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Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls in 30 Minutes

These beautiful, nourishing sweet potato Buddha bowls with lentils, freekeh and kale can be yours in 30 minutes. Which leaves you plenty of time to be sweet more often.

Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls | Umami Girl

Big thanks to North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission for sponsoring this post.

So here’s something nice. Leading up to World Kindness Day next week, sweet potatoes want to get real with you for a sec. They already like you. (And I’m betting you already like them.) They know you’re nice. And thoughtful. And kind. But they’re wondering: what if everyone were sweet a little more often?

I was game to find out. So I made them a Buddha bowl.  (more…)

Puff Pastry Apple Tart with Goat Cheese and Honey

Individual puff pastry apple tarts get a classy twist with lightly sweetened goat cheese and a drizzle of honey.

Apple Honey Goat Cheese Tartlets | Umami GirlYou guys. These tarts. They’re special. A little bit sweet, a little bit savory. A little bit fancy, a little bit casual. They’ve been in my wheelhouse for something like 10 years, ever since I saw them in an issue of Bon Appétit and was smitten instantly. I posted about them on Serious Eats a few years after that and have adapted the recipe just slightly since then.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert for a small dinner party, this is it.

If I do say so. Ahem. (more…)

Fall Appetizer Idea: Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Sage and Pomegranate

This jewel-toned fall appetizer (or snack!) tastes as lovely as it looks.

Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Sage and Pomegranate | Umami GirlButternut squash bruschetta. Sage. Pomegranate. Creamy fresh ricotta. It’s a harvest fest on a pretty little plate. To quote a certain contessa, how bad can that be? Spoiler: it’s in fact very good.

(And question: what if she were really asking how bad it could be?)


Italian Sausage Soup with White Beans and Spinach

Italian Sausage Soup with Beans and Spinach | Umami Girl

Well hello there from an 80-degree October day in New Jersey. I’m not complaining, but I’m also not about to be demure with the soup. It’s decorative gourd season, mofos. (Never gets old, am I right?) And that means it’s soup season too. Second time in a week (oh hi, Monday soup), and I’m not sorry. Today we’re all about Italian sausage soup with white beans, spinach and pasta shells.

This easy soup sports a tomato-ish broth situation. It’s hearty and veggie-packed. It feeds a small crowd or a family for a couple of weeknight dinners. It’s quick to make. And we’re eating it for dinner this very evening, in a house that’s getting stuffy because I’m too lazy to open the windows. I mean, I’d open them, but then I might have to close them in the morning if it’s freezing, and that’s just hard.

I blame decorative gourds.  (more…)

Avgolemono Soup (Greek Lemony Chicken Soup) with Orzo and Spinach

Twenty minutes and six ingredients yield a creamy, dreamy Avgolemono soup to cure whatever ails ya.

Avgolemono Soup with Orzo and Spinach (Greek Lemony Chicken Soup) | Umami Girl

Today was — to put it mildly — not a great day for news. Gotta love a news cycle where the most hopeful thing you hear is that Tom Petty might not be quite dead yet. Jesus Christ, people. WTF.

Pretty much all the time, and especially at this moment, I’m grateful for the high number of chicken soup types in the world. Chicken noodle. Matzo Ball. Tom Yum Kai. Don’t even get me started. Up today, a quick and easy take on the classic Greek lemony chicken soup Avgolemono. This is one of those recipes that will make you believe in magic. Six ingredients and twenty minutes come together into something much greater than the sum of their parts. Don’t ask. Just do it. (more…)


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