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Mushroom and Barley Arancini

Barley is one of my favorite grains.  I love the wholesome texture and the nuttiness… and I feel healthy just eating it. I spotted mushrooms and barley on the menu a few times in Iceland and I imagined recreating arancini, traditional Italian rice balls with this barley and mushroom combination. Dill is a popular herb in the Icelandic cuisine so I thought it would add brightness and balance to the decadence of the arancini. I’ve never... Read More

Fava Beans, Peas, Raw Mushroom & Olive Salad

I developed this recipe back in the late spring, yes–when fava beans are actually in high season and was delayed on posting it.   I am posting it now because so many of my recipes are about mixing and matching and using ingredients you have on hand to create your own version. With the produce season in high gear there is a bounty of  beans and or other veggies that you can substitute them with. It is a simple salad with bright and earthy flavors... Read More

Banana Chia Peanut Butter Smoothie

I tend to lean more towards savory breakfasts; runny eggs with crispy potatoes and thick cut bacon, vegetable stuffed frittatas and breakfast burritos. But after seriously craving pancakes while pregnant, and recently incorporating steel cut oats my morning regime, I also felt whipping up some healthy smoothies would be a nice addition. Ingredients: (Makes 1 16oz. smoothie) 1 banana 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/2 cup of Kefir (or whatever yogurt you... Read More

Pineapple Jalapeño Popsicles

Popsicles sounded so good while I was in the “winter” of my summer pregnancy months. But so many packaged frozen treats are pumped with refined sugar and preservatives. I was craving something slightly sweet with a kick that I knew was made up of whole foods. With just a few ingredients and a blender you will have yourself a refreshing frozen treat. Whip up some of your own popsicle flavors and share with me! Hope everyone is having a... Read More

Roasted Carrots with Hazelnuts & Avocado

Roasted carrots always seem to find a soft spot in my edible heart. When roasted,  dressed in a decorative array of spices and then tossed with nuts, avocado and herbs– this is an stellar dish (which can even be the foundation of a meal). These carrots bring brightness to both your table and your circulation of easy healthy dishes for any season! Ingredients: 1 pound carrots (multicolored if you can find them) – approximately 10 carrots,... Read More