Since welcoming my daughter in October, I’ve been on a bit of a mini-maternity leave from the blog, focusing mostly on Good Food Reads each week while Lane (bless!) has really taken over the cooking posts. As many of you know, having a newborn really limits the time for cooking and kitchen shenanigans. Well, I’m starting to slowly dip my toes back into the land of the cooking! As I think about things that I’m excited to make (and combine that with the constant hunger associated with nursing a baby – wow! I could eat ALL THE TIME), I continually get excited about Good Food Reads and have found so many things I want to share. …
Here we are: 2017. After a crazy end to 2016 in so many ways, I am enjoying the mental reset that a new year brings. I’m not generally one for a whole list of resolutions, but I do tend to enjoy the common January focus on health, organization, and goal setting. This week’s Good Food Reads definitely reflect my current need for light, cleaner foods, and ways to get myself a little more put together – especially in the kitchen!
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Good Food Reads for January 4, 2017
I’ve been keeping my eye out for new smoothie recipes that I can use for a quick snack or breakfast with my little guy. To be honest, I’m a bit over the green smoothie and I think this Carrot-Orange Smoothie might be just the thing to change up my routine a bit.
When it comes to breakfast, there’s very little my son loves more than pancakes. In an attempt to get a little more nutrition into those glorious carb filled breakfasts, I’m going to try these Cottage Cheese Pancakes from Weelicious.
The end of my maternity leave is fast approaching and I’m looking for some go to recipes to bring for lunches and dinners when I’m at work. The nature of my job means that I need something nutritious, easy to eat, and that doesn’t really require heating. I think these Lentil Protein Bowls from Heartbeet Kitchen will be a great option!
You guys know I’m a huge sucker for a one-pot recipe. I love to cook. I do not love to do dishes. My latest find is this recipe for Garlic Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes (Cafe Delites).
Mini Salmon Cakes with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta from Andie Mitchell. These little beauties are on my menu for later this week. Can’t wait to try them!
I will never stop loving brussels sprouts. I know, I know. But pair them with some salty bacon or prosciutto and they really are a thing to behold. Here, they are placed in a salad with pomegranate seeds, prosciutto and feta cheese. So many of my favorites all in one dish! Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Prosciutto (Happy Foods)
Simple Carrot Ginger Soup from Love and Lemons. This is one of those recipes that makes me feel all virtuous in my food choices. It’s also just really darn good!
And…because I’m really not that virtuous in my food choices: Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce from Let’s Eat Cake. It’s all about balance, right?!?!
The countdown is ON. With only a few days until Christmas (and Hanukkah, too!), my kitchen is a busy place. With a newborn at home, I’m leaving most of the holiday baking to my amazing mother and focusing on simple dinners for my family – hearty, comforting foods that warm up the cold Decmeber days. We’ve been eating a lot of soups and slow cooker dishes, but also experimenting with roasted fish and comforting curries. This week’s Good Food Reads are basically what I’ll be making this week in my home. What are you cooking these days?…
Oh, friends, do I have some good recipes for you in this week’s edition of Good Food Reads. I’ve scoured the ole internet in search of food inspiration and tricks and have a list that is filled with sweets, treats, and comfort foods! As we amble on towards the holidays, I know we could all use a few recipes for appetizers and cocktails, so you’ll find some of those below as well. And, because all of those holiday festivities are usually bookended by busy work days and weeks, there are a few easy crockpot recipes in there to add to your own collection of Good Food Reads and go-to recipes. Now, let me introduce your Good Food Reads for December 7th!
Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls from Joy the Baker. Joy is always an inspiration when it comes to really tasty baked goods and this recipe for carrot cake cinnamon rolls looks amazing. I’m hoping to bake up a pan of these along side my usual Christmas morning cinnamon roll recipe.
Roasted Salmon Glazed with Brown Sugar and Mustard via the NYT. My three year old loves salmon, which I usually serve simply roasted and topped with a dollop of good pesto. This recipe coats the lovely fish in a mix of brown sugar and mustard, which should provide a great blend of sweet and tangy. YUM.
Bacon Blue Cheese Caramelized Onion Tart from Dinner, Then Dessert. Oh, you guys, I need to make these. Bacon is essentially one of my love languages and now that I’m no longer pregnant, I’m back on the Blue Cheese train full time. Bring. It. On.
Holiday Cocktails, featuring an Orange Cranberry Mimosa (yum!) from Wear + Where + Well. No explanation needed for this one. It’s the holidays. Have a cocktail. Or two.
Toffee Apple Eclair Cake from Lemons for Lulu is a great, no-bake take on the classic refrigerator cookie cake. I’m thinking this would be fun for New Year’s Day!
I have had really good luck with a lot of the recipes from Weelicious, which focuses on family and kid friendly food that isn’t “kid food.” Great, right? Next up for our family is this Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken.
A Healthier Take on Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha Latte from the genius folks at Cooking Light, because we could all probably use a few more dollars and a few less calories right now. Oh, is that just me?!?!
