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BBQ Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

BBQ Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

This post was created in partnership with Shipt. All opinions are our own. The other day we received this comment on our Instagram: “Impressed by your ability to maintain quality, healthy cooking with a newborn. We have a 4-week old and it’s still lots of freezer meals and super simple dishes! Would love a post on how you’re making it work!” @robinfitzergerald Our answer to Robin: Grocery delivery. In this day and age, you can order everything from toilet paper to peanut butter to dog treats online. And our secret to keeping it all together is that we do. We love supporting local businesses; we spend time at the farmer’s markets and local stores. But for weeknight meals and boring errands like toilet paper, it’s online ordering. There is seriously nothing better than getting groceries at my front door (except for the incessant dog barking), and I marvel at it every single time. Those grocery bags at my door are the physical representation of getting hours of my day back. Instead of getting my 2-month old in his carseat, driving to the store, maneuvering a cart wandering the aisles, standing in line, paying the cashier, maneuvering the cart to my […]

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“Get Your Greens” Naan Pizzas

“Get Your Greens” Naan Pizzas

    This post was created in partnership with Sub-Zero. All opinions are our own.  Fresh food matters As you may know, we’re all about the way that eating fresh food can transform your life. Today we’ve got something special for you: an interview with a local farmer who is turning our food system upside down. He believes fresh food should be accessible to all people, not just the ones who can afford typical farmer’s markets. We’ve partnered with Sub-Zero on their Fresh Food Matters initiative to bring you an interview with Jonathan Lawler, Executive Director and Farmer with Brandywine Creek Farms here in Indianapolis. He’s got some strong opinions and a huge passion for his work. Here’s Jonathan: The interview: farmer Jonathan Lawler Sonja: The first time we spoke, you made a few bold statements: “I don’t sell at farmer’s markets. I only produce five crops. I think kale should be illegal.” Let’s take a step back: why as a local farmer don’t you sell at markets anymore? What are the crops you grow, and why only five? Jonathan: Brandywine Creek Farms is considered a large-scale produce farm. Our model serves a much wider market than what farmers markets offer us. […]

A Couple Cooks – Recipes for Healthy & Whole Living

Chickpea Fattoush Nourish Bowl

Chickpea Fattoush Nourish Bowl

This chickpea fattoush nourish bowl was created in partnership with Village Farms. All opinions are our own. Alex and I were born in the 1980’s; we were those 8-year-olds who planted trees for Earth Day and worried about alternative fuel sources. But it wasn’t until adulthood that we realized that the food we eat can also affect the Earth–in both positive and negative ways. Today we’re foodies who typically wouldn’t be caught dead making a dish without of season, non-local tomatoes. We stand in support of our local farmers and against out-of-season, tasteless big-box store tomatoes. However, at the same time: we realize that in order to feed our world, we need diversity in food growing practices. As idealistic as it sounds, we’re not going to feed the world with 100% local veggie farmers. It’s estimated that by 2050 we’ll have an additional 2 billion people in this world, and to feed them we’ll need to double the amount of crops we grow. To make that happen, Alex and I believe that organizations of all kinds are going to have to lean and green up their growing practices: from small and local farmers to large and national businesses. To celebrate […]

A Couple Cooks – Recipes for Healthy & Whole Living

How to Eat More Vegetables: Recipes for Where to Start

How to Eat More Vegetables: Recipes for Where to Start

How to eat more vegetables We get a lot of requests about one single question: How can I eat more vegetables? Here’s an email from a reader we got a few weeks ago:  Hi! I am emailing for some tips on how to start a plant based diet for my family. Cooking does not come naturally for me. My kids are 5 and 2 and it’s important to me that we all fix up our eating habits. We eat lots of fruit and mostly chicken and rice is various forms. Vegetables are lacking in our diet other than raw carrots and cucumbers and occasionally some broccoli. Any advice you have that won’t blow out my budget would be great! ~Catherine M. Just jump in Alex and I have a unique approach when it comes to this conundrum. It’s called Just Jump In. The difference between JJI (can we call it that?) and other approaches to eating more vegetables is that in JJI, you don’t need to know anything to get started. You don’t have to wait to read up on cooking vegetables or buy lots of expensive kitchen gadgets. You simply need to make one recipe. For example, try a vegetarian […]

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Mushroom and Brie Quesadillas

Mushroom and Brie Quesadillas

Do you use your email to remember life events? I have a terrible memory for dates, so I had to resort to my email archives to find when I met Nicole Gulotta. She’s author of the new Eat this Poem cookbook, and the blog Eat this Poem, but most importantly: she’s a dear friend. Turns out we met in April 2013. She was in Chicago for a conference, and Alex and I drove up to meet her and a few other food bloggers. Even in those days, being virtual friends before meeting in person was becoming commonplace. The “real life” meeting is what solidifies the deal, right? It predicts whether your friendship is true, or just virtual. Turns out with Nicole, it was. According to my email archives, Nicole and I wrote long-winded emails to each other most of 2014. We discovered a horrible yet uniting bond of having miscarriages in the same month. We wrote about our dreams to publish books, and to change the world through food. We started having monthly catch-up phone calls, wondering what the future would hold. Would we have children? Would we write books? You know those people you meet where you’re almost living parallel lives, asking the same […]

