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Zucchini Noodle Greek Pasta

Zucchini Noodle Greek Pasta

Zucchini Noodle Greek Pasta Makes 4 servings. 4 cups spiralized zucchini noodles ½ cup radishes, sliced 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and chopped 14-16 shrimp, peeled, frozen or raw 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided ½ teaspoon salt 2-3 teaspoons seasoning mix (recipe below) ½ teaspoon fish sauce ¼ cup parsley SEASONING MIX 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon basil ¼ teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon dill ½ teaspo[...]
Pork Tenderloin, Pan-fried Parsnips & Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Pork Tenderloin, Pan-fried Parsnips & Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Pork Tenderloin, Pan-fried Parsnips & Shaved Brussels Sprouts Makes 4 servings. 1, 1-lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 12 medallions 6 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced 1 cup brussels sprouts, finely shaved 1 cup red cabbage sauerkraut 2 tablespoons lard or olive oil, divided  1 teaspoon salt, divided Sprinkle each pork medallion with a bit of salt. Heat 1 tablespoon lard/oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Place the medallions into the pan in a s[...]
Bhuna Chicken with Romanesco

Bhuna Chicken with Romanesco

Bhuna Chicken with Romanesco Inspired by Anjum Anand’s Rich Lamb Bhuna Makes 6 servings. 2 lbs of chicken breast or thighs, skinless & boneless cut into 1” pieces 1 lb of romanesco, chopped into 1” pieces 6 medium onions, thinly sliced 2 cups sweet potato, chopped into 1” pieces 2 ½ cups of fresh or canned whole tomatoes, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 2” piece of ginger, roughly chopped 3 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk 1 teaspoon garam [...]
Steam Sautéed Kale Stems

Steam Sautéed Kale Stems

Steam Sautéed Kale Stems 2 cups kale stems, chopped into 1/4" pieces 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable broth Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium sized pot. Add in the chopped kale stems and salt. Sauté for 3 minutes. Pour in the vegetable both and bring to a simmer. Cover, leaving the lid ajar to release stream while cooking. Cook for 10-15 minutes until stems are tender. Add more salt to taste. Enjoy!  Check out the easiest w[...]
Massaged Kale Salad

Massaged Kale Salad

Why bother massaging kale? Raw kale is super fibrous and tough to digest. Massaging it breaks down the tough leaves, transforming them into a smooth, delicate texture. Each leaf will hold more flavor from the salad dressing too. BEFORE: AFTER:   MASSAGED KALE SALAD Makes 4 servings.  1 bunch kale, any kind 1 teaspoon salt ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar DRESSING 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons honey ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon[...]
One-Pot Chicken-Pumpkin Curry

One-Pot Chicken-Pumpkin Curry

Throughout the winter I’m partnering with Local Roots NYC to create locally inspired eats. Many of the ingredients used in this recipe are sourced from local farms included in their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Check out their Fall CSA that provides a weekly pick-up through December 6th! One-Pot Chicken-Pumpkin Curry  Makes 4 servings. 2 pounds skinless, deboned chicken thighs 2 small sugar pumpkins, 4 cups cubed 2 cups yellow onion, sliced 1 tablespoon garlic, min[...]
Radishes with Garlic Avocado Spread

Radishes with Garlic Avocado Spread

Throughout the fall/winter I’m partnering with Local Roots NYC to create locally inspired eats. Many of the ingredients used in this recipe are sourced from local farms included in their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Check out their Fall CSA that provides a weekly pick-up through December 6th!  12 fresh radishes 1 ripe avocado 1 ⅓  tbsp whole roasted garlic ½ tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper To roast the garlic, use a whole bulb and slice off the ver[...]
Cucumber Orange Salad

Cucumber Orange Salad

4 cups cucumber - seeded and chopped into 1” pieces 2 oranges - peeled, segmented and chopped 1 ½ cups jicama - julienned 1 cup red onion - chopped ¼ cup fennel - shaved 3 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp orange zest ½ tsp salt Prepare all the vegetables and oranges. Combine everything into a large mixing bowl and toss together until fully incorporated. Refrigerate for one to two hours, allowing the flavors to blend into each other. Serve with grilled salmon or steak. Enjoy! [...]
Corn Fritter Salad Stack with Tomato & Zucchini