I’m always looking for new options for Meatless Mondays around here and this Winter Vegetable Curry via the NYT might be my next recipe to tackle. I’ve found that often Indian and other southeast asian recipes can easily feel overwhelming with the number of unusual spices but this recipe uses kitchen staples and seasonal produce. It’s already a win in my book!
Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño Caper Butter (The Lemon Bowl) is another option for Meatless Monday and also a great, vegetable centric option for holiday meals.
And finally, Weeknight Crockpot Meals from The Gingered Whisk, because I don’t know about you, but sometimes, you just don’t want to cook.
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Hey friends! Welcome to Good Food Reads for this last day of November. It seems no matter my intentions and planning, the holiday season is inevitably one of the busiest times of the year. I mean, I feel like I was just writing about surviving the Thanksgiving craziness and now we are about to pull out the advent calendars, hang the stockings, and trim those trees. …
Well friends, here we are. The day before Thanksgiving. I’m sure that most of you are busy getting ready to welcome friends and family to your homes or to travel to meet with loved ones and share a (likely huge!) meal. I look forward every year to the traditional foods of Thanksgiving. I love mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and dixie pie. For me, the turkey is ok, but the real game is in the sides. What are your Thanksgiving favorites?…
Seriously, how is it already November? I feel like we were just dipping our toes into fall and pumpkin-spiced everything and now we are past Halloween and smack in the middle of the holiday ramp up. If you’re like me, you’re starting to think about Thanksgiving menus, holiday baking projects, and how to balance all of the great comforting foods that colder weather brings with the need to fit in my pants! Right? I’m not sure this week’s Good Food Reads are good for fitting into your pants, but they are definite recipe eye candy! Enjoy. And as always, send us your Good Food Reads Suggestions!…
Wednesday is here again which means we get to share our recipe inspiration for the week! I love putting together each week’s Good (Food) Reads, mostly because it gives me an excuse to read yummy recipes for hours on end. It also gives me an opportunity to bookmark great recipe ideas for later kitchen inspiration. We try to feature various blogs and recipes each week and are always looking for new inspiration so if you have a blog, website, or cookbook you think would be great – send us your stuff! We would love to share it. This week on Good Food Reads, I’ve got some Halloween themed recipes, appetizers for those holiday gatherings, and overall just a fun collection of kitchen inspiration. I hope you love it. Happy Cooking……
Friends, the time has come for another Good Food Reads. When this post publishes, I’ll be deep in the throes of newborn life and not sure how much cooking and baking I’ll be doing but I don’t want to be without inspiration for the fall so here are is another set of recipes I can’t wait to try (when I get back to the kitchen!). As always, we love to hear your suggestions for Good Food Reads and the blog in general. Email, tweet, FB message us or say hi on Instagram! …
Oh man, if I thought the need for comfort food was high last week, this week takes the cake. The weather is finally starting to feel like fall, with warm days and cool nights and I am ready to tuck in to some cozy slippers, cardigans, and carbs. Yup, it’s a bit of a carb fest here on Good Food Reads way this week and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m writing this post in advance, expecting that our newest family addition will be here by the time this post publishes and therefore featuring a bunch of slow cooker recipes…because slaving over the stove with a newborn is no fun, not even for this girl. What do you crave when the weather starts to cool? Do you have any go to meals that are easy to make when your hands are full and you are sleep deprived? Send us your Good Food Reads!
Whole Grain Spaghetti with Veggi-fied Meat Sauce (Cooking Light) is the perfect compromise. Extra veggies and whole grains pepper this classic dish that is perfect for the whole family.
Baked Chicken Chimichangas (The Girl Who Ate Everything). Because who doesn’t love chimichangas? I’ve never actually tried to make them, mostly because I don’t do a lot of deep frying. This recipe is a great baked alternative.
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup (Like Mother Like Daughter). There is little that warms my heart more in the fall and winter than a hearty soup. And one that can be made in the slow cooker? Even better. We will definitely be trying this in our house ASAP.
Crockpot Braised Beef Ragu Polenta (A Pinch of Yum). Another crockpot/slow cooker recipe that I’ve been saving for a while – and the time has come to make this one happen. The polenta does NOT go in the slow cooker, so you will need to whip that up just before serving, but seriously…are you not drooling over the gorgeous ragu?
Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Paleomg). One more slow cooker recipe, just because. I l.o.v.e. the barbacoa bowls at Chipotle. I think this recipe might be the perfect thing to try and replicate that at home!
Broccoli, Lemon, and Parmesan Soup (Food52). I can’t wait to try this soup. Such simple ingredients that should give amazing flavor!
Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts (Simply Scratch via Girl vs Dough). My love affair with brussels sprouts is ongoing and these sound amazing. My go to preparation is to roast them with pancetta and some balsamic, but I am going to have to give the dijon a try.
Potato Leek Pizza (Pioneer Woman). A nice change up from my typical mozzarella and prosciutto pizza.
Orzo Salad with Broccoli Pesto from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day. I love the idea of broccoli pesto! How fun. And full of great nutrients.
Strawberry Oat Crumble Bars (Recipe by Oh She Glows, featured on A Pinch of Yum). Because this list seriously needed some dessert.
Well friends, that’s the list. I hope you found some kitchen inspiration.
Until next week…