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Tart Cherry Post Workout Protein Bowl

Tart Cherry Post Workout Protein Bowl

This tart cherry post workout protein bowl was created in partnership with Cherry Marketing Institute. All opinions are our own. Do you plan the foods you eat after a workout? We hadn’t until now, but we recently learned that to help your muscles and energy recover, you should eat foods that contain both carbohydrates and protein within two hours of your exercise session. With this info in tow, we set about to create a recipe around the theme of workout recovery using tart cherries, since they’re known for helping to recover after exercise. While this might look like a simple bowl of yogurt with random fixings, we’ve picked each component in this bowl for a specific reason: Montmorency tart cherries: Studies suggest that Montmorency tart cherries may help you recover faster from exercise, decrease muscle pain and damage. Tart cherries contain compounds called anthocyanins, which block inflammation while preventing muscle damage. Greek yogurt: Plain yogurt recommended for post-workout recovery since it’s primarily made up of protein and carbohydrate content. (It also has healthy bacterial cultures that are good for your digestive system and overall well-being.) Dried apricots are high in protein. Pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, almonds, and cashews are high […]

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Roasted Smashed Potatoes with White Balsamic Reduction

Roasted Smashed Potatoes with White Balsamic Reduction

This post was created in partnership with Alessi Foods. All opinions are our own. You may remember that we’re huge fans of Italy: both the place and the cuisine. We spent our honeymoon in Rome and the Amalfi Coast, then returned 7 years later to repeat the trip (see our photos here and here). The food is unbeatable, and much of our recipe inspiration comes from Italian flavors and approach. Balsamic reductions are typical Italy. If you’ve ever tasted one, you’ll know eye-popping taste: sweet on the front end, tart on the backend, and complex with both fruity and dark notes. It’s syrupy drizzle that’s created by boiling down vinegar until it becomes sweet and thick. Balsamic reductions can be used on literally anything: salads, roasted meats, fresh fruit, desserts, and cheese plates. The Alessi Foods line, descended from a Sicilian family business started in the 1900’s, has a new line of reductions made with only a handful of ingredients and without artificial thickeners. Alessi sent this white balsamic reduction and challenged us to be creative with our use of it. We came up with this: crispy and salty roasted smashed potatoes, paired with the fruity, nuanced sweet drizzle and […]

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Our Adoption Story: Larson Ames

Our Adoption Story: Larson Ames

One month ago, we brought home a beautiful baby boy, the ending to a long journey of wondering how our family would start. Alex and I want to thank every one of you who have offered kind words of encouragement and prayers over years, and for your rejoicing over our announcement of Larson. Today, we’re sharing a bit about Larson’s birth story. We are utterly grateful to his birth mother Mariah: first of all for the gift of Larson, and second for being open to sharing his and her story. (If you’re new to our story,  see these posts on cancer, miscarriage, adoption, and uncertainty.) Another big thank you to our dear and talented friend Kelley Jordan Photography for capturing all shots of us and Larson (except the hospital shots taken by Alex). What is Larson’s birth story? It’s a Sunday in February, the day exactly between my birthday and Alex’s. We’re drinking coffee. I casually glance down at my phone. It’s our birth mama, Mariah, our fourth birth mom after three adoptions that fell through in the past year. We’ve been matched for five months, after Mariah choose our story in a book made by our adoption agency. Twice, we’d […]

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Mediterranean Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Mediterranean Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own. “Are you considering becoming a creative person? Too late, you already are one. If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.” -Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic When I was in kindergarten, I entered a coloring contest. It was about eating healthy foods. Since it was the 1980s, the approach at the time was very food pyramid-centric. I drew a bunch of different “healthy” foods that I knew of in different categories: vegetables, dairy, meats, and so forth. My drawing ended up winning the kindergarten division, and it was displayed for all the school to see. The thing was, I was pretty uninspired with the whole thing. I drew it because it was an assignment. I did not feel creative about it in the least. The food pyramid seemed like a limiting set of rules set forth by the school and government. Cooking and eating healthy foods in my mind was B-O-R-I-N-G. To this day, I have the same feeling about programs that try to tell me how to eat healthy. Lists and check boxes don’t work for me. What does work? Creative freedom. I love eating beautiful, colorful, delicious food. […]

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Fudgy Vegan Brownies

Fudgy Vegan Brownies

The day before our son was born, we made these brownies. We had no idea that the next day, our lives would change forever. I had just interviewed my pal Laura Wright on our podcast, and she told me about these fantastic brownies from her new The First Mess cookbook that were vegan, gluten-free, and seriously fudgy. Intrigued, I made them that morning for a dinner party that evening. We gathered around the table with two dear couples and ate vegetarian gyros while their two-year-old sons ran around and threw dinosaurs to each other in our living room. We laughed and drank caipirinhas and ate fudgy vegan brownies. And like Laura promised, they were very, very fudgy (the kids loved them). The next day we woke up and over our morning coffee I glanced at my phone. It was a text from our birth mama: “Hey I’m in the hospital. They think I’m in labor.” Whhhhhhaaat?! Alex and I looked at each other. My heart went through the roof. We scrambled around the house packing a bag for the hospital (or, Alex packed and I paced in circles). Fast forward a few days and we were back from the hospital […]

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