20 Minute Chicken Fajita Polenta Bowls

20 Minute Chicken Fajita Polenta Bowls | thekitchenpaper.com

I’ve officially been car-free for 2.5 weeks now! That’s three full work-weeks, for me! While I’d like to claim it’s been 100% successful and awesome, I have to admit that it’s only been 99% successful and 99% awesome. There have been some … incidents. OK nothing serious, BUT: thank goodness I haven’t been late to… 

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Soft Pretzels | thekitchenpaper.com

Soft Pretzels

Here’s another throwback for you guys! This was one of the very first real yeasty “bread” recipes I ever made, and one of the first ones on this blog! HEYO! I’m such a sucker for soft pretzels… hellooo Auntie Anne’s! This dough recipe can be loaded up with any topping — cinnamon sugar, icing, mustard,… 

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Quick Guacamole | thekitchenpaper.com

Quick Guacamole

I really wanted to name this “instant guacamole” but … well, as much as I truly believe this is about the quickest way you could POSSIBLY make guacamole, I can’t in good conscience say “instant” if it takes more than 1 (maaaaybe 2) seconds. This takes like 100 seconds. So, instant times 100. TECHNICALITIES ASIDE:… 

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Salted Chocolate Oat Fudge | thekitchenpaper.com

Salted Chocolate Oat Fudge

This right here is #1 reason I’m loving life at the moment. I mean, there are a million wonderful things to love (great weather, great friends, fun outings, upcoming trips, etc.) HOWEVER: This salted chocolate oat fudge (with pecans!) is hands down the most addictive thing I’ve made in recent history. AND I SWEAR TO… 

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Brown Sugar Salmon with Asparagus Strawberry Topping | thekitchenpaper.com

Brown Sugar Salmon with Asparagus Strawberry Topping

I’m not sure if it’s the quality of TV I’ve been watching, or if it’s something entirely different, but I have been CRACKING UP — out loud — alone in my apartment… and I’m very aware of it. At first I didn’t notice much, but then I started realizing: did I used to do this?… 

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Quinoa Sushi Salad | thekitchenpaper.com

Quinoa Sushi Salad

Throwback Thursday this week is one of my all-time favorites: QUINOA SUSHI SALAD! This salad combines all of my favorite sushi flavors (mainly, WASABI!) with a healthy, veggie-ful, vegetarian salad. I still make this regularly, and since it makes A TON of salad I eat it all week for lunch. I swear the flavors get… 

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Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp | thekitchenpaper.co

Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp

Welcome back to my absolute favorite rhubarb flavor combinations E.V.E.R. Raspberry + rhubarb = dreams coming true. I’m actually seriously passionate about this: BEST FLAVOR COMBO EVER. BEST USE OF HYPERBOLE EVER. Heeeeeeyaaah! {Note to self: cut down on coffee} This crisp may appear to be one little tiny serving, but I assure you it’s… 

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Cinnamon Pear Berry Coconut Water Smoothie | thekitchenpaper.com

Cinnamon Pear Berry Coconut Water Smoothie

THANK GOODNESS IT’S MONDAY! Oof. Seriously. I spent 95% of this weekend sick in bed, which is 100% lame and not at all how I’d planned it, but am now (mostly) back to normal and leaving this weekend (and this cold) behind. I actually cancelled lunch plans on Mother’s Day with with my Mom and… 

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Single Serving Chorizo Kale Frittata | thekitchenpaper.com

Single Serving Chorizo Kale Frittata

Three things: chorizo + kale + gruyere. THREE AMAZING THINGS! Oh my goodness. These three in combination are like dynamite in the mouth for me! Boom pow pow PIZAAAA! That’s pih-zaa, not pizza. Clearly. We’re making dynamite noises! I’ve been majorly slacking on breakfast lately, mostly because I haven’t been working out (oops), which means… 

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Strawberry Swirl Pound Cake

Throwback Thursday! This is perfect timing: BERRY SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING! I’ve been stocking up on all sorts of sale items this week at the grocery: cheap strawberries and cheap avocados! My guacamole consumption at the moment is obscene. In a wonderful way. AS IS MY STRAWBERRY SWIRL POUNDCAKE INTAKE! Oh man. I actually need… 

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Almond Milk Dirty Chai | thekitchenpaper.com

Almond Milk Dirty Chai

Almond milk dirty chai! THE BEST KIND OF CHAI! I’m all about good ol’ chai — I slurp it down at amazing rates every time I go out for Indian food, and then wonder why I can’t sleep — but you guys KNOW I love my coffee. Love love my coffee. The first thing I… 

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Spicy Ginger Peanut Butter Soup | thekitchenpaper.com

Spicy Ginger Peanut Butter Soup

Happy happy Monday! I’m writing to you from my NEW (to me) comfy, functional, beaaauuutiful couch! The “functional” part of that description is definitely up for debate, but we’re gonna roll with it. I was planning on getting a sleeper couch, for when ALL OF YOU COME VISIT ME (!!), but this couch popped onto… 

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Almond Berry Baked Oatmeal | thekitchenpaper.com

Almond Berry Baked Oatmeal

You guys! I feel like we have so much to catch up on! Now that I’M BACK and being a real human being with you all (oh haaay!), I want to return to over-sharing like WHOA. If you follow me on snapchat (@thekitchenpaper) you may already be sick of my over-sharing my little heart out…. 

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Easy Chocolate Pudding | thekitchenpaper.com

Easy Chocolate Pudding

Thank you all so much for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support after the news in yesterday’s post. I woke up yesterday in my new apartment — living alone for the first time ever in my life — to find so many comments and emails and facebook messages and tweets full of encouragement and… 

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Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough | thekitchenpaper.com

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

We’re gonna get serious for a moment here. I’ve been putting off writing this post for quite a while now. This blog has been ridiculously impersonal lately because I’ve been going through a really challenging time in my life. I struggle to write anything real on these pages, as I try so hard to bury… 

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Vegetarian Samosa Pizza | thekitchenpaper.com

Vegetarian Samosa Pizza

Vegetarian samosas = YUM. Pizza = YUM. If my middle school math teacher taught me anything, that means VEGETARIAN SAMOSA PIZZA = YUM. We are completely crossing lines of Indian/Italian here, but we’re gonna roll with it. Remember last week when we did that with Mexican/Italian? Italy is getting around, I tell you what! To… 

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Lime Mint Slush | thekitchenpaper.com

Lime Mint Slush

SPRING IS HERE! I know I keep rambling on and on about spring, but seriously: it’s here. Hallelujah! Except for the last few days in Portland. Sorry, Oregon, but you’ve gone back to cold rain. NOT COOL. But I know spring is under there somewhere! WE WILL MEET AGAIN! You know what goes will with… 

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