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How to Make Garlic Scape Pesto 3 Different Ways

The rain has delayed our early summer produce harvest here in Upstate New York. But one thing you can find an abundance of are garlic scapes — the green stringy top of hard garlic. Garlic scapes have a deliciously pungent garlic flavor blended with a fresher greens taste. You can roast or sauce them up, or you can use them the same way you’d use garlic. My favorite way to use fresh garlic? All the…

Crunchy Veggie Ciabatta Sandwich With Chipotle Mayo + Goat Cheese

Nearly every time I eat a sandwich I declare it my new favorite sandwich, and this ciabatta sandwich is no different. Vegetables are often an after-thought when it comes to sandwiches, acting as toppings for a meat or protein base. Bored by lunchtime salads, I’ve felt inspired to create a variety of go-to veggie sandwiches of simple ingredients with complex flavors. Let’s deconstruct how to make my new favorite lunch: the crunchy veggie ciabatta sandwich…

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…

Skillet Baked Apples + a Lovely Weekend

This weekend was beautiful. Though originally forecasted for clouds and rain, there was nothing but clear skies from Saturday Morning to Sunday Night. We spent hours working on our yard on Saturday, but it honestly didn’t even feel like work. I’m not sure when it became enjoyable to me, but right now I am so into being outside and learning how to garden. I think this falls into line with a recent break through in…

How To Make Sweet Potato Toast

Whether you’re gluten free, ran out of bread, or just love sweet potatoes, this post is for you! A simple and nutritious way to make your favorite types of toast without any bread. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE bread and eat it often, but this past week we forgot purchase any when grocery shopping, so I decided to take advantage of the garnet yams from our CSA box. Sweet potato toast looks way fancier…

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…

Avocado + Cara Cara Salad

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am with the daily increase in daylight. Through my twenties, there has definitely been a pattern of winter related blues and just over all blah-ness. I think most people struggle with some level of seasonal affective disorder, especially us in the more northern and chillier terrains. The combination of darkness and cold really wears on my productivity, my esteem, and my emotions. Its so refreshing…

Lemon Garlic Hummus

I could easily take down a whole container of good hummus in a sitting if given the opportunity. I’ll also admit that store bought hummus can be one of those “forget you have it in the fridge” kind of items. The best flavors or brands often have the shortest shelf life and the highest price and it feels so terrible when you have to toss any un-used expired leftovers. In efforts to waste less and…

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…