Spicy Hummus-Roasted Cauliflower

This recipe builds on a trick I learned from a former housemate: Toss vegetables in a coating of hummus before roasting them as a quick and easy seasoning. It’s fast, simple, and easy to adapt to your tastes or the rest of your meal. The vegetables get caramelized and tender, while the hummus takes on a […]

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This recipe came about one morning when we were running low on groceries and there was no fresh fruit in the house. Normally I’d be fine just throwing a handful of raisins into my oatmeal and calling it good, but I was looking for something a little more substantial and spotted a couple of carrots sitting […]

Thermos Oatmeal

thermos oatmeal

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” “People are idiots, Leslie.” –Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson, Parks & Rec I love breakfast. I love the food (pancakes? coffee? eggs?) and I also cannot function without a solid meal to start the day. That’s why shortcuts like this […]

Mustard-Roasted Turnips

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables. Quality time spent with some high heat in the oven transforms bitter, bland or even wilted vegetables into tender, slightly sweet and caramelized versions of themselves. In the case of turnips, the peppery roots become milder, soft and even a little crisp during roasting. The mustard […]

Kumquat & Ginger Oatmeal

kumquat ginger oatmeal

This is the first follow-up recipe from a New Food Friday–see the previous post for a quick overview on kumquats including where to get them, how to store them and some other ideas for using them. Almost as soon as I tasted my first kumquat I started thinking about ways I could use this sweet […]

Rainbow “Buddha Bowls”

This recipe was the result of a failed grocery store excursion. In anticipation of upcoming holiday feasting, I wanted to make something healthy, and this lovely “Buddha bowl” from Minimalist Baker caught my eye. You already know I’m a fan of roasted vegetables, but I usually just mix them all together. I was intrigued by […]

Red Lentil Curry

This vegetarian dish is warm and flavorful, no meat required.

One of the most unique wedding gifts that Paul and I received was a custom box of spices from his coworkers. (Thanks Kate and Ted!) The box came from Penzey’s Spices and was filled with glass bottles of thyme, smoked paprika, vanilla extract and other spices with cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and whole nutmeg nestled […]

Mustardy Four-Bean Salad

This summery salad combines kidney, pinto, black and green beans with a mustardy vinaigrette.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  Here’s another salad that’s perfect for summer. It works as a refreshing side dish or a main course, and while it’s completely delicious on its own with just vegetables and beans, you can also upgrade it to a grain salad. I made this salad to eat for […]

Summer Succotash

Season to taste with the basil, salt and pepper.

I love recipes that really seem to celebrate a particular season. Spring is the perfect time for light fish dishes and lemony asparagus risotto. Fall is made for soup and pumpkin-flavored everything. Winter calls for stews and roasted vegetables. And then there’s summer, overflowing with strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, sweet corn, fresh herbs, melon, squash, cucumbers, […]

Peach-Blueberry Overnight Oats

Peach-blueberry overnight oats--making the best of summer fruits!

Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods, and I eat it for breakfast almost every day. In my breakfast rotation, there are two seasons of oatmeal: hot and cold. Right now, in the heat of July, I’m all about enjoying oats cold. That might mean mixing up big batch of meusli to eat all week, […]