Marla Meridith life went across the country and halfway back. The New York-born, California-living mother of two runs Family Fresh Cooking in Colorado, where she invests her time in exploring the outdoors and her love for food. The site is Meridith’s “happy place”  where you can find delectable recipes that uses common ingredients most households would carry. These accessible entrees and desserts, both healthy and wholesome, are a great way to round up your family to the dinner table. Below are three recipes we can’t wait to try:

AVOCADO CARROT SUSHI ROLLS

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This sushi recipe is a perfect example of healthy, on-the-fly meals.  It makes for a perfect main course for school lunchbox or your own for work. Using Green Giant Veggie blend-ins, a vegetable puree that the author mixed into the sushi rice, and avocado, it takes under ten minutes to prep and assemble. If you don’t want the soft texture of a vegetable puree, you can easily substitute it with chopped veggies like carrots and spinach. In the art of making sushi, experimentation is limitless.

ROASTED CARROT LEEK SOUP

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This soup, with a base of fresh baby carrots and chopped leaks, can be enjoyed during both cold and warm days. The only other ingredients needed for this simple soup include black pepper, garlic, olive oil, and salt. We recommend complementing the saltiness of this soup with fresh herbs like cilantro, and a side of sliced artisanal bread.

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

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You heard right, completely flourless. For those who are gluten-free or just want to cut down on flour, this recipe will help you satisfy your sweet tooth. We recommend using canola oil over shortening as a healthy alternative (http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/canola-oil), as well as using dark chocolate with high raw cacao percentage. To turn Meridith’s recipe vegan (it calls for four eggs), substitute each egg with 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons of water. Sharing these brownies with a party? These will be gone in a cinch.

For more inspiration, check out the rest of our Eat and Greet Collection here.


Rika Nurrohmah is a stylist working in one of the high fashion capitals of the world, New York City. When out of her 9-to-5, she's out trying making the world a better place. Music, the arts, traveling, activism, and skateboarding are among her passions; pursuing knowledge and new skills is a way of life. Almost every meal she eats is homemade, and exploring vegan culinary feels more like a hobby than a chore. She aspires to join fashion leaders like Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood in driving the industry down a more ethical and sustainable road to a better future. She graduated from Ohio University’s journalism program. In her downtime, she likes to experience the New York music scene, play guitar, and watch “Sherlock” on repeat.