chocolate + quinoa energy bars

quinoa protein barsThese were born from an experiment trying to duplicate a deliciously addictive, albeit ridiculously expensive, crunchy quinoa snack product I recently purchased.  Two attempts later, this is what I got.  Close in flavor, completely different in texture, I’m good with it.  

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chopped kale salad

the standard hotel miami kale saladI was lucky enough to have an excuse to jet off to Miami for a few days last month.  When I left my house in Boulder for the airport that morning it was a charming  -17 degrees.

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grilled coconut pork + satay sauce

pork satay

This dish allows you to hit the pause button hard on all things winter.  It’s tropical and summery while still managing to be soul-satisfyingly good.  The satay sauce takes just a few minutes to come together and seems to make people very happy.  

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superfood chocolate bark

the pig and the fig superfood chocolate barkYes, I am giving you a very good reason to eat more chocolate.  AND a great gift to make for the people you love.

My husband has decided that it is perfect pre-workout fuel.  I think this healthy smoothie is better, but who am I to judge.

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carnitas

the pig and the fig carnitasThere are zero skills required to make super rich, melty-crispy batch of carnitas.  The only thing you will need is some time.  Not the laborious, hands-on sort, just the it’s-cooking-in-the-slow-cooker-kind.  There are many schools of thought around the “best” method for making carnitas; I’ve opted for the simplest, let the pork do it’s thing way.  

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