Greek Grain + Roasted Chicken Salad

SONY DSCWe’ve been loading up on soups, stews and comfort food like crazy people around here.  This weather just lends itself to such deliciousness, don’t you think?  But geez louise we must switch things up once in a blue moon!  This salad-it’s just fantastic for this time of year.  It’s still a bit comforting and warm but the flavors are so light and fresh…a combo after my own heart! Continue reading

Weeknight Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

SONY DSCHappy New Year!  It’s  been a while, friends, and while I have thought about you so very often, I have just been way too busy eating to check in with you.  I mean this pregnancy thing really couldn’t have come at a better time.  Christmas.  New Years.  Holiday gatherings galore.  It all amounted to more yummy food than I can explain.  And then there’s the fact my oven was broken for nearly  a month.  You guys, ONE MONTH.  Do you know how long that is?  I mean I get it, be grateful for what you have, I try so hard.  But my oven?!  Take my hot water.  My coffee.  My contact lenses.  But for the love, don’t take my oven! I’m happy to report we are back up and running around here..and we were so very happy to have this Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup at home for dinner last night.   Continue reading

Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup

SONY DSCIt won’t stop, you guys.  All things comfort.  All day.  Every day.  I’m not sure if its the damp, cold weather happening around here or the fact that theres a precious tiny little human growing inside of me but COMFORT FOOD, I will find you.

And soups are at the very top of my comfort food list these days. It’s December, after all-seems only appropriate.  As I’ve told you in the past, soups are one of my very favorite dishes to create because there are just no rules.  Soups are so forgiving.  Throw in what you’ve got in the fridge and with a few of the right aromatics, spices and garnishes you’re practically good to go.  This soup right here?  This Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup?  You just must.   Continue reading

Spinach, Broccoli + Farro Salad

SONY DSCGood day, friends!  I hope your weekend was what a long-Thanksgiving weekend should be…relaxing, fun and yummy-food-filled!  And now, back to the grind.  But let me tell you, this salad is a mighty fine way to start that grind.

If we are Instagram buddies you may have seen my recent obsession with the Kale + Broccoli Salad from Lunds and Byerlys, a local grocer around these parts.  And you guys, the obsession is legit.  LE-GIT.  You know I’m a sucker for super-grain farro to begin with, especially in salad form.   But besides my beloved farro, this salad just has gobs of goodies in it:  kale, broccoli, parmesan, apricots, sun dried tomatoes.  Weird combo, no?  No!  You wont believe what that flavor/texture hodge podge does…it will knock your socks off!  Continue reading

Pan Roasted Salmon Mediterranean Bowls with Tahini Sauce

SONY DSCOh for all things yum.  If you’re looking for a warm, yet light, fresh weeknight meal idea look no further, friends.  These bowls right here are the whole shebang.

Let’s start with the tahini sauce.  If you have even the slightest relationship with hummus this stuff will knock your socks off.  I eat it on everything.  I mean everything.  From green salad dressing to veggie dip to burger topping to sweet potato fry dunking.  Tart and garlicky and creamy and oh my golly I just can’t get enough.   Continue reading

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Heres the deal, you guys.  I’m going to be frank with you.  I am getting lazy.  Like LAAAAZZZZYYYY.  Yes, you can still count on me to get a decent dinner on the table most nights…but man, I’ll find a shortcut.  Now don’t get me wrong..I love a good Sunday spent in the kitchen…but these weeknights are all about saving time.

I feel like life has progressively taken me to this place of minimal effort.  And yes, the weather these days must have something to  do with it, too.  But it used to be, you know, pre-kids, I was putting hours into dinner.  Hours.  Meticulously dicing, pureeing, grinding, whatever it took to make the food absolutely delicious.  Then one kid…two kids..came along and it has gradually shifted from hours of effort to literally strategizing how I can get this meal on the table as quickly as possible.  What shortcuts can I take that wont sacrifice taste?  How can I make this easier, not only for myself, but for you, my NP people…because Lord knows you don’t have the time either, friends.   Continue reading

Sweet and Sticky Salmon + Coconut Rice Bowls

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Guys, you know I love a good Asian dish.  And you know that my husband is a bit meh about that whole deal-he’s an Italian food junkie.  But these salmon and rice bowls?  His fave.   Totally worthy of your meal rotation, promise!

The coconut rice is a total winner around our home.. .my kids adore it and it pairs wonderfully with basically any protein.  So I started these bowls with a base of that sweet, perfectly cooked rice.   Continue reading

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

SONY DSCYou aren’t going to believe these.  Truly.

Let’s just start with the fact that they involve only 6 simple ingredients.

And then lets discuss the fact that there is no cooking involved.  Or blending.  Or pureeing.  Or effort.  None.

SONY DSCAnd then let’s talk about how much more healthful they are than your typical store-bought white sugar packed peanut butter chocolate granola bars.

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Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Chive Cream Sauce

img_6592Boy oh boy it’s been a while.  How was your long weekend?  As I told you last time we chatted, we took a little road trip to visit my family down in Iowa and Nebraska and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to close out the summer.  It was time so well spent…with my parents, my siblings and their families.  Late nights, early mornings, donuts, happy kiddo giggles, mama’s homecooking, pool parties, coffee, pedicures…I mean it was just plain wonderful.  And now…school begins!  What a way to head into a new year, hearts full as all get out.

And as you may know, somehow, magically, each year as summer begins to slip away my seasonal cooking-brain goes right with it.  It’s incredible how it happens so organically.  Suddenly I begin craving warm food….my tummy just begins to tire a bit of all of the cool, crisp, fresh fare.  So this dish right here is just a lovely way to begin the transition….it’s warm and comforting, yet still light and fresh. Continue reading