Smoked Gouda Mushroom Quesadilla - quick, easy, and colorful! Hits the spot every. single. time. | pinchofyum.com

Smoked Gouda Mushroom Quesadillas

It's like this: I ❤ Tex-Mex. I've always loved Mexican food (read: an excuse to douse food in salsa) and my food senses will always steer me in the direction of a Mexican restaurant when it's that glorious time to do my favorite thing of all time which is ... Read More →

Black Pepper Stir Fried Noodles - this simple 30 minute stir fry is packed with AMAZING flavor! | pinchofyum.com

Black Pepper Stir Fried Noodles

I mean, why not greet you with a big plate of this right in your face? WHY. NOT. You guys, I know I say this a lot, but I really love this one. Noodles just speak to me. Something about all the twirling of the forks and the soakage of the sauces... it's ... Read More →

Chicken Shahi Korma - so simple and RIDICULOUSLY good. Chicken, paneer, cashews, and golden raisins all in a creamy, spicy sauce. 400 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Chicken Shahi Korma

If you like spicy, comforting, wonderful Indian food, first of all, you are my best friend and let's go to the lunch buffet. NOW. Secondly, you know that sometimes the most humble looking recipes are the most delicious. And when I say humble, I do mean ... Read More →

Poached Egg and Avocado Toast - this creamy, filling, real food breakfast just takes less than 10 minutes to prep! | pinchofyum.com

Simple Poached Egg and Avocado Toast

Good morning, egg lovers! Guess what though. I'm not actually an egg lover! HA-HA. Joke's on me. And that's why I love this creamy anytime egg and avocado toast combo instead. Let me just explain. Lately I've been trying to eat less refined sugar, and my ... Read More →

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Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos

So much I love about this right now. So, so much. Starting first and foremost on the list of loves is the lightened up cheese sauce that has just a tiny touch of garlic butter yumminess and any cheese you want in the whole wide world. And now you can add ... Read More →

Herbed Quinoa Garden Veggie Salad

Herbed Quinoa Garden Veggie Salad

Happy Fourth of July Week! Because I'm a big believer in making holidays last all week whenever possible. PS. Hot, steamy, summery wonderful July coming at us in T-1 day. How. This morning I'm writing on-location in a little porch with arched doors and ... Read More →

No-Bake Fruit Pizzas - nutritious raw ingredients and no refined sugar in these pretty little desserts! | pinchofyum.com

No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas

I have really mixed feelings about healthy desserts. That being said, today's dessert is a rock star of a raw dessert that closely resembles our family favorite, Fruit Pizza. There's no sugar cookie crust here - wahhhhh! But honestly, I'm going to blow your ... Read More →

Healthy Pesto Baked Rigatoni

Healthy Baked Pesto Rigatoni

I have this thing called green foodsession and it's not going away. Last month when Bjork was putting together the income report, I accused him of choosing all green photos for the cover image. People don't want to see all that green on there, babe. This is ... Read More →

Crispy Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Sauce - beer-battered with a cornmeal crust for an extra yummy texture, plus the spicy-cool combo of that creamy jalapeño sauce. Summer food! | pinchofyum.com

Crispy Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Sauce

Hey summer! and hey hey heyyy beautifully delicious summer food eaten on a patio in the sunny sun. Welcome. Stay in our lives forever. We ❤ u. Especially us lonely winterers here in Minnesota who have not seen the out of doors for billions of days. ... Read More →

Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes

Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes

THESE! FOREVER! I've fallen in love. You guys, I know you get this: I am majorly predictable at breakfast. Oatmeal for Breakfast Every Day is my rock solid permanent habit, which is about to make things interesting because we've got some new equally ... Read More →

Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins

Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins

And the streak of new things continues with Caramelized Banana Can't Stop Love Them So Much Naturally Sweet Oat Muffins. But don't think I'm getting all crazy with the new because you know I like routine and familiar and predictability something fierce. As ... Read More →

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing - a rainbow of power veggies tossed with a simple made-from-scratch Thai dressing. 390 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing

