Honeycrisp Apple and Red Grape Fall Salad

Fall food is my favorite food. It can be cool, crisp, and refreshing or it can be warm, hearty, and comforting. It’s like the best of both worlds. Fall food also has some of the best seasoning too. Cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, cumin, chili, fennel… I could keep naming these spices but I think I’ve made my point. Obviously I have a deep love for fall food. That’s probably why most of my recipes on the blog have been born during the fall months. This Honeycrisp Apple and Red Grape Fall Salad is my take on one of my favorite fall seasoned items–the Ancient Grain and Arugula salad from Panera. I use to order that salad from Panera so much it’s not even funny. I’ve already had it twice this season. There’s just no way I can justify eating at Panera as much as I’d liked to. Creating my […]

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Caribbean Vegan Burritos with Cauliflower and Jicama

I love using cauliflower as a meat replacer. It’s one of my favorite hacks I’ve picked up in my journey of reducing my meat consumption. I don’t like to label my eating habits, but I do like to find creative ways to increase my fruit and vegetable consumption. Getting out of the habit of making meat the start of a dish can be hard. Breaking any habit is hard. But cauliflower makes getting more into a habit of treating my vegetables as the star a lot easier. Thanks cauliflower! Cauliflower is low in calories, fat, and carbs. It’s high in Vitamin C and K, and pretty good in most of the B vitamins. It is low in protein however, to be a meat replacer. But that’s ok! Because we have black beans in this dish to kick up the protein power! If you haven’t Googled what in the world a […]

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Stuffed Summer Squash Blossoms

Saturdays are meant for Farmers’ Market. It’s just a simple fact. I love year-round Farmers’ Markets, but you can’t beat the produce available this time of year. I attend my local market religiously. Doing so has been a great way for me to really get to know my farmers. I always buy the same produce off the same farmers. Nothing beats a Gritt’s tomato. La Ja has the ripest blackberries. The past two Saturdays I’ve gotten to know a new (to me) farmer. Her table set up caught my eye because she had one bag of sunflower sprouts out for purchase and one she was snacking on. We immediately got to talking about nutrition. It’s rare to find someone who grows microgreens in my area. Likewise, it’s rare for a farmer to find someone who already knows about microgreens. This past weekend I visited her again hopeful to find some […]

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Strawberry Blueberry Spring Mix Salad

I love a good salad. There’s so many different types and ways to enjoy them. Heck, stuff them in a wrap and it can change the whole game. I’ve been craving a good steak salad lately. There was this awesome place when we use to live in Morgantown called Salad Works and it was THE BOMB. They would make steak on the spot for you for your salad. God I miss that place. Since moving, there’s really no good place that offers a quick salad to go close to where we live. Well, besides Panera. Panera can definitely be a great option, but it can also be a little pricey. I just prefer to make my own salads. This is one of my favorite warmer weather salads. It’s cool and refreshing, plus nourishing. Each time I make it, it always ends up a little different. Sometimes it’s changing out the lettuce for […]

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Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Are you following Rachael DeVaux? Because you totally should be. Rachael, aka Rachael’s Good Eats, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in Washington (the state) who shares creative ideas and recipes for a healthy diet. Plus her Instagram is drool worthy. She has a pretty popular cashew chocolate chip cookie skillet that’s making IG go crazy. Ya girl is definitely trying that one next. I knew as soon as I saw Rachael share her behind the scenes of making her zoodles topped with organic turkey meatballs and cilantro avocado sauce I just had to give them a try. Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients Rachael used, but that’s what makes recipes so fun! You don’t have to follow the recipe. For the most part, I like to think of them as cool guidelines, but you can definitely be a rule breaker here. That’s what makes cooking so […]

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