Salt & Vinegar Roasted Potatoes with Chimichurri

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In elementary school, Tuesdays and Thursdays were THE best lunch days because I was able to indulge in fast food (just a little bit), Doritos and chocolate chip cookies instead of my usual boring PB&J with pretzels.  Food that I really didn’t eat too often at home.

We would line up by class to pick up our one Taco Bell taco or McDonald’s hamburger and had the option to purchase a bag of chips for $0.25 or a cookies for five cent a piece.  With only a quarter in my pocket, the big dilemma was choosing the bag of chips or five (whole) cookies.  Life decisions for a third-grader.  If I chose the chips, I had to do it quickly because the good ones like the Doritos, Lay’s or white cheddar popcorn were always sold out first, leaving only the Salt & Vinegar flavor.  Ew. No thank you.  It was the vinegar smell that completely turned me off and lingered in my nostrils if anyone even opened a bag.

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Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Peanut Butter Swirl

 

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I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. I will routinely purchase the over-priced pieces of dark chocolate at the checkout line because because I have always been a sucker for those little indulgent splurges.  And it is a splurge paying $1 for a quarter-ounce (??) piece of chocolate but since their sign actually says $0.99, clearly it’s high quality and must be a bargain.  At least that’s my thought process.  But really, (dark) chocolate in any form is a vice of mine.

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Soba Noodle Salad {with Kale, Brussels Sprouts & Tofu}

 

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These days, as most days since Noah arrived, getting things done takes much longer than usual.  Whether it be cleaning the kitchen (which is a NEVER-ending task), getting all the “fun” tasks around the house done or making dinner.  Or lunch.  And quite honestly I’ve just about given up on breakfast.  I thought the daily routine might get get a little easier as he got older, however a crawling, almost-walking, insanely curious toddler is a force to be reckoned with.  Yes, the day-to-day has gotten easier but simultaneously more difficult at the same time, if that even makes sense.

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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Acorn Squash Sauce

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Right now I am loving this combination of black beans, sweet potatoes and kale in my enchiladas.  They’re filling without being over the top and the thick, silky smooth enchilada sauce makes them feel just a bit decadent.  Or maybe that’s the cheese.  Either way, these taste good and are good for you!

Enchilada sauce is normally red or green, using tomatoes or tomatillos, but I stumbled across this acorn squash recipe and fell in love.  It’s flavor is definitely different than what I’m used to but the change is certainly welcome and another way to sneak veggies into the dish.  Acorn squash is subtly sweet but the recipe calls for jalepenos and apple cider vinegar to round it out.

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Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers {with yogurt + cucumber sauce}

 

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Since moving to California about 3 years ago, my husband and I have slowly phased out the red meat from our diet, just for personal health reasons, and have really tried to incorporate more lean meats and fish.  Though it was it difficult to give up our favorite sausage & pepperoni Chicago-style pizza or the gyros and fries we loved so much, it’s actually tough to find those things where we live (however, we do have an In ‘n Out burger directly across the street from our house…so there’s that).

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