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…

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…

Chicken Chili Verde

Chili verde is a traditional Mexican dish typically consisting of pork butt, slowly cooked in a green or “verde” sauce. (You’ll see later that I usually make mine with chicken.) 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…

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. 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…

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. 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…

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…

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. These…

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. I can only hope to one day have his strength of character. My family and I were reflecting on his life and…

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…