What to Cook This June

Why is this year is going by so quickly? Watching our baby grow bigger makes me acutely aware of the days going by, though the months are…

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Why is this year is going by so quickly? Watching our baby grow bigger makes me acutely aware of the days going by, though the months are a blur since the nights are still so long.

I’m also watching my dog, Cookie, grow older. A few weeks ago, I realized that she can’t hear me any more. She’s not feeling well at the moment and I’m working with the vets to get her better. Cookie is approximately fourteen years old now, and we’re having more conversations about her quality of life. Watching her slow down makes my heart ache and I’m loving on her as much as possible. I know she has a lot of fans here, so I wanted to fill you in. Send her some love if you will?

This month, seasonal produce options are expanding to include fresh fruit like blueberries and strawberries, rhubarb and cherries. I think I’ll make a crisp soon—the only question is which kind (blueberry, mixed berry or strawberry rhubarb?). Asparagus and spring peas are on the decline, so get them while you can. Stay well!

Avocado

Mexican avocado dip recipe

Creamy Avocado Dip

Gluten free and vegan

“Another dinner success! This was surprisingly tasty. I honestly passed this up thinking “eh” but then my friends had a fiesta dinner and I was dying for an excuse not to eat their steak or ground beef tacos so I made the refried beans for my tacos. Tonight I made the avocado sauce and pickled onions with it….YUM. And super easy!!” – Erin

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What to Cook This May

May is here! The trees are greener by the day and I’m thriving on the abundant sunshine. Baby Grace is happy, wiggly, and giggly. She’s an enthusiastic…

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May is here! The trees are greener by the day and I’m thriving on the abundant sunshine. Baby Grace is happy, wiggly, and giggly. She’s an enthusiastic and adventurous little eater so far. Cookie is recovering well from a minor paw-under-stroller accident. Life is good.

After last year’s failed tomato seedlings, I’ve given up on growing our garden from seed. Grace and I picked out this year’s tomato, pepper and basil plants this week, with an emphasis on yellow tomatoes since we decided we like those best. She plucked a few basil leaves off the plant to munch on before I even knew what was happening!

We have a couple of holidays coming up. For Cinco de Mayo, browse Mexican recipes here (start with the guacamole and margaritas). For Mother’s Day, check out my spring brunch roundup.

The farmers’ markets will become more colorful each week this month. Below, you’ll find some of my favorite spring recipes so we can make the most of our fresh produce.

Asparagus

Roasted asparagus with lemon and Parmesan is a beautiful side dish! - cookieandkate.com

Perfect Roasted Asparagus

Gluten free and easily vegan (skip the cheese)

“This is an easy and very tasty way to prepare asparagus. I could eat it every day. My 8 year old loves it too. I add parmesan and lemon. I roast the asparagus in my oven for 9 minutes. Thank you for the recipe!” – Anna

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What to Cook This April

Spring is here, daffodils and all, and I’m just thrilled about it. It’s Grace’s first spring, which makes it feel extra special. So far this year has…

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Spring is here, daffodils and all, and I’m just thrilled about it. It’s Grace’s first spring, which makes it feel extra special. So far this year has been a bust for professional productivity but it has been one of the most fulfilling personally. Can you imagine getting anything done when you’re surrounded by this level of cuteness on a daily basis?

baby and puppy - do not distribute

Clover the Labrador turned one year old today. She’s wiggly and silly and definitely Grace’s favorite of our three dogs. I ran out of patience with Clover as a little puppy—Labs are adorable in calendars, sure, but I’ll never forget her little piranha teeth coming for me. She has learned the finer points of kitchen cleanup from Cookie and she’s finally calm enough to snuggle. We’re glad she’s here.

You’re here for recipes and I have many to share with you. April brings more seasonal produce to the table, including asparagus, beets and peas. You’ll find the full list below, and even more spring recipes here!

Asparagus

This vegetable stir-fry recipe comes together in no time! To turn this side dish into a complete meal, serve it with brown rice and your choice of protein.

