Who Cares if Chipotle Delivers? You Can Make Spicy Fish Burrito Bowls at Home!


Yesterday it was announced that Chipotle will be partnering with Postmates to deliver in 67 cities across the U.S. Taco Bell will soon be following suit.  Based on my Facebook feed (a very scientific polling system), it seems that this news came with a great deal of excitement among our generation. … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Apricots and Almonds


It’s getting a bit late in the season for slow cooker recipes.  In fact as I was walking back from the organic market where I had gone to buy dried apricots, I smelled the air and wished I’d also bought a steak to throw on the grill instead.  By the time … Continue reading

The Rock Would Approve: Honey Porter Glazed Cod Fillets


When I think “cod” I generally think fish and chips.  Apparently when Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson thinks about cod, he thinks breakfast lunch and dinner.  The internet was abuzz last week about just how much cod the Rock eats. It was ironic timing that my friend Jeanette posted this humerous … Continue reading

Baked Avocado Chicken Parmigiana & the Inaugural Cherry Blossom 9.5 Miler


So you’re thinking, “wait a minute… I’ve been running the Cherry Blossom for years!” (or alternatively, you might be thinking “I don’t care about running… hurry up and tell me about that ridiculously delicious looking chicken!” That’s fair, but you’re going to have to be patient.)  Yes, perhaps you have, but … Continue reading

Our Newest Regular: Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers (Paleo & Gluten-Free)


I’ve told you before how rarely I made a recipe twice.  I would estimate that less than 30% of my recipes get invited back to the Messy Kitchen- and many of them I actually really like!  There are just so many recipes in the big blue sea.  What I will … Continue reading

Confessions of a Homebrewer’s Wife + Spent Grain Falafel Salad


Often times I’ve said to folks “my husband and I brew beer.”  Let’s be real.  The truth of the matter is that I often request certain beers.  Occasionally I stir.  Sometimes I pick up forgotten necessaries once the brewing is in process.  Other times you’ll even find me helping to … Continue reading

The Start of Race Season & Sweet Ginger Shrimp with Dill and Quinoa


I ran my first race of the season yesterday afternoon, only because a snow storm gave me a temporary pardon on the Georgetown 10-miler a couple weeks back.  It’s a good thing it did, because I don’t think I would have been ready to run back-to-back ten milers (one on … Continue reading

Chipotle-Glazed Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes


With little time on my hands these days, having something I can easily pop in the microwave is key. That way I can eat at my desk and avoid spending unnecessary money in the cafeteria… or at Sweet Green, which I will admit I’ve been frequently as of late.  When … Continue reading

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Shrimp and Dill {Cookbook Club}


I finally let myself have a bit of a life this weekend, which was a nice change of pace.  I’m still struggling to find the grad school balance between reading everything, reading only what I need to read to get a good grade, and reading enough to get a good … Continue reading

13 Ways You’ve Never Thought to Use Cauliflower


Let’s be honest, cauliflower isn’t the sexiest food on the planet.  In fact, I didn’t eat if for years after an STD slideshow presented to our 7th grade Sex Ed class.  True story.  Between that and the poor condom’d banana, they just about toppled the food pyramid! Cauliflower shouldn’t be … Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Pomegranate Thai Chicken Enchiladas


Anyone else notice that I seem to have a “Christmas color” theme going on here in the Messy Kitchen?  Seriously, the last three recipes I’ve shared have been red and green!  This particular one has been filed away under the “must make” category for far too long.  It’s even been … Continue reading

Beetroot Crust Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Caramelized Beets, Goat Cheese and Kale


I know I’ve been M.I.A. lately, but the unfortunate reality is that when I get really busy, the blog is one of the first things to go.  Whereas in the past my “busyness” has been self-induced by a tendency toward overcommitment and social butterfly syndrome, having started the second course … Continue reading

Just Beet It! Smokey Beet Burger with Creamy Blue Cheese Spread


One of the most meaningful takeaways from the Intro to Nutrition class I just completed was just how significantly diet affects every single chronic disease that Americans are suffering from at ever increasing rates.  The resulting socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes are far more serious than most realize or care to acknowledge. … Continue reading

Paleo Spaghetti Squash Hawaiian Pizza Pie


When I saw this I knew I had to make it, given my childhood history with Hawaiian pizza and my current obsession with spaghetti squash.  And honestly, it was pretty good, but didn’t excite me the way that little pile of ham and pineapple did as a kid.  But then again, … Continue reading

Spiced Turkey Lasagna with Butternut Squash Noodles (+Beware of Mandolines!)


