Served barely warm or at room temperature, this Farmers' Market Minestrone is just bursting with fresh summer produce!
Are you feeling ready for fall, cooler temperatures, rain, hot tea, and cute boots? Or are you holding on to summer as tight as you can, soaking up every moment of sun-filled fun? I'm still in the latter group, not ready for summer to be over quite yet. The fall season is one of my favorites, but it's just so hard to let go of the relaxed days of summer.
One thing I am starting to get excited about, though, is fall food. Cinnamon, apples, pumpkin... fall has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to baking. Something else to love about fall? Soup time! ... [Continue Reading]
You will love this vegetarian take on enchiladas! These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a spicy, cheesy, and filling meatless main dish.
What's your favorite Mexican entree? For me, I'd have to say it's a tie between tacos and enchiladas. I just never seem to tire of them, and I find myself adding a Mexican-inspired meal to my menu plan at least once a week. Part of the reason why I love tacos and enchiladas so much is that there are endless ways to customize and adapt them. These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a healthy take on this favorite dish.
While the filling for these enchiladas is meatless, it's definitely not lacking in flavor. Besides the ... [Continue Reading]
Need another easy summer meal in your rotation? You will love this Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna, full of fire-roasted tomatoes and summer squash!
I'm all about the easy meals these days. You too? When dinnertime nears, I just don't have the motivation or desire to make a complicated meal. And, let's be realistic, even easy meals take longer than they should when you're also supervising 5- and 2-year old siblings. Julia and William have actually been wonderful about playing together nicely lately, but, you know, sharing is hard!
Most often, I'm having to stop them from having so much fun that someone's going to accidentally get hurt. Like when they decide to ... [Continue Reading]
This simple pasta dish is full of cheesy tortellini, healthy spinach, and crunchy pine nuts. It's a delicious easy dinner, and is also great as a cold pasta salad for lunch.
Today's recipe is an old favorite from the early days of the blog (July 2010!) that deserved an updated photo and repost to highlight it once again. I've been making this Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts for years, and it's still a family favorite!
Are any of you feeling a little lazy lately? I certainly am, especially when it comes to cooking dinner. I want a homecooked meal most nights, but don't want to put in a whole lot of effort to get it! I'd much rather spend my time outdoors or relaxing ... [Continue Reading]
Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos, topped with grilled onions and creamy feta and avocado, are a delicious, quick, and easy meal!
Tacos are one of those meals that I can eat again and again without tiring of them. I'm always glad to find new variations on the taco that my family and I can enjoy. It's even better when those variations are meatless yet still full of flavor. These grilled portobello tacos are a little spicy, and a lot delicious!
The grilled portobellos act like the “meat” in the taco, filling you up with nutritious vegetable yumminess. Add in grilled onions, tomatoes, avocado, and feta cheese, and you have a taco that is sure to satisfy even on a super hungry ... [Continue Reading]
This Deconstructed Falafel Salad is a lovely mixture of flavors and textures. Chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, and avocado are all tossed in a flavorful lemon-cumin-tahini dressing. Easy, homemade pita chips add a delicious crunch!
What do you usually eat for lunch? I tend to make sandwiches, since they are easy and don't require much thought. Sandwiches can get boring quickly, though. I find that when I eat a healthy salad for lunch, I have more energy in the afternoon and am less likely to want to nap!
The key to a healthy and filling salad is to have a good balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This Deconstructed Falafel Salad has all of that, plus plenty of ... [Continue Reading]
Full of all of the southwestern flavors that you love, this Southwestern Pasta Salad with a spicy chili-lime dressing is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Pretty much everyone is a fan of pasta salad, right? It's a great crowd-pleasing dish that's easy to make and share at BBQ's and potlucks.
The best pasta salads are full of pasta (of course) and veggies, all coated in a flavorful dressing. I've made all sorts of varieties of pasta salads, including this flavorful Greek pasta salad, an amazing pesto pasta salad, and one with orzo, tomatoes, and mint.
I know I'm not alone in my love of southwestern flavors, and I thought they would make an awesome pasta salad. And was I ever right! ... [Continue Reading]
This hummus and grilled vegetable wrap makes a healthy and delicious lunch or easy dinner.
I'm always trying new recipes for dinner, snacks, and treats, but lunch often gets overlooked in my menu planning process. Which means we end up eating a lot of sandwiches, cheese quesadillas, and, sometimes leftovers. Usually I don't have much time to devote to preparing lunch, so if I'm going to make something out of the usual rotation it needs to be easy.
These wraps totally fit the quick and easy requirement. ... [Continue Reading]
Who knew that a meatless lasagna made with kale and baby bella mushrooms could be this good?
We don't follow a strict meatless Monday rule in our house, but we do eat meatless meals most nights both for food budget and health reasons. On the nights when our meals are based around vegetables and proteins such as beans, eggs, or cheese (yes, cheese counts as a protein in my book!), we never miss the meat. Take this lasagna for example. I've been wanting to make a kale lasagna for a while, and I decided to add baby bella, or crimini, mushrooms to it because mushrooms tend to add some heartiness to a dish. Between the whole wheat lasagna noodles, cheeses, sauce, and vegetables, this ... [Continue Reading]
Pesto, roasted portabellas, red onion, and fresh mozzarella grilled to panini perfection.
