...based on an idea I saw on the blogosphere somewhere once upon a time and when I finally got around to making it, it was even more amazing than I thought it'd be.
When I first laid eyes on this sweet potato/black bean/cilantro/lime/avocado dish during a Pinterest vortex, I thought--I love all. these. things. But I never would've thought to put them together! Which is also why it took several weeks for me to actually make it... I kept forgetting to buy at least one ingredient. 

This dish was well worth the wait, though. I did a little tweaking of the original (can't not!), and the second time I made it, I forgot to buy a jalapeño—and while it does work without it if you're not a fan of heat, the jalapeño really gives the dressing a bright, fresh bite to it. Ahhhmazing. 
Sidenote on my use of the word dressing: it's not quite an accurate descriptor. Sauce might be? But still not quite. It's essentially a thick, creamy, Greek-yogurt-and-avocado-based topping with cilantro, lime, and jalapeño—but I thought that might be a bit of a mouthful. 
I'm excited to share this recipe—perfect for Meatless Monday—and let me know if you make it! 

 
 
...based on autumn's star flavors, plus healthy additions like spinach, kale, garlic, and ginger, and a little bit of spice.
I'm all for the sweet pumpkin treats during this time of the year. Pumpkin muffins, cookies, pancakes, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course, pumpkin pie. But savory pumpkin dishes are equally delicious, because—you know, it's a squash.

And if you can mix the pumpkin with savory and sweet, it is heaven. For real.

This is one of my favorite soups to make. It's full of so much healthy goodness, it all cooks in one lovely pot, and it makes your house smell amazing. Take that, Yankee Candle. I have pumpkin spice with a hint of cranberry on my stove.

 
 
...based on some of my favorite fall staples—butternut squash, ginger, and soup.
This soup is incredibly simple, yet remarkably satisfying. If you've ever seen the movie "The Switch", remember how Jason Bateman's character would unintentionally make "mmm" noises when he was eating? Yeah, I have a tendency to do that too when something is really, really good. It happened a lot when I made this soup. So. So. Good.

As always, this recipe was based on several different recipes that I'd seen. And as often happens, I either forgot to write down what I put in it, or I misplaced whatever I may have written down, and the second time it wasn't the same. So sad! Thankfully, third time was the charm. This is it.
Butternut squash, carrots, garlic, fresh ginger—so many healthy ingredients in this soup, and just in time for cold season! Garlic and ginger are both great for fighting illness and boosting your immune system. And the beta-carotene in the carrots and squash give the soup this beautiful orange hue. 

 
 
...based on my recent happy accident of purchasing fresh basil
and my recent/current/constant obsession with walnuts.
I have recently been using a lot of fresh basil in my cooking endeavors. There was a slight line-separation discrepancy in the please-pick-this-up-at-Trader-Joe's list I quickly jotted down for the husband a few weeks ago, and instead of having basil Italian sausage in our fridge we ended up with Italian sausage and fresh basil. 

Not complaining! Some miscommunications work out for the better, don't you think? 

One of these days we will start growing fresh herbs on our patio since it is sunny ALLTHETIME, but until then, this purchase will now be intentional. 
I'm also obsessed with walnuts lately. Usually we have pecans around but I have rediscovered that I think walnuts are the king of the stone fruits. (Which is the family nuts as a group apparently belong to...lock that little gem away in case you're ever on Jeopardy.) 

Missing protein on your plate? Try walnuts! Getting bored with your hot breakfast cereal? Try walnuts! Tired of chocolate on your sundae? Try walnuts! 

I'm kidding, that's crazy talk. Keep the chocolate--add walnuts.
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...based on the time I ate meat several times in one weekend and just.needed.veggies.


I'm a fan of the "Meatless Mondays" trend around the interwebs. The kitchen in our house, though, tends to be Meatless Mostdays.

And why not, when dinner is this colorful?
I have long been what you might call an accidental vegetarian. I get protein from so many other things (dairy, legumes, nuts, etc.) that occasionally a few weeks will go by before I realize I haven't had meat on the menu in a while.

Since getting married, I do find myself using meat a lot more often. The time it takes to prepare it is a lot more rewarding when there's someone sharing it. (Let's be honest---a busy, single girl living alone has little reason to cook a pot roast every Sunday, amiright?) 

This Meatless Mondays/Meatless Mostdays dish is hearty and delicious. Full of fiber and protein, it includes wheatberries, kale, feta cheese, plenty of veggies, and just the right blend of sweet and tart flavors in the light dressing.  
For anyone wondering what the heck a wheatberry (also called a red winter wheat berry) is, it's the whole grain form of wheat, unprocessed and loaded with fiber. It has a nutty taste and a chewy texture. 

Wheatberries are also super versatile and work well both in savory dishes like this or as a sweet, warm breakfast cereal (or even baked into bread). 

They're pretty tough, so they take about an hour to cook. To save time, cook them the night before and keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you're ready to throw your salad together. 

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