I really loved this recipe.  What I don’t really love?  Mandolines.  Those things are straight-up dangerous.  Seriously, they need to come with dexterity checks and “you will at some point lose a sizable chunk of your finger” warnings.   I posted this picture on Facebook (because I obviously have no … Continue reading

Swedish Pea Soup & Pancakes (Thank God It’s Thursday!)


It’s Thursday!  In the U.S. that just means we’ve made it over the hump, the weekend is so close you can smell it.  To the Swedes?  It means pea soup and pancakes, of course! (I talked a little bit about the tradition in my Taste of Sweden post, but now I’ll … Continue reading

Pomegranate Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Whipped Tahini


This morning I have a recipe I’ve been meaning to share with you for almost as long as I’d been meaning to make it.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait. And you’re going to have to wait just a moment longer, because first I’m going to go on a little … Continue reading

Black Forest Ham and Béchamel Crepe Torte {Cookbook Club}


I should preface this post with a full disclosure: I said “this is the worst recipe I’ve ever made” no less than 60 times while making this torte.  And really, it’s right up there.  Not the final product; in that department it was a relative hit.  This recipes is just … Continue reading

Date Pecan Rosemary Cookies with Chia Seeds and Dark Chocolate Chips {Leftovers Club}


I’ve been craving some healthy cookies lately.  You know, the ones that when you bite into them, they satisfy both your sweet tooth and your taste for nuts, grains and seeds.  With Leftovers Club coming up, I figured it was a good time to make them.  Hopefully my partner Elizabeth … Continue reading

A Taste of Mérida and Madrid

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And, it’s time for the next installment of “ridiculously delicious things I ate abroad.” Man do I love food. On our way to  Madrid, we stopped in Mérida to check out some Roman ruins dating back to the 2nd century B.C.  And of course to get a hearty lunch.  We decided … Continue reading

Paleo Pumpkin Tahini Sauce with Spaghetti Squash and Tahini Chicken

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I won’t be telling you much about my Superbowl snacks this year.  Not that I didn’t make any (buffalo cauliflower bites, buffalo hummus, carnitas tacos).  It just seems that I accidentally poisoned Courtney, myself, and all of our guests with said snacks.  Or we all got the stomach bug at exactly the … Continue reading

A Taste of Andalucía


Oh, Andalucía.  Land of olives,  jamón, sherry and cheese.  How I love thee.  Having grown up with my Grammy in Spain living in El Puerto de Santa María and now with Dad and Kippy having made a beautiful home in Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucía is the region of Spain I am by far the … Continue reading

Cranberry, Feta and Pecan Stuffed Chicken


The cranberry sauce is officially the last Thanksgiving leftover still standing.  Unless Courtney has something hoarded in a backpack/desk drawer/under the seat of our car.  Which wouldn’t be the first time.  But the cranberry sauce is the last that will be put to good use. Put to such very good … Continue reading

Butternut Squash & Tahini Soup (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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As I write this, the last piece of produce from my CSA sits roasting in the oven.  A small sugar pumpkin that I’ve struggled to eat because it’s just so dang cute!  Instead, it’s been sitting as a center piece on our dining room table. But tomorrow, it’s becoming part … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza

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After devouring the first slice, Courtney declared this the best thing I’ve ever made. At first I thought he was just having a moment.  That is, until he suggested that we smoke up a turkey and make a Thanksgiving feast a couple times a year just so we can make … Continue reading

Turkey and Vegetable Soup with Stuffing Dumplings

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You’ve probably heard my mantra on food waste.  If you haven’t, it goes something like this: don’t waste food.  No, but really, I hate wasting food.  So much so that when we had to get on the road first thing in the morning the day after Thanksgiving, I put the … Continue reading

Blueberry Quinoa Cornbread {Leftovers Club}

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As someone who rarely bakes, I usually look forward to Leftovers Club as an excuse to experiment with some of the many sweet confections on my evergrowing to-do list.  This time however, I found myself thinking “oh no, more sweets!”  Between Friendsgivings and Thanksgivings and holiday happy hours, having brownies or … Continue reading

A Messy Kitchen Thanksgiving – We’re Sophomores Now!

