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Three Bean Stew

I’ve recently started to try to cook less often. Seems counterintuitive for a chef, doesn’t it? However, kitchen burnout is a very real (and real annoying) thing, so I’ve tasked myself to cook less often to help me have energy to cook more creatively. With cooking less comes the “I still need to feed the boys” so I’ve started making more of each thing I make so we have leftovers. This one is great for a crowd, packed with protein and veggies, and freezes decently well.

Three Bean Stew: Serves 5-6

  • 3 cups cooked beans of choice (canned, or dried beans that you’ve already cooked, For this batch I used pinto beans, kidney beans, and great white northern beans – around 1 cup of each.)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cups of stock (I used chicken)
  • 1 1/2 cups protein of choice (I used some homemade ham but you could easily use shredded chicken, cooked sausage, or a vegan protein like tempeh!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp adobo seasoning (I get a salt-free version from The Spice House)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup baby spinach or chopped kale
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Feel free to add in any other veggies you may want as well, I often use this recipe to help me clean out the fridge. Carrots, broccoli, zucchini, peas, and corn are all things I commonly add!

  1. Set a large stockpot over a medium heat and add in your oil, onion, garlic, pepper, protein (make sure your protein is fully cooked, or to make sure to cook it through during the sautéing stage), and any other hardy vegetable (like carrots or celery) that you may want to add.
  2. Cook until your vegetables are a light golden brown around the edges, and then add in your dry seasonings and lemon juice (or vinegar).
  3. Deglaze the pan with your chicken stock and add in your beans.
  4. Simmer everything together until tender until you reach your desired consistency. I sometimes like to cook it until it’s mushy and soupy, and sometimes I keep the beans more whole. This batch, I stopped right in the middle.
  5. About 3 minutes before you reach that consistency, stir in your spinach or kale, and allow to finish cooking.
  6. Adjust your seasonings to taste, and enjoy while it’s piping hot! Try serving it with garlic bread or over rice. Delicious.
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You Asked, We Listened!

I’m happy to announce that our Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Granola is now 100% vegan! Pick some up at the farmer’s market for the dairy-free or vegan pal in your life!

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Crazy Time!

Thanks for your patience, the last couple weeks have been incredibly busy between birthday celebrations, class, an extra market day, and getting the kiddo ready for back to school. Once everything slows down a little, I’m hoping to get even more delicious (and good for you) recipes out each week.

Thank you for your kindness! Enjoy the noms.

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K’s Cukes… Er… Pickles

I am a pickle fiend. I’ll fully admit to that. It got to the point that when we visited family in Ohio, they’d pick up an extra jar of pickles just so I wouldn’t eat all of theirs. Needless to say, it’s about time that I shared my favorite homemade pickle recipe.

K’s Cukes – Makes 1 Quart

  • 1/2 pound pickling cucumbers, sliced into your desired shape, (I generally do spears)
  • 1 clove of garlic, smahed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp sambal (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp fresh herbs of choice (dill, rosemary, thyme, etc. My favorite for this recipe is rosemary.)
  1. Place your cucumbers, garlic, herbs, and bay leaf into a heat safe jar or plastic container (large enough so the cucumbers can be completely submerged in the pickling liquid.)
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add your remaining ingredients and heat until the sugar and salt have dissolved.
  3. Carefully pour the pickling liquid into your jar or container and allow to sit on the counter until cooled.
  4. Top your container with a lid and store in the fridge. You can eat them right away, but I like them best after 3-5 days.
  5. Enjoy!

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Creamy Dreamy Dressing

A little more protein, a lot of flavor! A good way to get your kids to eat their greens. Quick, easy, and also good for dipping!

  • 1/2 cup of your favorite hummus (we love roasted garlic hummus or caramelized onion hummus)
  • 2 tbsp pesto (try using our pesto recipe!)
  • 2-4 tbsp apple cider vinegar (to taste)
  • 2-4 tbsp water (to thin to your desired consistency)

Simply add your ingredients to a jar or container, cover tightly with a lid, and shake, shake, shake until smooth! Get the kids in on it and have them put a little bit of the work in! If the hummus is being stubborn and doesn’t want to shake, stir until smooth. Store in the fridge for up to 2-3 weeks. (Though I can never keep it around that long!)

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Herb Garden Pesto (Nut & Dairy Free)

I love harvesting herbs from my garden, seeing them grow is so satisfying! However, sometimes they grow faster than I can use them. This is a great way to use a bunch up at once!

Herb Garden Pesto: Makes 8-12 ounces

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp roasted garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)

Simply add all you ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth!

Use it on pasta, roasted veggies, as a salad dressing, marinate some mozzarella with it, mix it into foccacia dough, or for anything else your pesto loving heart desires!

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Spyro’s Spotted Chicken

Chickens and Spotted Chickens are fodders that appear in Spyro the Dragon – used as a health boost in the form of noshes for Sparx, your dragonfly companion.

