Skordalia with Marcona Almonds

This recipe for a potato and garlic dip, called skordalia, is a delicious snack or lunch. You can eat it with a crusty piece of bread or a bunch of fresh veggies. It’s thick, rich, and really hits the spot. I included marcona almonds in this skordalia, and used them as a garnish as well, and I’d highly recommend them – as they are a lighter and sweeter than traditional almonds.

Skordalia with Marcona Almonds - a Greek dip that's deliciously heavy on the garlic. (vegan, vegetarian, whole 30) | Shiny Happy Bright

I didn’t realize the Great British Bake Off has been on Netflix for a few months – but now that I know, I’ve been watching way too much of it. I’ve been through a season and a half in the past two weeks, and it’s just the best. I actually really prefer it to any American reality TV programs – it seems like the bakers like each other and it’s not wildly competitive (although, people are obviously still upset when they go home). It really makes me want to get into the kitchen and make some cakes, but I’m doing Whole 30 right now, so I just have to live vicariously!

Skordalia with Marcona Almonds - a Greek dip that's deliciously heavy on the garlic. (vegan, vegetarian, whole 30) | Shiny Happy Bright
Skordalia with Marcona Almonds - a Greek dip that's deliciously heavy on the garlic. (vegan, vegetarian, whole 30) | Shiny Happy Bright

I’m getting on my flight to Japan today! It’s a ridiculously long trip (14 hour flight), but I’m really excited to visit Tokyo and Kitakyushu. I’m going to be doing a bunch of Instagram stories – hoping to catch lots of cherry blossoms – so feel free to follow along on Insta! Have a great week!



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A healthy breakfast - Arugula, Asparagus & a Poached Egg

I've only recently learned I can rather easily poach an egg - in large part to this excellent video. I've made this recipe for a healthy breakfast with arugula, asparagus, and a poached egg a few times and it is delicious, fresh, and filling. I'm doing Whole 30 right now, so this recipe is a great start to my day. 

A healthy breakfast of arugula, asparagus, and a poached egg. A perfect, vegetarian meal. | Shiny Happy Bright

So, I had this dream last night that I produced an amazing quarterly magazine (that was actually made of fabric) with James Franco (he was not a celebrity in the dream). We traveled around in a van and took photos and, even though I thought it would completely bomb, our magazine was wildly successful. So now I think maybe I should look into the feasibility of fabric magazines... For real though, I have been having weirdly vivid dreams, which I've heard a bunch of people in the Whole 30 forums say is a side affect of the major switch in diet. 

A healthy breakfast of arugula, asparagus, and a poached egg. A perfect, vegetarian meal. | Shiny Happy Bright

I hope you are having a stellar week - even though I'm guessing a few of you reading this might have a bit of sad, almost-spring snow blanketing your surroundings. Take heart, I do too, and it hasn't stopped the excellent spring produce (I cannot get enough radishes!) from hitting the stores. Enjoy this recipe. If you make it let me know by using the hashtag #shinyhappybright or @shinyhappybright on Instagram or Facebook


This meal was inspired by this lovely recipe from Cooking Light


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Artichoke Potato Salad with Dill

This artichoke potato salad with dill is fresh and filling. It’s a simple recipe and is largely hands-off, as the bulk of the time is spent roasting the potatoes. This salad makes for a very nice lunch or would pair nicely with roast chicken.

Artichoke Potato Salad with Carrots & Dill. Beautiful spring flavors. (vegan, vegetarian, whole 30) | Shiny Happy Bright

For me, this dish is winter (potatoes) meeting spring (artichokes, dill, carrots) – which is exactly what this crazy month is shaping up to be. It snowed 4 inches last night! We haven’t had real snow since December and now this?! The daffodils were already coming up, I had transitioned to my spring coat, and had moved on from the fleece lined tights. Thankfully, it looks like it will be in the 50s by the end of the week though.

I’ve already added the Tokyo and Kitakyushu weather conditions to my weather app, so I can figure out what to pack for my Japan trip next week. I’m also tracking the cherry blossoms at this very fun site. I think it’s very possible I will see the early blooms in Kitakyushu – so fingers crossed!

Artichoke Potato Salad with Carrots & Dill. Beautiful spring flavors. (vegan, vegetarian, whole 30) | Shiny Happy Bright

I hope you enjoy this delicious salad recipe! If you make it, send me a photo @shinyhappybright on Instagram or Facebook or use the hashtag #shinyhappybright

Have a great week!


This dish was inspired by an awesome Greek restaurant called Taxim, in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. If you live in Chicago or are visiting, I would recommend it if you like small plates and young wine. 


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