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We learned a few things hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner last year.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving last year, I found myself sitting at Shake Shack at 9:00 pm eating a pumpkin concrete after a three hour happy hour while trying to find a liquor store open to buy bourbon for the … Continue reading

Curried Tofu Salad

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I can’t stand when I’m looking for a recipe and search only to find something that is in no way a recipe.  Take curried mayo for instance.  Google it, and you get about a dozen pages with these insightful instructions: “combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons curry powder and … Continue reading

Coconut Ginger Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole (Vegan)

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As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I want to share one of my new found staples.  I made this the first time for Thanksgiving dinner last year, made it for a Friendsgiving potluck last week, and plan to make it again for Thursday’s feast.  While I used to be a big proponent … Continue reading

Gluten-Free Blueberry Oatmeal Protein Pancakes


Eating habits are genetic.  Perhaps not in the way that blue eyes or a rotund big toe are genetic, but we tend to like foods that are familiar, which tend to be the foods are parents fed us growing up.  Luckily for me, my mom was always a fan of … Continue reading

When Life Calls for Comfort Food: Healthy Quinoa White Chicken Chili

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I know, it’s been a long time since I last wrote.  It’s been a busy, strange time for me and I haven’t found the energy.  Also, I fried my laptop, which certainly hasn’t helped.  To sum up the last month, I spent two weeks in Denver, where I had my … Continue reading

Fall Harvest Cookbook Club and Roasted Hubbard Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette with Fontina Cheese


The theme for our Cookbook Club this month was “Fall foods,” which is pretty much the theme of my life right now.  No really, as if my “all squash” diet wasn’t enough, I went on a serious pumpkin bender at Trader Joe’s on Saturday. Croutons, mochi, macarons, cider. Can’t. Get. … Continue reading

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies and Pumpkin Irony


My big news for the weekend is that I appear to have overcome my pumpkin allergy!  It’s probably been fifteen years since I last carved a pumpkin.  Frankly it wasn’t worth the hives and swollen eyes.  But when I got an invite to a pumpkin carving party, I decided it … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta with Creamy Eggplant Sauce


Don’t you love it when you make something really, really delicious, and then you repurpose the leftovers into something even more delicious?!  I didn’t think it was possible to make this baba ghanoush any more delicious, but that was before I stirred it into my pasta.  It started last week when I found myself … Continue reading

Paleo Cincinnati Style Turkey Chili


This delicious dish is somewhere between a chili and a bolognese. Or maybe it’s just a chili that I decided to serve bolognese style, but I hear that’s quite common with Cincinnati style chili.  This style of chili has a thinner more sauce-like consistency than most chili con carne. It’s … Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Kale Spanakopita


As we were eating breakfast this morning, I started complaining to Courtney that I didn’t feel like we’d had enough adventures this Fall.  This made perfect sense in my mind until he reminded me that we spent last weekend whitewater rafting on Class V rapids.  So okay, perhaps I have … Continue reading

A Story I’ve Been Meaning to Tell


This has been an exciting week for me.  I submitted an article to the Huffington Post for the first time, and not only did they print it but they featured it on the front page of the women’s section.  I’m beyond flattered, but also really stoked that I was given … Continue reading

An Okra Parmigiana so Good That I Threatened the Dogs for Just Looking at my Plate the Wrong Way


Oh my, I don’t even know what to say about this dish.  I’d never cooked okra before this Summer, but this parmigiana has made me a believer!  Okra can sometimes be a bit slimy, but it certainly isn’t once breaded and fried.  Because the okra is so small, the breading … Continue reading

Cookbook Club and Sweet Cheese Mutabbaq


My Cook Book Club met this Sunday for the much anticipated CHEESE EDITION!  After an entire week of the SNAP Challenge I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about cheese in my life, and my excitement about cheese is already quite high.  We had a smaller group this time, … Continue reading

Grain Free Coconut Zucchini Muffins (No Added Sugar!)


  Zucchini was a frequent component of my CSA bag mid-Summer.  At one point, we were getting so much of it that it was accompanied with a sheet on how to freeze or otherwise preserve the green squash.  But as Murphy’s Law would have it, it seems I came across … Continue reading

Braised Eggs with Lamb, Tahini and Sumac


As soon as I eagerly claimed the Jerusalem cook book as mine for the month, this recipe caught my eye.  And not because it’s on the cover of the book.  I actually didn’t realize that until later.  It was as I was flipping through the book that this one jumped … Continue reading

Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew


Feel like you’ve seen a lot of this curried cauliflower and chickpea stew this week?  You and I both my friend.  But I’m actually not sick of it!  This vegan stew is simple, yet delicious.  Comforting on a cold Fall night.  It’s healthy, filling and full of veggies and fiber. … Continue reading