Honeycrisp Kale Salad

Fall is here and you need to celebrate with this amazing salad! I mean, also celebrate with chocolate chip pumpkin bread and pumpkin pancakes, but in the spirit of attempting to keep things balanced we’re doing a salad today. This salad combines so many of my favorite fall flavors – honeycrisp apples, toasted pecans, cinnamon vinaigrette – it really is SO good.

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All the fall feels.

This beautiful and delicious recipe was created by How Sweet Eats, and as she mentions in her original post, it is kiiiiind of a high maintenance salad. Like a put it together on a Saturday afternoon when you’re not rushed kind of salad. This recipe is so absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving/Christmas/any celebration in the next three months, I would just prep the pecans, pepita clusters, and dressing in advance and assemble when you’re ready to serve.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread + Muffins

Chocolate chips + bananas = the perfect combo! So of course I doubled the recipe for this chocolate chip banana bread and made two loaves and bonus muffins. It was the right thing to do! The addition of Greek yogurt makes this recipe a keeper…I use Greek yogurt in my pumpkin bread (also great with chocolate chips FYI) and it’s a game changer.

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Obsessed with this Anthro muffin pan

We ate these muffins for breakfast all weekend, but feel free to get crazy and switch things up by eating them for dessert. They’re pretty much perfect for any occasion, so you should make them. The original recipe is over on Lovely Little Kitchen – you can view it here!

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Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Spring is here and I’m catching a major veggie vibe! We worked this roasted vegetable orzo recipe into last week’s dinner lineup and it was a hit. Lemon, garlic, fresh produce and Mediterranean flavors for the win.

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Toss with feta, fresh herbs and a lemon vinaigrette.

This dish could serve as a main or side, and you can always opt to add chicken or shrimp for protein! The original recipe can be found over on Vanilla and Bean.

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Homemade Granola Bars

I am completely obsessed with making my own granola bars and am so excited to share this post with y’all! You guys…these are SO good. I’m all about easy grab and go snacks, but I struggle with granola/snack bars. I love the convenience of them, but even with the volume of options available it’s still hard for me to stick with a brand. Either the taste or the nutrition is always just a little off.  So, why not make your own?

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All of the freshly toasted oats kitchen smells.

Making these was surprisingly easy. It’s a great Sunday afternoon activity (especially if you’re already meal prepping)! I found this recipe on What’s Gaby Cooking, and customized it to fit the supplies I had on hand. I’ve gotta say…it feels good knowing exactly what I’m consuming at snack time! These are perfect to pack for work or school. Read on for the recipe, and I definitely encourage experimenting with the ingredients to find what you like!

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Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema

The Big Game is right around the corner, and all I can think about is spicy buffalo cauliflower tacos! I love ordering buffalo cauli at restaurants, so I thought it might be time to attempt it at home. This recipe is baked, not fried, and includes the BEST avocado crema. Dallas peeps: It tastes just like Urban Taco’s avocado lime crema. It was all I could do not to eat it all with tortilla chips before the cauliflower was ready.

Buffalo Cauliflower taco with Avocado Lime Crema

When in doubt, make it a taco.

If you’re cautious about battered, baked cauliflower, I feel you. But you will not be sorry you tried this recipe (view the original over at Pinch of Yum!). Ease into this cauliflower-centric dish by making it into a comforting and delicious taco.

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Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Hi everyone! I’ve been a little behind on the blog lately, but I’m bringing things back with a bang with this AMAZING shrimp recipe. To me, tapas make the perfect meal. As many shareable veggie and protein dishes as you heart desires, along with a ton of bread to soak up the delicious sauces…what’s not to love? Shrimp and garlic, or gambas al ajillo, is one of our favorites at our go-to Spanish date night spot: Si Tapas.

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Gambas al ajillo AKA garlic shrimp.

With a little help from Food & Wine‘s recent travel issue highlighting a few classic Spanish recipes, I made gambas al ajillo at home and it was a big hit (and a nice departure from our usual Monday night salmon and veggies). Hope you love it as much as we do!

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sweet potato green rice bowls

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.

Green rice bowls

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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