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Fudgy Flourless Brownies with a Nut Butter Swirl

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Now’s the perfect opportunity to embark on a tasty baking project - and we all have plenty of time and everyone needs a little treat now and again! These Fudgy Flourless Brownies with a Nut Butter Swirl are equal parts delicious, easy and satisfying.

First of all, let’s chat about baking and mental health. The idea of undertaking a baking project for your emotional health might seem a little foreign at first. But if you’ve ever found yourself with a sense of calm, joy, love or pride after spending some time in the kitchen, you know exactly what I’m talking about!

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Pantry-Based Spring Vegetable Soup Recipe

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

We wanted to call this recipe “How to Make a Bright, Spring-y Vegetable Soup from Whatever’s Hanging Around Your Kitchen” for a few reasons…

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Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Brighten up your morning (and likely your mood) with these peppy Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins! A simple, fun twist on a classic with a hot pink drizzle to boot.

These muffins make for a delicious, filling breakfast or mid-day snack. They’re packed with protein, nutrients and lots of zippy orange flavor, Vitamin C and antioxidants from the blood oranges.

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Braised Chicken in Red Wine Sauce over Root Vegetable Mash

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Most nights we all need a dinner recipe that comes together in a snap. But a few times a year, we love to spend a little more time in the kitchen, whipping up something that feels just a little fancier.

Now that’s not to say that we’re looking to make something complicated with a lot of technique or skill. Or something that requires expensive, hard-to-source ingredients. On the contrary, we want a dish that looks and tastes elegant, made with simple ingredients, that doesn’t make us want to throw in the towel from tricky cutting/folding/slicing/proofing.

This Braised Chicken in Red Wine Sauce over Root Vegetable Mash is made for these nights.

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Make-Ahead Overnight Oat Jars: 5 Minutes, 5 Ways

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Getting into the groove after the holidays can be such a drag. We’re all trying to get back into some good habits, whether that’s waking up earlier, sticking to a better sleep schedule or getting the whole family to eat breakfast in the morning. 

It’s times like these that we love to lean on a miracle make-ahead breakfast: overnight oats. A little prep the night before can make it 100x easier to get out the door in the morning.

And when we say a little prep, we actually mean a little. 5 minutes or less!

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Caramelized Onion Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sage

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Who doesn’t love the scent and sound of onions sizzling in butter? Two basic ingredients that create pure magic just by cooking (sorta) slowly over medium heat - oh miracle of miracles! Add to that the scent of fried sage and roasted butternut squash. And you’re right on your way to a delicious, festive dish that will delight your guests to no end! (But really isn’t difficult to make… shh, we won’t tell if you won’t!)

This Caramelized Onion Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sage is a study in balance. The chewy farro paired with the creamy butternut squash. The sweet caramelized onions with the deep herbaceous-ness from the fried sage. A fancy tasting dish that takes little skill and just a bit of time.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Snickerdoodles

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … cookie season! Whether you’re baking at home with the kids or grandkids, participating in a cookie swap or bringing sweets into work for a little midweek cheer, cookie season is full of joy and, of course, tasty treats!

And in the spirit, we embarked on a journey to create a healthier version of a classic cookie that’s loved by all: the Snickerdoodle.

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Cinnamon Savory Apple Crisp

Posted by Andie Dill

Growing up in California, I did not get to experience much of a true fall. So, this year, I have been in for a real treat. I moved to the Mid-West the first week of winter last year (what a change!), so this last month I have really gotten to soak in what a real fall is actually like. Who knew you could actually wear scarves in October and that insulated boots and big jackets were needed by November?! In California, my friends and I all had an ongoing competition to see who could make it to December 1st before turning the heat on for the first time, but in Illinois, I had the heat running and the fireplace going the first weekend in October.

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Snack Attack: 7 nutrient dense foods to make in less than 10 minutes

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

The crinkle of a granola bar wrapper, desperate scraping at the bottom of a yogurt container, neurotic crunching at rice cakes and popcorn- oh the familiar sounds of conventional snack time. Sometimes in our culture we cling to snack time as if it is the one thing that will power us through the day, keeping a drawer full of packaged foods stowed sneakily away in our desk drawers. Yet, among stashes of seemingly innocent munchies, linger processed foods that are doing our bodies far more harm than good- and the food chemists that created them are well aware of it. It's time to stop trying to trick your body with empty "low-cal" snacks. Next time you are hungry, be bold and chose to indulge in a REAL SNACK! Your body and mind will thank you for it. Here is a collection of some of our favorite, hearty snack options to help regulate your hunger and keep you going strong.

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Stay Hydrated with Raspberry Coconut Guava Kombucha

Posted by Andie Dill

Last fall I moved to the Midwest. After growing up in southern California and spending my early adult years there on the western coast, moving to the Midwest has been a big change to say the least. I am used to that “sunny and 75” (give or take a few!) just about year around. In the Midwest, I have yet to experience an ideal season. Winter brought life-threatening cold like I have never experienced, spring consisted of more rain in a few months than I think California has experienced in all of my years combined, and summer, well, is hot, muggy, and buggy! Yes, the bugs are another new experience for me. The only season I have yet to experience is fall, but I hear they save the best for last.

With all of these drastic shifts in weather, I’ve found that staying hydrated has been critical. Whether it is high temperatures and even higher humidity levels, or the blustery, dry cold, each season brings its challenges when it comes to hydration. Experts say that once the sensation of thirst is experienced you are actually already dehydrated. Year round we should be drinking adequate fluids each day so that we don’t ever feel the need to quench our thirst!

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