I could eat this sandwich every week. Here's what we're working with: ciabatta rolls, pesto, roasted portabellas, sauteed onions, and fresh mozzarella. These ingredients combine to make an amazing vegetarian panini. I happened to have just the right amount of pesto stored in my freezer left over from a recipe I made a few months ago. I had planned to use it as a pizza sauce, but I'm so glad I didn't because it made these panini unbelievably easy to put together.
My new plan? To make a big batch of pesto every few weeks and store it in the freezer in ¼-cup size portions. Then I will be prepared ... [Continue Reading]
A delicious way to eat your vegetables, this Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette makes a great healthy lunch. Or, enjoy it as a side dish with grilled chicken.
I am always trying to work more vegetables into my diet. I tend to eat plenty of fresh fruits, but I know that I can do better with the vegetables. Green salads and carrot sticks can get boring quickly, but roasted vegetables? I can eat roasted vegetables day after day and never tire of them.
In this roasted vegetable quinoa salad, I've taken a sweet onion, red bell peppers, and an eggplant and roasted them until they are soft and caramelized. I combined the vegetables with some quinoa and a sprinkling ... [Continue Reading]
This Hearty Vegetable Chowder is filled with leeks, carrots, celery, and potatoes. A scoop of tangy Greek yogurt and some Cajun spice give it plenty of flavor and a little kick to warm you up from the inside.
Our temperatures are dropping here in California, and yesterday we got some much-needed rain. While our cold temperatures are certainly nothing extreme, I was looking to warm up with a comforting bowl of soup once dinner time rolled around. This hearty vegetable chowder was perfect to fill our tummies and warm us up, especially since we gave it a little kick with an extra pinch of cayenne pepper!
There are two key steps that give this soup it's hearty, smooth broth. First, ... [Continue Reading]
A healthy vegetarian take on stuffed peppers, these Stuffed Red Bell Peppers with Couscous and Avocado Sauce are full of flavor and a great make-ahead dish.
Stuffed bell peppers... there are the traditional recipes with meat, rice, and sauce, and then there are the more unique flavor combinations to spice things up and offer variety. These couscous-stuffed peppers fall into the latter category. Anything but boring and usual, they are packed with flavor!
When I first saw this recipe while flipping through one of my cookbooks I bookmarked it and added it to our weekly menu plan. The night before I planned to make these, I read through the recipe to see what was involved in preparing ... [Continue Reading]
Sometimes (well, pretty much a great deal of the time), my kids surprise me. Take these stuffed peppers, for instance. Quinoa combined with tons of veggies doesn't necessarily make me think kid-friendly meal. I suppose I didn't give Julia and William enough credit, though, because both of them really enjoyed this. Even with a cold, Julia ate plenty of her stuffed pepper half. We're finally at a stage with her where she will at least try a bite of most anything that I cook, and she's starting (slowly) to enjoy a greater variety of foods, including a few more vegetables. And William? These days he's not much of an eater at dinner time, so the fact that he had multiple bites of his quinoa ... [Continue Reading]
I love cooking with butternut squash this time of year. One of our favorite fall meals is butternut squash soup, homemade rolls, and a green salad. Roasted butternut squash, though, is hard to resist, especially when it's combined with a bechamel sauce and three cheeses in a lasagna. This lasagna reminded me of one of my other favorite butternut squash meals- butternut squash ravioli. It has all of the flavors of the ravioli, but is much easier to put together. The roasted squash, cheese, sage, and pasta, it's all there.
The lasagna requires minimal prep time, especially since it takes advantage of no-boil lasagna noodles. Plus, I always enjoy adding new and flavorful vegetarian meals to ... [Continue Reading]
This summer flew by, probably because the kids and I were so busy. Between swimming lessons, My Gym classes, more swimming, and running errands, we had someplace to be pretty much every day. Sometimes when the kids and I are out and about, I like to treat us by going out to lunch or for a morning snack. Often we'll choose to eat at Panera, because it's kid-friendly and we love the menu of bagels, sandwiches, and salads. If it's lunchtime, Julia always orders the mac and cheese and (not always willingly) shares some with her little brother.
I was excited to find that Panera's mac and cheese recipe is available on their website, so that we can enjoy it at home as well. Julia loved the ... [Continue Reading]
As someone who spends a lot of time cooking, baking, photographing food, and writing about food, I constantly have food-related ideas bouncing around in my head. You know you're a food blogger when... as you're standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes from the raspberry scones you just made (which just happen to be the fifth new recipe you've tried over the past three days), you ask your husband questions like, “Do you think that zucchini pizza would be good with pine nuts on it?” His reply? “Yes, I think that would be really good.” So the next time I make this pizza, I will definitely be tossing some pine nuts on top. I think the added crunch would be awesome, and if you try it, let me ... [Continue Reading]
Hummus is a healthy snack, high in protein and a great dip for fresh veggies. Lately I've been making a batch of hummus to enjoy as an easy, healthy dinner too. I serve it with a variety of fresh cut vegetables and homemade whole-wheat pita wedges, and we have a casual, balanced meal that includes protein, veggies, and whole grains. The kids love both the hummus (they are partial to the roasted red pepper one) and the pita, and we round out their meal with some fresh fruit. (We're still working on getting them to enjoy veggies other than broccoli and the occasional slice of cucumber.)
I've read in a few different places about a secret to making perfectly smooth hummus: peeling the ... [Continue Reading]