Corn Fritter Salad Stack with Tomato & Zucchini

Ever get your CSA share, take a look inside and have no idea how you're going to make the ingredients into a meal? Well that was my challenge this week. Local Roots NYC gifted me a lovely array of fresh vegetables for their Local Roots Cooking Challenge. I joined several food bloggers and photographers in an attempt to turn the ingredients below into a tasty dish. Ingredient included: 2 ears of corn 2 zucchini 2 tomatoes 1 bunch of savory herb 1 bunch of green leaf kale My recipe crea[...]
Saucy Garlic Okra

Saucy Garlic Okra

1 tbsp lard or coconut oil 3 cups okra 3 tbsp garlic - minced 1 cup onion - minced 1 tbsp ginger - grated ½ tsp all spice       1 tsp paprika      ½ tsp nutmeg       ¼ tsp cayenne powder    ¾ cup vegetable broth 1 tbsp tomato paste ⅓ cup coconut milk  ¼ tsp salt   Melt lard over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onions, ginger, garlic and salt, and sauté for two minutes.   Stir in the spices, veget[...]
Spicy Green Goddess Salad

Spicy Green Goddess Salad

Makes 4 servings. 6 cups mixed salad greens 1 red onion - thinly sliced DRESSING Makes 1 cup. ½ cup fresh arugula ½ cup fresh spinach 1 tsp anchovy paste ½ cup plain coconut yogurt ¼ avocado 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp garlic - minced ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper Add all dressing ingredients to a food processor. Pulse for three minutes until thoroughly combined. Toss the dressing with the greens and onion. Serve immediately. Enjoy! [...]
Sweet Corn and Peach Salad

Sweet Corn and Peach Salad

Makes 4 servings. 2 ears of fresh sweet corn - cooked and kernels cut from cob 2 peaches - sliced 2 cups fresh basil - chopped ½ tbso olive oil 1 tsp apple cider vinegar ½ tsp salt ¼ chili powder In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, vinegar, salt and chili powder. Add in the peaches, corn and basil. Toss together gently. Serve immediately. Enjoy!  [...]
Asparagus Pesto Salad

Asparagus Pesto Salad

Makes 4 Servings 1 bunch asparagus 1 cup cherry tomatoes - halved 1 cup zucchini - chopped AVOCADO BASIL PESTO 1 large bunch of fresh basil 1 avocado 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp garlic - chopped ½ tsp salt 1 tbsp olive oil ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper To make the pesto, add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse for two minutes until all is well incorporated. Toss the pesto with the asparagus, tomatoes and zucchini. Serve immediately. Enjoy! [...]
Fresh Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad

Fresh Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad

This salad recipe is part of Selva Beat's Farm to Table Challenge. The rules: "Make at least one dish, utilizing only items bought at the farmer's market. Spices and oils excluded, of course."  And that's exactly what I did. You can read more here about how I sourced the freshest produce at the farmers market and check out all the other fabulous recipes here.  [...]
Summer Salad Skewers

Summer Salad Skewers

Get out the grill. Invite your friends and serve up some delicious food! Take advantage of outdoor dining before summer slips away. Even if you don’t have a grill, you can still make a grill-inspired meal. My apartment is 100% city living. We have absolutely no outdoor space to put a grill so we cook all our meals inside. Thankfully our community garden is just a few blocks away and we can get the full backyard BBQ experience. Funny story. My community garden does have a grill for all the me[...]
Mango Avocado Salad with Fresh Ginger Dressing

Mango Avocado Salad with Fresh Ginger Dressing

Mango and avocado are like peanut butter and jelly, meant to be together. Their flavors compliment each other so well. I also view mango as the goddess of all fruit. Every other fruit is in awe of it’s seductive power. Little food carts around the city offer mango slices and mango on a stick. You’d think they were selling donuts by the way crowds line up for it. It is irresistibly, refreshingly satisfying. Give me mango over ice cream any day. Keep in mind though, mango is high in sugar conten[...]
BLT+A Sandwich

BLT+A Sandwich

Bacon + lettuce + heirloom tomatoes + spicy avocado spread. This is the makings of an ultimate summer sandwich. You need a good tomato to make a good BLT. And the season is right for picking. I would love to give all the credit to the just ripe, juicy heirlooms but I can’t. Because BACON. Bacon always wins. Look for the thick sliced bacon, like this one for the best results: Sugar Free Pork Bacon.  This sandwich gets a make-over with a lettuce wrap and a creamy, mashed avocado spread w[...]
Apple Fennel Salad

