Eggs in tomato sauce. It’s the prefect clean-out-the-fridge breakfast, and it’s fast enough for a weekend or weekday. You can make your own sauce using the recipe below, store-bought tomato sauce, or leftovers from that spaghetti you had two nights ago. It comes together in a flash, and it’s always delicious. That garlicky toast is a must for mopping up runny egg yolks and any lingering sauce. The key is to poach the eggs until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny. Keep a close eye on them during the cooking process to achieve this balance.  If you make this recipe at home, share on Instagram using #strongrootsnutrition so I can… View Post

Homemade bread is a special thing. It’s a labor of love: a multi-step process that requires some hands-on work, but the finished product is delicious and loved by all. I’ve been baking bread since college, but I’m a little out of practice these days, and the great thing about bread is that it doesn’t care. It doesn’t matter if your crumb isn’t quite right, if your loaf turned out a little flat, or if you didn’t get the big, airy holes you were hoping for. It always tastes good.   For this reason, bread baking is something that becomes a hobby for some. You can play around with different moisture levels, types of flour, leavening times,… View Post

It’s time for Recipe Redux again! This month’s theme is “Grab a Book and Cook,” and participating bloggers were instructed to grab the nearest cookbook and cook the recipe on page 42 or 142 in honor of the 42nd month of Recipe Redux challenges. I recently picked up Amy Chaplin’s At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: it’s thoughtful, beautifully photographed, and the recipes are delicious. I’m always drawn to the introductory sections of cookbooks when the author invites the reader into her kitchen to engage in the nourishing rituals of shopping for fresh ingredients, exploring essential kitchen tools and equipment, and piecing together a lifestyle. Amy’s book does not disappoint: her knowledge of ingredients,… View Post

One summer in college, I decided to try to master the whole wheat loaf of bread. Those of you with baking experience know what a pain whole wheat flour can be to work with, and there I was, having baked very few loaves of bread in my life, suddenly determined to figure out the secret to beautifully risen, free-form artisan boules without white flour. I tried many, many recipes many, many times, and most of my bread ended up looking like a mess. At least the end product of a failed baking attempt still tastes good, and eventually, I did master whole wheat loaves (whole wheat pastry flour and enameled cast iron pots are key!). These… View Post

Sometimes we need a little comfort food. Maybe a rough day at work has you drained. Maybe relationship problems are troubling you. Maybe some unexpected bad news has got you down. No matter our reasons, it’s tempting at times to reach out to Ben & Jerry for support. Food can soothe our emotions and troubled minds, but it’s a good idea to have other stress-relieving tools in the toolbox as well. Moderate exercise, talking with loved ones, and engaging in activities you enjoy are great ways to refuel a drained mind and might leave you happier in the long run. But for the days when food is comforting, give this banana bread a try. Bananas – nature’s… View Post