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 …

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 …

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 …

fall roasted vegetables

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fall roasted vegetables

It finally feels like fall around here and I have to tell you that I’m happy about that. Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s a cozy time filled with soups, stews, savory chicken dishes, big bowls of steel cut oats, and of course fall roasted veggies! Yes, I’m someone who gets excited by butternut squash, acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and sweet potatoes! I simply adore roasted vegetables. They get all caramelized and crispy on the outside, and stay soft and tender on the inside. Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables. The sweet potatoes and squash get a bit sweeter, and the red onion sweetens considerably (especially when you use coconut oil to roast …

5-minute roasted cauliflower

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Ok, so I know I’m going a bit crazy with this whole 5-minute skillet veggie concept, but I’ve come to realize that I tend to get a bit obsessed when I find something I like/love, and I love this new 5-minute technique.  In my last post I showed you all how to cook 5-minute roasted Brussels sprouts, and now I’m showing you how to cook cauliflower in 5-minutes, yippee, aren’t you super excited? This 5-minute roasting technique has really saved me time and hassle in the kitchen on those busy weeknights where I want to serve up a vegetable, but don’t have tons of time to heat up the oven and roast veggies for 15 to 20 minutes.  I’m a full-time working mama now, …

5-minute roasted Brussels sprouts

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I’m starting a new section on my blog labeled 5-minute recipes.  These are recipes that roughly take 5-minutes or less to cook, and who doesn’t love that!  This recipe along with my 5-minute hot quinoa cereal and easy overnight steel-cut oats are the first in the series of great 5-minute recipes that don’t actually taste like a 5-minute recipe. Let’s admit it, we’re all busy and looking for shortcuts in the kitchen, but shortcuts that don’t require the use of a microwave and don’t compromise quality and taste. Well, I found a winner here. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways I’ve found to roast Brussels sprouts, and honestly the tastiest. Eli even begs for these and a year ago her …

grilled cheese with roasted broccoli

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grilled cheese with roasted broccoli

This is the BEST grilled cheese sandwich EVER, at least that’s what Zoe and I said as we devoured this sandwich. Adding roasted broccoli to a grilled cheese sandwich is genius, as it adds an extra punch of flavor and texture, and honestly makes you feel less guilty about eating a grilled cheese.  As one of my readers Samantha says, “can’t go wrong with grilled cheese, but when you add a green- it takes it to a whole new level.”  Samantha, I totally agree with you girl!  Tossing some brocoli into a grilled cheese is also a great way to sneak some veggies into your little ones, so for those of you that have some picky veggie eaters, you may want to …

roasted broccoli

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roasted broccoli

I thought instead of showing you all some fancy staged photo of a bowl of roasted broccoli, that I would show you my kids actually eating and liking it!  I know that if I hear about someone’s kids digging a veggie then I’m more inclined to make it up for my kids.  So, hopefully by seeing my kids enjoying this super healthy veggie, some of you may be more inclined to make this up for your troops!  I’m also letting you all know that this is not going to be a fancy post with jaw dropping photos, but instead it’s going to be a quick and simple post showing you all a quick and simple family approved recipe.  That’s how Marin …

how to cook spaghetti squash

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spaghetti squash with tomato sauce

Today’s post is sort of a recipe, but really more of a “how to” post. I’m going to show you all how to cook spaghetti squash.  I figured if I didn’t have a clue the first time I cooked one up, then there are those of you that are in the same boat. Spaghetti squash is a delicious and nutritious alternative to pasta.  It’s loaded with fiber, nutrients, vitamins and is high in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure, plus its fun to eat. When cooked, the inside of the squash shreds into long, thin noodle-like strands resembling spaghetti pasta.  I didn’t believe it until I actually made it and saw the transformation. The squash is pretty mild in flavor …

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 …

roasted asparagus

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Roasting asparagus is super quick, (just takes 7 minutes, super easy and totally kid approved. Roasted asparagus is super tasty, and it’s a perfect healthy side to any spring meal. Have you ever roasted asparagus before?  If you haven’t, you have to try it.  It’s converted my family and friends from asparagus haters to asparagus lovers!  It’s so easy to prepare.  All you do is rinse it, break off the ends with your hands, toss it in a bit of olive oil and sea salt and a bit of pepper, and let it roast for 7 minutes. How easy is that? Here’s a great tip for keeping asparagus fresh.  Fill a tall glass container with about 2 inches of cold …

Brussels sprouts salad

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

I know Brussels sprouts are not really “in season” right now.  We are actually at the end of their season, but I was craving a Brussels salad for lunch after devouring one the other night at a local restaurant. Brussels sprouts do taste best in the fall when they are small and green, but you can find still find them in most grocery stores this time of year, at least in the Bay area.  If you’re not a fan of Brussles sprouts or have not tried them, then you might want to wait and try this recipe in the fall when they are at their peak season.  I like veggies so this is a salad for someone who likes veggies, …

roasted fingerling potatoes with salt, rosemary and thyme

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roasted fingerling potatoes with salt, rosemary and thyme

I received a cast-iron skillet for Christmas and couldn’t wait to break it in.  I was cooking up some lemon chicken breasts and roasted cauliflower for dinner and decided that some roasted potatoes would be the perfect accompaniment.  Comfort food at its best, but healthy comfort food.  I took a look in my pantry and noticed I had about 16 fingerling potatoes just sitting there waiting to be used, so I pulled out one cast iron skillet and got to work. BTW, my kids love these potatoes (they rate them a 10).  They really taste like thick cut french fries, as they get super crispy on the bottom when you roast them in the skillet roasted fingerling potatoes with salt, rosemary and thyme: …

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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roasted Brussels sprouts

How are you feeling about Brussels spouts?  Do they bring up childhood memories of being stuck at the dinner table for hours until you finished every last one?  Do you have memories of gagging each time you ate one?  I do!  I use to hate Brussels sprouts, especially ones that were boiled.  They were sodden and vaguely buttered and hard to chew.  Then I tried them roasted, and I was converted.  Roasting them takes away that bitter taste and brings out their nutty flavor.  I’m hoping to convert those of you that are Brussels sprouts haters to Brussels sprouts lovers. OK, let’s get started!  You don’t need much to make these;  just some olive oil, salt & pepper.  First wash …