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Mediterranean Farro Salad

Mediterranean food is up there on my list of favorite flavor combinations for sure!! I love all the sauces, textures, olive oil and give me all the feta cheese!!! I typically make this recipe with quinoa but I have recently been cooking more with farro and its so good!!  Farro is a grain, a variety of wheat, and is a little chewy in texture.  It is a good source of fiber, protein and iron, as well as some other key vitamins and minerals.   It has been fun experimenting with putting it in different dishes and in this Mediterranean salad it is perfect. This is also a great meal prep salad, you can pre-cook the grains and put it all together as you need it, so versatile.  You can add chicken or leave it as is, it is super filling and goes great with a side of hummus or tatziki    Print Mediterranean Farro Salad Yield: 3-4 servings Ingredients 1 cup dry farro 2 cups water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup cucumbers, diced 1/4 cup crumbled feat 1/2 avocado, chopped 1/4 cup kalamata…

Coconut Macaroons

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, thought I’d share something sweet.  These coconut macaroons are delightful and you only need 5 ingredients! These are a homemade version of a dessert they sell at Sprouts.  They are super simple, but I am convinced most yummy things are. Back in full effect is the sweetened condensed coconut milk I used for arroz con leche!  Making this one dairy-free again and just bumping up that coconut flavor.   Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day?  I am actually teaching a class at work and will be home a little late.  My husband and I have never been the couple that goes out to dinner on Valentine’s Day.  He usually buys me flowers on the 13th actually because in college that was the day he “pinned” me.  We were/are both part of our University’s Greek life, and in his fraternity they still held the tradition of members pinning their girlfriends, as a promise of marriage one day.  In our case that one day was about 6 years later!   Typically…

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

Super Bowl Sunday!  In the spirit of game day today, I thought I’d share a fun spin on buffalo sliders,  perfect last minute addition to todays spread!   These patties are vegetarian and topped with a blue cheese sauce made from yogurt and spices.  We served them slider size, but you can make the patties larger and have them as a dinner option as well.   This week was a quick one, because we left on Friday to head up to Sedona.  We got to visit our friends and the Sedona half-marathon was on Saturday.  It is a beautiful run/walk, they have lots of options, 5/10k or the half/full marathon, something for everyone.  Including just a beautiful destination to visit.  My mom, brother and some other family members join us too.  We enjoyed the race day event and also got to celebrate my mom’s birthday!   Our amazing friends live very close to Sedona, so they are nice enough to host us.  We love staying with them, not only are they our really good friends, but they have a little girl Isabel&#8217…

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Winter means citrus to me.  In Arizona January is quite mild and often we are still enjoying sunny days, that are a little crisp, but really we are blessed.  Today’s recipe is including some citrus and is a spin on a breakfast favorite.   Our daughter loves pancakes, it is one of her favorite breakfast items, and who can blame her.  On her third birthday the theme of her party was “Pancakes and PJs” we borrowed the idea from one of my best friends, and it was a hit!   These lemon ricotta pancakes are quite good, they have that lemon note I wanted and are a great texture.  We topped them with blackberry compote, but they taste just as good with butter and maple syrup.  This compote is made with frozen berries, but you can use whatever berries you like that are in season.  A compote is just when fruit is cooked down with a liquid, and some flavorings typically.  It is a nice addition to pancakes, waffles, desserts and even a fluffy biscuit.  You don’t usually have to use a thickener when…

Thai Chicken Salad

We are a little all over the place this month recipe wise. But, honestly this is how we meal plan.  We decide what sounds good for the week, what flavors, what protein options we want to work with, and then we plan it out.  This dish was created when my husband and I were just really craving something cold and crunchy for dinner.   For awhile I was real against feeding my body a chicken salad, I think I got so burnt out, after years of thinking they were what I “should” be eating.  After a long break, I am working on incorporating them back into my life, in a more intuitive way.  Plus, this is not your typical chicken salad, it has tons of flavor and is anything but boring.  The Napa cabbage has a great texture and works well in this dish. Plus, the dressing is made with simple ingredients and tastes delicious.  Does a salad for dinner night have you thinking your toddlers won’t enjoy?  No worries, we just deconstructed this one and our daughter was a big fan.  I gave her some shredded chicken…