Author Archives: Briana Goodall, CPC

Grilled Shrimp, Tomato, and Avocado Fiesta Salad: Craving a Taste of the Tropics

There comes a time when the excitement of the holidays is over, the motivation and enthusiasm of the new year has waned, and the burst of bustling spring energy still seems far off. This is about the time of year when I get sick of winter, and I start longing for the beach. More specifically,…

Beef, Chorizo, Bacon, and Poblano Pepper Chili

Growing food in Colorado is a challenging endeavor. Because I come from a fairly balmy Pacific-Northwest climate, I’m used to putting some seeds in the ground and reaping huge rewards with little effort. My plants grew grow massive and lush, and the winters were usually warm enough that I could have a cold frame going…

Cajun-Spiced Roast Chicken with Spicy Buttermilk Slaw

Refresh Your Spice Pantry and Your Palate A well-stocked pantry plays a significant role in preparing healthy, home-cooked meals. It’s also practically indispensable for customizing your meals and keeping your taste buds happy and intrigued. Assorted condiments, vinegars, canned and pickled goods, herbs, and spices can make all the difference in taking your meals to…

Sushi with Cauliflower Rice

Versatile and tasty, cauliflower “rice” is one of the newest trends of the times. Formerly confined to a scant few home kitchens, it’s now making waves in the marketplace. You can even find it, premade and packaged, in some grocery store aisles. It’s essentially nothing more than plain old cauliflower that’s pulsed in a food processor to look like rice and then subbed into your favorite recipes instead of such….

Sausage, Cauliflower, and Bell Pepper Hash with Crispy Fried Eggs

The most common explanation I get from people who have difficulties eating a healthy diet is that they lack time to prepare home-cooked, nourishing food. Understandable. The pressure of jobs, commutes, and family responsibilities makes it quite difficult to put nutritious, quick meals on the table each night. For many of us, it’s not a…

Chocolate-Dipped Einkorn Shortbread (Two Ways): Pistachio-Cherry & Coconut-Chai Spiced

One of my all-time favorite quotes is by Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not a singular act, but a habit.” A new year is the perfect time for new beginnings and a significant chance to wipe our slate clean of negative habits. Come the start of the January, many of…

Italian Wedding Soup

For many of us, the holiday season is typically full of bustling activity and a veering away from our usual routines. We frequently indulge in too much food and drink, and we feel added pressure to attend social and family functions. Our sleep patterns sway, and we experience even more stress as we strain ourselves…

Creamy Greek Meat and Tomato Casserole

I’d be terribly hard-pressed if I had to choose a favorite international cuisine. I appreciate and enjoy almost all good, wholesome food. And thankfully, today we have an abundance of globally inspired flavors and nutritional benefits at our disposal, so we’re free to experiment and introduce our taste buds to new foods quite easily. Every…

Make-Ahead Einkorn Biscuits with Country Sausage Gravy

I was recently presented with the task of reinventing a classic comfort food found in diners: biscuits and gravy. The challenge was to elevate this dish using real, whole food ingredients. Skeptical at first that I could accomplish this with much success, I was incredibly impressed by the outcome. So much so that I knew…

Seafood Bouillabaisse

Every family has unique holiday customs they call their own. Growing up in a large, nontraditional, multispiritual family, our rituals were as diverse and distinctive as us. We pulled pages from cultures and religions around the world and imbued them with our own important traditions. Against this backdrop and our collective imagination, we created winter…

Beneficial Bone Broth, Five Delicious Ways

I wrote last week about staying strong and healthy through the busy holiday season. Nutritious food is one of my most important pillars of self-care, especially around this time of year when illness is aplenty (and downtime not so abundant). One of my secret weapons is to sip on rich, nutritious meat stocks throughout the…

Quinoa Pilaf with Roasted Roots, Spinach, and Pecans

This time of year is made for rest and recharging. The cooler temperatures and darker days beckon us to look inward, recover our strength, and give our body, brain, and spirit a break. Unfortunately, this time of year is also very demanding. Expectations and pressures from both others and ourselves are often heightened during the…

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

I’m pretty sure I’ve confessed this before to all you readers, but here I go again: I’m one of those people. I enjoy holiday leftovers far more than the original meal itself. And not simply because when there’s leftovers I have one less dinner to prepare (though occasionally that’s a welcome break). It’s just that…

Herbed Hasselback Butternut Squash with Dijon-Maple Glaze and Hazelnuts

Growing up, I don’t recall ever seeing any heavily sweetened Thanksgiving side dishes on our table. I’m talking candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole with condensed cream of mushroom soup, and jellied cranberry sauce shaped exactly like the can it came from. Instead, our celebrations were more like the traditional American Thanksgiving, and…

Sour Cream-Einkorn Coffee Cake with Pears, Walnuts, and Cardamom

Now that fall is upon us in full force, my last yearnings for the crisp and cool flavors of summer have dwindled, and I’m getting into the spirit of all the wonderful, comforting, seasonal ingredients this time of year has to offer. Earthy root vegetables, hearty squash, and juicy pome fruits—the family of fruits with…

Hearty Beef and Beet Borscht

Few food dishes are as controversial as borscht. Multiple countries have long argued over who gets to claim the ancestral rights to this iconic soup. (Though the most universal consensus in support of borscht’s exact origin seems to be the Ukraine, I’m also looking at you, Russia, Hungary, and Poland!) A few things we can…

Grilled Butterflied Chicken with Herb Vinaigrette

In our house, it’s never too late to grill. Unless there’s two feet of snow on the ground, a miserable downpour, or a bitter wind, I’ve got at least a couple grill meals on rotation each week. One of my absolute favorites is grilled chicken pieces. I’m a crispy skin person to the point that…

Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks with Rosemary, Tomato, Capers, and Olives

There’s something about a lamb shank that feels so primitive to me. Maybe it’s the protruding, handle-like bone that looks like a big club, but whenever I see a hefty, cooked shank, I always (hilariously) picture a caveman wrapped in mammoth fur with delicious meat juices running down his chin. No matter how hard you…

Gingered Yam Soup with Cajun Chicken and Crème Fraiche

I’ve spent the past few years delving deep into my psyche, exploring patterns and my brain–body connection, and deciphering my present-day emotions, mindsets, triggers, etc., in relation to my past experiences. Basically, I’ve been trying to figure out why I do what I do and use that information to make my existence on this Earth…

Indian Masala Organ Meats

I’ve always been someone who dives into regions outside of my comfort zone and that’s especially true with food. As far back as I can remember, I was eating unique things most children would shy away from. An explorer at heart, I have always strived to learn, and I learn best through immersive experience. These…