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Pesto Barley with Scallions & Cannellini Beans

Pesto Barley with Scallions & Cannellini Beans

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My husband likes to joke that if wasn’t for me he would eat spaghetti every night for dinner. Honestly, there are many nights when I give him options, and he still picks spaghetti.  We’re compatible

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce Parmesan, grated, plus more shaved for serving
  • 1-1/2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Pasta with Baby Greens, Beans and Walnuts

Pasta with Baby Greens, Beans and Walnuts

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For my usual weeknight pasta, I like to keep things simple with spaghetti, even though, I admit, it can be a bit boring. When I stick to my routine, I don’t add to my random noodle

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Ingredients
  • 12 ounces short pasta (farfalle, rotelle, fusilli, orecchiette, penne)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1-15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan plus shaved Parmesan for serving
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

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Always on my Sunday to-do list during the fall and winter months is to make a giant batch of soup that will last through the week Then I am set with lunch and/or dinner no

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup trimmed green beans, 1/2-inch long
  • 1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
Sweet Potato Skins

Sweet Potato Skins

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I consider myself to be a professional snacker. As much as I try to resist the cracker and chip aisles at the grocery, I can’t stay away. It doesn’t help that my son share my

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Ingredients
  • 5 small sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 scallions, sliced thinly, white and green parts separated
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons salsa plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup black beans
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

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By now I know I could make chili in my sleep. I’ve had a vegetable & bean-heavy version, along with a few variations that deviate from my standard recipe, on repeat since the first chill in

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Ingredients
  • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 4-ounce cans diced green chili peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or both
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Three-Bean Chili

Three-Bean Chili

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Whenever I feel even the slightest chill in the air, I have an immediate craving for soup. My desire for soup is more strong when I’m getting impatient about it actually feeling like fall. My

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Ingredients
  • 1-15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-15 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-15 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
Grilled Steak Tacos

Grilled Steak Tacos

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I am officially hanging up my apron as a short order cook. My husband texted on the way home from soccer practice with our toddler to tell me our little guy asked for “real” pizza

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Spicy Black Bean Salad

Spicy Black Bean Salad

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Don’t call me lazy because I haven’t switched my closet from winter to summer. My waking hours are jam-packed. As I know every mom understands, family comes first, leaving little time to accomplish even wardrobe

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Ingredients
  • 2 ears corn, shucked
  • 2-15 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Green Chile Posole

Green Chile Posole

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A couple weeks ago I met a friend for lunch at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. The place is known for its tacos, but instead of sharing a bunch of different tacos per our

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Ingredients
  • 1 poblano chile
  • 1/2 pound fresh tomatillos, husks removed
  • 2 serrano chiles, stemmed, quartered, and deseeded
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ounce baby spinach leaves
Veggie Fajita Bowls

Veggie Fajita Bowls

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I’ve been having major food guilt lately. Coming off Halloween and going straight into the holidays is the worst time to be routinely thinking “why did I eat that?” Self-control can be a fickle thing.

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Ingredients
  • For rice
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Sweet Potato Chorizo Tacos

Sweet Potato Chorizo Tacos

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In our neighborhood there is no shortage of donuts or tacos. The sugary fried scent of freshly made donuts fills the air in the mornings, and then by lunchtime, depending where you are walking, the

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Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers

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My little one keeps surprising me with his adventurous palette. On Saturday I gave him a simple PBJ for lunch. Always multi-tasking, I was entertaining him while I cooked in the kitchen. It can be

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Ingredients
  • 3 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1-15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup salsa plus more for serving 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 buns
  • Baby greens, sliced tomatoes and red onions for serving