Summer Salads and Sides: Loaded Blueberry Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon

When we bought our house, it was the back deck and yard that sealed the deal. It becomes my summer office.  Under the shady canopy of cedar trees, its the most relaxing place for reading/writing/working!  When we saw the space for the very first time, we could instantly picture grilling, sitting around a fire, and friends!  We have a smallish house so the extra outdoor deck/patio square footage really lets us spread out and invite whomever we wish!!  No invitation spared:)  I am ready for some backyard summer parties already! After a killer 3 day weekend, I am even more READY for all things summer food.  That means lots of…

One Bowl Wonder: Vegan Coconut Veggie Curry

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! Maybe the name of the series name should be changed to “one pot wonder” in this case, since everything is technically thrown into a pot – rather than a bowl – to simmer away.  Either way, this is a simple, healthy, easy to make dinner that can easily be improvised based on what veggies you have on hand. I know its not a secret,…

What to make for Memorial Day: Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers

This recipe is part of the Memorial Day edition of the What-to-Make series.   Memorial Day BBQ plans?  If you happen to live somewhere that hasn’t perpetually dumped rain from the sky all spring, I hope you are planning to don your flip flops and pull out the grill! Seattle, please don’t rain on us for that one day.  Pretty please.    I can’t think of a better way to grill up some juicy marinated chicken than on kebab skewers.  First, they are easy to serve!  How many skewers do you want?  Second, the small pieces of meat cook quickly and get a nice grilled/charred exterior without being dry. And finally,…

What to make for Mother’s Day: Mediterranean Feast! – Moroccan chicken and Roasted Onions

This post is part of the “What to make for Mother’s Day” series.  This post is part 1 of a 2 part Mediterranean feast tutorial.  You can find part 2 here.   Mother’s day is just around the corner and instead of brunch, or tea or traditional mother’s day faire.  I wanted to share something a bit out of the ordinary for mother’s day this year:  An easy to make Middle Eastern Feast! With a bit of planning ahead, this meal can come together in a flash!!  Everyone in our house loves the interactive nature of this meal it and alllllll of the sauce options that go with it. Today,…

Pomegranate Kale Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

You guys, do you think I can get bonus holiday cheer points for making the most festive looking salad?  Pretty please?  The holiday season has only just begun and I am already in desperate need of bonus “cheer” points.  Tim has called me “the grinch” roughly 10 times a day since Thanksgiving for offenses such as disliking multi-colored christmas lights, giant blow-up santa claus lawn decor, and eggnog.  So, ya’ll, I need to get my reputation back into the holiday black.  Pun intended. A dark green salad the color of evergreen trees flecked with sparkling ruby colored jewels is about the most festive salad I know.  I made it the…
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