sautéed nectarines and peaches in coconut oil

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sautéed nectarines and peaches in coconut oil - Marin mama cooks

Here’s another simple, seasonal and tasty recipe from Marin mama! Yay! Today I’m showing you all a fun and tasty way to enjoy all those abundant nectarines and peaches you’re seeing everywhere this time of year. For those of you that haven’t sautéed stone fruit, (aka, peaches, nectarines and apricots) you’re in for a treat!  First off, it’s super simple to do, as it literally takes 3 minutes, secondly, it requires just 2 simple ingredients, peaches or nectarines (apricots will work too) and coconut oil. That’s it. Easy peasy! Sautéing nectarines and peaches in coconut oil caramelizes them and sweetens them up even more, while adding a bit of  tropical flavor to the fruit. The juices when cooked down with the …

weekly salad prep 101

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weekly salad prep 101

Sorry I’ve been MIA from the blog, but I’ve been trying to focus my efforts full-time on my job search. Yes, I’m officially out there trying to get back into the working world. I never realized that trying to find a job is actually a full-time job in itself. It’s a process that I actually want to share with all of you, once I find that perfect job (I hope I’m close). I think my experience could help those of you moms and dads out there that are looking to get back into the workforce. I’ve discovered so much about myself through this experience, and while it’s been excruciatingly difficult at times to fully put myself out there and to have to “sell” …

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 …

roasted whole beets without foil

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roasted whole beets without foil

You’ve all heard me talk about how aluminum foil is a big “NO, NO“ when it comes to cooking, and if not, then I’m here to remind you again. Aluminum foil is a big “NO, NO” (sorry Reynolds) because it leaches aluminum into your food, so don’t roast or bake your veggies and meat on foil, use parchment paper instead! Also, most commercial baking sheets (I think all of them actually) are made of heavy-duty aluminum, which like aluminum foil will leach into your food, so always line your rimmed baking sheets/sheet pans with parchment paper.  For instance, if you’re roasting up sweet potato fries, cookies, chicken breasts or broccoli make sure to put a layer of parchment paper between the food …

mixed greens with healthy hemp seed dressing

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mixed greens with healthy hemp seed dressing

Don’t you just want to take a fork and dig into that salad? I mean look at all that color and texture. There’s roasted beets, hemp seeds, diced avocado, broccoli sprouts, sprouted sunflower seeds (good source of protein, magnesium & Omega 6) and sprouted pumpkin seeds (good source of protein, iron & Omega 6). Lot’s of good stuff going on! I’m totally craving this salad now as I write up this post, so I think I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow night… Lately, I’ve been eating salads like a madwoman. Not only are salads a great way to get our daily dose of “greens” in, but they’re super easy to whip up for that last-minute dinner side, or for lunch. I’ll …

roasted matchstick beets with coconut oil

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roasted matchstick beets with coocnut oil

If you’re looking for a nutrient dense, vitamin packed, vegan, naturally gluten-free topping to replace the standard old croutons for your next salad or soup, then you have to try these roasted matchstick beets. Yes, I said roasted matchstick beets (because they truly look like matchsticks)! They’re the cutest and simplest things to make, and add a pop of flavor and texture to any soup or salad. I’m all about adding in extra nutrition where I can, as well as showing you all simple recipes that incorporate seasonal produce.  Hey, if we could all learn to eat seasonaly and locally, then we will not only be helping our bodies and our wallets, but our local farmers as well! If you’re not a fan of …

arugula salad with simple lemon vinaigrette

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arugula salad with simple lemon vinaigrette

Hey, let’s admit it, we all need to get more veggies and greens into our diet and the easiest way I know how is to make up a salad. This the perfect weeknight, busy night, or any night salad. The vinaigrette consists of 4 simple pantry ingredients; lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and takes under 2 minutes to whip up. Trust me, this vinaigrette beats the pants off of any store-bought variety! Also, making your own vinaigrette is way less expensive than the store-bought variety, is fresher and the best part is that you know exactly what goes into it. I’ve discovered a few things since starting the natural chef program. One thing is that I’m a bit more relaxed and confident in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

carrot-ginger dressing

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carrot-ginger dressing

It’s summer-time and that means lots of salads in my house.  I love summer salads because they’re just so easy to whip up, they’re healthy for the most part (unless you slather them with too much dressing) and they pair with just about anything.  The best part is that there’s no cooking involved, which is the perfect thing on a hot summer night.  I try to make my salad dressings from scratch when I can because homemade dressings are full of fresh ingredients, and I love that you have control over what’s going into your dressing.  With dressings you can add a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and come out with something that makes your …

farro and chicken salad with dates and cranberries

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farro and chicken salad with dates and cranberries

It’s official, Marin mama has been slacking on the blog.  I promised this recipe to you all last week and I never posted it, so I’m sorry!  I’m still trying to manage working full-time, making quality time for the kids and friends, as well as making sure I have some time to play and enjoy life in general, because at the end you have to enjoy all the fruits of your labor, right?  Life is a balancing act that I’m trying to figure out.  What I’ve learned lately is to let go of certain things that really don’t matter at the end of the day, and to try and not control life too much.  My big lesson this spring has …

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 …