May 3

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Oven-Baked Pancake

Five more days until we celebrate all of the mothers in our lives.  Have you thought about breakfast yet?  Well if you haven’t, I’ve got a solution for you.  This oven-baked pancake is super simple and makes way less of a mess than regular pancakes.  Plus it looks fancier and more decadent than traditional pancakes too! (Moms, you could always send gentle hints by giving your husband/kids this recipe.) [Read More…]


Apr 27

Red Lentil Chili

Harmons Grocery recently challenged me to develop a recipe using ingredients from their new line of private label items.    I decided it was the perfect opportunity to work on a recipe that I had been playing with for a while, a recipe for red lentil chili.  I tried a recipe for a red lentil chili a few months ago.  The finished chili was blend and watery, but I loved the idea.  So I took the ideas of red lentil soup and a regular meat chili and started to merge the two.  After 8 rounds of tweaking, here we are! [Read More…]


California Avocado Greek Rice Salad Bowls

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I have always had a thing for food in bowls, so the current bowl trend has me very happy.  Whether it’s a smoothie bowl, a rice bowl, or just a bowl of chicken noodle soup, there’s something about eating out of a bowl that is casual and comforting and completely my style.  Plus, bowls are […]

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (Dairy-free, Low Carb, Low Sugar!)

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Squirrel and Bug are both huge tomato addicts.  I also adore tomatoes, but when I was pregnant with them I craved them like nothing else.  I’ve always wondered if the copious amounts of tomatoes I consumed during pregnancy had any influence on their love of the fruit.  Their love of tomatoes also translates into a love […]

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Fruity California Avocado Rice Cakes

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The arrival of spring always signals to me the start of California avocado season. I’m excited to be working with California Avocados again this year and am kicking off the season with a recipe for Fruity California Avocado Rice Cakes! If you are gluten-free or just looking for a change, this is a crunchy twist […]

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Easter Bento — Happy Spring!!

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Spring is here!! Things are slowly warming up here in Utah. We had several days of temperatures in the 60s, but then it has snowed the past 2 days. Oh well, we’ll get there!

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Chickpea (Tuna-less) Salad Onigirazu

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A few months ago on Periscope someone asked me for meatless protein ideas to pack in school bentos. I threw out a couple of ideas for her, but have been thinking about it every since. A few weeks ago as I was falling asleep (or at least trying to fall asleep), the idea came to […]

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This is NOT a Baba Ganoush Recipe

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Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern dish that consists of roasted eggplant mixed with things like tahini, garlic, and lemon juice (the ingredient list varies somewhat from country to country).  It is one of my favorite things to make.  I always make a big batch when I do, then that’s what I’ll snack on, spreading […]

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Build a Birthday Bug Style (Who wouldn’t want a maneki-neko cheesecake?)

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This past Tuesday, January 26th, was Bug’s 7th birthday.  Anyone who has had the chance to spend more than 5 minutes with our little Bug will tell you that she is not short on personality—she’s exploding with it.  One of our family traditions is that the birthday girl/boy gets to choose the menu for their […]

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Free-Form French Onion Tart | Dinner Pies Cookbook

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Tomorrow is National Pie Day, which is always a big celebration at our house, helped by the fact that it’s also my birthday.  It helps that I am a pie addict and haven’t had birthday cake in years.  It’s birthday pie for me all the way!  So when I received a copy of Dinner Pies by Ken […]

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