This salad. I could just cry. Today is The Day of New Things for me, and an overwhelmingly yummy Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing is only appropriate to match the occasion. Remember when we talked about how I was going to leave my teaching job ... Read More →

Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches

Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches

This post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian, maker of pillowy soft sweet sandwich buns that are the vessel of choice for this grilled pineapple pork sandwich business. Check out their first ever commercial here to see people go pupule (crayyyzee!) for this ... Read More →

Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken

Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken

A lot of people ask me where I learned to cook. Food blogs generate these types of Q's, ya know? I never really have a good answer to that questions because it's not like I grew up around gourmet food with the exception of mom's amazing reuben casserole ... Read More →

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

And now I give you: Peanut Butter Banana "Ice Cream." Yes, unbelievable trickery. This ice cream is defined as ice cream by me even though it's actually kind of secretly NOT ice cream. But I mean that in the best possible way, if there even is such a ... Read More →

Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry - veg-friendly, gluten free, 400 cals, YUMMY. | pinchofyum.com

Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Just ate this. Five minutes ago. Can't stop. So good. It's Monday and it's back to blog go-time! Today I'm being a vegetarian with this Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry and HELLO WORLD it tastes really superyummy. All last week I was vacationing on the ... Read More →

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12 Fresh Recipes for your Summer Vacation

Greetings from beach-land! I've been on family vacation this week, and this experience, first of all, has been amazing. North Carolina has just blown my mind with its Nicholas-Sparks-esque beachy beauty and I'm all wahhhh about going home tomorrow. I love ... Read More →

The Most Simple Green Smoothie - naturally sweet and full of green power wth just 4 ingredients. | pinchofyum.com

The 4 Ingredient Green Smoothie

This is the story of how I started loving dates. Not go-out-for-sushi-and-come-home-and-watch-reruns-of-the-Office-dates. <--- love those too, though, and are we the only people that watch series of TV shows that we like all over again? It's just so hard ... Read More →

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad - my new favorite! takes 15 minutes to prep + full of flavor and crunch. | pinchofyum.com

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad with Roasted Asparagus

Reporting live from vacay! And breaking news: as of our arrival yesterday, the beaches of North Carolina have re-invented my ideal vacation. Right now I'm gazing out the wrap-around bank of picture windows in this big ol' beach house, taking in the long ... Read More →

Creamy Potato Kale Soup

Creamy Potato Kale Soup

This soup be like yummaayyyy. You can expect to see many-a-more bowl o' Creamy Potato Kale Soup around our house in the next 10 or so years. Bjork (moderate liker of vegetables) and I (major liker of vegetables) both declared this a new favorite. For him, ... Read More →

5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken and Asparagus | pinchofyum.com

5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

Easiest meal of all time, right here, right now. It's no secret that I love really simple recipes *cheers and applause* and one of my favorite things is making a recipe that doesn't require a massive trip to the grocery store for 80 million ... Read More →

Spaghetti Marinara with Poached Eggs - this is my new thing. SO good! | pinchofyum.com

Spaghetti Marinara with Poached Eggs

Mmk, so here's the thing. Poached eggs on spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce issss basically the best thing ever. And I've been eating it all week. Just try to stop that dinner train, I dare you. Either move outta the way or jump on this one because here ... Read More →

Green Mexican Rice with Corn - the perfect simple summer side! 240 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Green Mexican Rice with Corn

It's green magic! This week I found a treasure in my school mailbox --> a collection of recipes clipped out from a magazine with a little stickie note from a friend next to one of the recipes that said: green rice? Thank you, food blog, for letting every ... Read More →

Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake - perfect for a pretty brunch! | pinchofyum.com

Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake

This post is sponsored by King's Hawaiian. Because yummy sweet bread makes Super Easy Coconut Baked French Toast a thing-o-beauty. Check out their first ever commercial here to see people go pupule (crayyyzee!) for this bread. Hello springy brunch ... Read More →

Spring Quinoa Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette - peas, bacon, fresh herbs, almonds. Serve on spinach for fresh take-to-work lunches! | pinchofyum.com

