Southwestern Patties for a Quick Dinner

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I love summer for it’s spontaneity. We can go anywhere anytime.

We are entering our last week of summer here in Portland and I have a pretty good schedule laid out for the week. I’ve decided to go out with a bang – I’m going to be a really fun mom this week; at least I’m going to try. Maybe I should be boring so they actually want to go back to school. I have one that is excited to go and one who is not. I don’t think there’s any way around that. It’s also going to be a new adventure this year because I’ll have my 3-year-old with me all day without the entertainment help of another child.

What I’ll miss: easy mornings, continuous kid crafting, not having a busy night schedule, mid-day adventures, forts all over the house

What I’m excited for: time for some hobbies, watching my kids grow, going grocery shopping with only one child, not hearing arguing throughout the day

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I also love summer for it’s fresh produce. I am seriously going to miss melons in a couple months. I think I just ate the best honeydew a couple days ago! But then honey crisp apples are coming back in, so that gives me a good reason to look forward to fall…and soups…and pumpkin flavored everything…and how my boots died the end of winter so I’ll be on the hunt for new ones.

Regardless of summer, end of summer, or new boots, I love quick meals. Meals are the best that I can make with simple prep, that are customizable, but combine lots of different flavors. This meals is one of our favorites…. 

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Veggie Eggs

Veggie Eggs

Breathe…breathe again…I need to do this more. I need to slow down and breathe and let the air flow around and from me and let myself live in that moment more. I need to appreciate that time, the gift that is today. We have today and now and I know I don’t always give the day my full attention, sometimes the list of things gets in the way. The spontaneous and fun get forgotten. This fully counts towards food too.

I’m constantly impressed with others’ creativity, but then in the quick simple moments, I might whip up something that is easy, fresh, and perfectly satisfying. These veggie eggs are one of those moments…. 

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Strawberry Salad

Sometimes salad sounds boring to me. That might sound weird since I’m kinda a veggie nerd (totally exists) and my kids could tell you the same. However, this summer I’ve experimented with some sweeter salad ingredients. This has kept me more interested and excited to eat my lunchy greens. On the menu today – strawberry salad.

Strawberry Salad

I’m a sucker for fresh berries, mangos, and melons. Every lunch I’ve been looking around my kitchen and topping whatever greens I’ve had with some sort of fruit. This strawberry salad is juicy and combines the perfect sweetness with crunch. On top of that, my other new favorite salad topping is sliced mushrooms. Seriously the perfect combo of sweet, soft, and crunchy. I’m not a huge raw mushroom fan, so this topping has been a bit surprising for me. The meatiness of the mushrooms has been awesome and I love their soft texture combined with something fruity…. 

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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… 

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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… 

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

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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Does Eating Vegan Cost More

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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… 

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