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Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Bowls

Bowls, so hot right now. This recipe is a healthier take on one of my favorite bowls: the burrito bowl (the poké bowl is not far behind). The green rice recipe alone is a keeper, but add in perfectly seasoned black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, and pepitas, and you’ve got one seriously delicious bowl on your hands.

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Green rice will be your new favorite rice!

 

This recipe was adapted from Cookie and Kate’s Sweet potato green rice burrito bowls. You can find the full, original recipe here! Yes, the ingredient list is long, but the recipe is not difficult…I promise. I also love this bowl because it incorporates one of my all-time favorite fall veggies – sweet potatoes! You could also add bell peppers and onions to this, or sub the rice for farro.

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Tuna Poké

Today we’re talking poké, people. Not only is it fun to say (FYI – it’s pronounced POH-keh), it’s delicious, healthy, and ridiculously easy to put together.

I know this is the second post I’ve put up in the past couple of weeks involving chopsticks (see sesame shrimp soba noodles) but as previously discussed, I am now completely obsessed with toasted sesame oil, and just happened to come into possession of a few sashimi grade tuna steaks last week. Also, soba noodles are Japanese in origin whereas poké is totally Hawaiian. So, variety.

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Thank you, takeout, for my extensive chopstick collection!

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Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal

…AKA your new favorite breakfast. Chrissy Teigen does it again (If you haven’t purchased a copy of Cravings yet, I highly recommend it). Everything in there is pure gold.

I’m a huge fan of oatmeal. It makes regular weekday breakfast appearances. So many, in fact, that I keep a few boxes at the office (if it’s at the office I’m committed). But this oatmeal is really raising the bar. It’s like a breakfast-dessert hybrid and I would eat it anytime, anywhere. This oatmeal has earned itself a spot in the weekend breakfast rotation.

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Note the new cat lady potholders! I’m obsessed.

This is THE perfect breakfast to bake when you have people in town…it smells so good. And it’s so pretty – I almost forgot that oatmeal was an ingredient. Basically a health food, right?  You can find the original recipe in all of its glory on So Delushious.

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This Candied Citrus Cake is the perfect summer treat

Cake cake cake cake! I was craving something sweet over the weekend, and What’s Gaby Cooking’s Candied Citrus Cake hit the spot. Plus, a little baking was the perfect excuse to use my new KitchenAid mixer! In case you all haven’t noticed, I’ve got a major copper theme going on with our wedding registries.

This cake is beautiful, buttery and just sweet enough – it’s an impressive dessert that doubles as a delicious breakfast. What more could a person want?

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I mean…

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Peach, Basil and Ricotta Crostini

I love a good appetizer. In fact, appetizers might just be the best part of any and every meal for me – I could make a meal entirely out of apps. So of course, I love anything on a crostini.

I’ve been feeling inspired to make a crostini creation lately – in part because of Love & Lemons’ Fig, Feta and Mint Crostini and Chrissy Teigen’s “Sh*t on Toast” section of Cravings – and also because it’s a super easy vehicle for cheese.

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I mean, how easy and gorgeous is this?

I found some edible flowers during a shopping trip to Whole Foods last week, and took it as a sign. (Side note: edible flowers taste just like you would expect a flower to, so don’t set the bar too high). It’s also important to note that there are two kinds of cheese present in this appetizer: ricotta and feta. Plus, with peaches now in season, this recipe is a great excuse to get your fill!

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Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: My New Spicy Obsession

Oh Chrissy, how I love thee. Thank you for the spicy blessing that is CRAVINGS.

There are so many things I love about this cookbook. One being that most dishes require hot sauce, butter, or both. As you can see, I have quite a few recipes bookmarked:

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I’ve been out of town every weekend since the end of March, and was really feeling like celebrating my first relaxing weekend back home with some carbs. Pepper’s Spicy Clams and Pasta was calling to me. Seafood, pasta, herbs, crushed red pepper? Yes, yes, yes, yes. I opened one of my bottles of cab franc from Fredericksburg and…perfection.

