Pomegranates are a gorgeous winter fruit to enjoy in all sorts of recipes! One of my favorite easy breakfasts or snacks is this pomegranate vanilla chia seed pudding parfait.
I’ve always loved pomegranates. As a kid, I thought it was so much fun to open the fruit and pick out the seeds one by one. I use more efficient peeling methods now, but a bowl of colorful pomegranate seeds still makes me happy. Enjoying fruits and vegetables in their natural state (thanks mom!), I usually just enjoy fresh as a snack with some nuts. Pomegranate seeds are also great over oatmeal or yogurt. And that’s what inspired this recipe, which I enjoyed enough to share here! (more…)
Fresh figs are available for two short seasons each year – June and then August through October. Make the most of the season and experiment with easy, impressive recipes like these honey grilled fresh figs with whipped goat cheese!
Bless the Godfather’s patience for walking around a grocery store with me. The produce section is especially dangerous as when I spot things I’m particularly fond of, like Brussels sprouts and fresh figs, I will happy dance and cheer out loud before I can stop myself. This situation played out rather recently when I spotted a box of fresh figs at one of the local markets and I had to have it! It was a two pound box, and I ate most fresh. I used the blog as an excuse to bring so many home though, so I needed to actually make a recipe. I ate these honey grilled figs too. They were so easy, and so delicious, I will make these for at least one party this year. Perhaps more. (more…)
Make your afternoon (or morning) protein smoothie exciting using fresh flavors and seasonal ingredients from the farmer’s market or your garden. This peach basil protein smoothie is a new favorite for this fitness-loving foodie!
I ran into a girlfriend at the gym this morning, and the topic of working came up thanks to an article we’re reading for book club this month. It’s a good read if you have a little time. Several points in the article really struck a chord with me, especially as someone who has always been ambitious and values a career, but not at the expense of my family. The author recognizes this and discusses the misconceptions about women like me – those trying to have it all – when we choose to step back or take alternative career paths (like entrepreneurship).
One which I found particularly upsetting is the assumption that we “lack motivation and the dedication to get things done.” Darlings, I may not work in an office with billable hours, but my work day starts before dawn most mornings and often doesn’t end until 11 at night. It’s punctuated by play dates, time at the gym, and the occasional tantrum, but anyone will tell you I’m ever present at “the office”, weekends included. I make time for family, absolutely, but am far from unmotivated when it comes to a professional life.
How does this have any relation to today’s recipe? This is relevant because not all days are sprinkle-coated, chocolate-drizzled sunshine, and when I’m pushing to meet a deadline, or we have to get an early start to the morning so I can squeeze in the day’s work and family obligations, I turn to easy yet nutritious recipes like a peach basil protein smoothie, to keep me going. A recipe equally at home in the carpool or commuter lane. (more…)
Move along, folks. There’s nothing to see here… I’ll just take those chips, and that bowl of boring guacamole and sit quietly right over there…
For all the recipe experimentation I do, there are a few foods where I am a bit of a purist, and guacamole is one of them. It’s not that I don’t love to try different variations, but I always come back to my tried and true, my basic guacamole recipe. There’s no bacon, grilled anything, no extra steps, it would seem like a boring guacamole recipe to any “foodie” magazine, but this is my favorite way to enjoy guacamole. (more…)
Creamy, crunchy cilantro lime coleslaw has just the right hint of creamy with a touch of kick. This is a great recipe to pair with barbecue or bring to a potluck!
I don’t know if it’s the Southern girl in me, or the picnic lover, or just the part of me that really likes the texture of crunchy vegetables mixed with the right amount of creamy dressing, but I cannot turn down a good slaw. And when circumstances line up where I need to bring a dish to a potluck, there are beautiful cabbages at the grocery store, and I happen to have extra cilantro and jalapenos at home, I get creative and make a cilantro lime coleslaw. Which turned out to be a perfect barbecue side dish, and has an unintended Texas twist! (more…)