Spring Quinoa Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Freshy fresh in my mouth! Sometimes salads can be so so good. This week it was my birthday! Wait, did I already say that? I think I might have also already mentioned that special love that I have for pressies and gifts and pretty things with bows on them. I ... Read More →

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Announcing: The Everyday Healthy eCookbook Presale

Announcing...The Everyday Healthy eCookbook! Remember when you were in elementary school and you brought treats for the class on your birthday? That's what is happening on Pinch of Yum today! Aw yeah, it's my birthday - wait wait, my GOLDEN birthday! And ... Read More →

Creamy Poblano Mushrooms with Polenta - a simple, unique vegetarian dish with spicy, warm, spoon-licking flavors. 350 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Creamy Poblano Mushrooms with Polenta

Just go ahead and just laugh. I can take it. This is SUCH a weird looking recipe. I almost didn't share it because I was too, um, shy. I mean, shy about how it looks. As I blissfully ate every last bite from the big bowl sitting on my lap on the couch in ... Read More →

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake - a quick layered casserole-style recipe with simple ingredients and YUMMY garlic parm flavor. 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake

This. I've made it twice in the last two days, once for bringing life to the original recipe concept and taking some photos, and once for "recipe testing". Aka licking the sauce. Again. More. Spoonfuls. In my mouth. Garlic Parmesan creaminess. I like this ... Read More →

Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies - so rich and decadent, it's like a cross between brownies, chocolate cake, and a big soft cookie. | pinchofyum.com

Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies

I mean, we're talking, like, THICK. and FUDGY. A chocolate lover's utopia. These cookies are my chocolate dreams coming true right in front of my face. They turned out completely different than what I thought they were going to be, which is just par for the ... Read More →

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad - colorful bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, shredded chicken, and a life changingly simple Spicy Peanut Sauce. Hot or cold, yumyumyum. 320 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad

Remember when I used to have a dishwasher? I don't. Five months of washing dishes by hand means I've completely forgotten what life was like back when I had a appliance friend to help me out with my least favorite domestic chore of all the chores, ever. ... Read More →

30 Minute Healthy Broccoli Cheese Rice - just like broccoli cheese soup, but more filling and nutritious! 320 calories. | pinchofyum.com

30 Minute Healthy Broccoli Cheese Rice

  For my food self, this is a yummy yummy good good week. Mostly because I have a little collection of leftover containers holding what's left of this delicious homemade Rice-A-Roni-esque meal. Two options right now: 1) judge the fact that I just likened this ... Read More →

Ham and Sausage Hashbrown Egg Bake

Ham and Sausage Hash Brown Egg Bake

This post is sponsored by Smithfield Ham: provider of deliciously sweet glazed hams for all your springy Easter ham needs. Oh, yes. More on that in just a minute.Follow my blog with Bloglovin Raise your hand if you love egg bakes! Wait, though, are egg ... Read More →

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sausage Bake with White Cheese Sauce

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sausage Bake with White Cheese Sauce

I look at this picture and my mind goes yumyumyumyumyumyum. I'm frozen. Stuck. Can't stop the yum track in my head. IT'S SO LOUD. And my eyes are starting to glaze over. It's like what the blue screen of death does to computers but it's just, like, in my ... Read More →

10 Meals You Should Make For Your Friends With New Babies - easy for you to prepare, yummy and convenient for them to enjoy! | pinchofyum.com

10 Meals You Should Make for Your Friends with New Babies

Babies, Babies, Everywhere! I'm seeing babies in my newsfeed and on blogs and in real life like it's crazy baby town right now, because it IS crazy baby town. And I LOVE IT. ♥ Now here comes the part where I talk about how much I like kids and you go, ... Read More →

Almond Oat Banana Crepes - a few wholsome ingredients make this breakfast healthy, yummy, and so pretty. | pinchofyum.com

Almond Oat Banana Crepes

Livin la vida crepes. ❤ Forever. Almond meal, ground oats, milk, eggs, and vanilla. That's this and this is that. Nutty, finely textured, barely sweet. HOW A-MAZING. I think I love these crepes so much because:: healthy-ish + tastes like dessert + is ... Read More →

