Spaghetti with Ground Beef Marinara Sauce

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This is the part of the year when everything speeds up, and my blog can't seem to catch up with the pace of real life.  I will be posting more quick weeknight dishes this spring, because something tells me you have one hundred and one projects, too.  I'm simplifying to bare essentials here - ground beef marinara sauce poured over piping hot pasta, easy, yum. It's a recipe that comes together with a handful of common ingredients, and it's scalable so you can make a big pot and feed a crowd in no [Read more...]

Real Life, Real Food Recipes

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If normal life is not like the one in the movies, then everyday food is definitely not like... Foodgawker.   At least not my life!   Ever wonder why food sites have so many baking submissions?  Because you can spend hours pimping out your cake for pictures, that's why. Can't say that about food straight off the frying pan, unless you don't intend to eat it (and I don't think that's a right thing to do). I figured it'd be fun to do a glimpse of the kitchen when the camera is stashed away - [Read more...]

Moroccan-Style Beef Kebabs

Moroccan-Style Beef Kebabs

These tender and delicious Moroccan-style beef kebabs have just right amount of spicy flavor to tingle your taste buds.  It's super simple to make them, and threading them on a skewer is optional.  The ground meat mixture can be grilled as burgers, or even seared in a pan and baked in the oven as meatballs.  You can eat the kebabs with a salad, plain yogurt for dipping, and a side of rice.   And make more of them than you think you’ll need – I promise you they’ll all be devoured. It [Read more...]

Farro Salad with Coconut and Mango

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If you're still a bit intimidated by whole grains, then go ahead and throw some tasty Italian farro in your shopping cart.  Farro is super easy to cook, and rich in fiber, magnesium and vitamins A, B, C and E - a good addition to a whole foods lifestyle.  Here I make a simple and tasty farro salad with coconut and mango. That's all well said, but the truth is that my virtuous bag of farro sat in the cupboard for a year before I cracked it open... I had no idea what do to with it.  I used to [Read more...]

Apple Fritters with Coconut Palm Sugar

Apple Fritters with Caramelized Coconut Sugar

Apple fritters can do wonders if you crave something sweet, but still want it to be a relatively healthy snack.   Or, if you're caffeine deprived...like me. Apple fritters are nothing new, and I'll sometimes whip up a batch for breakfast, and eat them with a side of yogurt.  I made the fritters with coconut sugar this time - both the in batter and for the caramelized crust.  I bought a huge bag of coconut palm sugar last summer, and I still have enough left to last til the end of time.  The [Read more...]