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Sweet & Spicy Maple Sriracha Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts definitely rank somewhere at the top of my favorite crucifers list. But it’s rare that I season them beyond basic garlic, salt and pepper! Lately I’ve been challenging myself to go beyond my typical flavor and seasoning choices. Or using a favorite kind of flavor on a food I’ve never tried it on before. Maple Sriracha is a flavor I’ve used on chicken, but not on vegetables — until now. This is how…

SPICED LENTIL LETTUCE CUPS

Spiced Lentil Lettuce Cups With A Creamy Sriracha Lime Slaw

Summer meal coming in hot! As the temperatures climb my appetite tends to prefer lighter, plant-focused meals, but I get bored of salads quickly. Thus I find it necessary to get creative and make a variety of dish styles. One style of dish I’ve had in a variety of restaurants, but had yet to make at home until recently was lettuce cups. I wanted to create a dish that blended hispanic and asian flavors and…

Put Your Veggie Scraps To Use + Make This Easy Veggie Broth.

Ever find yourself with a giant pile of veggie “ends” when you’re done prepping a recipe? If you’re able to compost them, great! If not, you can at least put them to use before throwing them away by making a delicious veggie broth! You don’t need to make a pot of broth every time you have leftovers. Keep a designated bag or container in the freezer for saving the ends until you have enough to…

Back-Pocket Lentil Soup

Back-pocket recipes: those meals you could make with your eyes closed if given the challenge. The recipes you whip together with your always stocked items in the fridge and cupboards. Maybe you have a few of your own, but if you don’t: fret not! This easy, no-fail lentil soup recipe is waiting to be your favorite back-pocket meal. When I say this recipe is easy, I mean: it seriously takes less than 10 minutes to…

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…

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,…

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.…

Cinnamon Maple Homemade Granola

If you’ve always wanted to try making homemade granola, but thought it would be too difficult or time consuming, I’m here to tell you it really isn’t! Much to my surprise and happiness, I discovered that making granola might in fact be one of the most simple self-made goodies. Made with a mixture of standard pantry staples, it comes together in 5 minutes and takes just 20-25 minutes to bake. Loaded w/ complex carbohydrates and…