30 Minute Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes

30-Minute Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Do you love sweet potatoes? Meee tooooo. And as of recently, I love roasted sweet potatoes with sesame oil, cilantro, tahini, and sesame seeds drizzled all over the place. Hello awesomest, randomest, most fancy-feeling-easy-snack-turned-dinner. Sesame ... Read More →

15 Must-Try Healthy Breakfasts - simple fruit bowls, smoothies, muffins, and egg dishes to make the morning awesome!

15 Must-Try Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Good morning! And I really mean GOOD MORNING, because mornings are a lot better when they include any one of these must-try healthy breakfast recipes. Spring is the time when my body starts to say: enough oatmeal already. It's been cold forrrrever which ... Read More →

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins-8

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins made with wholesome whole wheat, frozen wild blueberries, and honey. And a spoonful of butter glaze to make the whole thing pretty. THIS IS REAL LIFE. We're not quite at the point yet where good blueberries are showing their little ... Read More →

Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Primavera-7

Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Primavera

Happy happy green green! How wonderful is spring produce? Tender-crisp asparagus, peas, and pesto are making an appearance in this super easy recipe that resembles a quinoa chicken casserole but can be made with minimal prep in a cozy little crockpot. ... Read More →

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Simple Coconut Green Smoothie

Today's healthy glowing coconut green smoothie post is sponsored by my new friends at Bai5! You guys, I am on a green smoothie KICK. And when I say kick, I mean I'm in this phase where I'm doing a green smoothie every Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday ... Read More →

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One-Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils

Oh, for the love of that humble little lentil. They're cheap, they're adaptable to any recipe, they're easy to make and store, and they are considered a power food that is somehow the nutritional fountain of youth. Not complaining, yo. To reiterate the ... Read More →

Chocolate Raspberry Almond Butter Bars

Chocolate Raspberry Almond Butter Bars

Fri-daaaay. Good to see you, old friend. I love my job (someone just seriously pinch me that THESE CHOCOLATE BARS ARE MY JOB), but even still, Fridays have some kind of magic in them. Friday night pizza is only a few hours away and I can stay up ... Read More →

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Chopped Thai Shrimp Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing

It's time for another version of Chopped Salad Deliciousness. And I am not mad that this version includes spicy jalapeño garlic shrimp, chopped carrots and edamame, roasted cashews, baby spinach, and the lightest, crispiest, most addicting little golden ... Read More →

20 Minute Ancho Chicken Tacos

20-Minute Ancho Chicken Tacos

It's Monday! We're back from vacation! And Minnesota is experiencing some awesomely WARM WEATHER. Those three things + these 20-minute ancho chicken tacos are a force to be reckoned with in my life right now. Let's just get this out of the way ... Read More →

Simple Homemade Tomato Soup

Simple Homemade Tomato Soup

Hallooooo, March! And hallo, last month of soup weather. Right? RIGHT? Although, let's be honest - I would not be sad if I ended up eating this for 12 out of 12 months of the year. This homemade tomato soup could love me all year long. I based this ... Read More →

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Roasted Tomatillo Chicken and Rice Bowls

Roasted Tomatillo Chicken and Rice Bowls! I've been waiting for uuuuuu. Let's just cut right to it --> the main idea here is that you eat a big bowl of savory, spicy, tangy AND creamy chicken with tomatillo sauce piled on rice and topped with colorful ... Read More →

Inner Goddess Raspberry Breakfast Bowls

Inner Goddess Raspberry Breakfast Bowls

Poof! Just like that, the inner goddess is back. Last time she brought desserts, and this time she's taken the form of vibrant mango raspberry breakfast bowls loaded with glow-worthy nutritious ingredients and topped with everything beautiful and nice, ... Read More →

Roasted Veggie Pita with Avocado Dip

Roasted Veggie Pitas with Avocado Dip

Top o' the Roasted Veggie Pita with Avocado Dip Monday to ya! Bleh. Do you just want to kick me sometimes? There is only one reason that it is a Top O' The Monday kind of morning, and it is not the fact that I'm battling a throat-attacking cold, or the ... Read More →

Coconut Oil Apple Crisp

Coconut Oil Apple Crisp

This post is sponsored by my favorite beautiful, golden, always crunchy and always sweet Opal Apples. Pop Quiz: what's super cinnamony-cozy, made with wholesome ingredients (think oats, pecans, honey, coconut oil, and apples), and ultra joy-giving right ... Read More →

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Garlic Ginger Sauce

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Ginger Garlic Sauce

It's Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps Day! Which is obviously my best kind of day. Even if it is a Monday which, in my previous life as a teacher, would have been a holiday, which, in my current life as a blogger, I now don't have as a holiday because I have ... Read More →

The Best Simple Kale Salad featuring a lemon and olive oil dressing, homemade breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. YUM!

