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Chickpea Tomato Bread Salad with Arugula Pesto

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Overhead Shot of Chickpea Tomato Bread Salad with Arugula Pesto

Heirloom tomatoes are king of the summer. There’s nothing quite like the taste and texture of a perfectly ripe tomato. Take that and add a few of my favorite items for this delicious bread salad. A peppery arugula pesto is the flavor while the toasted bread brings the texture. I could […]

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Baked Sweet Corn Farro Risotto with Cheddar

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Overhead shot of sweet corn farro risotto topped with parsley

Post sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. See below for more details. I’m a glutton for heat. I’ll gladly brave my oven being on if it means I can get a comforting meal on occasion, especially one that involves summer produce. It’s hard to go wrong with sweet corn in the summer […]

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Roasted Tomato Sauce + 3 Ways to Use it

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Roasted Tomato Sauce + 3 Ways to Use it

Every summer, I try and keep a couple cherry tomatoes plants alive. I use cherry tomatoes more often that not (any color/variety will do). They are a great snack, perfect on salads, and as you can see, wonderful in a sauce. This post is all about a super simple roasted tomato […]

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California Avocado White Bean Dip

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Overhead, Close-up shot of a white bean avocado dip topped with charred limes.

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details. When someone asks me about my background, I think they assume I’ll say something about photography or cooking. While I’ve done both for over a decade now, I actually started in music. I have two degrees, geared towards music education and […]

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Top Five Kitchen Tools | Naturally Ella

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Sideview of Microplane Zester grating parmesan cheese

If you’ve walked into any kitchen store, you know how overwhelming the business of kitchen tools can be. Beyond a solid knife (should have been on the list, but I’m mentioning now), below are five of my go-to kitchen tools. Some are cheap, some are an investment. These items are the […]

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Tomato Sandwich with Olive Tapenade and Hummus

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Tomato Sandwich with Olive Tapenade and Hummus

Over the years, we’ve become beach people. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as spending the day at the beach, reading and playing in the sand. While I typically throw whatever we have on hand in the cooler, sometimes I’ll make up sandwiches; like these tomato sandwiches. This tomato sandwich is my […]

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Garlicky Yogurt Green Beans with Walnuts

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Side Angle Photo of yogurt green beans that have been blanched and tossed with walnuts and yogurt sauce.

While I have my favorite summer produce (sweet corn), green beans are a close second. I know that may sound strange but I absolutely adore fresh green beans. I grew up with mostly only eating canned green beans at holidays and even that was sparse. I didn’t fall in love until […]

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BBQ Chickpea Poatoes with Avocado Ranch Dressing

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Overhead shot of mashed bbq chickpeas on top of baked potatoes, served with a drizzle of green avocado dressing.

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details. June is California Avocado Month for good reason. A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to head south and see firsthand what goes into bring an avocado to your table. There’s so much technology behind it (the sorting process alone […]

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Our Favorite Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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You know what tomorrow is?! The summer solstice! That’s right, it’s the longest day of the year and one of our absolute favorites. Summer is just kicking off and Monique and I have been loving every second of it. Actually, I’m super jealous right now because Monique is currently in France […]