A Tradition of Beans

For the third day this week I’ve eaten beans for a meal. Yes, the same beans. No, not different beans. The same beans I made upon arriving home from Miami were eaten twice this week. I’ve never been one to side eye leftovers, rather, I’ve always been a champion for them. Perhaps because the food culture in my home was:

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Zucchini Noodles With Garlic + Oil

All I could muster up for dinner tonight was zucchini noodles with garlic, parsley and olive oil. I’ve nothing inspirational to write or say. Quite honestly, I opened my fridge, braless, half of my belly hanging out in my too short hand-cut sleeper sweatshirt and stared into the refrigerator light.

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Papaya 101

In the Healthy Habits gospel according to Tinamarie Theresa, there’s nothing like starting the day with fresh fruit. Before I left NY for Miami, the cold weather had me turnt. I work hard to channel my good mood through food as my belief is if we eat like a rainbow we will feel like a rainbow. I tried channeling the tropics

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Muffin Tin Frittatas On A Monday

I came home from substitute teaching with an intense craving for eggs. I know I said lentils were one of my lovers, but eggs are up there. At least today. At least right now. On a typical Sunday I might cook a few veggies, a grain, a soup, a slow cooker meat and some muffin tin frittatas to get me through the week of

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A Sneak Peak At My Sunday Cooking

Every Sunday with what could be considered a religious practice, since cooking is my religion, I step into my kitchen to cook. It’s light cooking for the week - nothing crazy - only me and a bunch of vegetables, Billy Ocean and many smiles as I chop, roast, saute and do dishes. I spend about 90 minutes to 3 hours in the kitchen to set

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The Comfort of Lentils + Freezer Friendly Dinners

I love lentils and I’ve had a lifelong obsession with them.  My personal lentil memories span from school lunches my mom and grandma would pack - to making them for the first time on my own during the summer I moved to the farm in Connecticut. Yes, the summer of my 75 lb weight loss that turned into a 150 lb weight loss was fueled by cooking lentils.

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AWARD WINNING Kitchen Sink Cookies

Although I cannot promote these cookies from a health standpoint - they’re loaded with butter, potato chips, pretzels, peanut butter and white chocolate chips - I can tell you they are holiday cookie swap award winning. I just took home a Starbucks gift card for having won my friends 2018 cookie swap.

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Mom's Carrot Cake

When I was growing up and still, to this day, my mother makes a carrot cake that is to die for. As a child I would sneak slices in the middle of the night while no one was watching; it was just me, my carrot cake and Arsenio. I imagined I’d one day make it on my own, that I wouldn’t have to eat it alone in secret or in shame and that day came.

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Pasta with Peas

Lately, I feel like it’s a miracle I’m even cooking. My spirits have been struggling, my energy low, although I’m working to wear smiles on the outside. After a day of substitute teaching, I sometimes want to close my eyes and nap, but most days I confront the light, my kitchen and make peace with myself.

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10 Minute Skillet Granola

I closed in on a quick granola for the yogurt, muffin, oatmeal and fruit topping win! And I baked some apples that were looking sad in my fridge! Most days in my kitchen, cooking is about using what I’ve got in order to survive hunger, mealtime and loneliness. Lemme not go down the emotion path and keep this on the quick cooking tip!

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Do You Know The Muffin Man?

A client of mine recently asked if muffins were ok to eat and particularly on a weekend because her son loves them. My answer, absolutely. Yes and yes. All food is all good; however, the challenge may come to eating it with balance in mind. That was always my own challenge and still is.

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Butternut Squash Sauce

My grandmother used to make a sauce from Birds Eye frozen winter squash. Bright orange, garlicky, cheesy in flavor, silken in texture - I can still picture the way the thick sauce coated broken pieces of pasta in the bottomless bowls she served on a weeknight. The summer I went to live on the farm in Connecticut, I spent half the time recreating her lentils and the other half perfecting this sauce.

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Banana Almond Cacao Cookies

These banana almond cacao cookies came about from a few brown bananas, a quiet morning sipping tea and a need to go slow and recover from the week. They’re totally passable for breakfast, you know, being as they’re made with flax meal, bananas and almonds. A simple breakfast cookie that can be frozen and grabbed on the go

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Tomato Soup Happiness

Today I had my favorite kind of day; a day spent cooking with a kind hearted, hard working and beautifully spirited client I can call my friend. My clients aren’t people I work for, they’re people I consider friends and those I teach and learn from through shared experiences. Julie and I spent 4 hours in the kitchen making soup, sauce,

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Farro Salad

There are few things I find as warming as a bowl of soup and as comforting as pasta. I love foods that make me feel satisfied, a lot of texture, hearty and that stick to my insides. I need to stay padded for winter, you see. Grains are up on my list of foods I try to fit in a few days a week into at least one meal. From buckwheat to quinoa, cous

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