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? …

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 …

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 …

vegan kale salad with citrus dressing

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vegan kale salad with citrus dressing

Surprise, surprise, I’m posting another yet another kale salad recipe.  I now have 19 kale recipes on the blog with the addition of this salad. I think I may have a serious problem/addiction here, what do you think?  I mean here’s a girl who didn’t even know what kale was 4 years ago and now it’s become a total staple in my house. My weekly grocery list always consists of the staples such as eggs, milk, bread, lemons, kale, oh, and we can’t forget quinoa, because that’s become another addiction of mine, but not as bad, as I only have 6 quinoa recipes on the blog. This salad recipe was passed onto me by my sweet girlfriend Amber.  She heard through …

kale salad with brussels sprouts and toasted almonds

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kale salad with brussels sprouts and toasted almonds

So, yes, this is another kale salad recipe, (sorry for all of the kale recipes lately folks) but it has Brussels sprouts in it, so you’re getting 2 amazing veggies in one salad! Bonus!  My foodie friend Carolyn passed this recipe onto me and told me I had to try it. I totally trust Carolyn, and when she tells me that I need to try something, I do, no questions asked. I was nervous to have the kids try this because Eli despises Brussels sprouts, like totally gags on them.  So the first time I made this up, I didn’t tell him that there were Brussels sprouts in it (I know, I’m a mean and sneaky mama).  He ate the …

Marin mama’s favorite kale recipes

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marin mama's favorite kale recipes

It’s the day after Halloween and I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for some healthier fare today.  When I need to detox from too many sweets, wine and pizza, I tend to gravitate towards something made with kale, whether it be a smoothie or salad.  So today I thought I would share with you my favorite kale recipes from the blog in-case you were looking to detox with some kale as well.

pasta with kale, lemon and toasted walnuts

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pasta with kale, lemon and toasted walnuts

Today I’m giving you all a tasty, healthy, easy, family approved and under 30 minute weeknight pasta (whew, that was a mouthful)! I mean who doesn’t love that! This pasta is a basically a cross between my broccoli lemon pasta and lacinato kale salad.  It incorporates the best of both recipes. The pasta literally take no time to put together, (under 30 minutes) thus making it perfect for those busy Meatless Mondays, or any busy weeknight. If you have your kale de-stemmed and ready to go, then this will take even less time.  All you’re basically doing is zesting and juicing a lemon, mincing some garlic, and then sautéing all of the ingredients together while the pasta cooks.  You then toss them all …

kale salad with pear, toasted almonds and aged gouda

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kale salad with pear, toasted almonds and aged gouda

Surprise, surprise, salad number two this week is a kale salad.  Did you really expect anything else?  I mean I already have 7 kale salad recipes on the blog, so why not add another one, right?  This salad is similar to my kale salad with delicata squash, almonds and aged cheddar.  I love the base of that salad, but wanted to make up a more kid friendly version, as my kids are not big fans of squash. They like butternut squash soup, and spaghetti squash tacos, but they don’t like cubed or sliced squash, they need it blended in something.  They’re huge fans of pears though, so I decided to add in some pears in place of the squash.  I …

How to de-stem and thinly slice kale

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DSC_0006 kale

Ok, so I have a lot of kale salads on the blog, (20 if you’re counting) so I thought it might be nice to share a post on how to de-stem and thinly slice kale, instead of always linking you all to my lactinato kale salad recipe where you have to scroll down the post just to get the info. I’ve also created a video where I show you how to make my lacinato kale salad, as well as show you in person how to wash, de-stem and thinly slice kale. Check it out below… I already did a post on how to keep kale and other greens fresh, and since then I have received a lot of positive comments from readers …

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 …

mashed potatoes with kale

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mashed potatoes with kale

I’m sorry that I’m not doing my regular weekly dinner menu post, but this considered a vacation week, so I’m kind of taking a vacation from cooking (until Thanksgiving that is). I’m also in the process of moving my site over to Wordpress, so I’m going to be busy working on getting that up and running with the help of my HTML goddess Wendy, thanks Wendy!  I can’t wait to move over, as I’m feeling limited on blogger and have finally decided that it’s time to make the move!  I promise to have my weekly dinner menu up and running next Sunday. If you love kale and mashed potatoes, then you will love these.  Zoe and I were looking through Sprouted Kitchen’s new cookbook …

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.   I do think that this …

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 …

miso kale salad with miso roasted tofu

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miso kale salad with miso roasted tofu

I’m so excited because I’ve found another kale salad that I love just as much as my lacinato kale salad.  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 approved? This is also another great make ahead salad. I do prefer …