Spinach Berry Popsicles with Cereal

Spinach Berry Popsicles with Cereal

Every summer I set a goal to make a lot of ice cream. We love ice cream and it’s a really fun treat during the hot summer months. However, time and planning is never on my side. Instead, we become all about the popsicles. These berry popsicles are a staple for us because they are healthy but manage to curb my major sweet tooth. All it takes is blending a few ingredients together and sitting patiently for the few hours it takes to freeze. There’s a lot of different popsicle molds on the market right now but if you’re really in to making your own, I highly suggest purchasing this set. Read more and see the recipe.

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Delicata Squash Spring Rolls with Spinach

Delicata Squash Spring Rolls with Spinach
As you read the title of this recipe, you might be thinking to yourself that the two main items, squash and spring rolls, don’t scream fast. Squash takes time to prepare and the wrapping of the spring rolls can be tedious. However, using delicata squash (no-peel, quick cooking) and a small batch of spring rolls means this meal can be ready in under 30 minutes. Read more and see the recipe.

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Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes and SpinachCooked Red Onions

At this current point in time, I have over 800 recipes on this site from over an 8 year time span. It would be slightly crazy to think that all of the recipes kept a normal rotation in my kitchen. I go through phases with most of these recipes. Some I’ve made for a year and then forgot all about while others have found their place in my kitchen. This peanut stew has been a staple since making it the first time after tasting a similar stew at a CSA potluck.

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Tahini Butternut Squash Noodle Bowl with Spinach

Tahini Butternut Squash Noodle Bowl with Spinach

For whatever reason, I nearly always cube my butternut squash before cooking (whether it be roasting, steaming, or pan frying). It’s rare that I cook the squash whole. I think it’s because in my mind, the whole squash takes longer to cook but in the end, it’s less preparation and really, not much more time. However, when I do cook the whole squash, I steam roasted squash (putting cut side down in a roasting pan with 1/4″ of water). It’s how I saw my mother always cook acorn squash and so it stuck with me. It leaves the squash really nice and soft, perfect for a sauce!

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Spinach Bisque

Spinach Bisque

Recipe first published on January 18th, 2010. Last updated on October 22nd, 2015.

Nearly six years ago I wrote this post and since then, it’s been one of my most popular post thanks to people searching for “Landmark Spinach Bisque.” I feel like it’s only right that I’m giving this post new life as I sit in Galesburg, showing Mack my old stomping ground (and visiting nearly all the family). It’s going to be a long shot but if you’re ever traveled through Galesburg, Illinois- you might have stopped at the Landmark. It’s one of the few staple restaurants Galesburg has and if my instagram feed is any indication, a place I go every time I’m home. The food is great and the atmosphere makes you feel like you’re not in some small town in the middle of Illinois.

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Red Lentil Masala with Spinach

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Recipe originally posted on November 23rd, 2012. Last updated on October 18th, 2015.

SpicesMasala PasteRed Lentils Masala with Spinach Served with Brown Rice

I am always amazed at what inspiration come from the food blog community. There are wise words of wisdom, quirky anecdotes, and most of all, tons of amazing food. Every day I check out my favorite blogs, I find myself make notes on things I wants to try or ideas I may have.

When I saw Shanna’s Thai Chicken Curry, I knew I wanted to make something spicy and fragrant. I wanted a big dish of comfort and that’s exactly what I got. I did a bunch of searching and finally settled on adapting this Tikka Masala (obviously without the tikka!)

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Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Cannellini Bean and Spinach Salad

Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Cannellini Beans and SpinachRoasted Red Kuri SquashRoasted Red Kuri SquashCannellini Bean and Spinach Salad

To follow up from the delicata squash tacos I posted on Saturday, I wanted to share another (different) squash recipe. I think it’s easy to get blinded by the shear amount of butternut squash and pumpkin recipes out there when really, there’s a wide scope of delicious squash. Red kuri squash may look like a pumpkin but it’s nutty, pronounced flavor makes it perfect for standing on it’s own. Like the delicata, you can also eat the shell if you want. The nice thing about this recipe is you can choose to eat or not eat the skin (but still not have to peel!)

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Asparagus, Fennel & Spinach Soup + Topping!


