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How To Make Quick Pickles

Let me start this off by saying this: I by no means strive for perfection, in the present or future, when it comes to sustainable and green living. I do, however, look for simple ways to decrease waste and reuse old materials (I.e. jars, bottles, etc). I’ve recently taken interest in making my own versions of things I would have previously bought in a jar because 1) I have so many empty glass jars in…

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…

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,…

Honey Tamari Cucumber Salad with Ginger, Jalapeño, Cilantro and Lime

Honey, Tamari, Jalapeno, Pickled Ginger, Cilantro, Lime Juice. Yes, that is a lot of flavors. I probably would’ve never tried combining tamari soy sauce and ginger with (what I consider) hispanic flavors, but boy did it work! Last week I started checking out cookbooks from our local library, not to follow the recipes necessarily, but to teach myself more about flavor blending and specific cooking/baking techniques. I was surprised to see just how many recipes…

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…

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – Vegan + Gluten Free

Salad season is upon us! Through the late spring and summer, I love nothing more than a delicious and unique salad with or as dinner. Anyone out there who doesn’t have central A/C understands the desire to leave the oven off as much as possible as the mercury rises. Luckily, I have a pretty decent collection of go-to salads for summer weeknight meals that also double as great dishes to bring along to barbecues. Today’s…

5-Minute Kale Pesto

One of my goals this year is to certainly reduce food waste at home. I do a pretty good job at finishing produce before it goes bad, but occasionally there is a small amount leftover. This recipe was inspired by the 2 leaves of kale and small bag of cilantro leftover from last weeks greens. I have tried making kale pesto one other time, but I didn’t have quite enough olive oil left in my…

Simple Veggie Sushi Rolls

Corey and I have quite a sushi habit. Near our house there is a tiny little family owned sushi restaurant that makes the best sushi in our area. For some time we have wanted to try and make sushi at home, and after seeing that our grocery store now carried Ocean’s Halo Organic Nori wraps, we decide to give it a go for New Years Day lunch. This recipe isn’t an original, I used The…

Blackberry Cranberry Compote

I remember when I was in high school my mother found a recipe for a cranberry orange chutney and made it for Thanksgiving that year in lieu of canned cranberry sauce. It was so incredibly delicious, a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors. Ive always wanted to experiment with my own homemade cranberry compote and I am so glad I finally did. Cranberry compotes/sauces aren’t just for Thanksgiving, they’re also perfect for topping oats,…