Banana Nut Granola

Granola is such a great food to have around the house for an easy breakfast or filling snack. The main issue with most store-bought granola is that it’s packed with tons of sugar (not to mention expensive!) Luckily, it’s easy to make a batch of homemade granola and you can tailor it to your preferences and what ingredients you haveRead more

Kale Chips

Do you know what really grinds my gears? Those stupid “Eat This! Not That!” articles. “Instead of a bowl of chips, eat 3 carrot sticks!” Oh ya? I had no idea I should be eating raw veggies over fried starch. It’s not a 1-to-1 substitution when you are craving potato chips! Ugh! Off my soapbox, though… So, these are obviouslyRead more

Quinoa Johnnycakes

If you live in Arizona, Texas, California, Virgnia, Colorado or Georgia, you may have been to a True Food Kitchen. It’s an extremely health conscious restaurant, founded here in Phoenix. Unlike many other healthy (read: bland, boring) restaurants, True Food has perfected their recipes and makes eating right taste good. If you don’t live in one of the aforementioned states,Read more

Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Squares

You may be tempted to dismiss this recipe, since they’re Rice Krispie treats and everyone knows how to make Rice Krispie treats, but with a few changes courtesy of Smitten Kitchen, they’re taken to the next level. The addition of brown butter and salt elevates a classic recipe just enough to make it worthy of adult dessert status. I thinkRead more

Roasted Brussel Sprout & Beet Salad

We live out in the sticks, more or less. We are on the very north end of town where there is very little in terms of restaurant options. Usually, we like it up here (less people, less light pollution), but sometimes we just want to drive 2 minutes and have a highway full of places to eat. One place weRead more

Blueberry Oat Bars

Back in the day, Starbucks used to sell a blueberry oat bar. It was the one Starbucks pre-made item that I had a hard time not adding onto my coffee order. It was such a basic thing; a cookie-like layer, tons of blueberry filling and a crumbly oat topping. For some reason, though, I had a hard time replicating it.Read more

Kale, Roasted Tomato & Feta Pizza

This my absolute favorite pizza we make at home. We’ve been eating it for years, pretty regularly, but I’ve never remembered to take pictures and post it here. But, here it is! The pizza has a garlic and olive oil “sauce” layer, then is topped with oven roasted tomatoes, sauteed kale, mozzarella and feta. It’s a winning combination of flavorsRead more

Spiced Shredded Beef (Slow Cooker)

I’m not on the slow cooker bandwagon like (seemingly) everyone else, but every once in a blue moon I dust off my Crockpot and cook something for 10 hours. My biggest gripe about using the slow cooker is the searing of meat, garlic and onions at 6:30 in the morning. It’s just a bit much for me. But, James wantedRead more

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing & Candied Walnuts

Strawberries are in season (aka they’re cheap and delicious), so it’s time to throw them on anything and everything. This salad is a combo that popped up in my head, but I think it’s a good basis for other fruit/chicken salads. You could easily sub out blueberries for the strawberries, pecans for the walnuts, blue cheese for the feta, orRead more

Swiss Chard and Quinoa Bowl

We are pretty binary at our house. We either eat super healthy or super indulgently. Usually the healthy meals come out of guilt, but they always seem to be just the thing I need after day or two of rich meals. I’m always up for a salad, but since we already eat them pretty regularly, I searched for something thatRead more