Pita

I love pita. My husband loves pita. It’s one of the few things I’ll make that my kids adore, too, especially if I serve it with homemade hummus (that recipe is coming very soon, I promise). Pita is great for mini-pizzas, for dipping into your shorba, and for stuffing with falafel or cold cuts. VIVA…

Shorba

There’s something incredibly comforting about a good soup, and this soup is one of our stalwarts. Red lentils are widely available in most grocery stores, but especially cheap at Trader Joe’s – plus, it’s a no guilt meal. Skip the pita if you’re trying to skimp on carbs, but I made a mess of whole…

Instant Pot Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs

When I was describing this meal on Twitter yesterday, my phone kept autocorrecting braised to braided, earning me a ton of French braid jokes. I can laugh, though, because I’m the one who got to eat this.

Greek(ish) Lamb Bowls

Periodically, my local grocery store will have ground lamb on mega sale, and I usually pick up two one-pound packages and throw them in the chest freezer, because they’re perfect for occasions like this. It’s easy to make this paleo or vegan with a couple of substitutions, whether it’s paleo mayonnaise or soy yogurt, and…

Falafel Bowls

Originally I’d planned to make sweet potato and farro bowls for a couple of weekday lunches, but my husband helpfully pointed out that I still had soaked chickpeas sitting in the fridge, so I called an audible and here we are.

Meal Plan 3/25-3/31

Here’s my food plan for this upcoming week, including a shopping list. We have a couple of curveballs, including blood donation and Good Friday, so adjust as necessary to suit your dietary needs. Recipes and prep lists (all of this can be easily scaled for serving sizes) coming Sunday morning, after I drink all the…

Shrimp and Grits (And Greens)

From the Low Country to Louisiana, everyone has their own take on how to make shrimp and grits. My own tastes fluctuate when I make this dish, from cooking the shrimp in bacon fat to making the grits more cheese than coarsely ground meal. But it’s Lent, and that means no meat on Fridays. Living…

Sweet Sixteen Southwestern Eggrolls

Okay, so not quite so healthy. But we had leftover eggroll wrappers, along with super ripe avocados, so we called an audible. Avocados are weird, right? They go from unrelentingly stiff to overripe in about two seconds, with a nanosecond window for peak ripeness. So here’s what we did, just in time to settle in…

Sheet Pans: Not Just for Taking Up Cabinet Space

Let’s talk sheet pans, which exist not just for your cookie needs, but also to bake your frozen Costco flautas (at least for my friend, Jess). Last week I cooked a pork tenderloin, potatoes, and green beans in 30 minutes on one sheet pan, and my husband – he of dishwashing duty – nearly wept…

That’s how it starts.

With apologies to LCD Soundsystem, we’re going back to my house. Most of us struggle to find balance between our work and personal lives, and I’m no exception. I have no panacea to offer, but as I trip though adulthood – from my career to my family – I’ve learned a few ways to carve out…