Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Quinoa and Nuts

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Nuts

When it’s cold outside, and I hate being cold, it’s really hard to want to eat a crispy cold salad.

Really, I think being cold is one of the worst things.

And I have a really weird thing where I get hives when I get too cold. It doesn’t happen as often now as when I was younger, but maybe it’s just that I avoid getting that cold now.

It’s always fun to meet other people who have the same allergy…I only know of one other right now.

Anyone else?

Okay, to warm you up, make this salad.

Roast some diced sweet potatoes with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper at 400 degrees until slightly crispy – 20ish minutes.

Layer your greens, cooked quinoa, sweet potatoes, and nuts on top.

Wa-lah.

Easy, warm, and the perfect lunch.

It might take a little planning ahead for the roasting, but totally worth it!

Asian Peanut Lettuce Wraps

Asian Peanut Lettuce Wraps

I love simple meals. And really, with 3 young kids, I need them.

I medicate a bad day or boredom or even happiness with cooking, but standing for at least 4 hours cooking doesn’t always work. But this recipe will not be a 4 hour meal. It will be good, fun to eat for your kids, and make you feel really healthy.

Think of this recipe like Costco samples. Kids love them, my husband loves them, who doesn’t?! You get lots of variety in cute little cups. By eating this recipe in the lettuce, the kids feel like they have something new to manipulate. It might not be a small cup, but small pieces of lettuce can be just as enticing. Continue reading

Stuffed Shells with Chunky Veggie Sauce & Italian Cashew Cream {Dairy Free}

stuffed shells

Hello Utah! Remember how I surprised at least 7 people by planning a quick trip this weekend?!

My dad called me earlier last week to plan it all out. Some family was getting together for an early Thanksgiving and I decided to come along.

For the first time I left all 3 of my kiddos with their dad and flew out for the weekend. I knew they were going to have a blast having “dad time.” (Think library book sales, birthday parties, Target trips, Home Depot, documenting a wetlands adventure through notes and pictures, making forts, decorating the floor with masking tape, and having grilled cheese sandwiches). Continue reading

Baking {the protein packed and nutty way}

Healthy Treats

Sometimes I get all bakey. Is that a word…nope. But I’m sure some of you know what I mean.

The timing is right, it doesn’t feel like a burden to stand in the kitchen for at least 4 hours, and once one recipe is complete, you move onto the next…joyfully.

My children are quite used to me being in the kitchen and we have some good conversation. I bake or cook and they do homework and report their day to me. Then they take their usual places at the dining room table and get their craft on: cutting a piece of paper into approximately 100 million pieces, writing stories, drawing, and paper stamping. These will be fond memories. Continue reading

Baba Ghanoush with Parsley

Baba Ghanoush

If I’m thinking of a go-to restaurant, the ones that you decide on last minute, we either go for Thai or Mediterranean. The Gyro House that’s by our place is run by Lebanese people that make some awesome food.

Mmmm…I can taste the falafel sandwich right now. And their hummus is so creamy, light, and not over-spiced. Then I tried baba ghanoush for the first time. It had the creaminess of hummus, yet an undertone of sweetness.

Some of the most rewarding cooking experiences are when a re-creation is successful: meaning you want to make it again and again…and again. I have Kalina to thank for this one.

Baba Ghanoush Continue reading

Does Eating Vegan Cost More

breakfast over meal planning

Who spends more money at the grocery store without a shopping list? Anyone?

Totally me.

Or if I don’t spend a lot, I will probably have to go back two more times that week. Then ultimately, it costs more. (Especially if I go to Trader Joe’s for dried natural mangoes…I’m not going to tell you how many I can consume).

The more times I’m at the store = the more times I buy things I wasn’t planning on.

So less store visits = more money in my pocket.

Total side-note…has anyone else ever put themselves in “No Shopping at Target” timeout for this reason? No…just me? Continue reading