Energy-Packed Date Balls

I’ve mentioned before that Tim is an avid trail runner. Currently, he is training for the Golden Gate Dirty 30 which will be hosted outside of Blackhawk, CO in June. It’s a 50k trail race that boasts over 7000 feet of climbing! He’s really been racking up the miles in the past few weeks and boy…

Roasted Beet Burgers with Balsamic Reduction

Oh how we love the umami taste of roasted beets! Better still, let’s stack those beets on a meaty burger and top it with savory pickled onions, feta cheese and a balsamic reduction. Yes please! I know what you’re thinking. Why not just make burger patties out of beets as a delicious vegetarian alternative? We’ve…

Smokey Sweet Potato and Chicken Skillet

This power-packed meal is perfect for refueling after a tough workout. Sweet potatoes are a nutrient-dense source of carbohydrates that help the body replenish depleted glycogen stores, and the chicken provides needed protein for recovery. A plus is that this recipe makes for an easy work night dinner that will provide plenty of leftovers to pack for lunches. The best…

Pork Shoulder Roast

Tim went to Keystone this past weekend for a ski trip in celebration of his good friend’s bachelor party. So, lots of skiing and lots of drinking. I wanted them to have some good grub to help reduce those hangovers a little, so, I made a tender and delicious pork roast. This recipe has been my go-to…

Lover’s Pizza

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow fellas, and if you’re looking for a way to impress your sweetheart why not try this delicious white pizza with goat cheese, prosciutto, and aphrodisiacal figs. This pizza was thought up by Mairead on a whim, and as is often the case with her intuition regarding food, the flavor profiles on…

Coconut Curry Hummus

Have we mentioned that we adore hummus?! On toast, in our buddha bowls, by the spoonful….hey, don’t judge! Hummus is such a common staple of ours, that we are always looking for new flavor combos to change it up. This creamy and delightful recipe was inspired by this Thai Coconut Curry hummus. We added coconut milk which brings…

Love and Umami’s Pantry 

While I wish I could say we always have it together and do grocery shopping and meal prep on the weekend, that is not always the case. We both work full-time jobs, take classes, and are generally busy beavers, so sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, I know the importance of fresh food, but…

Meat Stew with Rosemary and Wine

With over a foot of snow on the ground and temperatures forecasted to be in the single digits this past weekend, Mairead and I were needing a hearty meal. We usually like to keep our meat consumption to a minimum, but given the conditions, we decided it was time to do something with a bit…

Creamy Polenta With Caramelized Fennel and Roasted Veggies

As runners, we’re always on the look out for recipe ideas that pack lots of nutrition without sacrificing our love of savory goodness. This recipe was inspired by a local side dish from one of our favorite restaurants, but we decided to make it into a complete and filling meal. Creamy polenta is topped with…

Tomato Lentil with Sage and Chile Powder

You know how when it’s 70 degrees in the spring it feels amazing but at the end of summer it gives you a chill? No? Just me? Okay, well that’s how I’ve been feeling. We’ve had slightly lower temperatures here for a couple days so naturally I’ve been craving warm meals. I dug out some…

Homemade Veggie Broth

The base to many great recipes is a savory broth. Yes, you can use store-bought broth, but you’ll also be buying broth that is generally chalk full of salt and preservatives. You can make your own homemade broth, using kitchen scraps that might otherwise go to waste. It’s an easy and cheap way to get…