Whipped Buttery Polenta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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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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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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Miso Oatmeal with Charred Snap Peas

Childhood meant one thing. And that thing was apple cinnamon oatmeal packets.

When I was a kid, I would bring on all of the sugar into my breakfasts. There was sugar and cinnamon on buttered toast. There was the key lime pie Yoplait with crushed up graham crackers (still one of my favorites). My ultimate favorite breakfast, though, were those apple cinnamon oatmeal packets. I know that was usually the packet on the bottom of the variety pack, but I cannot help that they were my very favorite.

It’s ok. I’ll take them off of your hands.

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Why Detoxes Will Only Detox Your Wallet

This morning, I was reading through some of my friends’ Facebook posts. It is usually that time of year when lots of women try to get that “beach body.” (That discussion of a beach body has its own discussion, but that is for another time). Many of my friends were toting a diet of eating only steamed greens and lean organic protein to get those bikini abs or swimsuit body. “I need to purge my body of those toxic chemicals,” a friend said. “Green juice and smoothies only from now on.” The truth, though, is that detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam

And it is something that, as consumers, we need to be aware of.

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Marinated Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad

The world could use more picnics.

Picnics are the kind of things that we all wish we could have more of, but we never pursue. People think, at the end of a long day, who wants to go get all the stuff to craft a picnic. I personally am a huge believer in picnics. And it does not have to be complicated to have a picnic. Wine and cheese can always suffice as a picnic.

The key is wine is the more important of the two.

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How the Jersey Shore Shaped My Diet

I was 18 years old when I stopped eating meat. It was a traumatic affair, involving a bite into some deceptively cooked chicken. One bite of the stuff and I was completely turned off. When I came home after my first semester, I adamantly sat down to dinner with my family. “I’m going to cook some eggs. I don’t eat meat anymore,” I said. My mom looked at me quizzically, “Not even chicken?” she asked, handing me a dish of chicken parmesan.

It reminded me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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