how to prep kale for the week from the faux martha

Prepping kale with a new baby seems like a silly idea. And while you’re doing it—destemming, chopping, cleaning, and drying—it seems like a silly idea. But when a big batch lasts the whole week, at-the-ready in the fridge, like the trusty carrot or the onion, you keep doing it week after week and drop it into everything, like this Quick Chipotle Kale Slaw and these Crispy Kale and Chickpea Bowls and that Thai Mango Kale Salad and Kev’s Kale Protein Smoothie. Here’s my method to the madness for having crispy kale all week long (and only making a big mess prepping it once). Read more

Crispy Kale and Chickpea Bowls from The Faux Martha

This time around the new motherhood sun, I had plans to help myself succeed, plans I didn’t know to bother with the first time. You know, plans like childcare outside the house for Linnie and summer camp for Hal; plans like washing my face every day and ordering meal kits to make sure we eat at least one satisfying meal a day. Simple plans thwarted by COVID, all of them except ordering meal kits, which saved dinnertime the first two months as a family of 4, which also inspired this post and recipe for Crispy Kale and Chickpea Bowls now on regular rotation over here. (PS—We’re going a little crazy, but I’m so thankful for all this extra time with my girls.)

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Chipotle Kale Slaw Quesadillas from the faux martha

Dinnertime right now is a game of how fast can I get dinner on the table with enough vegetables tucked inside—because, have I gotten enough vegetables today?— before the baby wakes up. It’s also a game of how can I accessorize the same simple meal I’ve made a thousand times over the last couple of months into something new-ish. Just like adding a necklace to the same chambray dress, slaw can somehow dress up the same old same old quesadilla into something oh-my-gosh good. That and swapping your regular quesadilla cheese for something smoky and spicy. Tonight, I won with these Chipotle Kale Slaw Quesadillas. Read more

Bright Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats from The Faux Martha

“Remember, this is supposed to be fun,” a much older and wiser friend told Kev during a recent conversation lamenting the hard parts about updating a 50-year-old cabin. This is a lesson we’ve learned over and over again in our young adult life—to remember to infuse the hard parts with something else. Read more

Wild Rice Soup from The Faux Martha

I was going to tell you all about wild rice. About the time Kev’s grandma, who grew up in Minnesota, gave us a small packet as a gift after we were newly married. Rice? Thank you? I didn’t realize what a gift it was then. I was going to tell you about this sacred grain that grows wild by Minnesota lakes and streams, harvested then and now by members of the Ojibwe Nation. I was going to tell you how the cost of a tiny packet matches the richness of flavor. It’s worth a splurge. I was going to tell you about all that… Read more

Rosemary Orange Irish Soda Bread from The Faux Martha

How do you hold tradition? With careful, stern hands or with fiddling and curiosity and a little bit of this and that? We’re asking ourselves the same questions about the cabin. How much do we tinker with and how much do we preserve. And if you read any forums on Irish Soda Bread, you’ll hear the same questions, though it sounds more like yelling. “My Aunt Peg would never put baking powder in her soda bread. It’s soda bread for heaven’s sake!” I tinkered and I yielded, to curiosity and tradition, landing somewhere in between to create this Rosemary Orange Irish Soda Bread. What a moderate thing to do. Read more

how to put a dinner salad on the table everynight

When I mention that we eat a dinner salad almost every night, M-F, I get furrowed brows and lots of hows? No one asks why, because most of us know, because most of us are looking for simple ways to get more vegetables into our day and into the bellies of our tiny humans. But how? I once heard a simple vegetable wisdom. It goes like this: If you want to get more vegetables into mealtimes, especially with kids, start with them. Fill up on them first. Read more

Blueberry Spelt Pancakes with walnuts from The Faux Martha

I miss the good ole days, the days where I’d test a recipe over weeks, if not months, and post it when it was ready, when it was just right. I’d test it on Saturday mornings, when we’d eat it for breakfast, not 6 times in a row over the course of a Monday and Tuesday, a speed I learned when recipe testing for a cookbook. I started testing these Blueberry Spelt Pancakes with crushed walnuts on the underneath side sometime last year, like the good ole days, over slow Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Read more

 
 
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