Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Dip

Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Dip

This is one of my favorite recipes from our cookbook, made better (and simpler) with a few small improvements.

It’s one of those dishes you likely always have the ingredients on hand for, making it a great appetizer or side for Mexican night and beyond. Or, if you’re just craving carbs, plop down with a bowl of this dip and some plantain chips and go to town. Happy dinner indeed!

This dish comes together in 30 minutes with simple methods.

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Matcha Bliss Balls (Plant-Based, Low Sugar)

Matcha Bliss Balls (Plant-Based, Low Sugar)

Matcha. Bliss. Balls. These are not to be missed.

In craving a matcha latte in bite form, I created these little gems and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Plus, they’re simple, plant-based, low in sugar, and grain-free. What’s not to love?!

Let me show you how it’s done!

This recipe is easy to make, requiring just 8 ingredients, 20 minutes, and 1 blender to prepare.

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Spinach Quesadillas with Spiced Pinto Beans

Overhead photograph of quesadillas on a white plate with a small white bowl of red salsa.

I’m finding myself away from home throughout the day more, which means dinner needs to happen in about 15 minutes. I’m relying on family favorites that I can easily make without fuss. These spinach quesadillas are at the top of my list. Often I’ll make a larger batch of the beans which speeds up the process but honestly, even with cooking the beans, these are fast and delicious.

The Beans

I go through phases of cooking, especially when it comes to grains and legumes. I’m constantly switching up my favorites. Right now, my cooking is all about the pinto beans (like these pinto sweet potato enchiladas). I find these beans are the perfect, creamy addition to so many meals (think like in these vegan baked beans or my favorite smoky beans).

Of course, you can easily swap out your favorite bean. Black beans are the next obvious but I’ve also been known to use small white beans for their similar soft and creamy texture.

Greens. Greens. Greens.

To be honest, I use spinach out of sheer laziness. There’s an ease that comes with putting raw spinach in with the beans and cheese then have it come out tender and cooked. I do this with pizza and enchiladas too. I could probably make a case for doing this with most recipes.

However, I know greens can be one of those items that you always need recipes for. So, saute some kale or chard and add to the bean mixture. Of course, other items work well too. Sweet corn, shaved summer squash, tomatoes, and/or cooked sweet potatoes are just a few of my favorites.

Vegan (Yeah, I said vegan)

Here’s the thing: you could leave the cheese out of this. The creamy beans and greens could easily hold the tortillas together. This is also a solid time to add some smashed avocado or even hummus to the mix (it sounds strange but think of some chipotle hummus- so good!)


Finally, we use a lot of flour tortillas in our house but you could easily make this with gluten-free tortillas. Find some at your local grocery store or make your own. I have a version for an amaranth one that my friend Alanna shared on her site.

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Easy Romesco Sauce (7 Ingredients!)

Easy Romesco Sauce (7 Ingredients!)

Romesco sauce is something I discovered a few years ago when writing our Everyday Cooking Cookbook.

We had a lovely market near our apartment at the time, and they had this creamy red sauce that didn’t have dairy called romesco. I was shocked. I’d never seen something so beautiful that tasted so creamy and wonderful that didn’t have dairy! I had to investigate.

Romesco sauce is an incredibly simple sauce that originated in Spain, is incredibly versatile, and typically starts with roasted tomatoes.

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cabbage Slaw (30 Minutes!)

Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cabbage Slaw (30 Minutes!)

Summer weather is upon us in our part of the world and that means one thing to us: Grilling season!

These grilled fish tacos are my take on the fish tacos we’ve enjoyed while traveling to beach towns where the fish is fresh, the tortillas tender, and the salsa light and flavorful. Plus, just 10 customizable ingredients and 30 minutes required! Let’s do this.

Best Fish for Fish Tacos?

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Three Great Summer Spreads

We created these crisp bread topping recipes for a celebration last week and thought you might enjoy them too. A Swedish summer spread, a herby green pea hummus with a sting and the classic bell pepper and sunflower seed spread from our first book.