mediterranean quinoa & avocado salad

I first had this salad when our friends Natalya and Patrick hosted a friends brunch a few months ago. After polishing off a few bowls of this myself at brunch, Natalya kindly shared the recipe and I had been meaning to make it for dinner since. I am a big fan of most quinoa based […]

vegan brussels sprouts caesar salad

Growing up, caesar salad was one of my favorite side salad options at restaurants… until I realized that traditional caesar dressing was made with raw eggs and anchovies. That realization quickly changed my mind about this beloved salad, until a few years ago when I saw a vegan caesar dressing online. I was instantly intrigued, […]

kale salad with zesty cumin dressing & sunflower seed clusters

This salad was inspired by a salad I had in Grand Rapids almost two years ago while I was in town for a wedding. The restaurant, Terra GR, has an amazing menu full of nourishing, seasonal eats and I only wish that I lived closer (or that Terra would move to Florida…) so I could […]

lemony quinoa, pea & white bean salad

This grain salad has quickly become one of our favorites. Its quick to throw together with pantry and freezer ingredients, and it makes a wonderful side dish but the three different types of plant protein make it hearty enough for a vegetarian main dish as well. My favorite way to serve it is over a […]

warm butternut squash & white bean salad

I stumbled onto this salad earlier this fall when Zack was working out of town a lot, and I was looking for a substantial salad that I could make at the beginning of the week and eat a few times so I wasn’t trying to cook for one every night. Since I first tried it, […]

slow cooker mexican beans & potatoes

There’s nothing I love more than taking 10 minutes in the morning to prep a slow cooker meal, and coming home 9 hours later to find dinner ready & waiting! This dish is simple & comforting, but the salsa & spices keep it from being too basic or boring, and it has turned out to […]

spicy black bean soup

Easily one of my favorite homemade soups, this has been perfect for the unseasonably cold weather we’ve been getting in Florida lately. Its packed with black beans, warm spices & a few veggies to up the nutritional profile, and because it only simmers for 30 minutes is just as perfect for a weeknight as it […]

slow cooker chipotle black bean chili

Soups and chilis are a staple at our house, so much so that I’ve dubbed Sundays “Soup Sunday”. There’s nothing I love more than having the slow cooker going all day while I run errands, or slowing simmering a soup on the stove while we prep for the week ahead. This vegetarian chili is a […]

smoky black bean & butternut squash salad

This salad has quickly become one of my favorites to make on Sunday and eat throughout the week, because it holds up perfectly in the fridge and is easily reheated.  The smoky spice from the chipotles in adobo is a perfect compliment to the sweet butternut squash and earthy black beans. I’ve been loving it warmed […]