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Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe with Refried Beans

Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe with Refried Beans | Umami GirlWell, hello there. It’s Tuesday, and Tuesdays are not usually new recipe days on Umami Girl. But we had these quesadillas over the weekend, and Sunday is the Super Bowl, and it just seems crazy not to share this easy vegetarian happiness right this minute.

Why hoard happiness, right? That’s not how it works. That’s DEFINITELY not what the Superb Owl would do. WWTSOD? Not that.

I love these recipes that are equally at home as a quick family dinner and a game-day appetizer. I love, too, that you can awesome these guys up a little bit with pickled onions and cilantro sauce, both of which have been big winners around here for years and can be made in advance. Or you can just break out your favorite jarred salsa and some sour cream and expect a lot of happy campers without a minute’s additional work.  (more…)

Greek Scrambled Eggs and Veggies with Savory Roasted Potatoes

Thank you McCormick for sponsoring Greek Scrambled Eggs and Veggies with Savory Roasted Potatoes. Visit your local Wal-Mart to pick up McCormick Good Morning Breakfast for your family.

Greek Scrambled Eggs with Veggies | Umami GirlYou guys. How is it the end of January right now? Every time I think I’ve gotten used to time speeding up and whisking us into the future, I swear it accelerates again. Dude. Lady. Whoever you are with your hand on the dial. Knock it off, please. Thank you.

I’ve spoken with a few friends and colleagues about this fleeting January, and how we’ve all gotten a heck of a lot done, but not nearly as much as we’d hoped. I don’t know why we do this to ourselves, quietly setting unreasonable expectations that we’re perpetually just shy of meeting. I’m proud to say I’ve been consciously trying to show myself as much compassion as I show others so far this year, and it’s going pretty well. And yet. It’s not a perfect system.

The good news is that even small changes in attitude and behavior can make a big difference in how we feel about these daily challenges. Better yet, those changes can start at breakfast.

Yay for breakfast (more…)

A Basic Green Juice Recipe that’s Easy to Love

Basic Green Juice Recipe | Umami Girl

Here’s something for you. A basic green juice recipe that’s easy to love. It’s fresh-tasting and mildly flavored and full of all sorts of gentle goodness.

Around here we embrace a wide variety of green juice personality types, from assertive but well-balanced to mellow (oh, hi!) to a seriously tangy version coming your way next week. We also like green smoothies, from chill (that’s a great one for beginners and aficionados alike) to cheeky to tangy. (I need to get out more, I know. It’s fine.)

Basic Green Juice Recipe | Umami GirlYou can make this recipe with or without a few kale leaves depending on your preference. It tastes great either way.

As for juicers, I have the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer. It’s a masticating juicer (which I will remind you means CHEWING, you perv), so named to my great chagrin because it kinda chews up your fruits and vegetables and before sending the juice through a strainer. This, as opposed to centrifugal juicers, which win the award for least terrible name but most terrible nutrient retention. Both kinds of juicers are totally great if you’d like to drink your fresh juice right away, but masticating juicers are better at preserving nutrients for up to a few days, in case you like to juice in batches. I like to juice in batches because cleaning either type of juicer is definitely a royal PITA and the worst part of the process.

Okay. I think I should go before we see whether this conversation could get even worse. 🙂

Talk to you soon.

Carolyn xx

Basic Green Juice Recipe

Preparation 00:10 Total Time 0:10
Yields About 6 cups     adjust servings

This simple, fresh-tasting green juice is a great basic addition to your green juice repertoire. It's perfect if you're just easing into the green juice situation, or when you want a mellow vibe from your greens. 🙂 I use the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer, a masticating juicer that juices pretty efficiently and preserves nutrients for a longer period than centrifugal juicers. You can make this recipe with any juicer.


  • 4 large leaves lacinato kale, optional
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 lemons, peel and pith removed
  • 2 small green apples
  • 1 bulb fennel, including fronds
  • 1 bunch celery


Feed all ingredients through juicer in the order listed. Strain juice through a fine-mesh sieve if you like. Stir and serve, or keep in the fridge for up to three days if you use a masticating juicer.


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How to Cook Lentils: A Perfect Pot of Lentils in Under 30 Minutes

How to Cook Lentils | Umami GirlI get excited about lentils. That’s just a fact. You can love me or leave me for it. But I suggest you stay.

If you do, I’ll show you how to cook lentils befitting the fabulous person you are.

Here’s the thing. Legumes are wonderful. Satisfying, versatile, nutritious, comforting. And lentils? Lentils are the breezy, low-maintenance, smarter-than-they-seem friend in the legume squad. (I almost wrote posse instead of squad, but see how millennial I am?) (Not very.)  (more…)

Turmeric Shots Recipe

Turmeric Shot Recipe | Umami Girl

Hello from the middle of a loooooog juice cleanse. I’m Januarying so hard it’ll be mid-February before it’s all said and done. More on the details of the cleanse and my tenuous (if high-energy!) grasp on sanity in a later post. But today, here’s a great little recipe for your juicer that you’ll love incorporating into your real-life eating (or hey, your next juice cleanse).

Turmeric shots are a delicious, vibrant blend of turmeric, ginger, golden beet, carrot, orange, green apple and lime juices. They’re a nice little natural pick-me-up full of micronutrients. Compared to, say, your average balanced green juice, they’re high in naturally occurring sugars and best served in cute doses of a few ounces, which is all you need anyway.  (more…)


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.