Apple Fennel Salad

Potlucks are one of the great community builders. Never underestimate the power of food in drawing people together. This past Sunday the owners of my yoga studio hosted a potluck for all the volunteers. We sat around a long wood table in candlelight sharing stories, yoga experiences and food. Some of us had never met, yet by the end of the evening we were all good friends. There was a certain welcoming energy in the space that made everyone feel at ease. The act of full participation, of the g[...]
Spicy Cajun Salmon Dip

Spicy Cajun Salmon Dip

A little late for Mardi Gras but I’m always in the mood for cajun spices. My foodie palate was set by my parents, who where heavily influenced by the flavors of New Orleans. We would take weekend trips to the festive city, solely for the purpose of eating. The weekend was spent feasting on the city’s finest. Oysters, jambalaya, blackened fish and world famous gumbo. Those cajun flavors will never leave me. This recipe is made with canned salmon to keep things simple. It’s one of those item[...]
Top Paleo Travel Foods

Top Paleo Travel Foods

March is right around the corner and you know what that means?! Adult Spring Break! I think we all deserve a break after February to serve as a marker for transition into the new season. Especially after this snow-filled, icy cold winter. This year I have some exciting trips planned that include very long flights. To prepare, I made a list of all the travel foods I’ll need for the journey. Airport food has progressed a great deal in the last five years and you can actually find some healthy op[...]
9 Paleo Oatmeal Alternatives

9 Paleo Oatmeal Alternatives

Letting go of oatmeal was a painful break-up. I had a special closeness to my morning oatmeal. That bowl of comfort I’d lean onto for support to begin my day. As I transitioned to a mostly grain-free diet I developed recipes that tricked my brain into thinking it was enjoying oatmeal. Sweets define breakfast in our modern diet. Cereal, muffins, croissants, bagels, granola, protein bars and oatmeal are all just excuses to eat sugar for breakfast. Breakfast should be a complete meal just like lun[...]
10 Minute Paleo Pad Thai

10 Minute Paleo Pad Thai

Pad Thai was a special request from my husband. I’m more of a curry over rice kind of girl but he misses the noodles. Noodles have become common in the food allergy world with the invention of the spiralizer. Although there is an alternative I prefer for Asian dishes: kelp noodles. kelp noodles are made from kelp seaweed, salt and water. They come pre-packaged and ready to eat out of the bag after a quick rinse under warm water. Containing high amounts of iodine, they’re an excellent low-carb,[...]
Farmed vs Wild Salmon & Salmon Cakes

Farmed vs Wild Salmon & Salmon Cakes

Escape to Alaska just once and taste the most delicious salmon of your life. Our family celebrated my grandmother’s 80th birthday with an Alaskan cruise. The scenery was spectacular, boating through the pristine Glacier Bay National Park, watching the wildlife, learning about new ecosystems and enjoying fresh salmon every day. Alaska harvests the majority of the wild salmon we eat in the US. Salmon is the most commonly eaten oily fish with a hearty content of omega 3. Sardines, Anchovies, Macke[...]
Spicy Spanish Tomato Sauce

Spicy Spanish Tomato Sauce

Back in my college days, I’d buy those gallon sized pasta sauce jars and packages of tortellini for quick meals. It was all about convenience and it never occurred to me that I could actually make a tomato sauce. The concept was unapproachable. Today there are very few jarred sauces that fall into my good foods list so I have to make my own. A homemade tomato sauce is about the easiest thing to create. Throw all the vegetables into a pan and let it simmer for a bit and you’re done. This sauce w[...]
Prosciutto Wrapped Persimmons

Prosciutto Wrapped Persimmons

A working lunch in the health conscious world seems to be a big faux pas. It’s important to practice mindful eating, taking time to enjoy your food so that your body properly absorbs all the nourishment. Work and food can play well together though when you’re in the right company. I spent the afternoon with my supremely talented friend learning how to achieve brand cohesion through photography. We didn't have time for a complex meal so I kept our lunch simple. Prosciutto, persimmons and o[...]
5 Reasons to Buy Organic & Local this Thanksgiving

