Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

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Some foods inspire an instant an intense reaction.  No one “kind of likes” chia seeds.  With chia seeds, and certainly chia drinks like the Synergy or Mama Chia drink, the love/hate reaction is instantaneous.  My camp describes these drinks as “refreshing” and “delicious.”  The other camp might choose words like “slimy” and “disgusting.”  Chia seeds are slimy in liquid, but that doesn’t put me off them in the slightest.  If you land solidly in the “slimy” and “disgusting” camp, then this is NOT the dessert for you.  Might I point you towards my mini molten chocolate cakes instead? Chia seeds … Continue reading

Asparagus Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Hard Boiled Eggs

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In a rather convoluted way, this salad started with garlic aioli.  Months ago now, J and I were eating at Canary Square, a restaurant in Jamaica Plain.  We’d split an order of fries to start, and our waiter offered to bring us a second dip in addition to the house-made ketchup.  A side of garlic aioli came out with the fries.  As I dipped in my first fry, I had to summon massive amounts of willpower not to go at the little container of aioli with my spoon and then my tongue.  Silky smooth and garlicky, the aioli was a … Continue reading

Kale Coconut Salad

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When you move to California (having never even visited before), you falsely feel like you have some sense of the place.  TV and movies promise palm trees, sunshine, and surfers.  While I knew I was moving to Northern California and not San Diego, I was still surprised our first morning here (in August no less), that I needed to pull on a sweatshirt to go search out a local coffee shop.  I always find myself explaining to friends and relatives back home that my part of California is usually always 67 degrees.  Even in August.  Even in November. So this … Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Espresso Quinoa Bars

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Last week at work I realized I’d amassed an impressive stockpile of granola bars in my snack drawer.  (I’ve found that keeping all your files digital just expands the storage options for snacks).  My company stocks Odwalla bars in the break room, and I always try to grab a few of their Super Protein bars when they’re available.  I’m also a big fan of the Coconut Cream flavor of Larabars.  Lately though, my favorite easy to grab snack, by far, has been the Luna Peanut Honey Pretzel.  I buy the Peanut Honey Pretzel bars by the case from my local … Continue reading

Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Homemade granola bars are quickly becoming a household staple.  I haven’t bought a Larabar in more than month!  The Coconut Cream Larabar is my favorite though, and that coconut flavor, plus the memory of Clif’s Chocolate Coconut bar inspired these granola bars. I piped some melted dark chocolate on top of these bars, but you could easily leave that out (there’s chocolate in the bars), or just pour melted chocolate on the top of the bars and let it cool into a thin layer. The recipe does call for a 1/4 cup of coconut milk, and I know it can … Continue reading

Salted Chocolate Cloud Cookies (gluten-free)

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So, I thought I was cookie-ed out.  It was after Christmas, and I’d eaten my weight in my mom’s Grand Marnier sandwich cookies, apricot jam stuffed half moons, O’Henry bars, and Seven Layers of Goodness.  But then I really wanted to make macarons.  These little cookies are just adorable, and a Berkeley bakery makes a delicious salted caramel version that I desperately wanted to create in my own kitchen.  These salted caramel macarons are like the subtle French counterpart to my supremely American, dense, chocolatey, salted caramel whoopie pies.  There is nothing subtle about whoopie pies. Now I don’t have … Continue reading

Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-free, AND Tasty Cookies

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Somehow, it’s December.  It totally snuck up on me.  I was just in Boston for Thanksgiving, and in 3 weeks I’ll get back on a plane and heading home for Christmas.  We are completely attached to our traditions in my family, and Christmas cookies (much like stuffing) are an unshakeable and completely irreplaceable tradition.  This is the part where I assert that my mom makes the best Christmas cookies.  I think last year she made 17 different kinds, and they are all always amazing.  We subscribe to the theory of small cookies, 2-3 bites at most, so you can try … Continue reading

Roasted Zucchini and Potato Tacos with Mole and Avocado (vegan and gluten-free)

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It’s Zucchini Chocolate Blog Party, take two!  Did you catch my first recipe, Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes? This recipe takes the blog party guidelines in a whole other direction.  I made a roasted veggie taco with zucchini and purple potatoes, covered in a homemade mole sauce and topped with avocado.  I had these on corn tortillas, making them both vegan and gluten-free.  I just cut the veggies into similar sized pieces, doused them in olive oil and sea salt, and roasted them in the oven at 400 degrees for ~45min.  I love the zucchini and purple potato combination, but mushrooms … Continue reading

Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes (with Zucchini)

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Shortly after I declared zucchini week, Victoria let me know via twitter that she was hosting a Zucchini and Chocolate Blog Party.  So I decided it was time to bring out the big guns and invite chocolate to the zucchini week party.  Since my sister also keeps a gluten free diet, I wanted to come up with a dessert that she could make too.  Plus, we’d recently been looking at gluten-free recipes for her, and they haven’t been totally accessible since her pantry is lacking in things like agar agar and xantham gum.  I wanted this dessert recipe to be … Continue reading