Dreamy Buckwheat Breakfast

Breakfast

  I beginning to notice a trend here at Grab Some Joy and that is a love for breakfast! (See my Sweet Potato Power Breakfast, Pumpkin Maple Overnight Oats and Blackberry Coconut Chia Pudding for more breakfast love.) And with cloudy overcast whether here Oregon my maple tree turning is...

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Pumpkin Maple Overnight Oats

Breakfast, Recipes

 It’s only September and I’m already on board the pumpkin everything bandwagon! Just this past week alone I’m guilty of consuming 2 pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pancakes and now these insanely delicious and easy Pumpkin Maple Overnight Oats! Now usually I wait until October 1st...

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Mediterranean Orecchiette Bowl

Dinner, Meat, Pasta

  I’ve been anxiously waiting to write up and share this recipe for this Mediterranean Orecchiette Bowl. You see the plan was to feature my home grown zucchini from my very first, almost-legit garden that I planted this year. And of course the home grown organic zucchini’s were...

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Blackberry Coconut Chia Pudding

Breakfast, Desserts

 I have always been on the fence with this whole chia pudding craze. I get that this magical nutrient dense little seed is good for you but before I just could’t will myself to fully embrace it. I think it stems from my dislike for tapioca pudding from childhood where it was not so much...

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Carrot Ginger Chopped Chicken Salad

Dinner, Lunch, Meat, Salad

  There’s nothing but selfish ambition going on with this Carrot Ginger Chopped Chicken Salad! It’s true, the intentions for this salad was about me and my desire need to get more veggies in my diet. Anyone else with me?! Now day in and day out I would say that I overall have a...

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Lemon Asparagus Spaghetti Squash

Dinner, Lunch, Recipes

  Hello Lemon Asparagus Spaghetti Squash! You are light yet satisfying and are ushering me into the world of fresh spring and summer recipes! Thanks in part to the sun actually deciding to come out of hiding this week in Portland!! It is truly a miracle since both Portland and Seattle have...

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Sweet Potato Power Breakfast

Breakfast, Recipes

I typically eat the same things for breakfast every week. Do you? It’s usually pretty healthy, but certainly nothing fancy.  We’re talking oatmeal, yogurt, and Minnie Mouse pancakes because well…my sweet toddler LOVES Minnie! She’s pretty famous around here so weekly...

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Red Pepper Couscous with Balsamic Chicken

Dinner, Meat, Recipes

We had an epic snow day week in Portland recently. From a city that sees mostly rain (we’re basically Seattle’s hippy cousin) 12 inches of snow was a big deal! Businesses close, kids don’t go to school and parents with school aged kiddos go a bit crazy. So I’m told…But not us,...

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Best Dark Chocolate Brownie

Desserts, Recipes

May I introduce to you, the Best Dark Chocolate Brownie! After months of taste testing, this version of my dark chocolate recipe totally deserves its title as BEST. Friends, I must say it’s rough being a brownie tester. I mean, it’s truly been unfortunate that we’ve been eating multiple...

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Loaded Pulled Pork Casserole

Dinner, Meat, Recipes

We have a mini gong in our living room that we bring out for football season. That’s right, a gong! When our team scores our daughter who is 2 1/2 has the privilege of ringing the gong and screaming, TOUCHDOWN!!!!  As you can imagine, it’s a pretty big hit!  Pun intended.  Ha!!  And...

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Garden Rigatoni Baked Pasta

Dinner, Pasta, Recipes

Sometimes, I just want a big bowl of comforting pasta. And I mean a HUGE bowl of pasta and nothing else.  No healthy salad to go with it, no veggie, no fruit.  Just pasta, and maybe some bread….and I will enjoy every massive carbohydrate bite! Because, it’s comforting, and sometimes “adulting”...

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Coconut Mango Rice Bowl

Dinner, Lunch, Recipes

Good things always come in bowls.  Like a bowl of ice cream and Lucky Charms and Cesear salad.  Pretty much all of my current pregnancy cravings… All foods that I love and either can’t have or shouldn’t have.  So what’s a girl to do? Make a dish that fulfills my sweet and savory craving that...

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Blueberry Citrus Salad

Lunch, Recipes, Salad

Friends, you NEED this Blueberry Citrus Salad in your life!  Because it’s practically been summer in here in Portland and I’ve I’ve got my 90’s summer playlist on Pandora playing non-stop.  We’re talking temperatures in the 90’s!! Whew!  I’m totally a hot weather loving...

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Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Wrap

Dinner, Lunch, Meat, Recipes

I love lunches that look and taste delicious.  I love lunches that I can whip up in a minimal amount of time, take little effort, yet look like I was slaving in the kitchen.When I need to be on the go, I love lunches that I can throw in my not so cute adult lunch […]

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Raspberry Green Tea Lemonade

Drinks, Recipes

When it’s sunny in the Northwest you better believe that everyone is outside and acting like it’s summer.  In the springtime, Portlanders like myself are not ashamed to pretend it’s 80 degrees out, when in fact it’s only 65 degrees.  We are so bold as to wear short sleeves, break...

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Mandarin Arugula Flat Bread Pizza

Dinner, Lunch, Pizza, Recipes

While I adore and am  passionate about eating whole foods and nourishing my body, there is a side of me that is also a pizza and beer kinda gal.  Take me to a pub, give me an iced cold Blue Moon and a cheesy pizza with a football game on and I’m one happy girl!  Then […]

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Tortellini Minestrone Soup

Lunch, Recipes, Soups

  I grew up in a wheat field about 25 miles south of Spokane Washington.  Whenever we had errands to run such as grocery shopping, banking, Target runs, Dentist etc. we called it, “going to town.” Yes, it’s true, we called it that. This meant that it was economical to accomplish at least...

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Banana Caramel Pecan Ice Cream

Desserts, Recipes

Banana Caramel Pecan Ice Cream, you have won me over! Friends, you will not believe how EASY this is to make.  So easy in fact, that you could have this every day, and enjoy to your hearts content without too much guilt. Because, it’s January after all and everything and everyone is all about...

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Sweet Almond Pesto Salad

Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Salad

I’m convinced that any dish with pesto in it is incredible! In my world, pesto trump’s all other sauces. I mean, how many sauces do you know can have the starring role in multiple, completely different recipes? How many sauces do you know require little time to make, freeze incredibly well, and...

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