Broccoli Salad

Meet my new favorite broccoli salad recipe...aka the best cookout dish around! With a lightly creamy, tangy dressing, it's fresh, healthy & delicious.

I hope you have some fun grilling & chilling plans coming up this weekend because I’ll be sharing 3 super fun cookout salads this week. They’re all easy to make and more importantly – easy to make ahead. First up – broccoli salad! This is a healthier spin on the traditional midwest broccoli salad but it’s every bit as flavorful. Small broccoli florets are marinated in a creamy/tangy dressing along with dried cranberries and smoky tamari-roasted almonds. It’s a one-bowl recipe that’s great as a pack-able picnic salad or an easy make-ahead lunch. A Broccoli Salad Recipe That’s Good for You…

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

This lightly creamy asparagus soup is bright with lemon and loaded with spring herbs & veggies. It's the perfect fresh meal for a cool spring night.

It’s raining, it’s spring, and it’s asparagus season… so naturally, I made asparagus soup! I think this is the perfect spring soup because it’s lightly creamy and not at all heavy. The asparagus flavor is subtle and it has a nice sweetness from the peas and a fresh, herbal flavor from the basil. I like to serve this soup warm, but not piping hot so that the bright flavors don’t get muddled. Although, fun fact: my sister came over the other day and ate it cold out of the fridge like gazpacho, which I don’t totally recommend, but it works…

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How to Cook Asparagus

Learn how to cook asparagus with this 3-part guide! Blanched, grilled, raw, or roasted, asparagus is a delicious spring side dish or fresh ingredient.

It’s asparagus season! Here in Chicago, our farmers markets are finally(!) open and every stand at every market seems to be overflowing with the green (and sometimes purple) spring vegetable. If you love asparagus, you’ll love this handy guide with my best tips for cooking it. If you don’t love it… well, I encourage you to give it a try right now while it’s in peak season and perhaps with a new-to-you preparation. Who knows, if you’ve always had it steamed, maybe you’ll love it grilled, roasted, or even raw? Roasted Asparagus Oven roasted asparagus is one of the key…

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Sesame Soba Noodles

Never cooked soba noodles? Follow the tips in this post to make a foolproof soba noodle salad that's loaded with veggies and great for weekday lunches!

Happy Monday! If you’re like me and you had a weekend full french toast, cake, and pancakes, then you’ve come to the right place! Today I have a fresh, delicious bowl of soba noodles to help start the week off in a healthy direction. The best thing about this bowl is that it’s super simple to make, yet has great zippy flavor. There’s a light sesame-ginger dressing that perfectly coats the soba noodles. On top of that, I chose to mix in a group of vibrant spring veggies, but keep reading for a few other suggestions to customize your noodle…

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Classic French Toast

Custardy, lightly sweet, and golden brown, this French toast recipe is the perfect weekend brunch. Learn how to make French toast with my easy tips!

When I go out to brunch, the French toast on the menu always tempts me. What could be more crave-worthy than thick slices of bread marinated in a warmly spiced custard and topped with fresh fruit? I know from experience, though, that eating super-sweet, indulgent French toast at a restaurant is a recipe for a post-brunch food coma. My solution? Making this recipe at home! I prefer a lighter version, with good bread, eggs, almond milk instead of heavy cream, warming spices, fresh fruit, and pure maple syrup. It’s fresh and every bit as delicious as what I might find…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.