Olive Oil Rice Crispy Treats

Gooey, chewy, and naturally dairy free, these olive oil rice crispy treats use extra virgin olive oil in place of the typical butter. This twist on a classic is just as easy as the original, it simply replaces the butter with extra virgin olive oil. You get a hint of that lovely olive oil flavor […]

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Gooey, chewy, and naturally dairy free, these olive oil rice crispy treats use extra virgin olive oil in place of the typical butter.

This twist on a classic is just as easy as the original, it simply replaces the butter with extra virgin olive oil. You get a hint of that lovely olive oil flavor in the final product, plus a touch of sea salt to really make the flavors sing.

Stack of Olive Oil Rice Krispie Treats on a marble trivet, gray background with mini marshmallows and glass of olive oil in the background.

Another recipe from the archives that deserved a makeover. This one first published back in 2012 when I celebrated the blog’s 5th birthday with a lime green extravaganza. I had an equally fun party for #10, but alas, with things as they were last year I neglected to celebrate year 15 as I rightfully should have. Maybe we’ll need to have a extra sweet sixteen celebration this February?

Anyway. The original olive oil rice krispies treat recipe is basically the recipe on the mini marshmallow bag, simply swapping the butter for olive oil and adding a pinch of sea salt.

The updated recipe, on the other hand, is thicker, softer, and with a few whole marshmallows folded in at the end for good measure.

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Kale & Farro Salad with Sourdough Breadcrumbs

This hearty kale salad is anything but boring: tossed with tangy lemon and flavorful pecorino cheese and topped with nutty farro, crunchy sourdough breadcrumbs, and tart dried barberries. The addition of nutritious farro makes this salad suitable as a meal unto itself, perfect for lunch or a light dinner, though it’s also lovely served as […]

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This hearty kale salad is anything but boring: tossed with tangy lemon and flavorful pecorino cheese and topped with nutty farro, crunchy sourdough breadcrumbs, and tart dried barberries.

The addition of nutritious farro makes this salad suitable as a meal unto itself, perfect for lunch or a light dinner, though it’s also lovely served as a side salad alongside some grilled chicken or seared steak.

As our friend Richard used to say… it’s delicious AND nutritious!

Two dark gray bowls of Kale & Farro Salad with Sourdough Breadcrumbs on a dark gray background, loaf of sourdough bread in the background.

The base of this kale salad recipe comes from the Six Seasons cookbook, and it’s one we’ve made many, many times (it’s one of the few kale salad recipes I actually like).

While the original recipe is near perfect, we wanted to make it a bit more substantial and filling as a meal in and of itself, hence the addition of farro. We also used homemade sourdough for the breadcrumbs, added barberries, and tweaked the process a little bit (adding the cheese separately versus mixing it all together makes for more even distribution and less clumps). Also, twice as much cheese and garlic (as you do).

This recipe works with any kind of kale; the original calls for lacinato (the darker, dino-skin looking stuff); we used curly kale here since I love the texture and lift: it doesn’t collapse under the weight of the farro.

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grilled nectarines with gorgonzola and hazelnuts

Listen, I don’t make the rules. These things aren’t rational. But at some point over our vacation in Scotland — a time when we mostly consumed fish and chips, more chips, steak pie, also with chips, a detail that I’m sure is unrela…

Listen, I don’t make the rules. These things aren’t rational. But at some point over our vacation in Scotland — a time when we mostly consumed fish and chips, more chips, steak pie, also with chips, a detail that I’m sure is unrelated — I began intensely craving the combination of peaches and blue cheese even though I can’t think of a time when they’ve crossed paths in my kitchen. Once we got home, I beelined for Salad Freak by Jess Damuck [Amazon, Bookshop, More Indies], a cookbook that came out this spring, because I had a hunch she’d put the idea in my head and sure enough, she had a combination of stone fruit and blue cheese waiting to fulfill my wayward vacation craving.

If you are thinking you don’t need a cookbook for salads, as I might have in the past, I’m here to tell you how wrong we are. We do, if not for exact measurements then for inspiration. For more creative ways to throw together what’s left in your fridge so nothing goes to waste. And to figure out what to eat when you’re in the third heat wave [fourth? fifth? heat waves are just a continuum now, aren’t they?] of the summer and everything you thought you’d want to cook in August no longer makes sense because it’s too hot to cook. Damuck’s book has us covered. There’s a breakfast salad with yogurt, cucumbers, eggs, and toasted seeds. There are soba salads and shredded kale salads and tortellini salads dressings with miso-mayo and horseradish goat cheese and a BBQ chicken cobb beloved by Snoop Dogg and every single thing is just a little bit unexpected and delivering the freshness I need right now.

