Whipped Buttery Polenta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This post is sponsored by Brummel and Brown Organic Buttery Yogurt Spread

Look what I made us today!

It is my new favorite quick and easy, cozy-ish summertime dinner. I know,  I know. You were probably thinking that I was going to make some sort of salad or something, what with it being summer and healthy and all. But sometimes, I need a huggish meal and, if we want to be honest with ourselves, salads are not very huggable. Instead, I want to feature veggies in all their glory in cuddly ways.

Even though it is 95 degrees outside and technically way too hot to cuddle.

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In Support of Mediocre Food

A year ago, I was the person who stared in front of the fridge, frozen in fear and thinking about what snack I wanted. The last thing I was thinking about was what I was hungry for. All that buzzed through my head was what would people on social media want to see. Would it look aesthetically pleasing on camera? Could I incorporate avocado in a non-weird way so my photo would have more likes?

Looking back on it now, I think about why it was so difficult for me to just grab the carrots and hummus out of the fridge. Even though I love the platform Instagram has given me, I now realize how it has created unrealistic standards for how we are expected to eat. Putting those expectations on people and the food they eat is an unsustainable way to live. One can only think about maintaining those standards for their food and drinks so long before they burnt out. Cooking and eating was no longer a source of pleasure or community. It was a chore.

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Sesame Coconut Granola

I am having a HUGE granola moment right now!

In fact, it’s so huge that as I type this, I’m finishing off a bag with some yogurt and strawberries and cashew milk. And by a bag, I mean a giant cluster that I am meticulously breaking off small pieces of to savor. I just do not want this granola fantasy to end.

Who am I and what have I done to myself?

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Stew-y Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Capers, and Grilled Halloumi

Oh hey, look, another chickpea recipe! 

And it’s a recipe that just screams summer, which we all need right now because Monday is not the most summer-y day of the week. Ok ok, for real though, I feel like Mondays just require fun food, you know? Just something to push us into the thralls of the week ahead. Especially after testing some pretty dicey mango recipes yesterday and feeling like I had the ultimate sugar rush.

One might say I’m part mango now.

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Stop Being So Intimidating!

Last week, I went on a blind Tinder date.

I know SUCH a shocker. But trust me. It gets interesting.

We went to a bar and ordered ourselves a couple of drinks. As we shot the breeze about our likes and dislikes, he became more and more quiet. When I asked him a question about where he was planning on traveling this summer, he stammered. “I’m sorry, but I just don’t think this is going to work. You are just really intimidating.”

Intimidating? What the heck does that even mean?

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Roasted Eggplant “Sabich-ish” Salad

Hey yo! It’s BBQ season!

LEt’s be real, BBQ season is probably my favorite kind of season. It is the time of year when bread, cheese, grilled vegetables, and wine can come together for an acceptable sort of meal. That’s kind of why I like meals in bowls. It makes snacking feel acceptable. Plus, who doesn’t want to curl up with their snacks on the couch?

If you try dong that with a plate, I can tell you from experience it will not end well.

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