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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

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    A Look Back.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula.

I’m starting to find my groove in the kitchen again.  So many colorful ingredients fresh for summer, so much light late into the evening (for late night grilling! and photography!), and two kids who are overlapping their long afternoon naps.  Truly amazing what a big difference a few little things can make.

Getting back into running (and Casey too – he’s training for the Portland Marathon!) also has me feeling extra driven to make our family’s health one of our biggest priorities.  I make a point to always have plenty of colors and veggies on Cullen’s plate (and now Graham too!), but then I put them down for naps and eat Larabars for lunch.  It’s an easy rut and habit to fall into, but in order to be a good example – and to just be healthier myself! – I’m trying to walk the walk a bit more. 

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

This pasta salad is one of my favorite dinners right now.  I have to give credit where it’s due though – I pretty much replicated a delicious salad I got from our local health store’s hot bar a few weeks ago (you can see a peek of it in this post during our picnic!).  I scarfed down bite after bite, and then immediately grabbed a piece of paper to jot down the ingredients I could identify.  I whipped up my version last week, and I’m already itching to make it again.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • 2 packages ravioli pasta (~1lb)
  • 1/2 cup thinly shaved leeks
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 handfuls arugula
  • pinch of salt (to taste)


While I’m enjoying being in the kitchen more, fresh pasta is just not realistic right now.  So I set off to find a ravioli that seemed like a good fit for the salad I had in mind.  I found exactly what I was looking for at Trader Joe’s!

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

Of course, you can use any pasta you prefer, but I’d suggest something that compliments the tanginess of the lemon and feta, and brings a little extra green into the meal!  Cook pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta cooks, go ahead and slice the leeks and green onions. For the leeks, you want to do a very thin slice only on the thick stem, and for the onions thinly slice the dark green stalk. Add both to a large mixing bowl.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

Chop your mint leaves and add to the bowl as well — can you ever have too much mint?

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

Use a microplane to zest one entire lemon (and then put them lemon back in the fridge – it should keep even if it looks naked!) over the mixing bowl.

Defrost one cup of peas (or use fresh if the season is right!), and add to the bowl along with 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese. I personally love sheep’s milk feta!

Once the pasta is cooked, drain well and pat dry if needed. Then add to the mixing bowl and toss. Top the bowl with two generous handfuls of fresh arugula and drizzle with two tablespoons olive oil. Add a healthy pinch of salt (but you shouldn’t need too much – feta is already such a salty flavor!), and mix it all up.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

Serve immediately, or cold after refrigerating. This is delicious served right away, but also makes for yummy leftovers.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

This is a great dish to make for or take to a party or picnic, as the pasta is filling but the rest of the dish is so fresh and light.  A definite crowd pleaser!

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

We’re adding this to our regular summer menu, and I’m adding arugula to our list of greens to grow next summer. 

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

As always, enjoy!

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Made In America.

When I was pregnant with Cullen, I can remember obsessing over Amazon reviews and baby registry sites – feeling so overwhelmed and all-consumed by choosing all the right stuff for our impending bundle of joy.  It is funny to think back on now, as it all felt like such a HUGE deal at the time.  But like every new parent, I wanted to make what I felt like were the best choices for our baby, and so I over-analyzed and obsessed like (most) new parents do.

I remember laying on our couch in Fremont reading my local library copy of Baby Bargains, and reading the section all about choosing your baby’s crib.  For some reason I got completely hung up on the info about chemicals, toxins, and looking for cribs that were locally made.  I’m not sure why this particular item felt so important – maybe because I knew he’d (hopefully) be spending so much time in there? – but either way, I set out to find a crib that was made right here in the US of A. 

