Slow Cooked Collard Greens with Bacon in Duck Broth

Collard Greens with Bacon in Duck Broth

A bowl of comfort on a cold winter’s day.

Hooray for bacon! I guess I’m in love with this beast as it’s been featured in four dishes this past week.

These were the first collard greens I’ve ever made and I wouldn’t change a thing. The flavor is so deep and layered that we couldn’t get enough of them. I’m super excited that I made such a large batch as we will definitely be eating these greens tomorrow.

The dish took me longer to prep than I had originally estimated as the greens needed to first be wilted in order to fit into my crock pot. But man, was it worth that extra time. The smell permeating the house while these guys were cooking was amazing.

We served them alongside a friend’s chicken pot pie on a day when the wind chill made it feel like -20°F.  If you are looking for a comforting side for a casual dinner party, look no further. You found it.

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Broccoli, Cheddar and Bacon Stuffed Baked Potato

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Today, as I was chatting on the phone with my mom while putting these potatoes together for ‘lunch,’ she informed me that it was ten to five at night. Exactly how much time did I spend hanging out reading stories and singing with Faye? Do babies have special Jedi-like powers? Are they in possession of a Dr. Who memory worm?

On the plus side, I like these potatoes. I like them a lot. They taste good, are easy to put together, have a giant serving of green veggies, and I’m not left with a disaster area in my kitchen afterwards.

On an even happier note, Faye has started showing immense interest in food this past month. Every time I put something in my mouth, she imitates chewing which is ridiculously adorable. These stuffed baked potatoes were no exception and she chewed intensely on air while staring at Marcus and I as we shoveled forkful upon forkful of tasty cheesy goodness down our gullets. I felt it only fair to give her a taste and she made good work of sucking the juices off a broccoli stem. I guess the kid has good taste.

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Fried Lima Beans with Feta, Spinach, & Sumac

Fried Lima Beans

It’s a little past midnight and I kid you not, we literally just finished eating dinner 10 minutes ago. Mind you, I started prepping for this dish two days ago. Don’t freak out, this dish does not take 48 hours to make. You just need a child that is willing to sleep without your lips kissing the top of her head the entire time her eyes are closed.

Aside from a little bit of super simple prep work, this dish takes only moments to put together. It tastes great warm, room temperature, or cold, so if your dog wants to go out the moment your kid decides to go nuts, don’t worry about the dish losing any of its lovely flavor or texture. It will still be there when you finally find that moment to eat.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Saffron, Onions, and Green Olives

Saffron Cauliflower

Cauliflower: broccoli’s unloved albino cousin

I rarely come across a recipe that I don’t believe needs doctoring. This is one of those recipes.

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most imaginative chefs when it comes to preparing vegetables. His combinations are ones I would never have thought to try, and I love him for that.

This dish is incredibly vibrant in both color and flavor. It takes 45 minutes to bake, but less than 10 mere minutes of prep time.

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Boobie Boosting: Vegan Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches

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On my quest for a healthier diet I’ve started to look back to my vegan days for recipes. I think it’s because–for the most part–the dishes are jammed pack with nutrients. These Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwiches are no different. Filled with calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, fiber, healthy fats, Vitamins K, A, and folate (to name a few).

They’re quite tasty, easy to make, and as a massive bonus, the three main ingredients: chickpeas, avocado & spinach are all known to boost the quality and quantity of your supply!

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Blueberry Cashew Smoothie

Blueberry Cashew Smoothie

Quick and simple blueberry cashew smoothie for breakfast.

At my last acupuncture session, I realized just how little I was eating and promised my acupuncturist at Two Tiger Acupuncture (these guys are amazing) that I would make a much greater effort to eat three meals a day and go to bed earlier. In the three days since, I’ve eaten more in those 72 hours than in the entire week prior.

As a proclaimed breakfast hater, I needed to find foods that I wouldn’t just make and stare at from a distance. I was on a mission to find seven tasty foods that were quick and easy to make and that I wouldn’t mind having on a weekly basis. The Booby Boosting Dark Chocolate and Cherry Oatmeal quickly took up that first spot. I loved the Nutella French Toast Sandwiches, but I was searching for something a tad more nutritious than bread and chocolate. Then it hit me–SMOOTHIES!!!

I love a good smoothie. Not only do they fit the super quick & easy to make category, but they are easy to drink while I’m busy with a five month old, and as a BONUS do not, in any way shape or form, represent a traditional breakfast. They can also be packed full of nutrients, and this refreshing Blueberry Cashew Smoothie is no exception.

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The Ultimate Boobie Booster: Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Lactation Cookies with Bonus Vegan and Gluten-Free Versions

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Dealing with your low milk supply couldn’t be any sweeter.

Dare I say it, these are the best lactation cookies ever. Not only will they noticeably boost your supply in less than 24 hours, but you will devour them because they taste divine.

They fit so many needs seamlessly: Plagued by low milk? Eat a cookie. Looking for a quick breakfast? Eat a cookie. Baby going through a growth spurt? Eat a cookie. Just want something to satisfy your sweettooth? Eat a cookie. Need a gluten-free and/or vegan version? No problem. These cookies still turn out head and shoulders above the rest with two simple ingredient swaps.

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Smoky Beef Chili with Winter Squash

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Smoky Beef Chili with Winter Squash topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and pickled red onions and jalapeno peppers.

Most people’s prep list for severe weather conditions consists of candles, batteries, blankets, canned goods and flashlights. My mind was on blizzard food. Really tasty blizzard food. That’s what my house needed.

My husband offered to head to the food store late Monday afternoon to grab some groceries before the blizzard hit. Even though my lists are thoroughly nerdy (I list the items in the order he will happen upon them in the store to cut down on shopping time), the poor man ended up being stuck in a line an hour deep. We both agree it was worth the pain after tasting this chili. Smoky, spicy, full of depth with just a touch of sweetness from the squash and garlic, this recipe will be at the forefront of my mind the next time I happen to be stuck in snow two feet deep.

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Kimchi Fried Rice with Chicken

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When I was pregnant, I ate pounds upon pounds of kimchi. This dish was my way of being able to shovel even more of it down my throat.

Now it’s a great go-to dish when I’m craving something spicy that’s super easy to make (20 minutes tops). What’s even better is that this recipe makes a good 4 bowls of food; enough to get my husband and I through two meals.

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Creamless Cream of Zucchini Soup

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I’ve been on a soup kick lately because it is super easy to make and gives me a giant dose of veggies. Plus, soup has been known to keep one satiated longer which is great because I’m finding that I have to choose between eating, sleeping, or catching up on some mundane house chore. Usually, catching up on the house chores wins out (quickly followed by a small creative project) and when I finally head to bed (around 2ish) I find I’m starving.

Giant bonus, Faye completely digs this soup. I let her try a bit from her own spoon and she went nuts for it.

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