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buttered noodles for frances

For the last four weeks my son, the child who actually likes and encourages my cooking, has been at sleepaway camp, leaving us home alone with the one I affectionately call Buttered Noodles for Frances. Have you read the book? [Amazon, Booksho…

For the last four weeks my son, the child who actually likes and encourages my cooking, has been at sleepaway camp, leaving us home alone with the one I affectionately call Buttered Noodles for Frances. Have you read the book? [Amazon, Bookshop, more indies] In it, a very picky badger named Frances doesn’t want to eat any of the food her mother makes, she only wants bread and jam. Her parents decide to give her exactly what she wants while the rest of the family eats poached eggs, green beans, and breaded veal cutlets. It does the trick — she tires of it and begins to embrace what the rest of the family is eating. Well la-de-da, good for them. Our badger is cut from more stubborn cloth. After the first week of trying to serve regular meals — food with variety and interest, the kind of stuff you might find on any page of the site but this one — I gave up and made buttered noodles every night. I want you to know that on what might be the sixth or sixteenth day, I’ve stopped counting, she has yet to request anything else.

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Panko Sesame Chicken Tenders

Crispy pan-fried chicken tenders coated with crunchy panko breadcrumbs and sesame seeds; they’re perfect dipped in a tangy sriracha mayo or sliced and served atop a crisp romaine salad. This easy dinner recipe is a sure crowd pleaser for adults and kids alike: with a coating of panko breadcrumbs and both black and white sesame […]

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Crispy pan-fried chicken tenders coated with crunchy panko breadcrumbs and sesame seeds; they’re perfect dipped in a tangy sriracha mayo or sliced and served atop a crisp romaine salad.

This easy dinner recipe is a sure crowd pleaser for adults and kids alike: with a coating of panko breadcrumbs and both black and white sesame seeds that is then pan-fried to crispy perfection.

Panko Sesame Chicken Tenders in a bowl with lettuce and dipping sauce, bowls of salad topped with cut up tenders in the background

What’s for dinner?

Are you sick of that question yet?

Sometimes it feels like life is an endless cycle of figuring out what to cook for dinner, actually cooking it, cleaning up, then starting all over again.

Not to mention when you think a recipe is going to be easy and it turns into a 3-hour ordeal that’s mediocre at best (honestly if I’m going to cook for 3 hours straight the results better be phenomenal).

This isn’t one of those recipes, I promise. It really is quick. I clocked it at 45 minutes even though it’s probably less than that, but if there’s anything I hate it’s recipes that exclude the prep and cleanup in their staunch claims of “30 minutes or less!”

So, there you have one day’s dinner solved. It’s a start, right?

Plate with scattered Panko Sesame Chicken Tenders

This recipe is based on our sesame-crusted tofu recipe, which is one of our personal favorites (not to mention our all-time favorite way to prepare tofu). For those who cry ‘ew texture’ when it comes to tofu, giving it a miraculously crispy coating is a surefire way to make it enjoyable for everyone.

We love that tofu recipe so much, I wanted to see if the same idea could be applied to chicken too (spoiler alert: it can).

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crispy cabbage and cauliflower salad

This salad is not cute. You don’t need to tell it; it’s sensitive about these things. But like any wallflower about to be revealed as the babe it always was in a teen movie, it’s going to prove your skepticism unwarranted whe…

This salad is not cute. You don’t need to tell it; it’s sensitive about these things. But like any wallflower about to be revealed as the babe it always was in a teen movie, it’s going to prove your skepticism unwarranted when you stand in the kitchen and eat an entire sheet pan of crispy vegetables. I cannot stop making it. And I cannot stop finishing the whole thing when I do. It’s been like this since I first made it in December, which means I’m about 7 weeks overdue to share it here. I’d spotted a roasted cabbage salad on one of Justine Snack’s delicious Reels. I’ve made roasted cabbage wedge salads, but I loved that this was already in bite-sized pieces and a tahini dressing is perfection here. In my kitchen, I used a less sweet, more lemony tahini dressing with garlic that’s my go-to and added bite-sized pieces cauliflower for more bulk.

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Yogurt Parfaits

Here’s a deliciously easy breakfast and brunch idea: the Yogurt Parfait! This layered cup looks fancy but takes minutes to…

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Here’s a deliciously easy breakfast and brunch idea: the Yogurt Parfait! This layered cup looks fancy but takes minutes to make.

Yogurt Parfait

Looking for an easy breakfast or brunch idea? Try this Berry & Yogurt Parfait! Layer Greek yogurt, berries and peanut butter granola in a glass, and looks loads fancier than it actually is. We’ve been making these for years, but here’s our latest favorite spin. It’s like an elevated spin on the MacDonald’s version that tastes more pure and real (and less sugary). Try this Greek yogurt parfait for a fancy brunch, or a quick make-ahead breakfast!

