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Copycat SweetGreen Kale Caesar Salad

Healthy, Salads

I went to Starbucks yesterday when I was feeling a lil’ parched and I walk in and the Unicorn drink (that I wasn’t going to order bc I’m not a monster) was sold out!! WHAAA!

If I’m being real, I was sort of curious to try it. I heard it tastes like yogurt and blueberries and is so ridiculously sweet. And then a few people reported that they actually liked it! I would give it a go if it was placed right in front of me cuz why not.

Anywayz, last week I shared with you three 15-minute lunches that I make for myself. In keeping with that real-life-food-talk, I wanted to share this recipe: Copycat Sweet Green Kale Caesar.

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Roasted Ancho Chile Cauliflower Sandwich with Spiced Pepitas and Avocado Crema

Dinner, Healthy, Quick and Easy, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

Why didn’t you guys tell me I’ve been making nothing but pink food lately?! Good gracious, I looked at the first page of this blog the other day and was GIRL, get it together. Consider this dish/post a big gigantic break from all things strawberries/rhubarb/raspberries, etc. Woohoo!

When I went to college, my roommate was this Dominican girl from Queens named Kim. She cooked the best chicken; it was her mom’s chicken. I remember she offered me a plate and I almost passed out it was so good. Whenever she would cook, I would always make sure to linger around so she’d offer me some and she always did because she was the best.

When I finally asked her why it was so good she told me the spices. The one thing she said her mom always told her was to add A LOT of spice to everything.

And I’ll never forget that because my mom cooked with lots of spices too. I also remember thinking oh I guess that what us Latinas do—we cook lots of spices. Ok!

For this recipe, I teamed up with Ozery Bakery and their delicious bread. My favorite part about them is that I keep them in the freezer so I don’t feel the need to eat all of the bread within a few days (because I will).

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Three 15-Minute Healthy-ish Lunches/Dinners

Dinner, Healthy, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

Low-key….this is what i’ve been eating on a daily basis.

If you follow me on Insta Stories you know that I’ve upped my workout routine this year. I’m currently on week 14 (!!) of Sweat with Kayla and I like it because it satisfies the to-do list human that I am.

I love how the app works because I get to “cross-off” workouts. I also LOVE that I can do the resistance workouts while not having to leave the house. I don’t even belong to a gym so I just do the workouts at home with weights while I watch This is Us or The View or Good Morning America (I also realize I love ABC!).

AND, the cardio workouts are good because I go on 40 minute walks with Amelia, which we both have come to love SO much. For the high-intensity workouts, I head to Soul Cycle (Dani is my favorite instructor in LA).

ANYWAYZ, I feel like the last couple of weeks on this here blog, I’ve been providing recipes that are sort of complicated, indulgent, etc. so I wanted to share what I’ve been eating for lunch (or dinner) that all take under 15 minutes.

Also, for some reason I can spend three hours making a pie or a cake and love every second of it but when it comes to making something healthy for myself, I want it to come together in less than 12 minutes. All of these do!

This is what I’ve been eating A LOT. These posts won’t be Pinned a million times or get all the likes on Instagram but they’re really practical so I figured I’d share them.

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Snack Board with Three Dips

Appetizers, Healthy, Snacks, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian

Appetizers for Dinner has always been a favorite of mine. I think it started with an episode of My-So-Called-Life when Rayanne’s mother threw some frozen dumplings in the microwave and Rayanne was super bummed about not being cooked “a real dinner.”

Since my mom was always, like, super healthy and demanded we have a very full/healthy cooked dinner, an appetizer-driven dinner always sounded like heaven to me.

I like to think that this snacking board is the best of both worlds because it’s healthy AND filling enough where you can totally eat it, be full and not feel bad about it one bit! It’s kidlike but totally appropriate for us grown-ups.

For this post I teamed up with my favorite, new-to-me vegetable ranch-flavored chips from Pure Growth Organic! You can find them at places like Amazon.com where they’re super affordable and healthy and delicious.

They’re super light; they almost remind me a bit of a rice cracker but a million times better and more flavorful.

The carrot harissa dip might’ve been my favorite because I had never ever made a dip made of carrots before. I was a bit skeptical when I went through the testing process but the texture was amazing; I mean, I ended up adding walnuts because it was borderline too smooth.

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Nut Butter Coconut Chocolate Tart

Desserts, Healthy

This week wasn’t supposed to be vegan week it just so happened to turn out like that.

This tart is SO SO good. Admittedly, I usually give a side-eye at a dessert if it’s prefaced with “it’s vegan!” or “it’s gluten-free!” I definitely judge a book by its cover a bit. But this filling is something I could’ve eaten by the spoonful.

This nutty, coconut, chocolate-y tart comes from Jessica Murnane’s new book, One Part Plant! Her philosophy is awesome because it’s simple: eat one plant-based meal a day. Start there! I happen to love vegetables and healthy-ish stuff so I feel like I do this anyway but it’s nice to read a book that isn’t based on all of the stuff you need to give up. There aren’t any stringent rules or regulations.

It’s simply a book that at its core is trying to inspire you to make a healthy, delicious meal a day.

I started with dessert because this is who I am! And the photo of the nut tart in the book looked and sounded SO good.

