Clementine Sunshine Smoothie

This delightful clementine smoothie is packed with vitamin C!

I’m just not that into smoothies. It’s nothing against fruit (really fruit, it’s me, not you). I just like to eat my food. This smoothie, however, is a different story. I’ve been fighting a head cold for over a week and I’ve been getting desperate for a solution. Every evening, I feel off-balance, like my head is underwater. I’ve had enough of this vertigo!

Since I refuse to go to the doctor for antibiotics, I’ve been spending quality time with this lovely contraption, taking probiotics and trying to consume as much immunity-boosting vitamin C as possible. Which is where this clementine smoothie comes into the picture. I drank at least four of these over the weekend and I am feeling better.


This smoothie is delicious, light and refreshing—closer to fresh-squeezed orange juice than a thick banana smoothie. It tastes similar to an orange julius or a dreamsicle or those orange Flintstone push-ups from my childhood. I couldn’t decide what to call it, but the sunshine in the photos seemed to match the bright clementine flavor in the glass, so I landed on clementine sunshine smoothie. Let’s go with it.

This four-ingredient smoothie is suuuuuper simple to make. So simple that I hesitated to post it, but then I thought about all the other people out there who are fighting winter colds, or worse. When energy is running low, we need the simplest of solutions, and this is one of them.

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Butternut Ribbon Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula-Pepita Pesto

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Remember that summertime arugula pizza with tomato and squash strewn on top like confetti? Meet her sister pizza. She’s a capricorn like me. More bold, serious and perhaps even more stunning than her summertime counterpart. She knows how to get what she wants.

arugula-pepita pesto

This pizza was inspired by Food and Wine’s November cover. Did you see it? It had a beautiful butternut focaccia on it. I was completely entranced by those caramelized butternut ribbons in the grocery store checkout line—so much so that I got teased for it—but that cover got my wheels spinning. My subconscious couldn’t let it go, apparently, because this pizza concept materialized a few days ago.

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Burrito Bowls

Roasted sweet potatoes with green rice and black beans.

Cookie and Kate are finally back in the kitchen. I still wasn’t feeling in the mood up until a couple of nights ago, when I spent a few hours cleaning out the cabinets and the refrigerator. Turns out, everyday cooking doesn’t need to involve avalanches of dried pasta. Organization is key.

The past few weeks of kitchen avoidance have been heavy with introspection. I want to say that I’ve come out on the other side with clarity and a renewed zest for life. (Every sad story needs a happy ending, right?) The truth is, I’m still just one sappy coffee shop love song away from another fit of tearful existential despair.

spinach and sweet potatoes

It’ll pass. In the meantime, I’m treating myself right with these burrito bowls. Caramelized sweet potatoes, seasoned black beans and cilantro-spinach brown rice combine in one bowl for a cozy vegan dinner. Oven-toasted pumpkin seeds, avocado and salsa verde make it totally irresistible.

More reasons to love this dish? You’ll have enough time while the sweet potatoes and rice cook to clean the kitchen before dinner’s ready. Oh, and these bowls reheat well for lunch, too. Burrito bowls for the win!

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My 10 Favorite Recipes from 2014

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Good morning! Since I shared your favorite recipes from 2014 a few days ago, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites, too. Truth be told, it’s hard for me to pick favorites. Each new recipe is a project that I research and shop for and completely overanalyze before I wrap it up in a pretty package for the public. I love them all.

The ten recipes you’ll find below are some of the recipes that stand out to me most from last year. I’ll be back in a couple of days with a brand new recipe! Hey, if you make my recipes at home, please share them with me on Instagram by tagging them #cookieandkate. I LOVE to see my dishes in your kitchens!

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No. 1: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Baked Tofu with Honey-Sesame Glaze

That glaze. Those crispy sprouts. I daydream about this dish. Really do.

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What’s in Season? January Produce (Plus, a new “shop my kitchen” page!)

Learn what to do with January fruits and vegetables! Find recipes, preparation tips and more.

Happy New Year, everyone! This monthly guide is coming to you one day late because, well, Champagne. Now that the holiday cookies are all gone, I’m ready to get back to fruits and vegetables. Healthy, detoxifying, feel-good seasonal produce—we’re entering the coldest months for growing, but we still have plenty to choose from.

You’ll find recipes and tips below, as well as a handy graphic at the bottom that you can pin for reference, if you’d like. And for more seasonal recipes, follow my winter recipes board on Pinterest. Thanks again to Becky for letting me base this resource on her “Eat Seasonal” monthly seasonal produce lists.

One more thing—I’ve been working hard on a new resource that I hope you’ll love! I get a lot of questions about which blender I use and whatnot, so I set up a page where you can literally shop my kitchen! You’ll find all the kitchen tools that make cooking healthy easier on my new “shop my kitchen” page.

I only included products that I own and love. I just ordered a few more items to replace stuff I don’t love, so I can test them out before I recommend them. I added a link to the “Shop” underneath my photo in the sidebar, too, so it’ll be waiting there for you when you’re in the market for a new vegetable peeler. Or soup pot. Or waffle iron. (You have a waffle iron, right?) Check it out!

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Your 10 Favorite Recipes from 2014

Top 10 readers' favorite vegetarian recipes from 2014! All vegetarian.

Can you believe it? I can’t. 2014 went by like the blink of an eye. It was my first year as a full-time blogger (dream job!) and I worked my tail off all year to make this work. That’s how I’d characterize the past year—work, work and more work. I’m entering my twenty-ninth year still reeling from the end of a recent relationship and I feel like something big is missing. I’m scared but eager for a new year and new possibilities.

Below, you’ll find the most popular recipes from 2014. You all have excellent taste, you know that? I’m looking forward to getting back into the kitchen and cooking up some more recipes for you. Thank you all for reading along and cooking with me and sharing my website with your friends and family. I truly couldn’t do what I love for a living if it weren’t for you. Thank you!

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No. 1: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip
Easily gluten free and/or vegan

“Made these for a couple friends who came over for dinner… you could hear a pin drop while we were eating, they were so DELICIOUS!!!!! And so healthy for you! I followed the recipe to a tea and it was great, will be another staple from your blog!…” — Katie

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