Ingredients in this yogurt parfait

This yogurt parfait is quick and easy to layer up: ideal for simple breakfasts. But it looks so stunning, it’s great for brunches too! Here’s what you’ll need for the ingredients:

  • Peanut Butter Granola, Crispy Homemade Granola, or other purchased granola (as high quality as you can find)
  • Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Fresh berries: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc
Yogurt Parfait

Why use frozen berries?

Why use frozen strawberries here? Can you use all fresh berries, or all frozen berries? Here’s what to know:

  • Frozen berries help to make a sauce. Defrosting the frozen berries makes a nice fruity sauce to mix with maple syrup to flavor the berries. Again, it’s got a vibe of that McDonald’s fruit and yogurt parfait.
  • Frozen are also cheaper. It’s a little cheaper than buying 2 cups of fresh berries.
  • But you can use all fresh berries or all frozen! Whatever works for you! You can also make a fruit compote with frozen berries: see below.

Greek yogurt vs plain yogurt

Our favorite yogurt to use in general is Greek yogurt, but you can use plain yogurt too! Here are a few notes on making a Greek yogurt parfait:

  • Greek yogurt is thick and creamy, with a delicious tang. The flavor really is superior to plain yogurt.
  • Greek yogurt has lots of health benefits: it’s high in protein and can aid in gut health.
  • Substitute plain yogurt if you like. Then follow the recipe below to add maple syrup and cinnamon to flavor it.
Yogurt Parfait

Variations on a yogurt parfait

You can use many different options for the fruit in this yogurt parfait! We love it with berries, but the sky’s the limit here. Here a few ideas for mixing it up:

Granola to use

The granola in these yogurt parfaits is important. Because it’s such a simple recipe, it’s important to use the best quality granola you can find. If you purchase the granola, find a high quality, artisan-style granola. Or make it homemade! Here’s what to know:

Make ahead instructions for a yogurt parfait

Want to make yogurt parfaits as a make-ahead breakfast? It’s a great option for making ahead, but there’s one important thing to know:

  • You can make yogurt parfaits ahead up to 4 days in advance.
  • The granola becomes soggy after a few hours. If you’re making for make ahead breakfasts, layer the parfait without the granola. Then add it right before serving!
Yogurt Parfait

More easy breakfast recipes

Want to start the day on the right foot? Here are our top easy breakfast recipes:

This Greek yogurt parfait recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Yogurt parfait

Yogurt Parfaits


Description

Here’s a deliciously easy breakfast and brunch idea: the Yogurt Parfait! This layered cup looks fancy but takes minutes to make.


Ingredients

  • ½ cup Peanut Butter Granola, Crispy Homemade Granola, or purchased granola
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (or plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries*
  • 1 cup fresh berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or a mix
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix the Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and the vanilla.
  2. Defrost the strawberries in the microwave, keeping the juice that releases as they thaw (optional if using frozen). Stir together with the fresh berries, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, and 1 pinch cinnamon.
  3. In each glass, layer ½ cup yogurt, a sprinkle berries and granola, ½ cup yogurt, and another sprinkle berries and granola. Serve immediately. Make ahead instructions: You can also store for up to 4 days, but the granola becomes soggy. If you’re making for make ahead breakfasts, layer it without the granola and add it right before serving.

Notes

*Defrosting the frozen berries helps to make a juicy sauce for all of the berries. But substitute fresh strawberries if you like!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Yogurt parfait

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Healthy Breakfast Sandwich

This healthy breakfast sandwich is an easy way to start the day with veggies and protein! The spinach feta filling…

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This healthy breakfast sandwich is an easy way to start the day with veggies and protein! The spinach feta filling is hearty and satisfying.

Healthy breakfast sandwich

Need easy breakfast ideas? Here’s a quick and satisfying way to start the day with veggies and protein: this Healthy Breakfast Sandwich! It’s easy to load up mornings with sugar (granola, muffins, pancakes…you know the heavy hitters). This savory idea always satisfies. The spinach feta filling is full of hearty flavor, and it’s topped off with mashed avocado for more healthy fats. Even better: you can whip it up in under 10 minutes.

