Mango Coconut Sticky Forbidden Rice

Mango, mango, mango!  And coconut Milk!  And sticky forbidden rice! By the time this posts, we will be leaving for Kauai in T minus 6 days, so I wish I could say that this recipe was the product of my tropical recipe fever.  But I can’t.  In fact, it was the product of the husband not being able to chew for several days after dental work.  And after about day 2 of chocolate pudding, he was ready to mix it up a bit.  And knowing he is a huge fan of thai sticky mango rice, I thought this might be right up his alley.  I was not wrong.  As he…

Summer Road Trippin’: Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars

Healthy, portable, and easy to make snacks that keep me going without making a mess are my kind of snacks!  This summer I have brought these chewy dark chocolate cherry quinoa bars everywhere.  They have gone with me: on more than one road trip backpacking hiking kayaking as pre and post race “fuel” in my purse on a plane When I find what I like, I tend to put it on repeat.  And I am a super fan of these chewy bars.  Can you tell? I have a KILLER time finding protein bars that actually taste good and aren’t packed with sugar and processed ingredients.  So far I’m batting in…

Summer Sides and Salads: Chimichurri Peach and Avocado Salad

You guys, its stone fruit season, which means PEACHES, PEACHES, and more PEACHES!  This salad takes advantage of all of the summer flavors: fresh cilantro and lemon juice, spicy peppers, creamy avocados, sweet peaches, and crunchy cucumbers! If you have had the oregano heavy chimichurri with meat (usually steak), this is its fresher lighter cousin. I’m opting for cilantro instead of oregano, tons of spices, and a little heat from a serrano pepper!  I can’t even explain the magical burst of summer this sauce and salad evoke on my tastebuds.  Can’t even. I will be very sad to see stone fruit season come to and end.  And nine out of…

Grilled Spicy Honey Ginger Shrimp

In an alternate universe – one where I am much cooler, braver, and tougher – I would be a fisherman or a farmer.  I grew up in a fishing family so the allure of something so hands on and tangible has always been there.  Also, I have a fiercely brown thumb, so the former seems more plausible than the latter.  Nonetheless, knowing where the food that will feed my family and others comes from is one of the most magical and rewarding careers I can think of.  The idea of working in the dirt all day with my dogs in tow or waking up on a fishing boat to calm…

Girls’ Night in 5: 5 Ingredient Poke

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. I’m mentally prepping for our trip to Kauai next month with these Girls Night in 5 recipes!  Light, delicious and with nearly limitless flavor combos, poke is one of my favorite easy, healthy dishes!  Who else loves poke? Last time we were in Kauai, almost every corner market has a deli case with a couple different varieties of…
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