Spring Veggie Stir-Fry

Easily gluten free and vegan

“Love this stir-fry! I have made it several times now, all with different vegetables, and it has turned out great every time. So delicious and full of flavor. Thanks!” – Kiara

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What to Cook This March

I’m so glad we made it to March. It feels like full-blown spring outside already and I am loving it. Asparagus is on its way and we’ll finally…

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I’m so glad we made it to March. It feels like full-blown spring outside already and I am loving it. Asparagus is on its way and we’ll finally have more fresh fruits and vegetables to work with this month. New recipes will be slow around here, but I have tons of fun spring recipes in the archives and you’ll see more featured below.

This is the space where I share links from time to time, and I’m super excited to share that one of my closest friends (you’ve seen her in the pages of my cookbook) wrote a wonderful children’s book! And my mom is organizing a free virtual summit for parents, with leading parenting experts speaking on mindfulness and more.

Have a great day, and happy cooking.

Asparagus

Simple, vegetarian Thai green curry recipe featuring asparagus, carrots and spinach! cookieandkate.com

Thai Green Curry with Spring Vegetables

Easily gluten free and vegan

“I made this for dinner tonight and it was the best green curry I have ever had, better than our favorite restaurant where we get it. So thankful I found this recipe so I can make it at home. Thanks so much for sharing, it was absolutely delicious!!!” – Ashley

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What to Cook This February

Where did January go? We’re well over here. We got caught in a time warp known as the four-month sleep regression, but we’ve made it to the…

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Where did January go? We’re well over here. We got caught in a time warp known as the four-month sleep regression, but we’ve made it to the other side.

Baby Grace is a marvel and my greatest delight. She’s smiling and babbling next to me while I type. I’m contemplating childcare, how much and when to start, or could I just learn to put her down while she naps? I have more recipes for you, I swear, and more percolating in my mind that I want to test properly.

Target store

Here’s a January highlight—we made a rare excursion to the nearest Target store so I could see my cookbook for sale! I bought a copy and brought it back to the car to show Grace. We read lots of books these days, but I hadn’t thought to show her mine. She’ll appreciate it someday, I hope.

When my agent and I were looking for a publisher for my cookbook, they all told us that vegetarian books have “limited potential.” You have proven them wrong! It’s such a thrill to see my book at Target and even more so to know that you are putting it to good use in your kitchen.

Thank you so much, and happy cooking. Here are more seasonal recipes to enjoy this month!

Broccoli

single serving of healthy broccoli salad recipe

Favorite Broccoli Salad

Gluten-free option and vegan option

“Sooooo good! My husband and I devoured a whole batch of this for dinner (And I usually hate raw broccoli) I made second batch right away and put it in the fridge to marinate for tomorrow!” – Rachel

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What to Cook This January

Let’s hear it for the new year! Despite its many trials and tribulations, 2021 forever changed our lives for the better. We settled into our new home,…

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What to cook this January

Let’s hear it for the new year! Despite its many trials and tribulations, 2021 forever changed our lives for the better. We settled into our new home, added a third pup (Clover the Labrador) to our dog family, and the most magical change of all—our daughter Grace arrived in September. Our hearts have expanded tenfold.

Four months after Grace’s arrival, I’m still soaking up maternity leave and sharing recipes that I photographed last summer over my growing belly. Grace will start eating solid foods in just a couple of short months, and I’ll get back into the kitchen with a renewed focus on weeknight dinner recipes. We could all use more of those, right?

If you’re looking for wholesome, satisfying, veggie-packed recipes, you’re in the right place. You’ll find a bunch of them in my guide to seasonal produce below. For in-depth resources and tips on how to eat real food, be sure to check out my cookbook, Love Real Food. It’s currently for sale in Target stores, too—a dream come true!

Cheers to a healthy and happy 2022. Thank you so much for being here.

Beets

roasted beet arugula salad recipe

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Pistachios

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This salad is delicious! Made it tonight and it was just as good as a beet salad that I would typically order at a local restaurant. Will definitely make it again!” – Heather

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What to Cook This December

December has arrived, and our minimal holiday decorations are half up. The rest are spilling into the living room, but with a newborn at home, there’s no…

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December recipes

December has arrived, and our minimal holiday decorations are half up. The rest are spilling into the living room, but with a newborn at home, there’s no telling when I’ll put the ornaments on the tree. It’ll be a wonder if I manage to keep the tree watered through Christmas. Such is life lately.

