Summer Quinoa Salad

Earthy quinoa, creamy avocado and salty ricotta – the perfect combination all in one bowl. In Los Angeles grain bowls are everywhere. But why not? Some things, after all, just taste better in a bowl. Take quinoa for example. It’s great on it’s own (and on a plate) but place it in a bowl, along with veggies, protein and pretty much anything else you can cook up, and it becomes a supper yummy meal packed with power foods! I love quinoa because it is so versatile and also really healthy. My little one calls it “crunchy rice” and loves the texture. Quinoa is quick to cook and best served when cooled, making it a great summer staple that will help you refuel while you unwind (preferably by the pool).
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Simply Avocado, 2 Easy Ways

As a Californian, it’s easy to take for granted the easy access we have to delicious, ripe avocados, available pretty much anytime the mood strikes you. I was living happily in southern California’s blissful avocado bubble until I moved to New York for college and was faced with a cold, hard, avocado-less reality. At the time they were practically non-existent in the local stores, and when I did find them, they weren’t exactly at their peak. I remember visiting my cousin in New Hampshire, also a transplant from California, who missed avocados so much she painted a picture of them to hang in her apartment. Going a little too far? Maybe. Understandable? Absolutely.

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Easy, Best-Ever Dark Chocolate Cake

Cake-baking is a bit of a dying art. Back in the day, it was a common occurrence to end a family meal with a homey layer cake, piled high with swirly frosting. These days, the idea of tackling a layer cake can be a bit daunting, but I promise it’s so worth it and a lot easier than you’d imagine! This cake recipe comes from a pastry chef friend of mine, who says this is her go-to recipe. I recently used the cake recipe for my son’s birthday, and if the chocolate spread across his face from ear to ear is any indication, it was a hit.

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Vegetable Sushi

Sushi is an easy, light and healthy meal kids and parents can enjoy together. With hot weather around the corner you can pair the sushi with some edamame, fruit, or tofu and you’re all set for a picnic or lunch to go! When you make sushi yourself you’re also able to customize it 100% so you can include your kids (and your own) favorite veggies. Cut them smaller for the little ones to eat in 1 bite and you’re ready to go. If you’re in even more of a rush, like my husband and I often are, you can make handrolls which are even faster! It’s a simple and quick family meal that can please everyone at the table.

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Ramen with Farm Fresh Egg & Spring Vegetables

Ramen and I go way back…I’m serious. In grad school a project I worked on was to create a healthy ramen. I wanted to start a ramen truck in Berkeley, before food trucks were a thing. I even went to Japan to take a tour of all the best ramen restaurants. Today, noodles still have my heart. I make noodle soup weekly because the kids love it, the broth and veggies are nourishing, and to be honest, it’s the easiest family recipe I know! I usually make fresh broth over the weekend and can freeze it if I have a big batch. Getting dinner on the table is so quick and easy. I particularly love ramen because it’s so tasty, and you can get creative with the toppings. With all the possibilities, it’s never a boring bowl!  Get the Recipe