I haven’t made a ton of vegan desserts in my lifetime. Things like coconut cream and dates and nut butters don’t often collide in my kitchen. But I have a feeling that after this experience, I’m going to have to think about making more of them.

And I think we all love a (nearly) no-bake dessert, amiright?!

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Miso Millet “Polenta” with Green Onion Oil + Eggplant Bacon

Breakfast, Dinner, Healthy

Hiii!

This past Monday it was rainy and stormy. I spent the entire day cooking in fluffy socks from two new vegan books and loved every single second of it!

The first up is a book, THE FIRST MESS COOKBOOK, from my friend Laura Wright. You might know her blog, The First Mess. Every single thing she cooks I want to eat.

If you’ve followed this blog for a little while, you know that I am the furthest thing from a vegan human. I love cooking things in butter and ghee. I love dairy. I love cheese. But from time to time, I’ll steer clear of all of that, especially if things aren’t sold to me as such and they’re just presented to me as delicious and healthy-ish.

I feel like all of Laura’s food is that way. I like to think of it as food that just so happens to be vegan and healthy; it’s not forced. It’s food that naturally is vegan and doesn’t really feel or taste like health food. All of the recipes I’ve tried from her are done with ease and finesse. And my favorite part is that all of her food is cozy and comforting.

As I was flipping through the book, there were SO many dishes I wanted to try (and will try), but the one that intrigued me the absolute most was this millet “polenta.” It’s such a smart idea and one I hadn’t come across ever. You take millet (which I happened to have a ton of in my pantry), grind it up and make it into a “meal.”

It’s boiled the same way that polenta is and boom! Polenta! but without the corn and all that. (Remember when I found out I was sorta kinda allergic to corn?)

I paired it with some eggplant “bacon” from the book, which was also SO good. Eggplant already has sort of a “meaty” quality to it. Laura has you add a sauce that’s so full of flavor. Does it taste like bacon? No way! Bacon is bacon. But it is super delicious and flavorful and it’s a million times more healthy.

I served this as breakfast and since I’m not a real vegan human, I topped each bowl of millet polenta with a baby fried egg and ate it with a whole lot of milky coffee.

This tofu dish is what I’m making later this week.

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Gnocchi with Preserved Lemon Alfredo Sauce 

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish)

Gnocchi Preserved Lemon with Alfredo Sauce

I am the most last-minute holiday person in the entire world. A gigantic part of me actually really loves the adrenaline rush of shopping the week-of. My dad and I would always get our holiday shopping like two days before Christmas and it was always way more fun than being planned and perfect.

Gnocchi Preserved Lemon with Alfredo Sauce

This year I somehow have it together. I even bought a few hostess gifts to hand out at parties. (And yes, that is a link to cat and dog bingo.)

Luckily one of the main people on my shopping list (my brother) is already taken care of. I’m going to gift him a KitchenAid® Stainless Steel Cookware Set
because he is just got his first adult job (hello first engineering job!) and is moving into a brand new apartment in a brand new city!!

For this post, I teamed up with KitchenAid® to show you how I put their set to good use by making these very fluffy and cloud-like balls of gnocchi.

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Squash Saltado

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish), Vegetarian

Squash Saltado

About a year ago, I promised myself I wouldn’t say anything about the election. Mainly because it’s EVERYWHERE and so many things make my eyes roll and make me SO angry but it’s over now. And I’m so glad I stuck to it—until now—because I feel like this probably was one of the only places where it wasn’t all about politics.

A Cozy Kitchen is about corgis and pie and meatballs. What connects us–no matter what our political opinions–is our love of food and fun.

I’m the first generation in this country. Recently my tia Cecilia started a private Instagram where she shares really old photos of my family when they first arrived to The States. Everyone was so young, so unknowing and so incredibly brave.

Squash Saltado

Squash Saltado

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Late-Summer Succotash with White Bean Puree + Brown Butter

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish), Summer, Vegetarian

Late-Summer Succotash with White Bean Puree and Brown Butter

I feel like a basic b first thing in the morning (every single morning) because this is basically what I make (give or take the white bean puree or eggs). I’ve been eating something like this, a rendition of it, for like the last two months.

I’ve recently learned a few things about myself lately:

1. I need breakfast. It sets me very straight. And makes me genuinely happy.

2. For breakfast, I tend to lean more savory than sweet. (At least during the weekdays when my days need to be productive and want to feel good.)

3. Italian parsley + lemon juice will forever be my favorite flavor combination. It’s so fresh and delicious. Add a good amount of salt to balance out the salt and it’s something that should be put on every single thing.

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish), Soups, Summer, Vegetarian

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

As I thrust this only half indulgent recipe toward you, I’m currently on Class Pass (I’m a new joiner) scheduling out all of my workouts for the next week. This is an attempt to balance out my grilled cheese crouton eating with cycling, kicking and boxing and dance moves in this West African dance class I’m contemplating on trying.

These grilled cheese croutons are straight out of Pinterest 2012. It’s not an idea that I invented by any means but when I saw it loooong ago on Pinterest, I thought: GENIUS! It took me forever to actually do it but I finally did; I think it’s best I waited so long. The idea is so old, it’s almost new again.

Just like recycled fashions.

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