Toasted Bread and Parmesan Kale Salad

I might have just crossed the line: Bread, Parmesan, and Salad all typed together in the same recipe title. So, uhmmm, yes - this IS the best day of 2015 so far, thanks for asking. It's almost hard for me to describe how much I love this salad AND I KNOW ... Read More →

Grapefruit Mojito for Two

Grapefruit Mojitos for Two

I'm feeling the pretty pink love in the air! Not even because it's almost Valentine's Day (which I pretend to not care about but definitely do care about ♡) but mostly because these Pretty Pink Grapefruit Mojitos for Two have become a deliciously regular ... Read More →

Thai Yellow Curry with Beef and Potatoes

Thai Yellow Curry with Beef and Potatoes

I am 120% sure that this is what my food dreams are made of. --> Like most recipes in my life, this one starts and ends with the sauce. That velvety rich, fragrant, warming Thai yellow curry sauce with hints of coconut sweetness, flecks of green ... Read More →

Favorite Coconut Oil Granola

Our Favorite Coconut Oil Granola

But seriously, you guys, it's so so so good. There is no other name for this besides OUR FAVORITE coconut oil granola. My favorite, Bjork's favorite, my friends' favorite, our neighbors' favorite. It's a deliciously golden, rustic-feeling medley of oats, ... Read More →

Chopped Chicken Sesame Noodles

Chopped Chicken Sesame Noodle Bowls

I'm kind of having a moment with noodles. Or, like, five million moments over the course of January 2015. The only reason I was compelled to make this in the first place was because it was time to move on from the Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice ... Read More →

5-Minute Honey Yogurt Quinoa Parfait

5-Minute Honey Yogurt Quinoa Parfait

This post is sponsored by my friends at General Mills just in time for their newest addition to the Big G cereal family: Cheerios + Ancient Grains! First things first: the red in those pomegranates just makes me feel all PARTY. Breakfast party? Extra ... Read More →

Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese

Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese

LOVE is for the way I look at mushrooms, goat cheese, spinach, and light creamy-sauce-coated pasta with a generous crackle of pepper over the top. And luhhhhve is for the way I eat it all. ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ <-- just to make sure you're getting where I'm going ... Read More →

One-Pot Spicy Eggs and Potatoes with Goat Cheese

One-Pot Spicy Eggs and Potatoes

Can you even believe this? That I'm making a spicy ancho chili homemade tomato simmer sauce (whatever you do, don't look back at the last month of recipes to check if this is my new obsession, but for real please don't) to cover a crowd of spicy, salty, ... Read More →

Mushroom Poblano Posole Verde

Mushroom Poblano Posole Verde

First of all, my mouth is in love. With rich sauteed mushrooms and poblano peppers cooked with tomatillo salsa, broth, soft white hominy, a handful of nutty, chewy bulgur for extra texture and depth, and cilantro and lime to finisheroff. It's got a zing of ... Read More →

Skillet Chicken Tortilla Pie

Skillet Chicken Tortilla Pie

Monday! Bam. You sneaky thing. Skillet Chicken Tortilla Pie is my every Monday's dream dinner. For whatever reason, Monday is almost always the one day of the week where I'm tempted to go out for dinner, have Bjork pick up sushi on the way home (♡), or have ... Read More →

Extra Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownies - just a few simple high quality ingredients for the MOST FUDGY brownies ever.

Extra Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownies

Close up and in your face --> coconut oil brownies! I know, it's so confusing. But this is possibly my new favorite brownie recipe, says the girl whose best brownie recipe has historically been the Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie mix from a ... Read More →

Braised Beef Ragu with Polenta

Crockpot Braised Beef Ragu with Polenta

You guys, I'm totally in love. With this yummy tomato-saucy braised BEEF. As in beautifully browned and slow cooked meat. Like, what is even going on in the best possible way. As evidenced by recipes like these overwhelmingly Veggie Lentil Curry Bowls ... Read More →

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

2015, I love you already. This salad is the flavor bomb of my life. I am trying to really put into words how much my mouth loves this combination of fresh and unexpected flavors, crunchy-filling textures, and nutritious food power. But mostly all I can do ... Read More →

10 Cozy Casseroles - Perfect for Winter Meals

10 Cozy Casseroles for Winter

It's a new year! And it's cold outside. Like, brrr. I drove over to Caribou Coffee this morning for a one-shot-of-syrup Ho Ho Mocha (can't let go, guys, I just can't) and during my frigid 3-minute drive, all I could think about were the cozy, creamy, ... Read More →

Lentil Curry Bowls with Cashew Cilantro Sauce

Lentil Curry Bowls with Cilantro Cashew Sauce

And now, I will present to you THIS. THIS being one of my most obnoxiously crazy, out of control, too many things all in one bowl but SO GOOD food creations of 2014. It should probably be called, in it's truest deepest most honest self --> Rice and ... Read More →

