Mashed Potato Corn Cakes


Mashed potatoes usually aren’t something that last long in my house after the holidays. But what if you find yourself needing a recipe to use up a massive amount of spuds that  failed? Or you don’t have anyone to help you eat your leftovers and you don’t want to eat mashed potatoes for days? Enter…

Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas {vegetarian}


I admire the people who eat vegan or vegetarian, in part, because it’s something I could never do. I love meat and dairy too much to give up either even though I don’t actually eat a ton of meat or dairy. (Which you wouldn’t know from reading my blog.) Which is why when I find…

Homemade Tortilla Chips


I don’t know that it ever occurred to me to make home made tortilla chips until yesterday when I realized I had this huge bowl of salsa I needed to eat and nothing to eat it with. OK so I did have some beef and pork and tortillas and other fixins’ to make tacos. But…

Blackberry Smoothie Oatmeal Bake


This baked oatmeal dish was inspired by a blackberry overnight oats recipe gone awry. I had blended blackberries, yogurt and almond milk together in a large smoothie blender intending to pour the mixture over oats (overnight, obviously). Well I did this one night and was not thrilled with the results the next morning. The mixture…

Baked Sheet Pan “Street Fries”


While my friend was visiting over my birthday weekend we stopped at a local Mexican restaurant for some tacos. We ended up getting the worst Brussels sprouts we had ever eaten (not cooked enough?!) and we each had a taco. Also on the appetizer menu were “street fries” that sounded suspiciously like fries covered in…

Basil Strawberry Spinach Salad


I’m desperately trying to eat more “greens” in my life on a daily basis and the easiest way to do that for me is to make a salad. My problem is that simple side salads bore me. Like what’s more boring than a salad with cucumbers, tomato and dressing? Hardly anything. So to tempt my…

Beet Blue Cheese Walnut Salad


I’m not overly fond of eating salad for dinner but do enjoy a nice starter salad, especially when out to eat at a fancy steak house. I’ve had a beet salad or two in my day at my local steakhouse, 555 East and thoroughly enjoyed the taste and the experience. After eyeing up some golden beets…

Quinoa Beet Black Bean Burgers


I bought some golden beets on a whim the other day because I thought they looked pretty and they were only $2 for a bunch. So I roasted them and made a salad with walnuts and blue cheese. The salad was good, but not something I could eat every night for dinner. As I contemplated…

Asparagus Avocado Toast {w/egg}


After the success of my Avocado Asparagus Omelet Sandwich I was eager to try more asparagus with more bread and more avocado. So the obvious dish to make was avocado toast. With asparagus. Despite the fact that I loaded the toast down with a bit too much asparagus and I intended to make soft boiled…

Blueberry, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad


My aunt is in town for her first visit in about 8 or 9 years. She bought a giant tub of mixed greens when we were at Costco the other day, impressively, for $3.79. I happened to have two giant blocks of blue cheese in my fridge (also from Costco) and was on the look…

Cauliflower Parsnip Mash {w/Rosemary, garlic and brown butter}


Yeah OK. I’m a bit obsessed with making fake mashed potatoes using other white veggies. Ever since I found out that you can puree cauliflower and butter and salt and pepper, I’ve been dreaming of other creations I can puree. I’ve obviously done cauliflower a few times. And previously I pureed cauliflower and then mashed…

Sweet Potato Black Bean {veggie} Burgers


On a whim one night many months ago I made the Pioneer Woman’s black bean burger and fell so in love with it I was hoping to find a burger recipe similar but with sweet potato added. I was actually hoping the Pioneer Woman would have such a recipe but a quick google search did not…

Cheesy Cauliflower Mash


After discovering a love for cauliflower puree I went back to a recipe I had sitting in my drafts for months for Cheesy Cauliflower mash. The recipe  I had originally contemplated months ago comes from I Breathe I’m Hungry. The pictures of this mash looked substantially thicker than my puree and who doesn’t love cheese in…

Arugula, Avocado and Asparagus Salad


Mmmm. So I discovered that roasted asparagus tastes delicious in salad after I made a salad with asparagus, bacon and blue cheese and then I immediately wanted more of it. So I perused Pinterest to find other salad recipes that included roasted asparagus. I have to tell you, there aren’t a ton. People, listen up….

Caprese Spinach Salad


I have this thing with spinach. I typically only eat baby spinach because I can’t handle the size of regular spinach. And I don’t like the stem on either size. I will take a meticulously long time to de-stem spinach for a salad. I mean how many times have you been eating a spinach salad…

Arugula Salad {w/lemon vinaigrette}


I’m not very good at eating my greens. I’m sure I’ve said that many times. Part of my problem is I only like vegetables certain ways. For example, broccoli must be cooked and usually eaten with copious amounts of melted cheese. Same for kale and spinach. I also do not like raw brussels sprouts, cauliflower…

Cauliflower Purée {paleo, low-carb}


Ever since I made a paleo Shepherd’s pie a few months ago I have been wanting to make myself some cauliflower mash. For the Shepherd’s pie I had made a cauliflower puree that I mixed with mashed white sweet potato. I remember licking the cauliflower puree out of my Vitamix thinking that was disappointed I…

Kabocha Squash Gnocchi {paleo}


I’ve made lots of gnocchi in my day. Well I’ve made a few recipes anyway. Potato gnocchi. Semolina gnocchi. Pumpkin gnocchi. And today I made a paleo gnocchi with what I believe to be Kabocha squash. I say believe to be because I also had a jar of pumpkin puree in my freezer but I’m…

Kabocha Squash Pita Chips {paleo, GF}


I’ve been somewhat intrigued by paleo naan and flatbread recipes I’ve seen on Pinterest recently. I was especially fond of a recipe I found for a flatbread recipe that used winter squash in it. Any time I can sneak vegetables into a recipe that wouldn’t otherwise be made of vegetables, I’m down with that. I…

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats


It’s been hot here in Southern California considering it’s nearly the end of October. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast on a hot California morning is a nice cool jar of overnight oats. I think we can all agree that peanut butter and banana are pretty amazing together. This is probably the…