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) …

avocado toast 2 ways

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avocado toast 2 ways

My main focus on this blog is to inspire you all to get in the kitchen and cook for yourselves more. I want to take the intimidation away from making breakfast, lunch or dinner, by showing you simple whole food recipes that you can whip up on a moments notice, but recipes that taste like you ordered them from your favorite cafe. Good food doesn’t have to be labor intensive, or complicated to taste good. Some recipes, like this avocado toast, are so simple and easy that it feels strange to even write a recipe for them. Avocado toast is the BOMB, and one of the simplest and tastiest ways to dress up a slice of toast. I mean it’s literally …

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? …

roasted beet and arugula salad with toasted almonds

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roasted beet and arugula salad with toasted almonds

Last week I showed you all how to roast up whole beets without foil, and today I’m showing an easy weeknight, (or any night) salad recipe that incorporates those roasted beets, that you hopefully roasted. 😉 This salad is vegan, whole-30 approved and paleo, so for those of you on any of those diets, feel free to dig in. Salads are such a simple, no-fuss way to incorporate more greens into your diet. Salads are awesome because they take no time to assemble, you can add just about anything to them to make them more nutritious, such as roasted beets, nuts, sweet potatoes, hemp seeds, pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds, the list goes on and on. These simple nutritious additions can turn a Plain-Jane …

grilled cheese with roasted red pepper and avocado

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grilled cheese with roasted red pepper and avocado

A good grilled cheese sandwich is a bit like life. It not always pretty, it can be messy, fall apart and be all over place, and sometimes the inner components don’t hold together well, but in the end with that first bite, everything comes together. The flavors meld, the messiness is forgotten and thus balance is created, as the inner components compliment and come together to create this beautiful satisfying sandwich. I guess I’ve been thinking a lot about life lately, (I mean I’m comparing a grilled cheese sandwich to life) but it makes sense to me. Life is complicated. Life is messy, but when we reach out, take that risk, indulge in our passions, face our fears, create the unique, then …

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 …

oven roasted sweet potato halves

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oven roasted sweet potato halves

These roasted sweet potato halves are honestly one of my new favorite things of 2016 (it’s only been 10 days since the New Year and I’ve already found something new to love, pretty cool). I know you’re all looking for easy, weeknight, tasty, healthy, kid approved recipes, and these sweet potatoes hit every mark! These roasted sweet potatoes make the perfect meatless dinner or lunch paired with a salad, or they’re great as a side dish to just about anything. You could also stuff them with some roasted broccoli and mushrooms and have a complete meal, or keep it simple and pair them as is with some soup, steak or chicken, I mean anything works! I’ve been enjoying them lately …

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 …

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 …

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… …

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 …

quinoa with tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint

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quinoa with tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint_

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 …

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 …

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 …