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 …

how to roast chicken breasts

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how to roast chicken breasts

So here’s an simple question for you all.  How many of you buy a rotisserie chicken for a recipe that calls for shredded chicken, but end up just using the breast meat, and then tossing the legs and thighs? Hmmmm… I know that last sentence sounds a bit risky for a food blog, but you all get what I’m saying, right?  On one hand buying a rotisserie chicken is easy and pretty cost effective, but not when you’re tossing the legs and thighs because you’re not a fan of dark meat.  So, if you just buy rotisserie chicken for the white meat, then let me show you an easier, less expensive and less wasteful way to roast up chicken breasts for …

the best corn muffins

Marin Mama after school snacks, breads and grains, breads and muffins, breakfast, muffins, quick bread 8 Comments


I know it’s a bit bold to say that these are the best corn muffins, but in my humble opinion they are. I’ve sampled many corn muffins over the years, and these bad boys are basically what a corn muffin should taste like. They’re moist, a bit sweet and savory and have a nice texture and crunch from the cornmeal. They also brown up perfectly. I mean take a look at the above muffin, it’s nicely browned on the top and the bottom, perfection! Another reason I declare these the best corn muffins is that they’re SO easy to whip up, I mean they are virtually foolproof. They take 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook, (25 minutes total) so they’re …

easy oven baked sweet potato fries

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These fries are SO GOOD, SUPER ADDICTIVE and honestly as easy to make up as the frozen variety (and cheaper too).  I’m serious!  They’re browned, caramelized and slightly crispy on the outside, and soft, sweet and tender on the inside. Yum, Yum!  I will admit that these fries are not going to be crispy, like fries that have been fried, they tend to be softer like steak fries. In the past few weeks these fries have become our new favorite dinner/lunch side, and one of the kid’s favorite after school snacks.  I hate even calling these fries, because fries have such a bad rap, and these are healthy.  I call them fries because it gets kids excited to try them, but between you …

orange popovers

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orange popovers

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2015!  Marin mama is back! I honestly can’t believe that it’s been over a month since I last posted. I mean I really feel like a lame food blogger! I didn’t mean to take such a long break, but life and work got in the way, and thus the blog got put on the back burner.  My commitment, or should I say resolution for this upcoming year is to make the blog a priority again. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m serious this time.  I really miss cooking, creating, writing and talking to you all, so this is the year that Marin mama gets launched, oh yeah!  I’m not sure entirely …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for November 2nd

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for November 2nd

See the artsy photo of the above juices? That was me attempting to go on a mini one-day juice cleanse!  Maybe you didn’t catch the word attempting, because I attempted, but failed my one-day juice cleanse.  Yes, Marin mama failed a one-day juice cleanse. LAME!Zoe and her friend Madelaine came home as I was taking a photo of the juices for a future blog post, and they didn’t think that my cleanse looked too appetizing.  Zoe’s like, “really mom, you’re going to drink all of these juices? Have fun and good luck!” She didn’t think I would make it through the morning because she knows how much I love and crave my morning oats and coffee! Facebook0Google+1TwitterPinterest1Email2