5 Reasons to Buy Organic & Local this Thanksgiving

I choose local, organically grown foods. Mostly because I’m a control freak. I like to know exactly how my food was raised. And I also want to know the foods I’m eating are nourishing me. Conventional produce and meats are not able to offer the same standards. Before I get into the other reasons why I buy organic, I have to explain one misconception. Foods labeled organic are not the only organically produced foods. Many small farms practice sustainable farming but do not carry the USDA Organic[...]
Crispy Potato Crust Breakfast Casserole

Crispy Potato Crust Breakfast Casserole

Sunday night is meal prep time for the week. I get anxiety when I have to buy meals from a cafe or restaurant. I like knowing what's in my food. That's the control freak in me. I don't agree with the majority of common ingredients out there and I feel uncomfortable when I have to play twenty questions with a server. Since I'm on this body healing journey, compromising my health with a lunch cooked in canola oil really sets me back. To prevent that from happening I put  aside designat[...]
Fall Spice Pumpkin Chili

Fall Spice Pumpkin Chili

  On Sunday, I made my annual trip to the pumpkin patch and we came home with bushels of produce! There are still so many pumpkin recipes in the works and it was perfect inspiration. The best part is that the farm we visited uses organic standards for everything they grow. Hooray for no pesticides in our food! I created this pumpkin chili recipe in anticipation of chilly fall evenings around the corner. The ingredients are simple and I like to load it up with veggies to up the [...]
Fegato alla Veneziana (Liver & Onions)

Fegato alla Veneziana (Liver & Onions)

It happened the first time while watching cartoons with my cousin. My grandmother brought us a huge plate of liver and onions. I was seven. Most kids my age would have turned up their noses. I was a strange kid though. I loved everything I was supposed to hate and vise versa. A few of my favorite foods included turtle soup and oysters. Pizza, french fries and ketchup were never on my plate. They just weren't in my palate. I wanted the "adult' food. So my grandmother made me liver and onions[...]
Peachy Chia Smoothie Bowl

Peachy Chia Smoothie Bowl

The smoothie bowl was inspired by two things. 1. Juice Revolution. I had the Amazing Greens Acia Bowl on my birthday this year instead of cake (with coconut substituted for bananas). It's THAT good! 2. Clean Food Dirty City. This woman has serious gorg-factor on her site. Check it out if you want to be wowed. There is a certain satisfaction in eating a smoothie rather than drinking it. Using a spoon extends the smoothie moment. I tend to slurp it down in a matter of minutes when [...]
Hollandaise Sauce and Cracking the Code on Eggs

Hollandaise Sauce and Cracking the Code on Eggs

Rich, creamy hollandaise sauce. Pour it over any dish and you have something decadent. The sauce harmonizes the flavors and ties every ingredient together. But really, who am I kidding? I just want the sauce. The egg, salmon and vegetables are simply vehicles for the main attraction. Hollandaise sauce has a secret weapon, it’s all in the quality of the eggs. Quality will always trump quantity in my book. When it comes to food, the source matters. And it matters most when you’ll be consuming [...]
Coconut Berry Parfait with Granola

Coconut Berry Parfait with Granola

I've been making homemade granola for years. Most of the pre-packed granolas out there are loaded with sugar and contain three or more types of sweeteners. With just a few ingredients, it's so simple to make that I see no point in buying it. Last March my husband and I stole away to DC for the weekend. We love experiencing a place from the locals perspective and rented a quaint garden apartment in Capital Hill for our stay. The hosts wowed us with welcome gifts and even made us homemade grano[...]
Bacon Guacamole Burgers

Bacon Guacamole Burgers

I can't believe this is the first time I'm posting a recipe with bacon. Bacon is a love affair to last a life time. Even when I was vegan, bacon was the exception. Because come on, its BACON! These burgers were out of this world good. Bacon. Guacamole. Grass fed beef. It took some extreme willpower to snap photos of this before devouring every last bite. The meal was inspired by Ben Hulet's #sundaynightguacburgers. If you want to see some drool worthy meals, hop on over and check it out. Make[...]
Coconut Crusted Cod with Asparagus Quinoa

