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  • Mains,  Recipes

    Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Red Cabbage

    Here are a few tips before you move onto the recipe: Make sure the pan is hot before you add anything and don’t be afraid to use high heat! Canola or peanut oil is best because of the higher flash point. PREP, PREP, PREP! Having all your veg, meat and sauce prepped and ready to go in bowls is essential. Once your wok or pan is hot you want to be able to move quickly. Cook your meat in batches. For a nice sear on the meat be careful not to overcrowd the pan. If you do, it will get watery (eww). Stir your stir fry–but not too much. Because you…

  • Desserts,  Recipes

    Blood Orange Pavlova

    Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! While my husband and I don’t usually make a big fuss over this holiday, we do always take the time to cook together and create something special for dinner. To us, Valentine’s Day acts as a reminder to slow down and take time for each other by turning what is just a normal necessary task (making dinner) into time well spent together.  So, with today being Valentine’s Day, I wanted to create a recipe that was truly special. If you are looking for a dessert that is both beautiful and romantic—this is it. This Pavlova is assembled from two light and fluffy meringues that are perfectly…

  • Breakfast,  Recipes

    Huevos Rancheros

    You GUYS, I finally did it! I love, love, love huevos rancheros! I have searched high and low for a recipe that was easy to make, but just as delicious as the original version I had years ago that made me fall in love with this dish. To be honest, I don’t actually remember where I was when I first had huevos rancheros, but I certainly remember the meal. It was the sauce that really did it for me. It was a smooth and slightly smoky chili-based sauce with just a pinch of heat and acidity. It was an “OMG, I had no idea you could get so much flavor…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Turkey Swedish Meatballs (Dairy Free)

    When I was younger I had a dairy allergy. Every time I had milk, I got sick. Fortunately, as I got older, I grew out of that and it doesn’t bother me as much. I still wont drink milk and if I eat a lot of ice cream or something with a lot of heavy cream I find myself feeling less than great. I seem to be fine with most cheeses and yogurts though. Because of this, I have found myself avoiding cream based dishes. However, there are times when a thick cream based sauce sounds so good! Fortunately, these days there are many methods to making dishes creamy without…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowls

    These Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowls are one of the easiest and best dinners ever. My husband was doing a lot of traveling for conferences this summer so he was out of town a lot. I don’t really like cooking just for myself, I don’t know why, but I usually just end up eating some form of eggs and toast. This last time though, I decided to make up at batch of roasted veggies and rice for Buddha bowls. I made it on Monday and ate it the rest of the week for dinner. You would think maybe I would have gotten sick of it, but you’d be wrong. It was…

  • Recipes,  Sides

    Orange and Apple Spiced Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry sauce has always been one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. When we were kids, my mom would always make it the night before and I would love to watch the cranberries burst and pop in the pan until they cooked down to a delicious thick sauce. We used to make just a simple cranberry sauce but somewhere over the years we started adding other flavors. Our family sauce is now infused with orange, apple and cinnamon. It is still quick and easy and even now, I think it’s fun to watch the cranberries pop! If you have never made homemade cranberry sauce, then this is a must try.…

  • Green Bean Casserole
    Recipes,  Sides

    Green Bean Casserole (vegan & gluten-free)

    Green bean casserole has always been a staple for us on Thanksgiving. But, ever since I became gluten-free it hasn’t quite been the same. Over the last few years we have tried a variety of different cream of mushrooms soups. We have yet to find one that we actually like. This year, I decided I would make the whole thing from scratch, including the crunchy onions. Not only is this green bean casserole gluten-free but, it is also dairy free and completely vegan! And while you may think this is a lot more work than traditional green bean casserole, it is really not that bad! The key is making things…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Chinese Five Spice Wings

    There is nothing better than a big tray of crispy, saucy wings to snack on while you watch your favorite football team. In my case, that would be Michigan State Football. I am more of a college football fan than professional. But Anyway, these wings have been a hit all fall long on game day! I have struggled over that last few years to perfect a wing recipe. One that is flavorful, crispy, saucy and oven baked. After much trial and error, I have finally come up with a recipe I dont want to change at all.  These wings hit all the criteria. And if I hadn’t told you, you…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Broccoli Cheese Soup

    To be completely honest, I never really liked broccoli cheese soup growing up. My sister always loved it but it never really did much for me. That being said, I don’t ever go out of my way to eat it, let alone make it. The other week, I was in Yosemite for some camping and hiking with my sister and friends. Being November, it got quite chilly at night and broccoli cheese soup came up in conversation as the warm and cozy soup that everyone wished they had right then. I was still holding strong to the fact that I had never loved it. However, that day must have planted…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Garlic and Salted Black Bean Fried Rice

    Fried rice was one of the first real meals I learned to cook. If we ever had a lot of leftover rice, my mom would whip up a batch of egg-fried rice for us for lunches or dinner. It was her way of cleaning out the fridge. Still today, whenever I have a bunch of leftover rice I always make up a big batch of fired rice. It is easy and quick and I can put whatever I want in it. These days I like to load it up with lots of veggies. I also add in garlic and Chinese fermented black beans (or salted black beans). You can find…