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Clam Chowder

By | Nashville Food

I realize it’s not exactly soup weather, but my husband I were in the cool Cape Cod breeze recently and I noticed he ordered New England clam chowder as a starter at every meal. For Father’s Day, I decided to try and surprise him with a homemade version of it. We don’t eat a lot of clam chowder in the South and I was nervous to attempt it, but after enough research, I think I pulled it off. It had all the elements of bacon and cream and potatoes and clams with just the right thickness. I’m going to freeze some so I can eat it during those early, healing, warm-foods-only postpartum days. #fathersdaydinner #notvegetarian #notdairyfree #notlowfat #feedthemwell #cheatmeal #summersoup #newenglandclamchowder #postpartumsoup #postpartumhealth

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Refreshing Watermelon Salad

By | Nashville Food

The heat has hit and we’re eating all the cool treats we can gather. Last night I fed some hungry musicians hot dogs, veggie dogs, roasted asparagus, grilled corn on the cob, and this refreshing watermelon salad. It had fresh watermelon, @whitesquirrelfarm radishes and cucumbers, red onion, shaved jalapeño, feta, local mint and basil, s&p and lots of fresh lime juice. I like to put it in the freezer for about 45 minutes before I serve it so it’s extra cold and crispy. #eatrealfood #feedthemwell #nashvilleeats #summersalad #vegetarian #supportlocalfarmers

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Greek Yogurt Biscuits

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I know I’m getting close to baby time, because I woke up this morning with the urge to bake. I don’t know what it is about 8+ months pregnant being the only time I want to follow a recipe – maybe it’s the amount of control it offers during a time that offers very little. 🤷🏼‍♀️ These are Greek yogurt biscuits, adapted from a @twopeasandpod recipe, and for being a first-time biscuit maker (I had to google “how do you cut butter?” 🤪), I’d say they turned out ok! Instead of yogurt, I used kefir and they still tasted great. I’d definitely make these again. I served them with butter and honey and alongside fresh fruit and scrambled duck eggs. #sundaybiscuits #vegetarianbreakfast #eatrealfood #yogurtbiscuits #feedthemwell #eatorganic #nashvilleeats

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Stuffed acorn squash for dinner tonight. This one took quite a bit of convincing for my older one to try, but once I deconstructed it, he was more open to it. I roasted the squash halves while I cooked the quinoa and sautéed the veggies (carrots, onions, celery, cauliflower). Then I added the quinoa to the veggie mixture and poured a little dressing of olive oil, Meyer lemon, garlic powder, paprika, and s&p. I scooped it all into the squash, sprinkled some feta on top and broiled for a few minutes. My little one loves pomegranate seeds, so I added some before I served it. This meal is super simple to make and only takes about 30-40 minutes. #vegetarian #vegan #acornsquash #eattherainbow #eatorganic #eatrealfood #feedthemwell #nashvilleeats #springsupper

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Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberry “Jam”

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Chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes with strawberry “jam”. I followed a mostly traditional buttermilk pancake recipe, but used half whole wheat/half all purpose flour, subbed @shortmountaincultures coconut kefir for Greek yogurt, and added mini vegan chocolate chips. My husband said they might be the best pancakes he’s ever had! For the strawberry “jam”, I blended about 4 cups of hulled @oakgrovefarmstn strawberries, honey, and chia seeds. I separated it into baby food jars and placed them in the freezer a few days ago. Before I used it, I let one jar thaw and put it in the microwave for a few seconds so it wouldn’t be too cold when I drizzled it on top of the pancakes. 🥞🍓 #chocolatechippancakes #strawberryjam #sundaybreakfast #sundayfunday #eatwholefoods #eatrealfood #supportlocalfarmers #eatnashville #feedthemwell #strawberryseason

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Sweet and Savory Avocado Toasts

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We had sweet and savory avocado toasts for lunch yesterday. The one on the left has mashed avo, salt, pepper, lime juice, cherry tomatoes, @greendoorgourmet summer salad pickles, red pepper flakes, and some tomatillo hot sauce we picked up at @hipdfarmersmarket on Friday. The one on the right has mashed avo, @oakgrovefarmstn strawberries, pistachios, @shortmountaincultures golden milk coconut kefir, hemp seeds, and a drizzle of #butterbeanfarm raw honey. Both served on toasted sourdough. #avotoast #knowyourfarmer #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocalfarmers #eatrealfood

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Smoothie – Popsicle – Margarita

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Nashville skipped right over springtime and all I want in my third trimester is a cool refreshment and an air conditioner. Yesterday, we went to the fantastic @hipdfarmersmarket per the recommendation of my friend @melcorbin. It’s held on an old plantation with a beautiful mansion, surrounded by massive trees and has a good amount of vendors. We scooped up a whole bunch of fresh strawberries from @oakgrovefarmstn and I made some strawberry chia freezer “jam” and this hydrating smoothie. It has strawberries, frozen watermelon, cucumber, lime, mint and chia seeds. I think it would also be delicious frozen into a popsicle. And, if you added tequila, it might just be your new favorite margarita. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #springtime #summertime #smoothierecipes #refreshingrecipes #eatlocal #eatorganic #eatwholefoods #nashvilleeats #veganpopsicles #vegansmoothie #supportlocalfarmers #supportlocalfarmersmarkets #margaritatime

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Strawberry Season in Tennessee

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Strawberry season in Tennessee means you can actually PICK your own strawberries. It’s amazing! 🍓🍓🍓Yesterday, we went to @greendoorgourmet and ended up with a whole bunch of fresh, juicy berries. And, although I couldn’t be with my Momma today, I made this whipped strawberry butter in honor of her love of them. With a hand mixer, I whipped 2 sticks of softened butter. Then, I added chopped, meddled strawberries (+ their juices) and some honey. Just keep mixing until it’s the consistency you want. I also added a little lemon zest to mine and served it with toasted raisin bread. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the hard-working mothers out there. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. #happymothersday #mothersday2018 #motherhood #strawberryseason #nashvilleeats #eatrealfoods #supportlocalfarmers #eatorganic

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Super Fresh Bowls

By | Nashville Food

I made some super fresh bowls tonight by using nearly all local and organic ingredients from farmer’s markets I visited this week. One reason I love Tennessee is because of the easy access to farmers who work tirelessly to grow the best food and share it with those of us without a green thumb. This bowl had kale, radishes and snap peas from @whitesquirrelfarm. They have definitely been our go-to the last couple of years – we love the food and the farmers! I also added some grilled zucchini from @greendoorgourmet, Japanese sweet potatoes and the most incredible king oyster mushrooms (sautéed in garlic, mirin, tamari, lime, and red pepper flakes) from @enfarmersmarket. I roasted some chickpeas with salt and pepper, cumin, turmeric, and chili powder until they were almost crisp. The dressing is a sesame ginger from @annieshomegrown and I topped mine with nutritional yeast and my favorite golden milk coconut kefir from @shortmountaincultures. The rest of my family had rice and quinoa in their bowls for some added grain. #veganbowl #veggiebowl #supportlocalfarmers #eatorganic #eatrealfood #nashvilleeats

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