Southwestern black bean spaghetti with skinny avocado crema


Southwestern Black Bean Spaghetti Platter

Are you way too busy to cook and just need a quick and healthy meal for your weekly rotation? Us too. With Lucas’s Kickstarter launching in 3 weeks and my obsession with optimizing my upcoming blog makeover, our weekly meal planning has been a life saver. Without it, we’d both forget to think about dinner until our growling stomachs reminded us around 7:30 or 8pm when it’s much too late to figure something out, go to the market, and cook. Which means we either end up going out to dinner or shredding cheese between whatever gluten-free bread or tortillas we have in the fridge. When in doubt, melt cheese. With meal planning, though, we get to eat things like this Southwestern black bean spaghetti in barely no time.

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Goat cheese stuffed figs with pancetta


Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs

Here, have a goat cheese stuffed fig! Now that you’re munching on something, I’m bursting at the seams in excitement over the news I’ve got – I can’t contain myself. (No Mom, we’re not pregnant). Snixy Kitchen is getting a remodel! A digital remodel. A make-over. A complete overhaul redesign with a custom theme built by yours truly. If you’ve been around since the beginning (Hi again, Mom), you may recall that my loving husband (then boyfriend) created the original theme you see today, but the one that’s getting wrapped up in a pretty bow and coming your way very soon? I’m doing it myself.

Without knowing a lick of html, css, php, or javascript before embarking, I’m pulling from online classes, my awesome friends, and every online forum I can find to teach myself how to build the custom theme I want. And it’s taking a serious chunk of my free time. All, actually – exactly all of it. So that’s my epic excuse for why it’s been so quiet around here. But you’re going to shove another one of these goat cheese and pancetta stuffed figs with pine nuts and honey in your mouth and it’s going to get loud again. Lots of OMGs, Mmmms, and Ahhhs, followed by “is anyone going to eat the last one? [pause 1 second for courtesy] no? Okay then, I’m eating it.”

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Honey matcha green tea caramels


Matcha Green Tea Caramels

Everyone knows the best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Or at least that’s true for people built like me. Hand me a scoop of ice cream and you’ll make me the happiest girl in all the land. Bake me an awesome cookie and we’ll be best friends for life. Or in Lucas’s case, cook me your mom’s passed-down arroz con pollo and let’s get married forever and ever. Things escalate quickly when food’s involved. For occasions that need just a little note of celebration, edible gifts like these honey matcha green tea caramels are my go-to choice.

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Recipe Rewind: Vegetable & tofu Thai curry


Tofu Thai curry

Recipe Rewind May 20, 2014: You know that feeling when you look in the back of your closet and find a forgotten favorite shirt that fell off a hanger and has been buried in a dark corner for several months? A) How could I have forgotten that beloved shirt? And B) Woo! It’s like Christmas in May and I’m never taking this shirt off, not even to shower. Also C) It totally fits me better now that I’ve got these awesome white pants that match it. That feeling. That’s the one that I got with this recipe. To be honest, I think much has to do with the recipe improvements I made on the second go around (namely crab –> tofu). Plus, if you look at those pictures of the pile of slop from the prior version (see below the jump), it’s pretty clear why we shoved it in the back of the recipe box and forgot about it for over two years. And boy am I glad we dug into the archives for this vegetable & tofu Thai curry.

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Baked white bean and artichoke dip


Baked white bean and artichoke dip

We should probably go pick up some lottery tickets. At least the low-investment scratch-off kind. You see, we’re on a winning streak. How’d you get so lucky? I don’t have an answer for that, so I’ll just brag about it instead. Our good fortune extends beyond how lucky I feel that I got to eat this baked white bean and artichoke dip for lunch today. We’ll come back to that. The lucky streak all started a few Saturdays ago when we picked up some plants for our growing backyard garden at the edible schoolyard plant sale, and a few fundraiser raffle tickets later, walked away $50 in local fish richer. That’s a lot of fish, guys. For me, at least. Lucas begged to blow it all on one super fancy fishy feast. It might have to come down to a rock-paper-scissors match – how all disagreements in marriage are solved.

So we were feeling pretty lucky – why stop there?

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Grilled pineapple tofu skewers with spicy mango BBQ sauce


Grilled Pineapple Tofu Skewers with rice

When it feels like summer in the Bay Area, you need to grab on and relish in it as much as possible until it inevitably disappears behind the fog again. With a sunny holiday weekend approaching, there’s no better way to celebrate than by lighting up the grill. And when your husband goes out to get mesquite lump charcoal for your birthday pig roast and winds up coming home with 120 pounds of it because “it was such a good price,” grilling is the only option when the sun is shining bright. So with our warm pre-summer May, we tossed some juicy pineapple and tofu chunks onto skewers and called our friends over for an impromptu grill-sesh. To add a bit of heat to balance out the sweetness, I brushed the pineapple tofu skewers with a spicy mango BBQ sauce.

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Watermelon mint agua fresca & How to pick a watermelon


Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca with Honey

The Bay Area was scorching hot this week. And by scorching hot, I mean it was barely hot at all, but, just as LA is ill-equipped to handle a little drizzle, The Bay Area melts with just a tiny spike above our usual year-round 60-70ºF temperatures. Without AC, the coolest part of our house was 85ºF inside! As a girl who grew up in 100º+ hot hot summers, I feel conflicted about complaining. I mean, we made all of our friends hang out in 110ºF direct sunlight to watch us get married last June for cryin’ out loud. But guys, last week was a sauna – my clothes felt like they were melting off of me. All I wanted to do was sprawl out on the cold hardwood floor with the cats who also had the exact same global warming survival plan. I wanted to smear ice cream on my face and jump into a pool filled with this refreshingly chilled watermelon agua fresca. That, or drink it.

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Guilt-free shrimp and veggie fettuccine with cauliflower alfredo


Fettuccine with Cauliflower Alfredo

Raise your hand if your favorite pasta dish as a child was creamy fettuccine alfredo. Did your house exclusively refer to fettucine alfredo as “Sarah’s favorite pasta” like mine? I’d order it every time I found it featured on a dinner menu and I’d throw in some shrimp for good measure. And when I grew up a bit, things got fancier and I’d toss a pre-made jar of alfredo sauce with some boxed fettuccine for a comforting meal. What with that and the boxes of fruit roll ups and otter pops I consumed, if I still ate the way I wanted to eat as a child (and a college student, for that matter), I’d most definitely have all sorts of health problems. I distinctly remember setting out to make fettuccine alfredo from scratch and realizing it was filled with loads of butter, cream, and parmesan cheese. That’s when alfredo and I broke up. We’ve rekindled our relationship today with this recipe that allows you to indulge in your favorite creamy pasta without the associated guilt and hours of exercise to work it off. I bring you a new family staple: guilt-free shrimp and veggie fettuccine with cauliflower alfredo.

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