We ended up choosing the Land of Nod Straight Up Crib, which served Cullen well for two years and is now being put to good use by Graham!

land of nod crib

And while we have certainly bought and received products from all over the world in the two years we’ve been parents, I’ve done my best to look for things that are as environmentally-friendly and eco-conscious as possible.  Pickwick & Weller is an apparel company that specializes in clothing that is ethically made in the USA.  Right now they are hosting a Made in America campaign, asking people to remove one foreign made item from their closest and replace it with something made here in the US:

Did you know that 98% of the clothing in America is imported from abroad? Simply removing one foreign made item from your wardrobe and replacing it with an American made garment or accessory can create a meaningful impact on US job growth. In fact, if everyone in America spent just $20 on apparel made in the USA this year, we could create 62,500 jobs. Buying a small amount of American made clothing each year is one of the most surprisingly simple and immediate ways to put Americans back to work. We invite you to join the movement and take the Made in America Closet Pledge.  By removing one foreign made item from your wardrobe and replacing with an American made garment or accessory you’re supporting ethical working environments and keeping valuable jobs in our country.

In the spirit of their campaign to highlight American-made products, I thought I’d share some of our favorite children’s’ brands and products that are made here as well…

Green Toys


These toys are all made entirely from recycled plastic, and there is a good mix of toys for all ages and stages.  In our house, we have the dish set to go with Cullen’s play kitchen, the dump truck to move mulch chips around in the backyard, and of course  – the trash truck!  For little guys like Graham, there is also a nice twisty teether and a colorful set of stacking cups!



While we certainly have a mix of toys from all over, and a healthy mixture of plastic, cloth, and wood (and even – gasp! – electronics), I feel most passionate about the things that I know are going to be chewed and gnawed on.  I try to be really mindful of the teethers and chew toys we buy, and look for things with no PVC, BPA, and other harsh chemicals.  I really like these Lifefactory teething rings because they are made locally out of good materials, and they are a great shape and size for tiny fingers!

In addition to some of these “fancier” and sleeker newer brands, you might not realize that some of the kid classics are made in America too. 

Little Tykes, anyone?

While I have done my best to not let our house get completely overrun with neon colored plastic, I can also recognize the value in having fun things for Cullen to play on outside (or bring in during the winter!) that are easy to clean and durable in all types of weather.  I scored this ride-on tractor on Craigslist last year, and it was $20 well spent.  He’s been riding it inside all winter, and when friends come over they love to take turns riding in the back. 


And another amazing Little Tykes Craigslist steal – the Endless Adventures Tikes Town playhouse!  I spent all of last summer scouring Craigslist for a playhouse that wasn’t pink and purple, and ended up getting this awesome schoolhouse for $30.  Cullen absolutely loves it, and he even played inside when we got some snow last weekend. 

outdoor fun

Step 2 is actually the largest toy manufacturer in the United States – selling classic outdoor play items like playhouses, the cozy coupe car, and kids’ picnic tables.  We bought our adjustable sand and water table from Step 2 last summer, and it was a hit all summer long. 

We also love the Step 2 Van For Two car that we found on the side of the road in our neighborhood (and cleaned up!) earlier last year.  The quality of these toys is long lasting, and they can really hold up to hard use from toddlers, and even winters left outside. 

cozy coupe

Who wants to go for a ride?  :)

California Baby


While I don’t think you can expect to do anything 100% naturally, I tend to be a stickler when it homes to beauty and cleaning products.  All those chemicals scare me, and even more so when I imagine them on the soft baby skin of my kids.  We love California Baby soap and bath bubbles, and it is our go-to sunscreen in the warmer months.  I have a tube in the car, one at one, and one in my diaper bag at all times!  Products are made in – you guessed it – California!

Last but not least, I thought it would be fun to include something that is not only made in the US, but is actually made right here in Yakima, WA – just outside of Seattle! 

Liberty Bottleworks


These awesome bottles are the only metal bottle that is made in America, and they are also the only bottles made entirely of recycled materials.  These drink bottles come in both kid and adult sizes, and you can choose from a variety of gorgeous patterns and cap colors.  Each bottle is designed by a different artist (many of whom are local to Seattle!) and their profiles are featured online along with their bottles.  Love!

So there you go – a short round-up of some of my favorite USA products, in celebration of the Made in America campaign.  Buying “local” can be as close to home as your neighborhood farmers’ market or independent shop, or it can simply mean checking the bottom of a toy to see where it was manufactured.  But every small purchase adds up to make a big difference for jobs, for our environment, and for our communities. 

This post was sponsored by Pickwick & Weller.  Thank you for your continued support of Daily Garnish!

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