homemade vanilla almond milk

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homemade vanilla almond milk

Yes, even though my life is super crazy busy with school, this blog (well, I’ve been slacking there a bit) and the kids, I’m still finding (more like making) time to whip up some of my favorite homemade staples each week like; almond milk, granola bark, healthy cookies for snacking, roasted red peppers, sweet potatoes and roasted beets for lunches, and pesto and salad dressings for those last-minute salads and meals. I’m a firm believer that anything homemade is just overall better, it’s tastier, healthier, less expensive, and when you make something from scratch you can control the quality and integrity of the finished product. When you make something from scratch, you know what’s exactly going into your food! Almond milk is one …

my first week at natural chef school

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my first week at natural chef school

Hi guys!  I’m going to TRY (try is the operative word here, as it’s already week 2 and I’m barely getting this post together) and get out a weekly recap to you all about how schools going, as well as share with you all some helpful tips and insight as to what I’m learning, because I’m learning SO MUCH!  I’m totally LOVING school, but I will admit that it’s a big adjustment, like HUGE adjustment! I’m literally hitting the pillow at 9:00 most nights and getting up extra early to get everything done before school, like dinner prep, recipe testing, working out, life admin, you get it. Oh, and did I mention the homework? Yes, there’s HOMEWORK, and lots of it! I …

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 …

Marin mama is going to cooking school

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Marin mama is going to Bauman College

Yes, you read the post correctly!  Marin mama is going to cooking school, and I START TOMORROW!  Yikes!  I’m attending the Natural Chef Program at Bauman College in Berkley! Am I excited? Yes! Am I nervous? You bet!   Do I think I’m crazy?  Well, yes, sort of.. I wanted to share this BIG news with you all because I’m embarking on a path that many of you are most likely starting on as well. That path and questions is, “what am I going to do in the next phase of  my life” or better said, “what career am I passionate, inspired and driven to do in this next phase of my life?” I’ve been toying all summer with the question of what’s next career wise …

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 …

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 …

how to store basil and tomatoes

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how to store basil and tomatoes

This post came to me out of the blue as I was making up the tomato marinade for one of our favorite summer pastas, Ina Garten’s summer garden pasta.  As you can see from the below photo, this marinade uses both fresh basil and tomatoes.  So it got me to thinking, why not bang out a quick post showing you all how to best store these two summer staples.  Both of these methods have worked for me, my tomatoes taste juicer and sweeter, and my basil lasts longer and smells and looks great in the kitchen, as it sits on the counter!  Bonus!  This post is not fancy, but a simple how-to post, so here goes! Storing Basil: Lets start …

6 tasty recipes using heirloom tomatoes

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6 tasty recipes using heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomato season is in full swing and Marin mama can’t get enough of them. I simply LOVE heirloom tomatoes!  Heirloom tomatoes are sweet, juicy and have an intense one of a kind flavor, they’re not bland like most grocery store varieties. Because heirloom season is short (only 3 months) I tend to get a bit obsessed with them and eat them daily if I can. So I thought I would share with you all 6 tasty and easy recipes that incorporate heirloom tomatoes. I’ve even tossed in 2 new recipes ideas into this post.  So go out and grab a couple of heirloom tomatoes today and make one of the below recipes this week. Your taste buds will be thanking me… …

gluten-free healthy cookie bites

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gluten-free healthy cookie bites

School is just around the corner and I’m all about having healthy snacks in the house for the kids and their friends to chow down on after school. I don’t know about you, but my kids come home from school ravenous and immediately ask me, “Mom, what can I have for snack?”  I often just tell them to open the fridge or pantry and have a go at it. If I’m home I may make them up a smoothie, or some popcorn (well, now thankfully they’re old enough make up their own smoothies and popcorn). Most afternoons though we’re running from one activity to another, so I like to have an easy and healthy grab-and-go snack, like these gluten-free cookie bites, instead …

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 …

heirloom tomato gazpacho

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heirloom tomato gazpacho

It’s summer, and what soup says summer better than gazpacho, right? Gazpacho is seriously the perfect summer soup for many reasons. First off, it’s a cold soup, so it’s the perfect soup to sip on a hot summer day or night. Secondly, it doesn’t require you to heat up a stove or oven, which is bonus when it’s 90 plus degrees out. I call it the lazy mans soup because when your tired and famished all you have to do is pull out a batch from the fridge, pour it in a bowl and eat away. It’s also a great weekday soup because it takes under 30 minutes to make, just chop up the fresh ingredients and toss them in a blender! Make a batch in the morning …

oatmeal pancakes

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oatmeal pancakes

Do pancakes on a weekday morning seem to good to be true, or too difficult for working or crazed parents? Well, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore, as I found recipe where most of the batter can be made ahead the night before. Yippee!  I’m not even sure if I made any sense there in my intro, (see, I’m typing this up at 5:00 am, so bear with me) but basically the batter for these pancakes can be made ahead the night before, so all you have to do in the morning (when you’re all tired, crazed and sleepy-eyed) is melt some butter, (in the microwave folks, so it’s like 30 seconds here) crack and egg, mix both …

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 …

easy overnight hot quinoa and steel cut oats

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easy overnight hot quinoa and steel cut oats

Yes, I’m a bit obsessed with breakfast! It’s my absolute favorite meal of the day! I love starting out the day with an easy, tasty, hot and healthy power-filled breakfast, and this cereal fits the bill. It’s a blend of quinoa and steel-cut oats, (which in my eyes and tummy is pure perfection) that can be made the night before, (in under 6 minutes) which is even better. All you have to do come morning is turn on the stove and re-heat the cereal, easy peasy.  I love steel-cut oats and to pair them with the protein power and nutrition of quinoa, well you have yourself a yummy and healthy breakfast. This hot and healthy breakfast requires only 3 simple ingredients, quinoa, steel …

guilt-free dark chocolate chip cookie bites

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Just try and keep your hands out of the cookie jar with these bad boys. These little cookie bites, even though they’re on the healthier side, are super addicting.  I shouldn’t really be calling them a cookie, as they are a take on the classic Cliff Kid’s ZBAR, so they’re more of an energy bar in cookie form. Maybe I should just call them cute little energy cookie bites! These cookie bites are vegan, gluten-free (if you use GF oats), have no refined sugar, are flourless, eggless and dairy free, and they still taste great!  That’s a winner recipe in my book!  The texture is soft and a bit chewy, sort of like a ZBAR. Also, the new food guidelines are out and the …