For a very long time, I really thought I hated tofu. It had a weird, soft texture, it tasted like nothing, and it fell apart easily. Why eat the stuff? But then, this recipe from Cookie and Kate came along and changed all that. She managed to take that spongy, weird brick of soybeans and turn it into crispy, crunchy cubes of flavor, and now tofu makes it on to my plate at home regularly. Try it out for your next meatless monday meal and you won’t be sorry!

The busier life has gotten, the more I’ve come to value meals that are 1) quick to prepare, 2) can be made in advance, or 3) can be taken on the go. These tasty Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Bars fit the bill! Think of them as handheld oatmeal – soft and chewy with juicy baked fruit. They taste the best warm from the oven, but they’re also delicious at room temperature and can be reheated in the oven or microwave if you prefer. 

It’s usually a wonderful thing when chocolate and peanut butter come together, and these granola bars are no exception. With the peanut butter’s heart-healthy unsaturated fat and the oats’ fiber, these make a fulling and nutritious portable snack or on-the-go breakfast item. Best of all? A batch can be made well in advance and kept in the fridge for at least 2 weeks. Yum!

Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food to me. Boil them, mash them, roast them, bake them, make pancakes or pasta out of them… the answer will always be yes. It’s fortunate, then, that potatoes provide valuable nutrition as well as valuable flavor. A medium potato has more potassium than a banana, 8% of your daily fiber needs, 45% of your daily vitamin C, and 6% of your daily iron. I’m convinced that there’s no wrong way to cook a potato, but this way is one of my favorites for a quick weeknight side. These have been spiced with smoky paprika and roasted until they’re crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Potato perfection. … View Post

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can never have enough quick meal recipes up your sleeve. Quesadillas make for a super easy and speedy meal, and adding in an extra plant (beans, veggies) can pump up the flavor and the fiber content. Beans are chock-full of fiber, protein, B-vitamins, iron, and minerals, and I love that so much nutrition can be packed into such a humble (and cheap!) food.