Freezer Breakfast Burritos with Sweet Potato Hash and Black Beans

Healthy freezer breakfast burritos with sweet potato hash, black beans and scrambled eggs! Make some now and freeze extra burritos for busy mornings.

First of all, is a burrito still a burrito if the ends aren’t tucked in? That is the question. I’m learning toward yes, at least with these breakfast burritos (ok, and my other sweet potato burritos). I always pull of that extraneous tucked-in tortilla part before I take my first bite of burrito, anyway. Filling or bust!

Moving on. I have been stepping up my breakfast game lately. For the longest time, I was content eating plain yogurt with some fruit for breakfast. Then I started making my own granola and my old standby lost its appeal. That granola crunch is so necessary!

burrito ingredients

Then, I ran out of granola and started testing waffles for my pal Erin’s forthcoming cookbook. I froze all those waffles and got in the habit of eating a waffle with nut butter and maple syrup for breakfast. Eventually, I ran out of her waffles, which was incentive to play around with oat flour waffles (success!).

And here we are with breakfast burritos. I love that I can freeze them for future breakfasts, because breakfast is essential and, therefore, best kept simple. I never (ever ever ever) skip breakfast, but the general consensus amongst breakfast skippers seems to be that they run out of time or supplies. Enter the breakfast burrito. I’d call these guys breakfast backups or grab-and-go options, but they’re so good, they just might become your default breakfast option.

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14 Simple Weeknight Dinners

Simple, fresh and healthy recipes for busy weeknights. All vegetarian.

I made the most random dinner out of leftovers last night. Sautéed fennel and garlic, leftover linguine, a handful arugula and enough goat cheese to bring it all together. It wasn’t bad. Sometimes, though, I don’t want to chance it—I just want a simple, tried and true dinner that I can serve to friends. I came up with this collection of my favorite, simple, hearty dinner recipes for those nights.

By the way, if you appreciate this post, you might also want to bookmark my new “easy weeknight dinners” category, which I’ll be adding recipes to as they are published. I’m working on a better way to navigate all of my recipes and hope to launch that feature soon.

Hope you all enjoy a good dinner tonight!

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Fresh Honeydew Margaritas

Blend honeydew melon, then add tequila and lime!

These refreshing, fruity margaritas have been my drink of choice lately. I highly recommend them. A word of warning, though—do not overfill your blender with melon. I learned that the hard way today. Honeydew melon went everywhere!

Honeydew on the window. Honeydew on the rug. Honeydew on my camera. Honeydew on the walls. Honeydew on the dog. Honeydew in my hair.

how to make honeydew juice

Does anyone know how to clean honeydew juice off velvet curtains? Serious question. I think I’ll ponder the matter over a honeydew margarita.

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Easy Gluten Free Oat Waffles

These gluten-free waffles are made with just one flour—oat flour! They're light, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Best waffles ever!

I’m pretty particular about my waffles. I want light, whole grain, crisp-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside, Belgian-with-deep-pockets, quintessential WAFFLES. No soggy waffles allowed! Bonus points if they freeze well so I can pop them in the toaster like Eggo’s.

These waffles meet all of the aforementioned qualifications. After tweaking five batches of these waffles, I can confirm that oat flour waffles are the waffles I’ve been searching for all along. Oat waffles are the waffles of my dreams.

oat flour waffle ingredients

Best of all, these waffles are gluten free, which means that I can share them with all of my friends! This waffle recipe is so simple that I have it memorized. It only requires one flour—oat flour—which is the easiest flour to make at home. Just toss some old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats in your blender or food processor and blend until they are a fine flour.

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Roasted Grape Crostini with Brie and Fresh Thyme

Jammy roasted grapes on brie and toast make a simple, seasonal appetizer! -

I like to consider myself a spontaneous person, but when Ali texted me about riding roller coasters on Sunday afternoon, I balked. I hid from her text underneath a blanket on the couch for a solid ten minutes. Then I mustered up the strength to reply that roller coasters scare me to death, so probably not. Seriously, people die on roller coasters. They’re terrifying.

Then she said no one else could go. I started to feel bad. Whatever happened to being spontaneous? I looked up the park’s safety record, which was pretty solid except for the one rickety wooden roller coaster. She challenged me to face my fears. I asked how much the amusement park costs. All of this was just a downward slide toward a reluctant yes.

loaf of bread and grapes

As I was getting ready, I seriously considered calling my mom to say my final goodbye. I almost asked my friend Matt to be Cookie’s godfather. I lamented not growing old and gray with my brothers. I’m a goner. Then I remembered that brother no. 1 survived sky diving. The odds were in our favor, as long as we avoided that wooden death trap. Quit being a sissy, self.

Long story short, we rode some roller coasters, and lived to tell. Can’t particularly say I enjoyed the thrill or that my fear of roller coasters is gone, but we did it. I don’t care if I never ride one again. After our nausea subsided, we left the amusement park for margaritas and queso on a rooftop patio. I’d do that part again in a heartbeat.

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Spicy Roasted Ratatouille with Spaghetti

A simple, vegetarian summer meal of roasted ratatouille and spaghetti!  -

Shortly after arriving at college, I decided to study abroad. It was one of those rare and beautiful decisions that seem to make themselves. I had studied French for several years in high school, so I would go to France, of course.

Just a couple of weeks after turning twenty-one, I boarded a plane to Paris with two other girls, wide-eyed and ready for adventure. I hardly remember packing for the trip, but I clearly recall the combined thrill of confusion, exhaustion and embarrassment that followed upon landing on a foreign continent.

tomatoes, squash and bell pepper

Somehow, we found our way from Paris to Bordeaux, first via train, then tram. Along the way, we heaved our luggage up long flights of stairs and squeezed them into our travel compartments. Our final test was pulling our belongings behind us across an endless gravel parking lot to our dilapidated dorm buildings. Given the option to either laugh or cry, I found myself giggling like a maniac as my wrists went numb from the vibrations and my arms threatened to fall clean off.

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