Coconut Crusted Cod with Asparagus Quinoa

From the time my husband and I moved in together, we've eaten a very similar diet. It just makes sense from an economics standpoint as well as making our lives easier when deciding on dinner. I think most families function this way. Growing up I ate whatever my parents put on the table and never considered that I may need different foods from my brothers. Well now I'm learning this is false. Men and women require different diets. I shared this with a friend the other day and she was surpr[...]
Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes

Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet potatoes quickly became a breakfast staple when I embarked on this new food journey. I cooked up four or five pounds the other day and have been on a mission to use them in new ways. The lack of bread-like foods is becoming taxing and I needed some substitutes before I ate an entire loaf of cinnamon raisin bread. So I asked myself how I could turn sweet potatoes into a bread-like consistency. There had to be a way, right?! Yes! Pancakes. Most paleo pancake recipes call for almond or co[...]
Tuna Steak with Ginger Garlic Green Beans & Kohlrabi

Tuna Steak with Ginger Garlic Green Beans & Kohlrabi

We eat far more fish and seafood than meat. Since we're still weaning ourselves off a mostly vegetarian diet, we only eat meat a couple times per week. Tuna is extra meaty so for now it's the closest thing to steak cooking in our kitchen. Once I'm more confident in my meat cooking abilities I'll post some recipes here. We did try a new vegetable though! I have this game where I like to go to the store, buy something interesting and then find out how to cook it later. This time it was kohl[...]
Summer Vegetable Curry

Summer Vegetable Curry

I'm a new member of the Park Slope Food Coop. The first member-owned grocery store of its kind in the US, focusing on sustainably produced and locally sourced foods. Under one roof you can find vegetables just pulled from the ground by a farm less than 100 miles away, cartons of eggs with handwritten labels, locally produced nut cheeses, spices lovingly scooped into individual packages by your neighbors, and pickled garlic scapes made in a shop down the block. It's my latest obsession. I [...]
Egg Custard with Fresh Plum Sauce

Egg Custard with Fresh Plum Sauce

When I was 11 I made creme brûlée for the first time. It was my absolute favorite dessert and I wanted to prepare it exactly as they did in restaurants. Caramelized sugar and all. As the custard baked, the entire house filled with its sweet aroma.  I proudly served the beautiful creme brûlée to each family member. Then they took their first bite. Silence fell over the room. Yuck! My heart sank. I had switched the salt and sugar proportions. Oops! My family will never let me live this down[...]
Broccoli Avocado Soup

Broccoli Avocado Soup

Texas really did a number on me. Beef barbecue, beef burger and hearty tex-mex meals left me feeling heavy. Don't get me wrong now, it was AH-mazing and I enjoyed every bite of that southern goodness. I can verify that every meal is definitely bigger in Texas. And some of that bigness came back with me. So this week, I'm cooking up extra vegetables and laying off the beef. It's time for the reemergence of my favorite summer soup. I adapted this recipe after a soup in Gwyneth Paltrow's&nb[...]
Chia Sweet Potato Soufflé

Chia Sweet Potato Soufflé

My body craves carbs in the morning and I'm still trying to find a substitute for my pervious oatmeal morning ritual. I would strategically add in coconut flakes, sunbutter, fresh ginger, raw honey, cinnamon, raw cacao powder and vanilla. Then I would enjoy it as I sat at my inspiration place writing my journal. My oatmeal routine turned into an obsession so I'm now searching for a more nourishing replacement. Sweet potatoes are an excellent vehicle for all the add-ins and toppings I love[...]
Lemon Pepper Pan-Roasted Swordfish

Lemon Pepper Pan-Roasted Swordfish

My grandparents had a swordfish mounted above the sofa in their living room. It was a trophy. And a reminder of all the family deep-sea fishing adventures. I went once. Caught an impressive Mahi Mahi and proudly served it to my parents for dinner that night.  Then my fishing days were over. I was much more interested in the cooking and eating than the hunt. Swordfish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that helps the body heal inflammation. It also contains the important micronu[...]
Flounder Filet Foil Packs

Flounder Filet Foil Packs

I am fortunate to live on the coast with access to super fresh seafood. My local Saturday farmers market has a diverse assortment and I like to mix it up each week. The booth is notorious for selling out by late morning. You have to be quick in Brooklyn! Especially when it comes to good food. The week I chose fresh flounder and also treated myself to a piece of smoked swordfish. Deliciousness! Foil packs perfectly cook fish for an even flakiness. It's so easy to just throw the fish and ve[...]

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