Last spring, my mom visited for over a month to help with the book and one of her tasks was Designated Artichoke Cleaner. I love artichokes, but trimming them is kind of a hassle. Unfortunately, my mom does not live an artichoke cleaning’s distance away.
Last weekend when I brought these artichokes home, I thought about re-assigning this task to Jack (he is the risotto stirrer and the pomegranate seed picker, among other useful things). But I decided to go for it myself, like a big girl, and it really wasn’t so bad. If you’re psyching yourself out of artichokes this spring – don’t! They take a little time, but they’re too good to miss out on.
Because of the artichoke prep, I didn’t want to make a time consuming recipe to go along with them. So I made these simple (yet fancy) avocado toasts topped with scallions, radishes, dill, and pieces of artichoke heart. Say what you will about avocado toast, it’ll always have a piece of my heart.
When you don’t know what to make for dinner, what do you usually end up making? My go-to is the almighty quinoa bowl. Quinoa bowls are a versatile way to show off the seasons and this one is my little tribute to spring.
For this bowl, I lightly blanched some beautiful broccolini and tossed my quinoa with kale, fresh mint, roasted chickpeas, avocado, and my favorite part – crisp, pink slices of watermelon radish.
Here’s a food styling tip for you: seek out watermelon radishes to add some color to your bowl. That pop of pink always look gorgeous and they add a lovely crunch to your salad.
These bowls are dressed simply with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper and are dolloped with a scoop of herb-y pea pesto.
This makes a great light & healthy (yet still pretty filling), dinner. Hopefully you have leftovers because this packs up nicely for lunch the next day!
And one last reminder – be sure to enter our Staub cast iron cookware giveaway. Tomorrow is the last day to enter! See this post for more details.
My sweet breakfast kick continues. For over a year, I was on a nonstop savory & spicy breakfast kick (see breakfast tacos, page 30 in the book). Next came the carrot-ey baked goods, and now we’re onto these raspberry scones. Or I should say, the royal “we” are on to these scones. Jack loves them too, but my dirty secret is that he only has one or two out of every batch because I hide the extras in the freezer – where I know he will never look (well, until he reads this).
These little treats are vegan and gluten free. Instead of butter and cream, they’re made with coconut oil and Almond Breeze. To make them gluten free, I use a combination of oat flour and coconut flour.
Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of comments asking for more (or, um, any) recipes with coconut flour. It’s a funny flour to work with. It’s never a 1:1 replacement in baking recipes because it absorbs so much more liquid than any other kind of flour. Luckily, I found it really helps the texture of these scones. They’re dense in that way that scones should be, but not dry in that way that scones often are.
These are lightly sweet on their own, but they’re extra delicious drizzled with this almond milk glaze. I know, I know – I’ve wrecked the healthy breakfast, but I highly recommend not skipping the glaze part.
This recipe makes 2 disks which slice into 6 small-ish scones each. And as I mentioned above, they freeze extremely well. Let them thaw at room temp or pop them in the microwave for no longer than about 10 seconds.
I love tortillas as much as the next person. Actually, I take that back. I probably love tortillas more than the average person, but today I’m ditching them to wrap taco-like things with green wraps instead. This lightened-up “taco” recipe is inspired by these gorgeous collard greens that were in my Farmhouse box a little while ago. How pretty are they??
Along with local oranges, a chunk of red cabbage, a few limes, and an avocado, I made a brighter, healthier version of fish tacos. The collard greens make delicious wrappers, but the key is to blanch them a little bit first. By dipping them in boiling water for about 10 seconds and putting them in an ice water bath, they soften and become a little less bitter in flavor.
Instead of a sour cream type of sauce, I served these with my go-to creamy sauce that’s made out of sunflower seeds. I also added chipotle spices for a little kick. I should also mention that you can use any protein you like here – I often make these with seared tofu (from this recipe) or tempeh (from this recipe).
It’s springtime, and one of my favorite veggies is in peak season – the humble carrot. I love them in soups, in tacos… and right now they’re my favorite vegetable to eat for breakfast. Currently, I’m alternating between carrot cookies and these waffles that are – you guessed it – in the new cookbook!
This is one of my favorite recipes, (and also one of my favorite photos from the book – how sweet is this little breakfast scene that Jenn set up!?)
I like to make these on a Sunday morning and store the extras in the freezer for easy weekday waffling. I let them thaw slightly and then pop them in the toaster until they’re crisp around the edges.
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Also – thank you to all of you who came out to our book signing last week! If you missed it, join us for happy hour next Saturday, April 9th from 5-7pm in the wine garden at Lenoir Restaurant in Austin. More details HERE. Hope to see you there!