Friday, March 16, 2018

Kale Detox Salad with Roasted Chick Peas & Sweet Potatoes

I'm a big fan of salads and lately I've been drawn to kale as the base because (1) it's super healthy and (2) it's super sturdy, which means that I can literally make an entire salad hours in advance, including tossing it with dressing, and it will hold up till dinnertime. It will even hold up for leftovers the next day and still taste amazing. No wilty lettuce here! I love that this recipe uses hearty fillings like chick peas and sweet potatoes so I'm not left feeling hungry after the meal. With some chicken, this is a great salad for dinner.

Kale Detox Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake/Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


1 bunch kale, stems removed
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
3-4 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 15 oz. can chick peas, drained and rinsed
Olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
dash dried thyme
Grilled chicken
Brown rice (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine chopped potato, chopped carrots & chick peas. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley, basil, garlic powder, and thyme. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool.

While vegetables are baking, prepare chicken. In a sauté pan, heat two tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle two chicken breasts with garlic powder and lemon pepper. Sauté for 8 minutes on each side, keeping the lid on pan to lock in moisture. Chop.

Chop kale into small ribbons and transfer to a large salad bowl. Massage the kale for 1-2 minutes and add in pesto. Mix until evenly covered. Add in vegetable, chicken, and (if using) brown rice. If using top with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Skillet Bread

This bread is known in our house simply as "the bread".  Bradford loves it. 
"What are we having for dinner tonight?", he'll ask.
"White Chicken Chili and bread", I'll answer.
"Is it 'the bread'?", he'll ask hopefully.
"Yes, it's 'the bread'", I'll answer.
He sighs happily.
This bread is one of the best kept secrets out there. I'm telling you, it's so good, so simple and so easy! Truly a staple in our home.

Skillet Bread


1 cup water, lukewarm
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon dry yeast
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt


In a bowl, mix water, honey, and yeast. Leave it for five minutes so that the yeast starts to work. Add flour, salt, and oil. Work the dough together. Cover with plastic and let rise for one hour. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add a couple glugs of olive oil to a cast-iron skillet. Transfer dough to the skillet, add another glug of olive oil on top and use your fingers to spread it over the dough. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh herbs.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Wanderlust: Tasmania

Ever since my cousin Kelsey decided to move her little family to Australia for six months, I can't get enough of the land down under. Having grown up by the beach in Southern California, I've always felt an affinity toward Australia as it seems to share a similar vibe to SoCal. Every Australian I've met in my life has been fairly laid back and easy to talk to. Beautiful beaches, sustained economy, outdoor adventure. And the fact that it's just this small island continent out and away from the main hubbub of the goings-on of the world, make it seem wild, intriguing, and appealing. 

Last week, I was made aware of Tasmania, thanks to Ellie Bullen, who was there enjoying a gorgeous dinner on a hemp farm. If Australia seems a little wild in my mind, then Tasmania takes it to another level...look below to see for yourself: towering sea cliffs, wild Tasmanian devils, deserted sandy beaches. Put me on a plane tomorrow, please!

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