Ingredients in this healthy breakfast sandwich

The breakfast sandwich is an endlessly customizable concept: and honestly, we could eat it for every meal! This one we wanted to keep simple and pure, with a focus on healthy veggies and ease of assembly. You’ll be surprised by the amount of flavor packed in by the ingredients. There’s no need for bacon or sausage here: the flavor holds up on its own! Here are the basic ingredients you’ll need:

  • Whole grain English muffin
  • Egg
  • Olive oil, salt, and garlic powder
  • Baby spinach
  • Feta cheese
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
Healthy breakfast sandwich

Tips on cooking the sandwich

This healthy breakfast sandwich relies on vegetables and eggs for savory, hearty flavor. You can add even more fun swaps and variations below to bring in even more intrigue, if you like. Here are a few tips to note before you head to the recipe below:

  • Use one egg for a low calorie sandwich, or use two for a more filling sandwich. Two eggs makes more than enough volume, so you can get away with one especially if you like light breakfasts like we do.
  • Cook the spinach and eggs in a thin circle, then fold it twice. Folding the eggs up and over makes a sort of wedge shape: it gives height and texture to the sandwich.
  • Use feta as a low calorie option with big flavor. Just 1 tablespoon of feta brings in quite a bit of flavor, and is a healthier option than the classic American or cheddar cheese.
Healthy breakfast sandwich

Swaps and variations

There are lots of ways to mix up flavors in this healthy breakfast sandwich! Here are a few more ideas:

  • Use bagel thins instead of the English muffin (we like O’Doughs bagel thins, which are gluten free and vegan)
  • Use other sauteed veggies: chop them very thinly in order to achieve the folded wedge shape
  • Mix salsa into the mashed avocado, or use purchased guacamole instead
  • Add hot sauce (like Cholula)

More healthy breakfast ideas

Looking for more ideas for wholesome ways to start the day? Try these healthy breakfast ideas:

This healthy breakfast sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bagel thins like O’Doughs. For dairy-free, omit the cheese. For vegan, use this tofu scramble as the filling.

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Healthy Breakfast Sandwich


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This healthy breakfast sandwich is an easy way to start the day with veggies and protein! The spinach feta filling is hearty and satisfying.


Ingredients

  • 1 whole grain English muffin (or bagel thins: we like gluten-free O’Doughs)
  • 1 egg (or 2 eggs, for a more filling sandwich)
  • 3 pinches kosher salt, divided
  • 1 drizzle olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups baby spinach (or chopped spinach)
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon feta cheese
  • 1 slice tomato
  • 1/4 ripe avocado, mashed

Instructions

  1. Toast the English muffin.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg and add 1 pinch salt and fresh ground pepper. Add a drizzle olive oil to a very small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and 1 pinch each salt and garlic powder, and cook until it is wilted, about 2 minutes. Spread the spinach to cover the bottom of the pan. Pour in egg, adjusting it with a spatula so it covers the entire bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with the feta cheese and cook, without flipping, for about 2 minutes until mostly set. Once mostly set, fold the egg in half, then in half again to make a wedge.
  3. Mash the avocado with another pinch salt, and spread it on the top half of the English muffin. Add the last pinch of salt to the tomato slice. Place the eggs on the bottom of the English muffin, then add the eggs, tomato, and top half of the English muffin. Enjoy immediately.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Healthy breakfast sandwich

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Easy Refried Black Bean Tacos

These refried black bean tacos are a perfect quick and easy vegetarian dinner. Made with canned black beans and pickled jalapeños, they’re packed with flavor and serve as the perfect foundation for your favorite taco toppings. This is one of those recipes you’ll come back to time and time again; it really is as quick […]

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These refried black bean tacos are a perfect quick and easy vegetarian dinner. Made with canned black beans and pickled jalapeños, they’re packed with flavor and serve as the perfect foundation for your favorite taco toppings.

This is one of those recipes you’ll come back to time and time again; it really is as quick and easy as it claims, not to mention perfect if you’re trying to eat less meat, but don’t want to sacrifice on flavor.

Three folded Easy Refried Black Bean Tacos on a white plate, with big dollops of sour cream and other toppings

There is no shortage of black bean taco recipes on this site, it being one of our favorite fillings for meat-free tacos.

But these black bean tacos, which involve a quick refried-style black bean filling made from canned black beans and flavored with spices and pickled jalapeños, may just be our favorite. Served with your choice of toppings in a soft flour or corn tortilla, they really are a perfect vegetarian weeknight main that checks all the boxes.

Choose your toppings accordingly and they can even be vegan!

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4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

I’ve been making peanut butter blossom cookies since I was a kid – a peanut butter cookie dough, rolled in sugar & baked then adorned with a hershey’s kiss chocolate whilst still warm. They have that perfect combo of salty peanut …

I’ve been making peanut butter blossom cookies since I was a kid – a peanut butter cookie dough, rolled in sugar & baked then adorned with a hershey’s kiss chocolate whilst still warm. They have that perfect combo of salty peanut butter and sweet milk chocolate but, since Hershey’s kisses are hard to come by …

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