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{oh joy eats lunch with} sara forte…



Who  Sara Forte, author of Sprouted Kitchen Blog and Cookbook

Where  Dana Point, California

Time 12pm. Sounds cliche, huh? I'm a frequent snacker, but that seems to be the time I actually sit down and eat something instead of grazing.

What's a typical lunch for you? My lunch is usually a bowl of greens piled with leftovers of whatever roasted vegetables, grains, dip, and what not I have around from recipe testing. I am really not particular, so as long as I've got a ton of greens, a protein, gluten-free grain and some avocado/hummus/vinaigrette to make it taste, I'm a happy girl. If we are making something for the blog, that becomes second lunch for us. I married a hungry man, so there is a lot of eating going on around here! Today it's a roasted tomato soup that we made recently for the blog and has been one of the most popular recipes yet. The ingredient list is short, but by roasting the tomatoes and onions, the soup has a lot of flavor. I'll just throw in some beans or have a piece of toast along side, and lunch is served! 

What's your dream/ideal lunch? If we're going to say "dream", I'm going big. I would love a big huge yard with a long table that's open for people to come sit around, touch base about their days, and share food. The lunch would be light and healthy with iced tea and a few treats. Oh, and there would be teleportation, so my blogger friends from all over the country could come sit at the table, too.

Dessert with lunch?  Always. It doesn't have to be much—a handful of chocolaty trail mix, a gingersnap, a spoonful of ice cream over the sink… but something to seal the deal.

Thanks Sara!
— Joanna

{photos by Hugh Forte}


  1. SO rad that you posted this about sweet Sara! BEST surprise! She’s a HS friend of mine 🙂 Can’t wait to get my hands on her cookbook. Made her banana snacking cake yesterday…OH MAN. Loooove that you two connected!

  2. Sara has some of the most inventive recipes and gracious writing I’ve ever encountered. It is a joy to follow her blog and so excited to see her featured here. A true gem.

  3. A great post about a very lovely lady! 🙂 Sara’s blog is wonderful and she is my go-to blog for tasty creative dishes. Can’t wait for her cookbook! Thank you for featuring her. Love your “oh joy eats lunch with” and “closet & casa” posts!


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