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EASY + HEALTHY DINNER IDEAS • Vegan Recipes • Lisa Lorles

My mom’s side of the family gets together every Fourth of July for a family reunion. Each year, we meet up at our cousins’ lake house for some totally classic Independence Day activities. The lake community holds an egg toss competition, turtle race and a talent show when the sun goes down, no less.

One of my favorite aspects of the day, other than hanging out with some of my favorite people, is the potluck spread inside the cabin. Everyone brings something to share. Potluck dishes cover the table and overflow onto the kitchen island. I fill my plate with homemade salads and find some room for potato chips—it’s the one day a year that I gorge myself on potato chips. America!

This year, my family is headed East to my cousin’s wedding in Florida, and I’m going South for my best friend’s wedding shower (I’m the maid of honor). I’m already feeling sentimental about the lake, so here are twenty fresh, healthy, potluck-appropriate recipes to bookmark for the summer.

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

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Last weekend, I drove home to Oklahoma for my baby brother’s college graduation. I remember when he was tiny, and I was terrified of dropping him. Now he’s all grown up, and a few inches taller than I am.

A couple of years ago, he developed an interest in videography out of nowhere. Now, he’s made a business of it. He’s going to come up to Kansas City soon and help me make some Cookie and Kate videos! We’re both stubborn perfectionists, and we’re both always right, so stay tuned for how that turns out. Continue Reading »

Broccoli Rabe and Black Bean Quesadillas

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Do you have fun plans for Cinco de Mayo? It’s one of those festive holidays that sneaks up on me, like St. Patrick’s Day, and makes me wish I were a more proactive party planner. Sometimes, I get lucky and my friends use it as an excuse to get together. Other times, I make do with some chips and salsa or a green shirt. Continue Reading »

Kale Guacamole

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The last few months of intense cookbook-ing have been a complete blur, but I know that someone mentioned kale guacamole somewhere along the way. I think my friend Colleen said Whole Foods offers it? I love kale, and I love avocados, so I couldn’t resist the temptation to remix a classic. Continue Reading »

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

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Is there anything better than a hearty breakfast of crispy breakfast potatoes and eggs after a late night? No, I don’t think there is.

I’ve long relegated breakfast potatoes to indulgent breakfast status, but I finally figured out how to roast delectably crisp, diner-style home fries at home. These will definitely make an appearance at my next brunch, and probably on the dinner table, too. They’re that good. Continue Reading »