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Simple and satisfying, this spinach tortellini soup recipe is ready in 30 minutes to warm you up without weighing you down.

Spinach Tortellini Soup | Umami Girl

Over the weekend our big girl wasn’t feeling so well, and she asked me to make some soup. There’s no way to really feel good when your kids don’t, but simmering a big pot of comforting and nourishing soup by special request may be about the closest you can get. 

Spinach Tortellini Soup | Umami Girl

She’d initially asked for our bare-bones basic orzo in broth, which only comes out when someone’s really under the weather. But I amortized my law degree with some light negotiation and upgraded us to spinach tortellini soup. This pot of goodness packs more nutrients and also doubled as a way to feed the whole family dinner that night without cooking twice. The 12 year old is smart, has good taste, and even as a tween is pretty good at picking her battles, so she was happy to oblige.  (more…)

Especially these days, shredding the $4!t out of things can be fun. If that’s not reason enough to make this Brussels sprouts hash, it’s also a quick and easy brunch or dinner — but I think we all know it’s reason enough.

Brussels Sprouts Hash with Bacon and Poached Eggs | Umami Girl

Hello, hello! Thanks for casually looking the other way while I took a little break from posting recipes this past week. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes to keep Umami Girl moving forward, aaaaaand also we took a quick little vacation to San Diego to chill (although…in a warm way) and to hang out with good friends.

I can’t believe it’s Friday already, but it is, and weekend brunches await. That’s why I’m sharing this quick and easy Brussels sprouts hash with bacon and poached eggs. It’s NBD and yet kind of a big deal. What more can you ask for from the first meal of the day?  (more…)

These truly crispy baked chicken tenders are…wait for it…tender and super-flavorful, too

Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders | Umami Girl

Hello and welcome to the “mostly” of this mostly vegetarian food blog. I’m obsessing over these flavorful, crispy baked chicken tenders, and so are our kids. They’re easy to make, reasonably good for ya, and equally at home as a party appetizer or weeknight dinner. 

Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders | Umami Girl

The key to the crispy coating is browning the panko (mixed with a little melted butter and parmesan) on its own before using it to coat the chicken. Panko is hilarious, because on its own in burns to a crisp in like seven minutes, but slapped on a piece of chicken it stays pale to the death. There’s a sweet spot in between, and that’s where this recipe lives.  (more…)

It doesn’t get much easier than a sheet pan dinner. Roasted salmon with asparagus and crispy potatoes works for a weeknight or a dinner party

Sheet Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Pencil Asparagus | Umami Girl

You guys, I woke up this morning and realized with some amusement that I’m basically the Trump voter of Super Bowl fans. (Yes, not ALL Tump voters, I know.) Since Cope is from New England, I’m happy with the result of this contest where the jerks who won are reviled by a huge portion of the country. I don’t usually care about football, but when “my team” swooped in at the last minute for an unexpected victory, I was pumped. And when it comes to football, I am not only uninformed and largely uninterested in critical thinking — I’m also prone to smug self-satisfaction for knowing the smallest of facts, and I like to be loud about it. “Girls, that’s a touchdown because the BALL crossed the PLANE!” (Nods head, pumps fist while everyone rolls their eyes.) 

I wonder if this will give me some new perspective on the election. 

But maybe I won’t hold my breath.

Sheet Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Pencil Asparagus | Umami Girl

Anyway. Now that football season is over and I’m back in more familiar territory, here’s something I do know a thing or two about: dinner. 

We’re more of a dinner-in-a-bowl family than a meat-and-potatoes family, but sometimes fish and two veg on a sheet pan is just what the doctor ordered. Roasted salmon with crispy potatoes and asparagus that’s magically steamed to crisp-tender all on one pan, showered with fresh herbs and lemon juice, could not be easier to make. It’s perfect for a weeknight but also presents beautifully enough to serve straight from the oven at a dinner party. (more…)


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