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Herbed Potato and Red Pepper Breakfast Skillets

Where my cast-iron skillet fans at? I bought my first 10 inch cast-iron pan last year, and it’s easily my most prized cook ware. Fortunately, wedding gift cards to Target have meant getting my hands on all the Lodge cast-iron! I’ve been eyeing mini skillets for over a year, which is silly because they are just about 10 dollars a piece. What was I waiting for? Anyway, I have them now! And I’m ready to make…

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Wow, it’s been a while, but I have returned to bring you a recipe for simple butternut squash soup! The last month has been amazing but chaotic, full but also easy going. I GOT MARRIED — to my best friend and soulmate, and I couldn’t be happier. Our wedding was a weekend I’ll treasure forever. The final weeks of wedding planning were a bit nuts and chock full of DIY crafts. This left little time…

Lemon Garlic Roasted Salmon and How I Meal Prep Lately

Do you meal prep on the weekends? Some months I will religiously prep food for work meals and make homemade snacks, other months (especially summer) I try to avoid long stints in the kitchen. Honestly, I find that meal prepping can lead to too much food, creating unnecessary food waste. The one meal I usually try and prep for no matter the time of year, is work lunches. I find that if I don’t prepare…

Peach and Tomato Chickpea Salad

Are you tired of legume salads yet? I hope not, because today I have my favorite of the summer thus far: a Peach and Tomato Chickpea Salad. This summer has been a doozy, in regards to both the hustle and the sweltering heat and humidity. If you’re from the South, the West or the Midwest, you’re probably rolling your eyes at me as I complain about temperatures in the high 80’s to low 90’s; but…

How to Prep Kale for Salads and Recipes

Kale: not going to solve all of your problems or end war, but delicious and nutritious nonetheless. Kale is easily one of my favorite greens to consume and work with. Early on, however, I wasn’t entirely sure how to prep it for my salads or grain bowls. I’d underdress and under prepare, leaving the kale too dry, scratchy and difficult to digest. Over time, I discovered better ways to prep it for my salads and…

Citrus Pico De Gallo Black Bean Salad

Another week of choosing to avoid the oven as much as possible brings you this simple addition to your weekday lunches or dinners: Citrus Pico De Gallo Black Bean Salad. Tart and citrusy from fresh lime juice and fresh and spicy from the pico de gallo. Perfect as a light main course, side dish, or snack dip, this recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes of time! This recipe is chock full of healthy fats, fiber,…

Easy Weeknight Meals – Veggie and Brown Rice Noodle Stir Fry

Hello there, Friends! I’m back with my first recipe in over week. This summer is already way busier than expected, but all good things! I had no intentions of tonight’s dinner making it as a recipe on my blog, but then I realized, if you’re like me, these are actually the recipes you want. The ones you can make in 15-20 minutes after a long day at work. Thus, I bring you my first recipe…

Strawberry, Walnut and Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

The farmers’ market was busting at the seams with awesome finds today. I love browsing the little white tents for produce, flowers and other craft goods. Today I snagged a gorgeous bouquet of peonies that are now bringing so much joy to my kitchen counter. Strawberries and micro greens were among the other things I purchased, both of which made it into today’s recipe: a Strawberry, Walnut and Goat Cheese Spinach Salad. Just 10 minutes…

Strawberry, Avocado + Arugula Salad w/ a Simple Honey Mustard Vinaigrette and Having Grace With Yourself When Feeling Distracted

We are in the midst of our first heat wave here, which leaves me wanting to go no where near the oven. I’m also in the midst of an unfortunate recipe and writers’ block spell. Thankfully, I picked up a few perfect salad ingredients from the farmers’ market this morning and aside from my overall lack of creativity in the kitchen lately, I never feel challenged to come up with a new favorite salad combination.…

Roasted Beet + Mint Salad

I wasn’t always so open to eating any type of vegetable. Growing up in the Army, we we’re usually limited to whatever the commissary’s were stocking, and it typically was a very standard set of vegetables. Additionally, this was long before our family discovered the beautiful art of roasting any vegetable under the sun. I spent the first 25 years of my life thinking I hated beets. I think its mostly because I associated them with…