Stuffed eggplant like you’ve never had it before – filled with a paneer and mango pickle mixture and served atop a bed of creamy coconut dal.
Stuffed Eggplant in Curry and Coconut Dal

Oh eggplant, such a polarizing ingredient.

Some may wonder why I keep making it when my husband proclaims to hate it so much, but the reason is here! This! Exactly!

His actual words after eating this, “I know you don’t usually like to make the same recipes twice, but you could make this again.”

I mean, that’s basically a standing ovation in man terms, am I right?

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Sheet pan gnocchi with spring vegetables is a quick and easy weeknight dinner! It’s loaded with roasted vegetables, a homemade pea pesto, and is a simple family favorite.
Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Spring Vegetables and Pea Pesto

I could write a whole book on my feelings on gnocchi but, let’s be honest, no one would read it except for maybe my mother and even then, probably not. 

My mixed and complicated thoughts on it stem from the fact that the gnocchi eating experience can be so so variable – they’re either pillowy little dreams or dense gluey rocks; in my experience, there is rarely an in-between. 

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Happy Saturday!!!

I just spent an excessive amount of time purchasing fancy sprinkles, so you know we are kicking off a crazy Saturday over here! The thing is that Remy’s going to be five in three weeks (HOW?!?!) and she still hasn’t decided on a birthday theme yet, so I just got all the sprinkle combos to cover all my bases. Now no matter what she chooses, I’ll have the sprinkles covered. I can only control what I can control, ya know?

It’s supposed to be a pretty rainy weekend over here, so we are hunkering down, probably watching Trolls for the gazillionth time. Baking some sourdough and hopefully not ending up with dough puddles like last week. The usual.

Now, what you really came for – here’s what we’re cooking on this week’s meal plan!

  • broccoli cheddar quesadillas – easy, family-approved, YUM.
  • broccoli lemon pasta – simple and satisfying
  • feta, tomato, and chickpea israeli couscous casserole – so many fresh flavors!
  • corn chowder with quinoa – SO excited for corn season
  • Korean-inspired tofu bowls – yes, definitely in.

Happy eating!

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A decadent blueberry galaxy cake made with layers of light lemon cake, filled with blueberry buttercream, and decorated to look like outer space!
Blueberry Galaxy Cake {Lemon Layer Cake with Blueberry Buttercream}

The time between Valentine’s Day and Easter in my house is like birthday mania.

In order, there’s my birthday, my grandmother-in-law’s birthday, my sister’s birthday, my husband’s birthday all in quick succession. Followed by Easter and then Remy’s birthday at the end of April. 

Even with the pandemic, when we didn’t actually see people on their birthdays, Remy still insisted on a cake for every. celebration. The virtual ones included.

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Roasted cauliflower and halloumi bowls served atop a freekeh pilaf and garnished with a pine nut-herb relish and tahini-yogurt sauce.
Roasted Cauliflower and Halloumi Bowls with Dates and Freekeh Pilaf

You have probably deduced this from the fact that I have now published three halloumi recipes in as many months (with plenty more gracing the archives), but halloumi is one of my desert island foods.

Yes, if I were trapped in an arid climate without any access to refrigeration, then OBVIOUSLY I would choose a highly perishable, dairy-based food product to have with me. Let’s face it, I have no survival skills (see above) so if I’m going down anyway, I might as well eat what I want.

Halloumi it is!!

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Baked green enchilada bean and cheese quesadillas are about to revolutionize your dinner game! They are all cooked together in the oven, saving a lot of time and energy when making a big batch.
Baked Green Enchilada Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Remy’s in a phase of life right now where she *ONLY* wants to eat quesadillas. 

Cheese, maybe some beans if I can hide them well enough. Sometimes when I get really lazy, I just pulverize a string cheese, stuff it into a tortilla shell and call it dinner.

God forbid I try to sneak a vegetable in there. You don’t want to be around if/when that happens. Trust me.

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