Make This Now: Recipes for Spring

I actually don’t know what makes these spring recipes, except maybe that I made them in spring?  And there’s fresh herbs?  And they’re neither full on winter comfort food nor grill-friendly summer food?  Who knows!  I just know these were all insanely delicious and I feel very eager to pass them along to you so you can enjoy them too ♥

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Ejjeh Quiche

Cilantro, parsley, mint, green onion!  I’d had this recipe saved for soooo long and finally bit the bullet, then had no idea why I’d waited so long because it was truly flavor-packed and amazing.  I was filled with such happiness every time I cut myself a slice.  Oh and I sent the above picture to Joey one night when, due to extracurricular activities, we spent dinnertime separately and challenged him to replicate it.  He sent me back my own picture (expressionless face emoji).

Full disclosure: I used my mom’s crust recipe because it’s unequivocally the best and I need no other crust recipe in my life.

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Sweet Potato Grain Bowls with Turmeric Honey Mustard

I’ve been very into this blog — Dishing Out Health — lately.  Unsurprisingly, since the author is a recipe developer for Cooking Light and as you know, I’ve been a CL reader for many many years.  Joey and I were immediately in love with this grain bowl because A) it tasted so so good (that honey mustard sauce is killer!) and B) it was so dang simple and easy to put together.  How dare simplicity taste this good!

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Wild Salmon with Horseradish-Mustard Sauce + All the Green Things Salad

This dinner was a team effort (Joey made the salmon, I made the salad) and I was so blown away by the final product!  We were skeptical of the salmon cooking method because cooking it on the stove-top AND flipping it aren’t things we usually do with fish but it was so incredible and had the best crispy skin, plus you should just know I love anything involving horseradish.  The salad was chock-full of, you guessed it, green things and they all tasted so fresh and bright tossed in that lemony vinaigrette.  I may or may not have been doing a little happy dance the entire time I ate this plate of food 🙂

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Spring Pea Veggie Burgers

It’s pretty clear what makes this a spring recipe… it’s right in the title!  But also because it includes every green spring produce to ever exist.  Every veggie burger is a game of Will They or Won’t They Hold Together but these held together SO WELL and tasted even better.  I know I already blabbed about how good these were in my Weekend Things post so I’ll stop now but… just… MAKE THESE, okay?

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In other news:

More of our tulips have popped open this week and I’m mesmerized by their vibrant colors, 

We decided to stop letting our dog sleep in bed with us and though he’s mostly been okay with it, we sometimes can’t look him in the eyes at night,

I ate a taco comprised of one single Brussels sprout, cut in half and topped with a spicy crema and I’m never doing that again,

It’s Friday!  Have a good weekend!

Make This Now: New Year, New Recipes!

Um why do I feel like it’s been a really long time since I did one of these posts?  I mean it HAS been since October, and we’ve had something like 8 holidays between then and now, so I guess it really has been a while.  I’m not going to lie, I write posts like this and they feel so stupid and unimportant in comparison to things that are happening in the world at large.  In the past couple of months, I’ve bailed on this post more times than I can count.  My heart just isn’t fully in it.  But then I remember mornings where eating this granola made me happy or cooking pasta with Joey made me feel whole or baking hot pink slider buns felt meditative and I can’t discount those feelings or not share them with you.  Soothing by way of food is totally a thing ♥

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Tahini-Cardamom Granola

I recently splurged on a jar of cardamom — spices can be so pricey sometimes! — so I was extra delighted when I came across this granola recipe that made use of my new purchase.  I made a few nut modifications, subbed apple cider for orange juice and had to bake it for an extra 20 minutes (!!) but it turned out SO GOOD.  Perfectly crispy, subtly spicy with a hint of sweetness and delightful over some full fat Greek yogurt.

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Pasta with Mushrooms, Crispy Sage & Garlic Bread Crumbs

I don’t own/cook from cookbooks very often so pardon how often I mention The Savvy Cook but I’m at it again with this insanely delicious and even more insanely easy pasta recipe.  I didn’t think I’d be able to share it with you but then I found it on the internets!  You’re welcome.  The sauce is simple yet so flavorful and my noodle slurping game felt very on point the night we made/ate this.  An instant keeper!

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Chickpea Sliders with Whipped Feta & Cucumber Slaw

Honestly, baking little slider buns has become one of the greatest joys in my life.  And the moment I saw these hot pink brioche buns, I knew I had to have them!  They came out so pretty and more importantly, tasty.  I’ve never whipped feta (and I actually I still haven’t because Joey did that part), but now that I’ve tasted it, I don’t think I can live without it.  I wish I had seasoned the chickpea sliders better but loaded up with feta and slaw (don’t skimp on that stuff, the contrasting crunch really makes a difference!), these were amazing!

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Chicken Chili 

Joey made this for me Monday night, as the snow was coming down hard and I was curled up on the couch watching the Olympics.  Can you even believe how beautifully he garnished it?!  I think it was the homemade taco seasoning, leaving the chicken is bigger chunks and putting Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, green onion and pickled jalapeños on top that really made the dish.  The best food is food that makes you feel loved, ya know?

Tell me the best thing you’ve cooked recently!