker!  I can’t make it through lunch and dinner without some sort of snack. I mean I think/know I could make it, but I choose not to, as I love snacks.  My kids are total snackers as well, and when they get home from school, the first words our of their mouths are, “hi mom, what can I have for a snack?” Most of the time I try to rummage up some sort of healthy after-school snack for them, like a smoothie, popover, quesadilla, avocado-tahini dip or my kid’s favorite homemade popcorn, but some days you just have to have a snack that you can take with you on-the-go, and …

strawberry banana smoothie

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I’m officially calling it snack week here at Marin mama cooks, so in honor of snack week I’m going to be posting two of my kid’s new favorite snacks. Yippee! I mean who doesn’t love a good snack, right? I figured this was the perfect week to focus on snacks, as the days are getting longer and spring sports are starting to ramp up.  As a result, kids tend to be hungrier this time of year (at least in my house) and need some fuel to power them through the afternoon until dinnertime.  I don’t mind feeding my kids a snack, but I prefer it to be on the healthier side when possible!  I think I scored with these two snacks, …

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 …