Hearty Kale, Coconut and Farro Bowl

Hearty Kale, Coconut and Farro Bowl

OK, I know what you’re thinking. Hearty? How can kale, coconut and farro be…hearty? That sounds all organic and health foody. Well, I thought the same thing, and let me tell you – I am sitting here watching Bachelor Pad (don’t judge) completely full from dinner.

I first spotted this recipe on Joy The Baker a few months ago and it has been sitting on my Pinterest board just waiting to be made. After a weekend that included an amazing feast at Mo-Chica and a noticeable lack of Bar Method classes, I really wanted to eat something healthy tonight. This dish required stops at 2 markets since Trader Joe’s didn’t have the coconut or farro. I picked those up at a natural market near my apartment, but what surprised me is that neither store carried sriracha! Luckily a very generous friend (and neighbor) saved the day and let me borrow her bottle (thanks Aimee!).

Seriously, this dinner is so delicious that it will definitely be added to the rotation. Get cooking!

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Grilled Veggie Tofu Stack

Grilled Veggie Tofu Stack

Yup, it’s been a month since I’ve blogged. Let’s not talk about it. Moving on….

I subscribe to about 8,000 deals emails. Bloomspot, Groupon, Living Social, Plum District (yes, the mom one), SniqueAway, Blackboard Eats, you name it. A while back I received a Daily Candy Deals email that included a discount on a subscription to Cooking Light. Ask me five years ago about purchasing a subscription to Cooking Light, and I would have replied that it was only for old ladies. Oh, how times have changed. This purchase ended up being a huge win. The delivery seems to rotate between Cooking Light and Everyday Food. The following recipe was insanely easy, healthy, and something I will definitely be making again soon. My only issue making this was that it took what felt like one million batches to grill everything since I’m working with a pretty small cast iron grill pan. The result was still delicious and complete with those oh so sexy grill marks. Made 4 servings, perfect for lunch the next day!

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Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Portabellos

Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Portabellos

I discovered this recipe when Matt decided to take on the South Beach Diet. In addition to grabbing recipes from the meal plan in the book, I did some research online came across Kalyn’s Kitchen, a site that focuses on South Beach-friendly foods. To my surprise some of these recipes are REALLY good! And the bonus is that they are low in carbs.

I’ve made these stuffed portabello mushrooms a few times and they don’t disappoint. These are meant to be cooked on a BBQ, but since we don’t have one a grill pan worked just fine.

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Ina Garten’s Baked Lemon Chicken

Ina Garten’s Baked Lemon Chicken

Hello, new favorite dinner recipe! It’s easy, healthy, leftover-yielding and delicious. Plus, it’s 100% boyfriend-approved. In case I haven’t convinced you to make this yet, I read that Ina Garten called it her favorite recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

I accidentally bought skinless breasts when I made this for the first time. Oops. It was still super tasty but I recommend following the recipe and using skin-on.

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Favorite Kale Salad

Favorite Kale Salad

3 days of dancing in the desert + several slices of spicy pie pizza + multiple trips to the coolhaus ice cream truck = me not feeling so hot this week. I am going to miss this though….

I’m thinking about doing a cleanse, but in the meantime it’s time to get back on the healthy track. I recently became obsessed with bringing this salad for lunch since it’s so tasty and easy to throw together. I’m not going to give you measurements here since you can just assemble to your liking. The great thing about kale is that you can add your dressing in the morning and it won’t get soggy by lunch – in fact it’s almost better that way. Trader Joe’s Hummus Dressing is my usual go-to, but last time I used a homemade peanut dressing that was super tasty. Of course I didn’t bookmark the recipe but I’m pretty sure it was something like this.

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Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella

If you’re an avid recipe surfer on Pinterest, then you’ve probably encountered the recent DIY Nutella craze. Come on, homemade nut butters are all the rage! After my almond butter turned out a little….meh, I was hoping that the chocolately goodness of Nutella would redeem my Cuisinart and propel me into hazel-nutty heaven. Boy, am I glad that I didn’t let my failed experiment derail my Nutella dreams. I feel weird calling this “healthy,” but it is so much better for you than the store-bought stuff that I don’t feel guilty for licking it right off the spoon.

Make this now!

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Ginger Bar Heaven

Ginger Bar Heaven

Happy Daylight Savings! I’m not sure if that is something people actually say, but I am very happy about the extra hour of sunshine that will be sticking around after work. I’m also happy about the 40% off friends & family sale that I took advantage of today at the Gap today. Hello, new purple pants!

I’ve had this ginger bar recipe bookmarked for a while now from A Full Measure of Happiness (if you are looking for new food blogs, I can’t recommend Lauren’s recipes enough). I tend to gravitate toward desserts that are centered around – or at least involve – chocolate, but something about this recipe caught my eye. It took two different grocery stores to track down the ingredients, and let me tell you, it was totally worth it.

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Spicy Kale “Lasagna”

Spicy Kale “Lasagna”

I can’t ignore the elephant in the room. It’s been nearly a month since I’ve posted. Blogging took a back seat to a particularly crazy February, but here I am – back and ready to get you into the kitchen!

Last month I was helping out a certain someone by cooking dinners that fit on phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. I naturally turned to the always-reliable Kalyn’s Kitchen for inspiration. In comes…Spicy Kale “Lasagna!” I’m not going to lead you on any longer. This isn’t your traditional take on the classic dish. Noodles are swapped out for layers of kale – one of the most nutritious (and trendiest) veggies in town.
Does this taste exactly like a gooey, noodle-y lasagna? Nope. But, we thought it was really good for a healthy and low-carb meal. Don’t skimp on getting the hot italian sausage – it makes the dish!

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Easy Egg Muffins

Easy Egg Muffins

Easy breakfast alert! Take half an hour to make these on Sunday night and you are set for the week. There are endless opportunities for ingredient combos. I used spinach and mushrooms, but feel free to customize these to your liking…green onions, tomatoes, zucchini, the list goes on. Plus, they heat up quickly in the microwave and they are great with a little hot sauce. If you’re sick of your breakfast routine make these now!

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Sushi Bar Cucumber Salad

Sushi Bar Cucumber Salad

At the risk of sounding too much like this, I have to say that I LOVE sushi. Writing this makes me a little upset that I haven’t had it in a few weeks. Is it weird that I started eating it when I was three or four? Anyways, in addition to my obsession with sushi goodness, I really enjoy everything else that comes along with a Japanese restaurant. Warm towels, chopsticks, sake, seaweed salad…the list goes on. I especially love those little cucumber salads.

Last weekend I remembered I had 2 cucumbers sitting in the fridge that I never got around to using for a salad I was planning to make. They were probably only good for another day or two so I knew I had to get moving. What to make? A Japanese restaurant style cucumber salad! A quick Google search led me to this Eating Well recipe, and let me say, the result tasted just like I had hoped.

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