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My Week in Meals 

As you may remember, I heavily rely on meal planning to stay within my grocery budget (or close to it!) and to avoid the dreaded “What should we make for dinner?” conversation. Every Sunday morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee, turn on an episode of Chopped, and start flipping through the ads in the paper searching for anything on sale and in season. I also check the weather for the week so I can customize my meals, for...

Broccoli Tomato Feta Salad

Broccoli Tomato Feta Salad

Summer is in full effect in my corner of the globe which means the whir of lawnmowers and cicadas are a constant soundtrack in the background of summer get togethers around the grill. Even though the weather has warmed up significantly, I still haven’t gotten many fresh veggies out of the garden…yet. I carefully examine all the plants in my garden every morning but still only have skinny zucchinis and green tomatoes. It’s become quite the obsession and will, sooner...

Easy, Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup 

Sometimes, the simplest recipes are the best. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cooking challenge. But everyone has those reliable recipes to consistently fall back on when there isn’t time or energy to cook. These recipes tend to be easy and have limited ingredients so a large shopping list isn’t required. We’ve made these dishes so many times we could make make them blindfolded with a screaming child clinging to our leg during a blizzard. Hopefully, you aren’t making this...

The Power of Garlic

Garlic is one of those amazing ingredients that can fit into almost any meal plan (paleo, vegan, etc.) while providing delicious flavor AND nutrients! It can be used in Mexican, Italian, Asian, and American foods and works well in most savory dishes. It’s one of the few ingredients I ALWAYS have in the house even if I don’t know what I’m making for the week. What makes garlic so special? Garlic is an herb from the Allium group (onion). It...

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Lettuce wraps might be one of the best things I’ve discovered in my quest to eat healthy, fresh, delicious food. Lettuce wraps are versatile and inexpensive, they offer a great way to incorporate more veggies and less carbs into your diet while still feeling full and satisfied. I’ve made a few different kinds of lettuce wraps and quickly learned the variety of lettuce is an important part of the meal (insert “duhs” here). I chose Butter Lettuce for this recipe...

Easy and Delicious Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole is one of those things I always, always, ALWAYS make from scratch. After I started making my own guacamole, I had a few lazy moments where I would buy pre-made guacamoles for convenience and immediately regretted my decision. Seriously, it’s so easy to make and the store-bought stuff is garbage. Now, no matter how tired I am, I make my own guacamole from scratch. The hardest part about making guacamole is picking the right avocado. I used to work...

Chia, The Super Seeds

I first learned of chia seeds from a former co-worker and dear friend. He literally said, “chia seeds, like what you use on a chia pet.” He was referring to the little black things swimming in his kombucha, a lightly fermented tea drink he had just opened. He poured some in a small cup and asked me to try it. I have to admit, I hated it. It was sour and gelatinous and generally not tasty. The gelatinous texture was actually...

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

I love soup, especially veggie soups that save me money yet still make tasty lunches. Often, I’ll make a large batch of Tomato Basil Soup or Turkey Chili and then freeze in smaller containers to grab and go. At work, I heat them up in a coffee cup and sip at my desk, it’s great for these rainy Oregon days we’ve had lately. So, Spicy Sweet Potato Soup. The first recipe I found had a lot of complicated ingredients and...