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Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot Cake Energy Balls on a yellow plate with dandelion flowers around it

Carrot Cake Energy Balls are bringing their double-packed punch of healthful + delicious goodness!

These little babies are the total package: gluten-, dairy-, and processed-sugar-free bundles of nutrients and flavor.

I love healthy foods because they make me feel good, all sharp-brained and physically energized. And I love delicious foods because, well . . . that’s pretty self-explanatory! I’m regularly on the lookout for ways to combine both qualities into one recipe. So it’s no surprise that Carrot Cake Energy Balls are a melding of tasty-yet-good-for-you stuff: fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, spices, and natural sweetener.

Chickpea, Kale, and Acorn Squash Pappardelle Pasta

A bowl of Chickpea, Kale, and Acorn Squash Pappardelle Pasta

Chickpea, Kale, and Acorn Squash Pappardelle Pasta is too good not to share!

It’s early April as I’m writing this, with an unseasonably warm temperature projected for today: 79 degrees! Seventy-nine degrees! Having grown up here in Metro-Detroit and encountered many a snow flurry this time of year, I know what an anomaly this 79-degree day is. It’s not weather that calls for a pasta dish laden with hearty greens and a creamy squash sauce. Or is it?

Creamy (Dairy-Free) Sweet Potato, Kale, and Cannellini Bean Soup

Two crocks of Creamy (Dairy-Free) Sweet Potato, Kale, and Cannellini Bean Soup

Soul-soothing vegan goodness – that’s Creamy (Dairy-Free) Sweet Potato, Kale, and Cannellini Bean Soup!

It’s March, and here in Michigan, March means mega wax-and-wane weather. We’re in the midst of a warm spell bringing temperatures in the mid-60s, which feels downright Floridian after winter’s ice and chill. Four days from now, the high is projected to be 38 degrees. Basically, the weather is ever-changing, its progression nonlinear, unpredictable. And unpredictability can feel disconcerting, especially for me of the Type A personality and lover of planning and order and checklists – and especially in these wholly unpredictable COVID times. But you know what soothes a soul in the midst of uncertainty? Soup. And Creamy (Dairy-Free) Sweet Potato, Kale, and Cannellini Bean Soup is a soup soul-soother (try saying that three times fast) of the utmost order!

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Soup

A bowl of Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Soup

I’m crushing hard on this Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Soup! It’s healthful; it’s hearty; it was born of a happy accident (and I’m a sucker for happy accidents).

Cinnamon Honey Almond Butter

A jar of Cinnamon Honey Almond Butter flanked by a knife and whole almonds

Five-ingredient, naturally sweetened Cinnamon Honey Almond Butter is bringing its creamy decadence!

You know those foods you can eat with vigor for days on end? That’s Cinnamon Honey Almond Butter for me. It’s eat-by-the-spoonful delicious. And it scores bonus points for being a fairly healthful treat! The almonds lend it healthy plant-based fat, while the cinnamon and honey provide antioxidant goodness (especially when raw honey is used).

Dairy-Free White Chicken Chili

Dairy-Free White Chicken Chili in a Bowl Ready to Serve

Dairy-Free White Chicken Chili for the win!

Despite having not one bit of dairy in it – no cow’s milk, no butter, no cheese, NADA! – this Dairy-Free White Chicken Chili brings incredible creaminess. It’s decadent and flavor-packed and makes hearts – and stomachs – rosy-glow, curled-up-by-the fire happy.

Zesty Greek-Inspired Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Zesty Greek-Inspired Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Health and happiness in a bowl: that’s this Zesty Greek-Inspired Salad with Crispy Chickpeas!

I adore salads: what a tasty way to get in your veggies! And Greek salad has become one of my major culinary crushes over the last few years. It’s such a flavor-saturated, satisfying dish! It’s also a beloved staple in diners here in the Metro-Detroit area (what we call “Coney” or “Coney Island” restaurants, based off of the iconic chili-topped hot dogs they serve).

It was about time I created a recipe that pays homage to this wonderful salad. Enter Zesty Greek-Inspired Salad with Crispy Chickpeas!

Lamb Burgers with Sauteed Onion and Garlicky Feta Sauce – and Garlic- and Thyme-Tossed Fries

Lamb Burgers with Sauteed Onion and Garlicky Feta Sauce – and Garlic- and Thyme-Tossed Fries

Lamb Burgers with Sauteed Onion and Garlicky Feta Sauce and Garlic- and Thyme-Tossed Fries are IN THE HOUSE!

It’s with a great deal of nostalgia that I present this recipe I created and photographed a couple of months ago. Because Lamb Burgers with Sauteed Onion and Garlicky Feta Sauce and Garlic- and Thyme-Tossed Fries are not literally in my house right now, as I work to heal a health issue that’s greatly restricted what I eat for the last month and counting. I don’t know when they’ll be allowed back in my house, but I’m hopeful it will be soon – and I’m more food obsessed than ever!

Lamb Burgers with Sauteed Onion and Garlicky Feta Sauce and Garlic- and Thyme-Tossed Fries are a good focus for my gastronomical obsessing. I mean, that luscious, dairy-filled sauce! Those flavorful red-meat burgers! Those herb-bedecked fries drenched in ketchup (I daydream about ketchup these days…no kidding)!

Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce

Every day is PB&J day with Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce!

Ice cream is an especially tantalizing treat when summer is bringing the heat. And ice cream that is both dairy AND processed-sugar-free? Well, that’s doubly nice. Add the classic complementary flavor combo of peanut-butter-and-jelly, and you’ve REALLY got a winner on your hands!

Lemony Risotto with Peas

Lemony Risotto with Peas from A Cookable Feast

Spring means bright, fresh flavors – and that’s what this Lemony Risotto with Peas is bringing!

Lemony Risotto with Peas is also bringing creamy, cheesy comfort-food goodness – which, as I’m writing this during the time of the COVID-19 global pandemic, is something we very much need right now. Lemony Risotto with Peas is a hug in a bowl – and who couldn’t use a hug right now?