While Spyro may prepare them extra extra well done, we’re going to dress it up a just a smidgen! This is a very plain recipe because I was very lucky to get a delicious pasture-raised chicken half from a local farm and I wanted to be able to taste the chicken itself! As always, feel free to play with the recipes and season it as you see fit! I do have to say though, the juices that came off of this bird were insanely good.

  • 1 half chicken, fresh
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2-3 tbsp roasted garlic puree (or roasted garlic oil)
  • 1-2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  1. Whisk together your honey, water, and kosher salt in a large bowl or plastic container. Gently place your chicken into the water, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  2. Remove your chicken from the water and pat dry. Discard the brine.
  3. Rub your chicken with your roasted garlic puree, paprika, salt and pepper. It should look something like this!

If cooking in an oven: On a lightly greased sheet pan, bake for 45-60 minutes in an oven preheated to 375F, or until the internal temperature of both the chicken breast and chicken thigh have both reached at least 165F.

If cooking on a grill: Set your grill to medium heat, and place the chicken on the grill grate skin-side down, and grill for 15 minutes before flipping to the reverse side. Continue turning the bird over every 15 minutes for 45-60 minutes, or until the internal temperature of both the chicken breast and chicken thigh have both reached at least 165F.

Allow your bird to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing it up to serve.

Enjoy your toasty bird, and be sure to share some with your dragonfly buddy!

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Summer Games Done Quick + Bonus Recipes!

🥳🎉 It’s officially SGDQ! 🎉🥳

Games Done Quick does amazing work to help raise money for organizations like the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Doctors Without Borders! We’re a little sad that we can’t attend an in person event, but we’re so grateful for all the work the GDQ team has done to bring runners together from all around the globe, while keeping all the staff and patrons safe! Hopefully next year we can all reunite for an amazing in person event. Until then, remember to keep washing your hands, get your vaccine, and be smart about crowds! Keep yourself and others healthy. To celebrate this week-long event, I’ll be doing some video-game themed recipes throughout the week as a bonus to our regularly scheduled programming. Enjoy watching the runs, and remember – when we work together, we can achieve truly great things. 💚

Please go check out their social medias and website, and please consider donating!

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Strawberry Lemonade Coffee Jumbo Cupcakes (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Say that 5 times fast!

A little labor of love for a sweet summer treat that features farm fresh berries that almost everyone can eat! To make things easy, I’ve broken down the recipe into little recipes for each component.

Strawberry Lemonade Coffee Cupcakes: Makes 5 jumbo cupcakes or 10-12 regular cupcakes

Preheat your oven to 350F.

For the topping:

  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup plant butter (we used avocado butter)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten free flour mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1)
  1. Add all of your ingredients to a small bowl, and mash the butter into the flour and sugar with the back of a fork (or a whisk) until uniformly crumbly. Think pie dough!
  2. Set aside.

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  1. In a small pot, add in your strawberries, water, and brown sugar.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together your cornstarch and lemon juice until well combined, adding water as necessary to make sure the cornstarch is dissolved.
  4. Pour your cornstarch mixture into the strawberries and allow to simmer for another 2-3 minutes, or until thick and bubbly.
  5. Set to the side and allow to cool.

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup plant butter of choice (we used avocado butter)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together your flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Add in your butter and using the same method as mentioned above in the topping section, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine crumbs.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together your applesauce, milk, and vanilla.
  4. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined.

All together now!:

  1. Lightly pan spray your jumbo or muffin tin.
  2. Spread 2 ounces (or 1/4 cup) of batter on the bottom of the tins (use 1 ounce or 2 tbsp for a regular cupcake pan), using the back of a spoon.
  3. Spoon in 2 tbsp (1 tbsp for regular sized cupcakes) of your filling in the center of your batter.
  4. Add 2 more ounces of batter on top of the filling (1 ounce for regular sized cupcakes), spreading it over the filling as best you can – I found small short movements made it easier to spread.
  5. Evenly distribute your topping onto your cupcakes. (I’d estimate that I used 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp of topping for each jumbo cupcake.)
  6. Bake in your oven for 30 minutes, rotating your pan halfway through the cooking time to promote even baking. For regular sized cupcakes, check them after 10 minutes to rotate, you may only need 15-20 minutes of baking to cook through the smaller size. If you’re not sure that they’re done, use a meat thermometer! They should read at least 190F.
  7. Allow your cakes to cool for 15-30 minutes before removing from your pan and serving.
  8. If desired, top them with your favorite whipped cream!
  9. Enjoy! I shared one with my kiddo as a sweet treat to start our morning.

Tip: They will be a tad messy, and if you’d like to minimize mess in your oven, place a baking sheet underneath your cupcake pan to catch any jam that might drip out. I’ve also found that the easiest way to remove them from the pan was to run a small rubber spatula around the edge before scooping it out of the pan.