In our house, soup is rarely served without some kind of topping. It’s almost like a yin and yang thing, we start talking about soup and the conversation automatically moves on to topping suggestions. I guess it’s a pretty natural thing since we eat a lot of soup and prefer it to be a more complete meal, instead of just a starter. The toppings does not only add a different texture and flavor to the soup, but also some more stomach filling proteins. To be honest, I think we spend more time working on the toppings then on the actual soup on most occasions. It’s the same principle as we have with oatmeal toppings. They are just essential.

Here are a few of our favorite soup + topping combinations from earlier blog posts: Sweet potato and red lentil soup with aubergine and kale topping, Carrot and tomato soup with corn ceviche topping, Spinach and kale soup with tahini dressed chickpea topping.


We found a huge bunch over-priced asparagus in the market the other day and for some reason decided that it was a good idea to spend our last money this month on asparagus instead of a new set of clothes for Isac. So we walked home and made soup. We went for a smooth and quite mildly flavored soup and allowed the toppings to have more punch in flavor and texture. We only chose green-ish ingredients for the topping. Yup, there we go again, choosing ingredients by color. But it actually turned out fantastic. It’s got a lot of crunch from the pumpkin seeds, flavor from parsley and the asparagus tips, richness from the lentils and sting from the chili. I ate the leftovers without the soup straight from the fridge. I’ve spent most of this post talking about the topping, but the soup is pretty good too. Quick, simple, delicious and with a clear taste of spring. If you don’t have any fennel at home, you could add a few potatoes instead, or other spring vegetables of choice.

We also made a quick cashew cream to go with the soup. We often just add a few dollops yogurt into our soup but cashew cream is a nice and rich vegan alternative. If you just remember to pre-soak the cashew nuts, the cream is done in no-time. As a side note, I just tried adding some cashew cream on top of my latest smoothie and it wasn’t bad at all.

So, go make your vegetable market guy happy and buy a bunch of asparagus. Make soup, whip up a cashew cream. And for goodness sake, don’t forget about the topping!

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Asparagus, Fennel & Spinach Soup (Vegan)
Makes 4 smaller servings or 2 very large

We keep a jar of toasted pumpkin seeds in our kitchen and almost always have some cooked lentils ready in our fridge. It’s a good tip as it makes it a lot easier to create small quick meals like this.

1 pound / 450 g green asparagus
2 tbsp coconut oil or butter
6 thin spring onions or 1 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic

1 small fennel bulb (or 1/2 large)
1 large handful spinach

2 cups water or vegetable stock
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon
salt & black pepper

Lentil & Pepita Topping
The reserved raw tips from the asparagus
1 cup cooked puy lentils (1/2 cup uncooked, boiled in water for 18 minutes)
1/2 cup dry-toasted and salted pumpkin seeds / pepitas
1 large bunch flat leaf parsley
1/2 green chili, finely chopped (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil

Cashew Cream
1/2 cup cashew nuts
1/2 cup filtered water
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt

Trim the tough end off the asparagus. Cut in diagonal pieces, 1/2 inch / 1 cm thick. Save the asparagus tips for the topping. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Finely chop onion, garlic and fennel and add to the the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add the asparagus, stir around and let fry on low/medium heat for a minute, then add spinach, water/stock, apple cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the topping. Carefully pour the soup into a blender or use a hand blender to mix until smooth. Taste the soup, add more water or salt and pepper if needed.

Preparing the topping: Finely chop the asparagus tips and the parsley and place in a bowl together with the boiled lentils and the toasted pumpkin seeds. Add chili if your prefer it a little spicy. Pour over some olive oil and stir around until it’s all mixed well.

Preparing the cashew cream: Cover the cashew nuts in water and let soak for at least 3 hours or overnight. Drain, rinse and place them in a blender. Add the filtered water, lemon juice and salt and mix until completely smooth. Taste and add more salt or lemon if needed. Or water if you prefer it runnier.

Serve the soup with a generous portion of lentil topping on top and a few drizzles of cashew cream or yogurt. Enjoy!


PS. If you want some more inspiration on what to do with asparagus, check out this Spring Buckwheat Salad from last year and this Grilled Asparagus with Quinoa from two years ago.


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