Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Parsnips with Shallots and Brown Butter Sauce

Hello everyone! I'm back with another amazing recipe to share featuring yet another rare and underused vegetable, parsnips. Parsnips are an incredibly delicious root vegetable that look like white  carrots but have a very unique flavor. For this dish, I slice, roast, and top them with sauteed shallots in a brown butter sauce and the result is a savory flavor bomb that was so good I just had to make it again and share it with you all!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crispy Shallots

It's finally summertime up here in the Pacific Northwest and for us that means lots of salads and barbecue. I know that I've been talking about both of those things quite a bit lately, and for good reason, they're delicious! For today's post, I am sharing the recipe for our favorite salad topping of all time, Crispy Shallots. These simple baked shallots are incredibly flavorful and have a great crispy, crunchy texture that is perfect for a salad topping!

Monday, May 15, 2017

8 Delicious Salad Ideas

Heather and I have been eating a lot of salads lately, even more since she started a Beachbody challenge, and they often turn out surprisingly delicious. So we've been taking pictures of all the really good salads we eat and posting them on our Instagram, along with all kinds of other awesome pictures. You should check it out if you haven't yet! Anyways, since we have so many awesome salad pictures and since they have been so popular on Instagram, I decided to collect some of my favorites and share these 8 Delicious Salad Ideas with you all so that hopefully you will have some more inspiration next time you go to make a salad for yourself.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Chicken Chili Verde

Chili verde is a traditional Mexican dish typically consisting of pork butt, I usually make mine with chicken thighs but we'll get into that later, slowly cooked in a green or "verde" sauce. It is very popular in the U.S. and has long been one of my favorite Mexican dishes because it is full of wonderful flavor and also fairly easy to prepare. If you use a Crock-Pot like I do, it only takes a little bit of prep and the slow-cooker does the rest and you end up with an amazing and fairly healthy dinner.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Meal Prep Monday- Weekly Meal and Snack Prep

So I know by now that I have mentioned our practice of weekly meal prep on several previous posts, and since it is such a regular and essential part of our healthy diet I wanted to write a post specifically about what we do to prepare ourselves for the week. By doing this at the start of every week, we set ourselves up to have healthy snacks ready to eat and we save time throughout the week on meal prep by doing some of the work ahead of time. It's also a fun way for Heather and I to work together in the kitchen.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Back to Basics: Roasting Potatoes

It's time for Back to Basics, a series on basic techniques to help people eat better and hopefully feel more confident in the kitchen. Starting today, we will be posting a new Back to Basics technique on the first Saturday of every month so check back in or subscribe if you are interested! I was inspired to start this series by talking with friends and family and finding that while most people know some specific techniques or dishes really well they may not know some other basics that could help add some variety or nutrition to their daily meals. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Justin's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are probably my favorite dessert of all time. Well it's really close between them and brownies because they're both chocolaty and delicious. I've tried countless different recipes for chocolate chip cookies and I enjoy all of them but I really wanted to come up with a (slightly) healthier recipe and create my own unique version. After a lot of trial and error I came up with a cookie recipe that cooks perfectly, has the right level of sweetness, and maintains a soft texture for days. The perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Chicken Salad Tacos

Tacos are the best! Seriously, they are one of the greatest culinary creations of all time and definitely one of my favorite foods. Tacos can come in a million different forms and all be delicious and the recipe I have for you today is just one of a seemingly infinite number of great variations. This particular recipe arose out of a desire to create a light and healthy taco that still packs great flavor. This is a taco you don't need to feel guilty about eating.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Grandfather's Homemade Mac and Cheese

My grandfather, Lee, recently passed away and he was a really incredible human being and a wonderful role model for our family. Everyone who met him was inspired to be a better person and I can only hope to one day have his strength of character. I was reflecting on his life with some of my family and we all remembered his amazing baked mac and cheese that he would make for us when we were younger and I just had to find the recipe and make it again to share it with you all. Since, that's kind of my thing. I know this will bring back a lot of great memories for my family and I hope that the rest of you will enjoy this delicious recipe for Homemade Mac and Cheese!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Roasted Garlic Vegetable Soup

When I was growing up, I was never a big fan of soup. To be fair, I also lived in California in the continuous scorching heat so soup probably isn't as popular down there overall. However, as I have grown older, I have learned to appreciate soup for its health benefits and comfort value now that I am up in the dark and rainy Pacific Northwest. I have also learned to appreciate how easy it is to prepare in large quantities and reheat for leftovers. That being said, I have been experimenting for the last few years making all kinds of soups with whatever vegetables I happen to have on hand and this recipe was killer. This Roasted Garlic Vegetable Soup is healthy, delicious, bowl-licking good soup that is also light and vegan!