Rainbow Kale Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

This happy, feel-good kale salad is packed with colorful vegetables, crispy chickpeas, avocado, cranberries, and pepitas. Great for lunch!

Is it just me, or does it seem like the kale salad has gone out of style? For a while there, the internet was a kale-crazy place to be, but it seems to have fallen out of favor due to cauliflower salads, roasted squash salads, and even pasta salads. While I was pondering this important life issue, I realized that it had not only been a while since I’d posted a kale salad recipe – it had been a while since I’d even made a kale salad for myself… so I thought – let’s bring it back(!) with this super fresh,…


Sesame Orange Noodle Bowl

This easy noodle bowl is a delicious combination of crispy snap peas, sweet orange segments, shiitake mushrooms, and a savory miso dressing.

I love bowl food, and I’m pretty sure most of you do, too. “Bowl food” always has a mix of delicious veggie-heavy ingredients with varying tastes, textures, and flavors. In my opinion, the essential components are something crunchy, something soft, something sweet, something salty, and a delicious sauce to pull it all together. Bowl food is fun to eat because you get something a little different in each bite (that is, unless you’re Jack and you stir your whole bowl together, but I digress…). The inconvenient thing about component bowls is that all those components can take time to prepare because chopping…


Roasted Cauliflower, Tahini & Lentil Salad

I love the way apricots and briny olives play off each other in this bright cauliflower lentil salad. It keeps well, so it's a great salad to pack for lunch.

Well, I’ll be honest – these 4:30 Chicago winter sunsets take some getting used to, so I made this cauliflower lentil salad full of bright colors and flavors to make up for it. 🙂 At least that’s what I tell myself as I seriously consider getting one of those vitamin D lamps. Have any of you ever tried one? Anyway, back to the salad! I was going to save this recipe to post in January. You know, once everyone wants to get healthy and eat vegetables again… but then I realized – you’re all here because you love vegetables, holidays…


Roasted Delicata Squash & Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce

Delicata is my favorite winter squash, and this tangy/funky vegetarian side shows why. The squash is sweet, meaty, and, best of all, requires no peeling!

Happy Saturday! I’m popping in today to share one more fall squash recipe that would make for a tasty Thanksgiving side dish (or a tasty any-dinner side dish if you don’t celebrate T-giving!). This one is a little bit different for me because I haven’t been a big fan of blue cheese. That is, until a few weeks ago, when Jack and I shared a squash dish with blue cheese at the Publican (here in Chicago) that I was completely enamored with. The pairing of sweet roasted squash with tangy cabbage, pops of sweet currants, and a base of a…


Fall Farro Salad w/ Halloumi & Pomegranates

This fall salad is a cornucopia of colorful produce! With something crispy & crunchy, something sweet & salty, it's perfect for a holiday feast.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I feel like foods become more and more brown. I know – we all love cheesy, bready things, and of course dark whole grains are wonderfully wholesome… BUT if I’ve found one calling in life (er.. in blog-life), it’s to find and bring forth the colorful foods of every season. This post is in partnership with POM Wonderful because, in our house, we flipping love pomegranates! The bright pop of sweetness and the ruby red color from little pomegranate arils add vibrancy to any dish. I love sprinkling them on everything throughout the fall and winter,…

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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.