Our baby girl is growing so big. Grace weighed a mere six pounds at birth, and she’s more than doubled in size since then. All the clichés are true and I want to freeze time. Can you tell I’m crying?

Some good news about Cookie! It’s been one year since her lymphoma diagnosis and she has defied the odds. We removed her problematic lymph node, she’s off chemo and seems stable. She’s been experiencing some nausea lately, though. We think it’s due to a benign growth, so we’re trying to treat that this month. It’s difficult to make health decisions for a little being who can’t tell me what she wants. I’m doing my best to keep her comfortable and happy. She’s still smiling, so I feel that we’re making the right calls.

Below, you’ll find a collection of healthy seasonal recipes to carry us through December. If you’re shopping for gifts in the twenty dollar range, I hear that my cookbook makes a great one. Stay well, eat well, and happy holidays!

Apples

Gluten-free apple crisp recipe, perfect for the holidays!

Simple Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe notes)

“Amazing recipe (as always!!). I followed exactly, including the 2 tbsp of water and 2 whisky (Canada) as per recommendations. I used Courtland apples and also added the Greek yogurt to the topping which I have never done in a crumble and it was amazing. Honestly best crumble hands down (GF or otherwise!)” – Giselle

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What to Cook This November

We’re barreling straight toward the holiday season, can you believe it? Below, you’ll find plenty of seasonal recipes that will sustain you between yesterday’s Halloween candy and…

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We’re barreling straight toward the holiday season, can you believe it? Below, you’ll find plenty of seasonal recipes that will sustain you between yesterday’s Halloween candy and your Thanksgiving feast.

With a newborn at home, I think we’ll keep our holiday festivities small, but I’m looking forward to them more than ever. Baby Grace is snoozing on my chest now—she still insists on being held, and I’m happy to oblige.

As such, I may not publish all of the recipes I intended to this year. I promise that I’ll get them to you as soon as I find the time! I hope you find some new-to-you favorites in this post. Stay warm, well and cozy out there.

Apples

Simple apple oatmeal recipe made with steel-cut oats! The oats and apples cook together in the same pot. It's a healthy and delicious fall breakfast. cookieandkate.com

Apple Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Gluten free and vegan (see notes)

“We made the apple oatmeal on this cool morning here in Kansas…and it was perfect. Topped it with some almond butter and a swirl of maple syrup. My 3 year old ate most of my portion along with his. So, kid friendly, as well! Another recipe well done!” – Jamie

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What to Cook This October

Pardon the delay—this monthly post is arriving late because I had a baby! To our surprise, Grace arrived ten days earlier than expected. The past month has…

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Pardon the delay—this monthly post is arriving late because I had a baby! To our surprise, Grace arrived ten days earlier than expected. The past month has been the sweetest and sleepiest of my life, and those ten days feel like bonus days in a lifetime with our girl. Here she is:

our baby

Grace is snoozing next to me now as we enjoy the fall breeze through our open window. This is our first fall in our new neighborhood and I love pushing the stroller under the changing trees. After a stressful summer (a stressful nine months, really), we’re ready for this new season.

Fall is for warm apple crisp, hearty chili, my favorite pumpkin bread, and red wine—finally!—by the fire. You’ll find a bunch of seasonal recipes to enjoy below.

Apples

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Healthy Apple Muffins

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“Made them this morning with one Granny Smith and one Macintosh. Your recipe is fantastic! The rose so well, made a beautiful crust and were nice and tender inside. Taste was great!” – Pierre

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What to Cook This September

September is when summer and fall produce collide at the farmers’ market. It’s the best of both worlds, which is why this list is a long one.…

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what to cook this september

September is when summer and fall produce collide at the farmers’ market. It’s the best of both worlds, which is why this list is a long one.

I propose that we make good use of all the tomatoes, corn and peaches while we still can. I have a few more warm weather recipes that I can’t wait to share with you!

Links lately:

Apples

Crisp Apple & Kohlrabi Salad

Crispy Apple & Kohlrabi Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this salad last night ahead of time, and added the toasted seeds and cheese (gruyere) at serving time. It’s so delicious! I also traded the tarragon for mint. I will use this recipe whenever I get kohlrabi in my CSA box. Thanks!” – Erin

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