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Valentine’s Dinner Recap: Scallops with Porcini Risotto

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and I love risotto. Scallops are Hunter’s favorite seafood. Therefore, this meal is everything.

Our Valentine’s Day tradition is simple. We stay in, I make a fabulous meal! I made this exact same meal for our anniversary dinner last year. Hunter loved it so much, he asked for it again. It was my first attempt at risotto, and my first attempt at scallops. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that neither was very difficult to prepare (yay! More time to eat!)

This year, the holiday fell on a Sunday, so I had nothing but time. I did hit a quick Zyn22 class in the morning to prepare for the Valentine’s eats. Could be my fave new cycling studio! A quick trip to the grocery store, a few minutes of prep, and lots of risotto stirring later, voila! These recipes always seem to get better the second time around.

This recipe was developed by Paul Palop and can be found on That Other Cooking Blog. I’ve adapted it just a little. An easy shortcut is to buy the arborio rice with porcinis already mixed in – I used a brand called Manitou, which I picked up at Central Market (they had no porcinis, or at least no porcinis that I could find.)

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Give your Skin Some Love this Valentine’s Day + Giveaway from Rodan + Fields

One of my favorite things to do on Valentine’s Day (or any holiday, for that matter) is treat myself.

Spending some time lounging in a facial mask and using products that make my skin feel healthy and hydrated usually does the trick. I’m also a firm believer in the fact that the foods you eat make an impact on not only how good you feel, but how good you look. Needless to say, the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday I was looking and feeling pretty rough. This Valentine’s Day, treat yo’self and spend some time taking care of number one.

My dear friend Deanne with Rodan + Fields sent me a “Glow on the Go” mini facial kit to try out, and is offering each reader who takes the Solution Tool Quiz the same thing (plus, one lucky winner will get an eye cream!) Keep reading for my feedback on the products, more info on how to get your free mini facial, AND a skin glow smoothie recipe.

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Super Bowl of Chips and Dip + Baked Jalapeño Poppers

The Super Bowl, AKA day of super snacking. The Carolina Panthers face the Denver Broncos in what is sure to be a delicious day of chilling in jerseys and chowing down on sweet and savory game day treats.

The savory game day snack is my jam, so I have two easy, crowd-pleasing recipes for you:

  1. Tomatillo Avocado Dip from What’s Gaby Cooking
  2. Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers from Skinnytaste 
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Take it from an expert: this dip is the bomb.

There are few things I love more in life than a heaping bowl of chips paired with a bangin’ dip. It’s like diet Kryptonite! There is no limit to the amount of chips and dip I can consume. If you’re like me, just make sure there are a few other people around to help you out. Especially with this dip. It’s addicting AF.

As for the jalapeño poppers – enough said. Everyone loves these things. Crunchy, spicy, creamy, cheesy…you just can’t go wrong. And TBH, love football, but the Super Bowl just wouldn’t be as fun without great food. So let’s get started.

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Seriously Delicious Spaghetti Inspired by Delfina San Francisco

You know a meal is really good when you want to recreate it right after eating it.

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Work took me to San Francisco last week, and I’m so glad because it led me to one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had in a long time (along with the opportunity to sip some of Northern California’s best wine, of course.)

I’ve been waiting for another Italian meal to sweep me off my feet since I was in NYC last year. There is truly nothing better than good Italian food. Delfina in San Francisco did not disappoint.

  • Venue: Delfina
  • Location: 3621 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Dish: Spaghetti (simple and delicious!)

When ordering pasta, spaghetti typically isn’t my first choice. However, this is not your average spaghetti. Serious care is put into creating this dish. It was brilliantly simple and unforgettable. So of course, I immediately turned to Google on the way back to the hotel to find out if the recipe was available online. When I found it on Tastebook (source listed as Madre) I decided to recreate it and share with you all. PLUS the last recipe I posted involved a healthy zucchini “pasta” so I thought I’d treat you to the real thing.

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Bon Appetit!

Bonus: this dish does not require many ingredients! Just try to use quality tomatoes. It makes a big difference!

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