Summer…ah, summer. Sandals and sunscreen, sunshine and summer storms. My kids are finished with school for the summer and although my oldest in on a school trip to Washington D.C., my little is home during the day. On the days I’m not at work we’ve been talking about what summer foods we want to make this summer. I bet you’ll be able to guess which summer foods he picked in this edition of Good Food Reads! Read on… …
Some of you may know this, but I spent almost 16 years of my life as a vegetarian. From about age 12 until a few months before my 28th birthday, I lived the veggie life. My reasons for going vegetarian (and then staying veggie!) changed over the years, and while I’m now definitely an omnivore, I still try to keep about half of my meals plant based and really don’t miss meat when I’m focusing on such great food! Over the years I’ve built up a pretty great personal collection of vegetarian recipes but I’m always on the hunt for more so for this week’s Good Food Reads, we are going veg! I promise, there is something for everyone and the meat lovers in your life won’t even miss it.
I’m so intrigued by this 5 Minute Macadamia Cheese and Vegan Crudité from Minimalist Baker. I’m not going to lie, I’ll probably stick with non-vegan cheese, but the photos are so gorgeous I could probably be convinced to give it a try! Those roasted carrots are making me so hungry right now.
Grilled Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri. So many of my favorite things in one dish. Can’t wait to give it a try.
Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Romesco & Farro from Vegetarian Heartland. I love all the colorful veggies!
Don’t forget the grill! When I was a full time vegetarian, I always struggled to enjoy those boxed veggie burgers (Boca cheeseburgers usually won out). I can’t wait to give these Wild Rice Veggie Burgers with Herbed Ricotta a try for our next grilling session. Another option? This Sweet Potato and Mushroom Quinoa Burger. I doubt the meat will be missed!
Where there are burgers, there should probably be fries. I’m ready to tackle these Sesame Garlic Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Curry Dip.
A fresh, vegetarian take on the classic summer pasta side dish: Creamy Greek Pasta Salad.
Instant Pot Hummus with Chimichurri. I love hummus and love to make it at home but can never seem to plan ahead enough to soak the beans and end up using canned. Maybe it will be InstantPot to the rescue!
Meal Prep Mediterranean Bowls – for making those busy work days a little less crazy. LOVE the inclusion of marinated feta. So yum! These Almond-Sesame Soba Noodles with Quick Pickled Vegetables would be amazing as well.
Ok, this isn’t a recipe but have you guys seen these DIY Terracotta Wine Chillers? I have exactly zero pinterest type craft skills but maybe I could pull one of these off?
It has been a crazy busy week, as most of them are towards the end of the school year. My kids don’t have their last day of school until next week, but the past two weeks have been chock full of end of the year parties, teacher gifts, graduation festivities, end of the year orchestra concerts, dance recitals, and let’s not forget the never ending soccer games! When you put that on top of a full time work schedule, well…whew, I’m starting to get tuckered out! And I must admit my belly is growing very tired of all of the fast and fast casual food we’ve been eating (not to mention guilty) as we fly around from one activity from another. It’s time to reintroduce vegetables and clean eating to our diets. These salads we’ve found all over the internet will be a great way to start that process…and they are anything but boring! So keep reading for a Good Food Reads dedicated to salads!…
It’s finally here! The unofficial kick off weekend to my favorite time of year: SUMMER. Though I live in Minnesota, land of the cold (at least from December to March), I am a warm weather girl all the way. I love nothing more than bare feet and summery dresses on a perfect 80 degree day. I also love summertime eating, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, frequent grill meals, and creative cocktails by the water. This week’s edition of Good Food Reads is inspired by all of the summertime goodness I can’t wait to get cooking (and eating!). Happy reading…and eating!…
Spring has sprung. Have I mentioned how much I love spring? The birds are singing, the tulips have bloomed and I can finally send my kids to school without a jacket! Just last week, Holly and I attended our first Wildtree party to put together freezer meals that our husbands could grill while we were at work. We had a great time drinking wine and hanging out with friends (that we hadn’t seen in far too long!) while putting together a wide array of freezer meals. Total win. But despite the beautiful weather and the crazy chaotic activity schedule, we are never too busy to bring you another edition of Good Food Reads. Let’s get started shall we? …
Here in Minneapolis it is theoretically getting warmer, although today I trudged my son out to the bus stop through snow flurries. Sigh. Excuse me if I’m just a tad down about that. But I do plan on spending the weekend at my cabin doing some recipe development for a new partnership we have entered. More on that soon, but that ensures this weekend will be sunshine-y, no matter what the weather! But first, let’s get started with this week’s edition of Good Food Reads. One little bit of housekeeping, I WILL post the links for the recipes corresponding to the photos above at the end of this post (I realize that there was some disappointment the last time when I didn’t do this and I am truly sorry. Truly.)
