• Recipes,  Sides

    Raw Zucchini and Carrot Salad

    Zucchini is definitely a favorite of mine. With multiple ways to prepare, it never gets old. In the summer my favorite way to prepare zucchini is typically grilled. But this summer, I’ve had a new favorite method of preparation. Light and refreshing, this raw zucchini and carrot salad will easily become a summer favorite. With just a few ingredients you have a healthy and simple salad ready in no time. Thinly sliced, then marinated with lemon, olive oil and fresh herbs you will be amazed at how flavorful just a few fresh ingredients can be.  Best part is, It only gets better with time. This salad is a great make…

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    Asian Broccoli Salad

    I’ve been SO excited about the first hints of spring that have been popping up in the last couple of weeks. I knew that winter had been tough this year, but I had no idea how much I missed warmer weather until recently. In the last two weeks I have been in full on spring MODE. I have been cleaning, redecorating, buying ALL of the house plants and most importantly getting an early start on the garden, because this year I am determined to have a successful crop. A little background for you— we have lived in our little house now for two summers. The last two summers I have…

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    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
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    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…

  • Maple Chili Acorn Squash
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    Maple Chili Glazed Acorn Squash

    Currently, we are doing everything we can to enjoy ALL of the fresh seasonal produce. And right now, we are all about squash. This maple chili glazed acorn squash is the prefect way to spice up (literally) all your weeknight sides. Just a touch of maple syrup, chili flakes and salt take this acorn squash to a whole new level. It is seriously my new favorite thing. I was initially worried  about adding maple syrup would make it too sweet because of the natural sweetness of the squash. However, that is not at all an issue at all. As it bakes, it forms a slightly sweet and chewy crust that…

  • Fig and Arugula Salad
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    Fig and Arugula Salad

    It’s fig season and fresh figs are the best! Funny thing is though, I never actually had a fresh fig until just after college. I had grown up on Fig Newtons (my Dad loves those) and had eaten dried figs here and there, but never a fresh fig. Well let me tell you, that first fresh fig was a GAME CHANGER. Soft tender outside with that lightly sweet and juicy inside, there’s nothing else like a good fig. I love using fruits in sweet and savory combinations and figs make perfect candidates for those dishes. The only problem is I need to keep myself from eating them all before I…