Author: Vivacious Chef

Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dinner, Easy, Healthy


Need an easy dinner based on things you already have on hand? If your pantry and fridge are stocked like mine, then this is your dish. These basics are always on hand – you could just as easily skip the feta if you didn’t have it, and it will be just as good. Promise. 3 Tbsp […]

Dinner, Gluten Free, Light, Side Dish

Perfect Brown Rice

Perfect brown rice takes work, and it’s achieved by following the package directions. To help it, we found that you need less liquid than than you think.   Perfect Brown Rice 2 c. brown rice, rinsed 1 small yellow onion, minced 1 Tbsp. olive oil 3-1/4 c chicken stock In a heavy bottomed pan over […]

Appetizers, Comfort Food, Easy, Healthy, Light, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian


There are a million hummus recipes out there. Here’s the one I prefer. Basic Hummus 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/2 c. tahini paste (mix well before measuring) 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1 lemon, juiced 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper water (if necessary) Add all of the ingredients (except […]


Better Minestrone

Minestrone soup was one of the first recipes from the early days of this blog. After forgetting about minestrone for a long time, I wanted to bring it back into rotation but with more satisfying flavor. This version has more depth of flavor and less ingredients, because, let’s be honest, not every dish on a […]

Comfort Food, Dinner, Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, Light, Side Dish, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Beans & Greens

This dish doesn’t sound like much, but the combination makes it perfect: savory, substantial, and flavorful. It’s so versatile that you can substitute whatever green or bean you have on hand.¬†On top of that, it’s so easy that it’s a no-brainer on a weeknight – we make it at least once a week as a […]

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