Marinated Three Bean Salad


Hello friends! Quick visit today as I take a break from Spring Break activities- the elementary schools here in Washington (state) have their break so late here, but the weather is truly spring-like so I am happy! Here is the scenario, it's Saturday afternoon and someone invites you to a BBQ dinner for the following evening. You are not able to get the grocery store but you really want to contribute a dish. What do you bring? Well if you have a well stocked pantry and freezer this is the perfect answer! I wasn't sure if it would be a hit, but this three bean salad turned out very tasty … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls {Vegan, Gluten Free}


  The world of blogging really jumped on the snack ball bandwagon. I am pretty sure you'd be hard-pressed to find a food blogger without a "ball" recipe on their blog. And for good reason. They're the perfect snack. I started making balls over 6 years ago  (sorry if "making balls" sounds weird to you, but I simply can't call them anything else) when we were living in Austin and I wanted snacks to have on hand while I was nursing my firstborn. I made them very simply with peanut butter and oats and dipped them in melted chocolate. To this day they are one of my favorite … [Read more...]

Black Bean Sloppy Joes {Vegan}


Hi friends, stopping in for a quick visit, a quick recipe along with some iphone pics. I'll I have to say is having 4 young children in the house is HARD, to say the least. My goodness, even with my mother helping we are barely getting a chance to shower at the end of the day. Only 1 of the 4 kiddos is in school full time so it's all about juggling drop off & pick up schedules, feedings, naps, extra curricular activities, etc. It is loud,crazy and wonderful. I am enjoying all my sweet cuddle time with my new baby girl. She is already 3 weeks old and I will have an update for you soon … [Read more...]

Chickpea and Squash Sorghum Salad {Vegan, Gluten Free}


When I made this frittata, I had half of a butternut squash leftover so decided to throw together a quick grain salad to have for lunches all week. I had a bag of Bob's Red Mill Sorghum that I received from the food blog conference I went to last month and wanted to give it try. You could easily substitute any grain you have on hand- farro, bulger, quinoa, wheat berries. (random note: the following photos are taken with my new iphone 5s camera- big improvement from my last iphone cam but still not quite as nice as my DSLR (which the first photo was taken with)) Today sorghum remains … [Read more...]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil {Vegan and Gluten Free}

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil |

Goodbye September, let the craziness begins! October officially marks the start of the fun, albeit insanely busy time of year- not only is there excitement from the Holidays but my 3 kids have upcoming birthdays- one in October, one in November, one in December along with my birthday, and then baby #4 is due the very beginning of January. This time of year always flies by so I enjoyed one of the last few weekends where we really had nothing to do. I got home from church yesterday and wanted something warm to fill my tummy. We've had nonstop rain all weekend and I just felt like cozying up … [Read more...]

Lemon & Garlic Rainbow Swiss Chard


Hope all you mothers had a wonderful relaxing Mother's Day! Mine was perfect- the best gift you can give a mom is sleep so I got to sleep in for a change, then went to mass, followed by a homemade brunch and lots of relaxing down time. Just what I wanted to do! First thing my husband said when he saw this rainbow swiss chard I picked up at Pike's Place market...."did they dye that?". Shocking the the answer is no, right? Rainbow chard  is just a mix of the other colored varieties as opposed to being a variety unto itself. Swiss chard is a nutritional superstar with it's … [Read more...]

Polenta Bruschetta and Meal Planning

Polenta Bruschetta |

I hope you all had a great weekend! I know after my last post you are all waiting in suspense to find out the results of my foot's xray and I am happy to say that I do not have a fracture and am half way through my rest period!  It was actually a good weekend to skip the long group run as it was chilly, rainy and the kids had early soccer games. I am so curious if I will feel ready to run at the end of this week. I guess we will see!? So the recipe for today- polenta bruschetta. I'll have to admit I am pretty indifferent about polenta. I have had it before where I loved it, but more times … [Read more...]

Fettuccine with Seared Tomatoes, Spinach and Goat Cheese

Fettuccine with Tomato, Spinach & Goat Cheese-1

I am a magazine junkie- I subscribe to at least 5 food magazines and love them all! However, the one I have subscribed to the longest, and is still my favorite, is Cooking Light. I can't tell you how many their recipes I have tried- an insane amount and they are all fabulous. Last week for Lenten Friday I decided to do a couple vegetarian pasta dishes and this dish inspired from Cooking Light was delicious and so simple- Fettuccine with Seared Tomatoes, Spinach and Goat Cheese (the original recipe used Burrata). I love a good, easy pasta recipe and since I have been running a lot more … [Read more...]

Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potato and Cabbage Salad

Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potato & Cabbage Salad-1

I am so happy to be sharing this delicious Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potato and Cabbage Salad recipe today. I had envisioned making this all weekend and really meant to get a post up on Sunday but it was just one of those days that I literally ran out of time. We got home from mass around 11:30am, the weather was gorgeous- a warm 50 degrees with blue skies and the kids thought it was so warm that they decided to play with the water hose in their swim suits! No joke. My Texas born children now think 50 degrees is swim suit weather. I baked some breakfast cookies that I had hoped to post but … [Read more...]

Tomato Kale Soup and Meal Planning


What do you get when you have a big bag of kale to be used, a husband with a cold and a Dietitian wife trying to make him better? Homemade tomato kale soup! I have been trying hard to work on my own recipes- as in no adaptations, no inspiration or guidance from cookbooks or the internet and ya know what? It's not easy! Sometimes the recipes-in-progress take several tweaks or repeats until I get them right which makes blogging tough. It can be expensive and a long evolution so to all those food bloggers that post all (or mostly) original recipes, kudos to you! This soup however, I dreamed up … [Read more...]