So many things for Good Food Reads this week, so little time! Today is the day that With Two Spoons is taking it on the road, as both Holly and I will be happily soaking up the sun in Arizona! Unfortunately I will soon be heading back to Minneapolis. The only saving grace is that spring time in Minneapolis is BEAUTIFUL! So as an Ode to Spring-here is this week’s Good Food Reads-dedicated to Spring!
First let’s talk donuts. DONUTS! Strawberry lemon donuts to be exact. These Strawberry Lemon Donuts by Tornadough Alli look amazing. Like eat the whole batch at one sitting amazing. In fact I may need to make these when the kids are at school-and then hide them.
Maybe I’m strange, but I also think of pasta for spring. I know, I know, it’s spring-I should be worrying about lightening things up and cutting the carbs, but when you see this Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta by Diethood and this Lemon Cream Pasta Primavera by Foodtastic Mom, you are going to see exactly why I think pasta belongs to springtime. Because it does.
One of my spring resolutions is to make my own bread. I’ve done homemade bread and it is a million times better than that processed pre-sliced stuff from the supermarket. I even went so far as to take home some sourdough starter from a friend, which I promptly killed. (I know who kills sourdough starter? That isn’t even an easy thing to do) I haven’t had the heart to tell my friend (although she’s probably reading it here-I’m so sorry Retu!). BUT-I came across this recipe for Sourdough Starter by WellFloured. So maybe I’ll make my own. And keep it alive this time.
So from bread, a normal transition would be butter, right? Check out this Basil Lime Vegan Butter by Healing Tomato, which is a sensational way to use up those herbs that are about to die an awful death. And a great use for those herbs you are going to plant this summer. Just remember basil likes it hot and dry. Hot and dry. (And now you’re going to click to check it out, not because of the basil, but because you, like me, are saying “what the hell is vegan butter”? Well, I still don’t have an answer to that, but I bet you can make this with regular butter as well. Pretty cool indeed!)
As a blogger, I’m frequently checking out other blogs. Bloggers are doing such amazing food these days. But every once in awhile, I come across a dish where I say-“If I can make this at home, my life will be complete”. And that is how I feel about Food, Faith, Fitness’ Larb Gai Thai Chicken Skillet. One look at the photos and I didn’t even need to know what the rest of the words meant. All I know is it looked like my idea of heaven in a cast iron skillet, and that is saying a lot for something that does not contain chocolate. I will definitely be making this at my house. And if this does it for you too, well-then you’re invited.
As I’m writing this with a glass of wine in hand, relaxing in the beautiful Arizona twilight, I will tell you about the Instant Pot I bought for my in-laws. We have been using it for everything this week, which is great because in Arizona, who wants to turn on the oven? Tonight’s dinner was Flank Steak with Chimichurri-a recipe from our own blog, with Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot from A Pinch of Healthy and Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob by This Old Gal. Is there anything this miracle machine can’t do?
Finally, a recipe for the artists among us. There is a lot of great food art out there right now (for some reason Easter seems to spark a lot of creative juices). I really like this Easter Bunny Bread by Foodie with Family because, well, I’m not sure exactly why, other than I am a bread addict. Pretty sure this one would be loved by kids and adults alike. I’m not usually one who attempts food art, but this one I might actually try. Stay tuned.
Well, that’s all for this edition of Good Food Reads. Join us again next Tuesday for a new recipe and again next Friday for another jaunt around the good food of the internet. Until then, have a great week-and as always, let us know what YOU are making in your kitchens!
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!
As we begin the new year, we are also looking to bring some changes to the bl0g. We’d love to know what you want to see more of in this space. We always love to hear from you and would be so grateful if you took a minute or two to drop us a line via email, Facebook, or Instagram and share your thoughts.
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?…