Cozy up (even when it’s warm!) with your favorite glass of red wine and this vegan Italian “lasagna” bake. We all love a good Italian meal, especially one that’s satiating without all of the empty carbohydrates. This butter bean bake is a great option for vegans looking for creative ways to add protein to their diet. Comfort food is made easy with this fifteen-minute dinner.

This shredded chicken slaw is the perfect weeknight dinner that tastes even better the next day for lunch.

Why we love it: It’s quick, low maintenance and full of protein, fat and fiber. The shredded cabbage will last in the fridge because the salt will pull the excess water out, leaving it crunchy rather than soggy as it marinades with the dressing. Make it ahead of time on a Sunday night and leave yourself leftovers for the week. 

Think of this as a salad that celebrates the freshness of a new season. As our days get longer with bright sunshine and winter’s chill is now far gone, we are treated to the blush and green harvest of spring. Here, crunchy little gems and bitter radicchio are paired with the first asparagus of the year, along with handfuls of herbs, avocado and pink radishes.

Eat with your eyes and elevate your salad with arugula micro-greens, caramelized cauliflower and garlic cashew cream. This recipe features cauliflower and important cruciferous vegetable.

Cruciferous vegetables are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and are a good source of glucosinolates – the sulfur-containing chemicals that are essential for skin health. Studies have associated a link between a high consumption of cruciferous vegetables in our diet and a lower risk of cancer. Be creative with your favorite salad or side dish by choosing to incorporate fibrous vegetables – that pop in color – like cauliflower.

Reaching for protein when it’s snack time is a sure-fire way to stay nourished and energized when the mid-day slump would otherwise kick in (I’m talking to you, 3pm donut-craving). Focusing on protein and fat provides longer lasting fuel than all of those pre-packaged, carb-centric snacks that are readily available for gals on the go.

Aim for whole, unprocessed and organic foods whenever possible. Be wary of things that come in wrappers or have ingredients you can’t pronounce. Remember, snacks can be smaller portions of foods that you normally eat during mealtime!

Here are 18 ideas for healthy snacking.

Stay on track with healthy eating habits and try these easy and delicious winter salads that are bursting with flavor, packed with nutrients, and will satisfy your hunger even on a cold winter’s day.

Below are Citrus & Fennel and Kale Winter salad recipes from PICNIC LAs Executive Chef, Alex Resnick. The newest team of Darling interns was recently welcomed with a brunch at PICNIC, and we’re excited to share a few bites that you can make at home, below!

This post is brought to you by Bertolli. Don’t just eat, Mangia!

The weekend is creeping to a close, and you’re already wishing Monday wasn’t a mere 24 hours away. Wouldn’t it be great if the slow steadiness of Sunday didn’t have to be eclipsed by a looming workday? If we could have something to savor on this special day, something that we could look forward to, relish in and that — beyond all — was easy to implement?

We’ve got you. Bertolli does too. We’re making a case for bringing back the “Sunday Supper,” a dedicated stretch of time where you gather ’round good food and good people and Mangia! like the Italians do. By using Bertolli’s super-simple skillet meals combined with a few finishing touches, we’re walking you through the art of curating your own Sunday supper and revealing why we think this ritual deserves a comeback, below.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we begin to see the grocery store aisles fill with brightly colored candy and mass-produced chocolate. As if nothing says “I Love You” like a Kit Kat.

Some may shy away from the “Hallmark” holiday, but Valentine’s Day actually happens to be one of my favorites; sometimes we need a little reminder to celebrate our loved ones! There’s no law that says you have to purchase anything; it can still be meaningful and romantic regardless of the way you decide to celebrate.

Whether you’re a newlywed, dating, or a family with children, take the opportunity to create a family tradition… just spend a little extra time to make it special and unique.

Aren’t we all looking for ways to save money, save time, and eat healthier? That’s why we’re amped on this latest post from the Glitter Guide, walking you through what it looks like to (actually) meal plan and pack your week full of purposeful meals. Below Almila Kakinc shares her tips for batch cooking!

Coming home from work after a long day, many hear the calling of their bed more than the growling of their stomach. Often, it can seem too grueling of a task to cook a meal. I work until 7:00 p.m. and my commute back home takes an hour. Once I’m home, I want to be able to unwind at the dinner table and not think about what meal to make. So, I have become a whiz at structuring my time and grocery shopping routine to allow for making efficient meals that are readily available for me during work days.

If you’re like us, any new year goals may have centered on not skimping. Not taking the easy route in life, love, or … the kitchen. That’s why we’re loving this simple recipe from Chalkboard Mag. They give you the confidence (and provide the steps) to making even snacking healthier. Read more, below!

WE’VE FALLEN HARD FOR just about everything (including the gorgeous photos) in Food 52’s cookbook, Food52 Baking: 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull Off in a Snap. From classics to new favorites, these easy to execute recipes are perfect crowd pleasers for the holidays or any time of year. Ever made crackers like these at home? They’re surprisingly easy and super chic paired with our recent cheese board DIY from HeirloomLA or our walnut hummus from the Superfood Kitchen class!