A hearty pot of black-eyed pea stew that is filled with vegetables and topped with a bright and fresh green herb smash.
Black-Eyed Pea Stew with Green Herb Smash

I went on a bit of a black-eyed pea rampage around the turn of the year. Partly for (good) luck. Partly in a halfhearted attempt to KonMari my pantry, which is not a physical location, mind you, but a conglomerate mess that includes my cabinets, the kitchen floor, our front hall closet, etc.

The end result was us eating black-eyed peas for a week (or two) straight with no discernible improvement in my pantry clutter.

There are worse things.

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Finally a weekend off! And a three-day weekend, at that. Can’t wait!

We have plans to see a lot of family, do a lot of playing, exercise, bake muffins, and basically do all the weekend things we’ve been missing out on for the past month while I’ve been on service. What about you??

Here’s what we’ve got on this week’s healthy vegetarian meal plan:

  • creamy turmeric chickpea skillet (health food FTW!)
  • roasted vegetable fajita lettuce wraps (that chipotle crema, tho)
  • winter squash, farro, and pomegranate salad with shallot vinaigrette (hi. yes please.)
  • 20 minute BBQ black bean tacos (!!!)
  • roasted vegetable forbidden rice bowls with carrot top pesto (eat the rainbow!)

Happy eating!

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Creamy roasted winter squash and radicchio risotto – perfect for date nights and Sunday dinners.
Winter Squash and Radicchio Risotto

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Anyone out there having a date night in tonight?? I guess we are…if you consider dining next to an (almost) threenager who thinks picking her nose and eating it (and announcing it to the table) with Dumbo on in the background to be a “date night”. Which….I guess I do? It’s all relative.

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Arguably one of the best baked mac and cheese recipes out there, Martha Stewart’s baked macaroni and cheese uses classic cheddar and gruyere to make a velvety sauce and is topped with delicious buttery croutons.
Martha Stewart's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

There is nothing that screams love more than a big homemade bowl of carbs and melted cheese.

Mac and cheese is what I made on my first Valentine’s Day date with with the husband, and every year since! And I think it’s worked out?? I mean, we’re still married (happily), so……

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Good morning!! Ready to meal plan? Here’s what we’ve got this week:

  • a super cozy vegan mushroom bourguignon
  • so fresh persimmon and pomegranate salad with arugula and hazelnuts
  • spinach, mushroom, and artichoke quiche – lurrvee
  • 30 minute vegetarian French bread pizzas – gimme gimme!
  • guac and black bean loaded sweet potatoes – yaaass

Happy eating!

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This Momofuku Milk Bar birthday cake is a birthday girl’s (or boy’s!) dream!! It is filled with alternating layers of funfetti cake, birthday cake frosting, and birthday cake crumb that are everything you wanted your childhood birthday cakes to be, but better.
Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Cake

Of course, starting the (lengthy and grueling and not for the faint of heart) process of choosing a birthday cake got me thinking about last year’s cake, which made me realize….I NEVER SHARED IT WITH YOU.

Yes, I’m ashamed.

Hopefully you can find it in your hearts to forgive me. (And if not, a slice of it may convince you otherwise.)

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