Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake with Garlic and Parmesan

One of the hardest fantasies for me to give up when we bought our house was having a garden. Six years an apartment dweller, I had romantic visions of growing my own vegetables, harvesting them with care, then using them to make beautiful summer dishes like today’s Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake.

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Bake with Eggplant and Tomatoes. A stunning one-bowl summer dish!

Fast forward 11 months, and I could not be more relieved that our yard is so shaded (and the tame neighborhood deer so voraciously hungry) that growing lasting produce of any kind is nearly impossible. In my first year of home ownership, I’ve come to a comfortable realization that yardwork and I are not suited for one another. No matter the outdoor task, I will delay it until the ultimate moment of necessity. The tree that snapped in half in a thunderstorm? While I managed to call a handy team of landscapers to reduce it to a pile of woodchips within two days, said woodchips sat on our front law, peacefully undisturbed, for nearly two weeks, until Ben finally removed them. Our hedges need trimming, we still have leftover fall leaves hiding in our backyard, and my attempts to add flowers to the front porch thus far include an empty pot.

Blueberry Pie Smoothies. A blueberry banana smoothie with almond butter and oatmeal that tastes just like blueberry pie! High protein and so good for you

Blueberry Pie Smoothie

“Pleasantly plump” isn’t typically considered a compliment, unless one is referring to a blueberry, in which case, give me all the fatties in the land, then let me blend them into a dreamy Blueberry...

What I Learned Going Sugar Free for 67 Days

Going Sugar Free: What I Haven’t Told You Yet

I need to tell you something that I’ve only quietly hinted at for the past 10 weeks. For 67 days, I challenged myself to eat a diet free of any refined (non-naturally occurring) sugars and...

Caprese Chicken Pasta. An easy chicken mozarella pasta with tomatoes and basil that's ready to go in only 30 minutes!

Caprese Chicken Pasta

In my imagination, I’m one of those ultra-organized super women who uses her Sunday mornings to fold the laundry, prep an entire week’s worth of meals, and do sunrise yoga. In actuality, I use...

Mini S'Mores Brownies—just like brownie bites, but filled with marshmallow and graham cracker

S’mores Brownie Bites

I am a self-professed, habitually recovering people pleaser. As much as I want to march to the beat of my own drum, dance like nobody’s watching, and exemplify all of the other attractive clichés...

Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowls with Chicken and Quinoa #glutenfree

Chipotle Burrito Bowl with Chicken Quinoa and Avocado

When I was in undergrad, the most impactful event to grip my tiny college town was the opening of Chipotle. Every bite of these Chipotle Burrito Bowls takes me back to that glorious moment in a...

Chocolate Chip Paleo Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Chip Paleo Zucchini Bread

For times when life feels abundant—with joy, with tears, with too much zucchini and spotty bananas—we have Chocolate Chip Paleo Zucchini Bread. For me, the past 10 days have been some of the most...

Overnight Cinnamon Peach French Toast Bake. Our favorite French toast casserole recipe!

Overnight Peach French Toast

One of the many dream jobs I’ve held throughout my imagination’s illustrious career is to own a bed and breakfast. I’d have a wrap-around porch, bookshelves piled with Jane Austin novels and board games,...

Paleo Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers with Chipotle and Avocado. Easy to make and freeze ahead!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

As an adult with reasonable influence over most events throughout my day, I feel responsible to feed myself with some measure of prudence and respect. The most recent savior of my culinary dignity: Chipotle...

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