Ancient Grains & Veggie Bowl

If you haven’t been to True Food Kitchen, it’s quite the experience for your palate. Based on the anti-inflammatory diet, TFK brings you great flavors, healthy selections, and many vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options.

After going with my mom and sister, and trying an array of different dishes, I was inspired by the Ancient Grains Bowl. There are so many wonderful flavors and beautiful colors. You’ll love eating this bowl, just as much as you love making it.


Grains/Rice blend (I used Farro, Brown Rice, Wild Rice)
2 Sweet Potatoes, cubed
Handful of Brussel Sprouts, thinly sliced
Red Onion, thinly sliced
Handful of Snap Peas
Avocado, diced
Sesame Seeds, to taste
Soy Sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Spices of liking

Start by cubing sweet potatoes. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. When oven reaches 300 degrees, place sweet potatoes in the oven, approximately 45 minutes (or until soft).  Meanwhile, cook rice/grain blend according to the package. Set aside once cooked.

Slice onions and brussel sprouts. Toss in a pan over the stovetop, saute with a drizzle of olive oil and soy sauce (add as much as you like). Caramelize and set aside.

Rinse snap peas, dice the avocado.

Once everything is cooked, prepare the grains bowl. Start with the rice/grain blend, and add veggies. I prefer to add my veggies around the grains, so I can savor every bite. Either way, you can’t go wrong.


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summertime essentials

It’s summertime and that means we will be spending most of our days outside. I love going on adventures with my babes but with two littles, we bring a lot of stuff. Diaper bag, snacks, toys, sunscreen, bathing suits, sunglasses, water… you get the picture.

Through lots of trial & error, I’ve finally found my favorite summertime essentials. From playground to sprayground, I’ve got you covered:

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Logan & Lenora Classic Wet Bag: You can never have too many wet/dry bags. A classy solution to everyday messes, the wet/dry bag fits up to five cloth diapers or a mix of wet clothes, swimsuits, or workout clothes. The waterproof lining will keep that mess and stink contained until you get home. Plus. it has a button strap to easily hook on to any item (stroller, backpack, etc.). Use code RUN4MARGS for 15% off your purchase.

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Gerber Lil’ Beanies: I don’t leave the house without snacks, and bonus if the snacks are in an easy-to-carry container. During a recent trip to Target, where the kids had a hunger meltdown, I grabbed a container of Gerber Lil’ Beanies (I couldn’t open the can fast enough). Coco loves beans and Lil’ Beanie’s are made from navy beans, so it was a win- win. They are baked, non-GMO, no artificial flavors/colors/preservatives, convenient, and perfect for little fingers. I may have had a few myself (shh! don’t tell anyone). Plus, the container is durable for on-the-go and I never have to worry about crumbly snacks.

Gerber Lil’ Beanies are available at major retailers, including Target, and come in 2 flavors: Original (the the flavor we love) and White Cheddar & BroccoliFullSizeRender (23)


Babyganics Sunscreen SPF 50: I love the Babyganics line but the Sunscreen is one of my favorites. The mineral based SPF formulas provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smooth (extra important with a squirmy toddler). Each item is baby-safe, made with plant-based & certified organic ingredients, and provides the most effective protection possible for sensitive skin. I mean, is anything more important?

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iPlay Swim Diaper: One of my new, favorite items for Coco this summer. iPlay Swim Diaper is just that – a swimsuit + diaper in one. So easy to pack and throw on, I never have to worry about packing a bathing suit and a swim diaper. I wish I would’ve known about these with Mr. President.

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South Block Water: I love drinking water (!!) but every-once-in-awhile I want to mix it up. Alkaline water or Coconut water to the rescue.

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Sunglasses: We spend a lot of time outside so sunglasses are a must. Babiators for the kids, Smith Optics for me.

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Small Toys: My littles love the CAT Construction mini toys – perfect for digging in the sand or playing in the water. I love them because they are small and easily fit in any bag.

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What’s in you bag for the summer? Did I miss anything?


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sweet potato bruschetta

Spring means fresh herbs in my garden.  My favorite herb – and the one I cook with most – is basil.  I feel like you can do a lot with basil, but I’m still a sucker for bruschetta.  This sweet potato bruschetta is a healthy take on the traditional kind, made with grilled sourdough bread.  I swap bread for sweet potatoes; You still get the crunch and flavor but without all of the guilt!



Olive oil spray
1 large sweet potato, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch thick ‘coins’ (unpeeled)
½ red onion, chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
½ avocado, chopped
a few sprigs of fresh basil leaves
a drizzle of balsamic glaze

Preheat oven to 450F.  Spray a baking tray with oil and spray the potato coins with the oil, being sure to coat both sides.  Lay coins flat on the tray in a single layer and season with sea salt and cracked black pepper.  Roast potato coins for 15 to 20 minutes; carefully flip coins over and roast for another 15 minutes.  Broil for 2 minutes.  In the meantime, combine onion, tomatoes and avocado in a bowl.  When the potatoes are done, remove from oven and place onto serving plates.  Top each coin with bruschetta salad mix and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, serve, and enjoy!

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