Savory and Sweet

Barley Soup with Smoked Chorizo

Some of you may have seen my cooking frenzy a few weeks ago on Instagram as I prepared meals to freeze before baby girls arrival. I have always tried to keep my meals wholesome and organic where possible (though I still order take out and greasy pizza from time to time – gotta live a little!) and when I thought about my meals postpartum I felt it was even more important. Packing my freezer with simple meals I can heat up that I made myself with care and attention would be the best way to nourish my baby, myself, my hubs and my tastebuds. Of course, one of my meals had to be a soup. This Barley Soup with Smoked Chorizo fit the bill!

Coconut Lime Strawberry Oats

I am on a lime and a coconut kick – couldn’t help myself. Partly because it is the summer, and partly because it is a combination that always seems to work. From smoothies to cakes and ice cream this combo just always seems… right.

One morning my belly (and baby girl within) rumbled for some hearty oats and I knew just what flavor combination I would try. Fresh strawberries from the market and unsweetened coconut flakes sealed the deal on this delectable and delicious breakfast.

Citrus Poblano Pasta

I have been on a poblano kick lately. I don’t know if it is because they are so darn good, they have kept the poblanos stocked at my local grocer, they look absolutely gorgeous or it’s the pregnancy. Honestly, it is probably a combination of all of the above and then some. Since my addiction has lead to my crisper being filled to the brim with these peppery delights I have made it my mission to create some new recipes to help me enjoy them.

This pasta did it. Oh yes it did.

Roasted Poblano and Leek Arepas

Sometimes there is something that is so tasty you don’t want to change it, and other times there is something that gets exponentially tastier the more you add to it. Arepas are perfectly fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside corn meal cakes the hail from Venezuela. Being half Venezuelan, I grew up with these gems and could enjoy one at any moment, but tinkering in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do so I couldn’t resist just playing around with this favorite. The results?

Absolutely divine!