Orange Brown Butter Shrimp - a 15 minute, 6 ingredient meal that's nice enough for company! | pinchofyum.com

Spicy Shrimp with Orange Brown Butter Sauce + Vacation Pics

First things first: IT'S FRIDAY. Do you love Fridays or what?! Gee whiz gosh golly gee, I can't get enough of them. I still work all weekend (bloggity blogga), but Friday nights are always my most favorite time of the whole week. I have always loved the ... Read More →

20 Minute Lemon Pesto Penne - baby broccoli, oven roasted tomatoes, pesto, fresh lemon, feta, and basil. My husband says it's his new favorite. | pinchofyum.com

20-Minute Lemon Pesto Penne

Sometimes my favorite blog recipes are the ones that I don't make for the blog. This is one of those times. The tang of the tomatoes, the chewy whole wheat pasta, the tender-crisp baby broccoli, the creamy melted feta + the firm crumbly feta, plus the ... Read More →

Green Goddess Detox Salad - avocado, almonds, spinach, pea shoots, and healthy homemade Green Goddess dressing. Healthy + yummy. | pinchofyum.com

Green Goddess Detox Salad + Vacation Pictures

You know those times when you come back from a vacation? *droopy sad face* I think I might have mentioned it a bajillion times already but we just got back from a very warm, very sunny, very extra relaxing vacation to Arizona. I'm still grieving the loss of ... Read More →

Crockpot Creole Chicken and Sausage - 10 minute prep for this hearty dinner, made healthier with beans and peppers. 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and Sausage

I don't really know how to explain it, but it's a like whoa yummy combo we have going on upinhere. This idea originated as a simple shredded Creole chicken kind of thing made in the slow cooker so my cooking life could be awesomely easy and full of mouth ... Read More →

Skinny Spinach Lasagna - layers of ricotta, spinach, noodles, sauce and cheese. 250 calories of yum!. | pinchofyum.com

Skinny Spinach Lasagna

This just in: we got a Costco membership. More accurately, we got a Costco membership so we could get a TV. HOLD THE PHONE I know I know I know. If you've been a reader, a) you just got 100 sweet friend points, and b) you already know our TV dilemma. The ... Read More →

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Caramel and Sea Salt - completely over-the-top gooey wonderful can't stop good. | pinchofyum.com

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie with Caramel and Sea Salt

Bjork has one single specialty when it comes to cooking, and its name is Ze Big Cookie. And yes, you do have to say ze. Bjork's rules. It's cookie dough (definitely not homemade) (wait. I'm talking about HIS version, not THIS version. stay please.) ... Read More →

Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice, and Arugula Salad with Lemon Dressing

Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice, and Arugula Salad

Favorite salad. I say that all the time, and in theory it's a total oxymoron, but lately salads are my favorite way to get all the food I want to eat (flavor, texture, color, nutrition, give me everything) all on one plate. I know, I'm a food hog, and salads ... Read More →

Sticky Bourbon Chicken with Rice - simple ingredients, extremely easy prep, WOWZA good. | pinchofyum.com

Sticky Bourbon Chicken with Rice

Hiiii. That? That's my life right there. That sticky bourbon chicken with rice on a blue plate/bowl basically sums it all up. No further comment. See it and believe it. Mardi Gras? Um, didn't even know it was, like, now. Or yesterday. When was it again? ... Read More →

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad wth Miso Dressing - fresh, green, crunchy-delicious. | pinchofyum.com

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

One thing about this Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing: must. eat. now. One thing about me at a restaurant: I'm an obsessive pre-orderer. The beautiful thing about the fancy techno world of today is that menus are available online, ... Read More →

Big Soft M&M Cookies | pinchofyum.com

Big Soft M&M Cookies

Friday. Weekly reflections. COOKIES. More specifically, big soft M&M cookies. It's been a long time since I posted cookies on the blog. Welcome back, old friends. My coworker Lori shared this recipe with me after I tasted one of her cookies and begged ... Read More →