Winter Power Quinoa Salad

Winter Rainbow Quinoa Salad

I'm so thrilled that today's post is post is sponsored by my favorite fruit of all time -- those golden, juicy, and delicious Opal apples. Major virtual high five to Opal apples for being amazing to eat and extra-amazing to eat in salads like this one. You ... Read More →

Gingerbread Scones

Maple Glazed Gingerbread Scones

Is it just me, or is it a Maple Glazed Gingerbread Scones kinda day? These gingerbread scones are a) jumbo, because I accidentally made them huge - oops? b) soft and delicately crumbly like a good scone should be, and c) full of warm and wonderful ... Read More →

Chicken Marsala

Drunken Chicken Marsala with Tomatoes

You guys. This dish. It's my favorite of the favorites. Pan-fried chicken breasts (hi ♡) and buttery wine-soaked mushrooms and blistered, bursting cherry tomatoes get all covered in a luscious - there is no other word for it - marsala wine sauce (!!) and ... Read More →

10 Healthy Holiday Treats - Great dessert options for those with a conscious sweet tooth.

9 Healthy Holiday Treats

Surprise! Just popping in on Saturday to share with you a little collection of healthy holiday treat recipes. Say what?  It's true. Since doing the sugar free thing for a full 60 days earlier this year, I am looking at the cookie eating season a little ... Read More →

Eggnog French Toast with Raspberry Sauce

Eggnog French Toast with Raspberry Sauce

Today's eggnog French toast happiness is sponsored by King's Hawaiian, makers of the yummy bread that got fried up into beautifully golden brown THIS. Raise your hand if you love eggnog! *ooh! me me me me meeee* When I think of eggnog, I think of ... Read More →

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Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

This game is called How Can I Get You To Like A Sloppy Delicious Wild Rice Thing All Baked Up In A Pan. To which I say GAME ON. First things first: Minnesota. You should probably come. If you're ever going to appreciate a cold snowy winter wonderland and ... Read More →

Spicy Sofritas Tofu and Pinto Beans - just like the Chipotle! Make your own vegetarian or vegan bowls at home - YUMMY!

Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowls

THIS, my friends. This is tofu. This is delicious, sofritas tofu. Think chipotle peppers, think roasted poblanos, think garlic and salsa and fresh cilantro pureed into a sucker punch sauce and poured all over your tofu, gently simmering it into flavorful ... Read More →

Holiday Cookie Baking Party

How To Host A Holiday Cookie Baking Party

Last weekend I hosted a cookie baking party. Wait, let me say that again. I HOSTED A COOKIE BAKING PARTY! Like the real, true, responsible adult that I am trying to be. I planned, invited, prepped, hosted, and managed six people baking holiday cookies ... Read More →

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The Best Garlic Herb Cheesy Potatoes

This post is sponsored by Kettle Brand, who I love for making classic, delicious kettle chips with nice, normal ingredients - and for helping me create the best cheesy potatoes that have ever ever EVER touched my lips. B-E-S-T. You guys I haaaaave toooo. ... Read More →

Six Ingredient Sausage Potato Pie

Six Ingredient Sausage Potato Pie

Dear Sausage, Potatoes, Eggs, and Cheese and that bake into something magical, ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡. Friends, meet Six Ingredient Sausage Potato Pie. This beauty is sort of like an egg bake in the most delicious of all the ways, except 1) no bread, 2) no soaking ... Read More →

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Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

Gin-ger-bread! Gin-ger-bread! Gin-ger-breeaaaaddd! Okay, maybe I did just go and make gingerbread in November. Maybe I did and maybe I like it. Before I get distracted talking about any other life thing, I want to say this: I LOVE THESE MUFFINS. I say it ... Read More →

Ten Last Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes

10 Last Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Last minute? Me? umm, never. It's Sunday and yes, I do feel the need to talk more, again, still more, just one last time about Thanksgiving. I KNOW. I don't deserve you. If you have your life figured out and you're always good at time, no need to keep ... Read More →

Loaded Turkey Panini for all your Thanksgiving leftovers

Loaded Turkey Panini (For Thanksgiving Leftovers)

Oh hi there. Meet my golden brown panini of melted Muenster cheese, turkey, cranberries, crisped sage, pear slices, goat cheese, and bacon. No but seriously. THAT JUST HAPPENED. Bjork has had this long-time obsession with a panini slash grilled cheese ... Read More →

Slow Cooker Pear and Sausage Stuffing

Slow Cooker Pear and Sausage Stuffing

This delicious post is all about the STUFFING STUFFING STUFFING and it's sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm! I really mean business with this Thanksgiving stuff now. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, stuffing is my absolute all time favorite of the Thanksgiving ... Read More →

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Healthy Quinoa Chicken Curry Bowls

And so it begins! This recipe was lovingly cooked, photographed, and snarfed down in .3 seconds from the very new, very bright, and very extra delicious Pinch of Yum kitchen! WELCOME FRIENDS. ♡ In honor of the awesomeness of bright colors popping out of ... Read More →