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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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Winter Squash Salad with Mixed Greens & Cranberry Vinaigrette

Winter Squash Salad with Mixed Greens & Cranberry Vinaigrette

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!  1 medium-sized delicata squash 2 tsp coconut oil ½ tsp salt 1 cup lacinato kale - stems removed 1 cup arugula 1 cup radicchio - leaves separated ¼ cup dried cranberries Cran[...]
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[...]
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! [...]
Jerusalem Artichokes and Braised Kale Rice Pilaf

Jerusalem Artichokes and Braised Kale Rice Pilaf

It should have been my celebration meal. Smoked bison loin, watercress salad, corn succotash and sunchoke soup. I was in DC for the Marine Corps Marathon. But I wasn’t running the race. Three months earlier I sprained my ankle, making it impossible to train for 26.2 miles. The trip to DC became memorable for other things, particularly a trip to the Native American Museum. Spectacular exhibits, even more spectacular food. The Mitsitam Cafe serves all foods indigenous to North America. It wa[...]
Ambrosia Salad (Dairy-free!)

Ambrosia Salad (Dairy-free!)

Ambrosia belongs in the Cool Whip concoctions category. Along with lime green jello salad, cherry fluff and watergate salad. You know the type. A combination of fruit, cool whip and mini marshmallows, served as a side dish. To me these all scream old-school Southern cuisine. The ooey-gooey salad was a fixture at my Memphis family gatherings and I anticipated the moment I could steal the first marshmallow from the bowl. Although I’ve come to find that creamy fruit salads are actually popular al[...]
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.  [...]
Meals Straight from the Farmers Market

Meals Straight from the Farmers Market

With early morning dew still on the ground, I grab my reusable grocery bags and I’m out the door. My neighbors are quiet, indulging in a few extra hours of sleep on Saturday morning. The farmers market is waiting and I want the best selection. The market crowds and things can sell out quickly. But I’ve learned this is not the norm in the rest of the country. Only one percent of all food sales come from farmers markets. Most food is bought from grocery stores or the massive super stores. And I [...]
BEST Southern Potato Salad

BEST Southern Potato Salad

We perfectly positioned ourselves near a large park. 585 acres of nature are within five blocks of our city apartment. And it is an absolute necessity. That haven of green soothes my anxiety and I take full advantage of it. I’m there almost daily, walking the trails, putting my toes in the grass or laying in the green lawn. The park is also al fresco dining perfection. Last Saturday we spent five hours picnicking with friends in that park. I brought an abundance of food, per usual, and I too[...]
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[...]
Roasted Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction

Roasted Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction

Always take advantage of tomato season. Summer rule number one. In Tennessee we call them home-grown tomatoes. Although I never understood that term. We didn’t grow tomatoes. They were purchased from road-side stands or the grocery store. But even the advertising signs said home-grown so I accepted it as a type of tomato. Home-grown has come to mean seasonal and locally grown. The nutrient-rich soil transfers all it’s goodness to the tomatoes, producing a complexity of flavors. I found golde[...]
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[...]
Spring Peas and Asparagus Salad

Spring Peas and Asparagus Salad

This week I’m reading Vicki Robin's Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: Lessons from a 10-Mile Diet. Vicki challenged herself to one month of hyper-local eating. I pondered whether I’d be able to sustain this for two days much less one month. Seeing that spring has finally sprung and the bounty of produce is on it’s way, a ten mile diet may actually be feasible in Brooklyn. With the abundance of rooftop farms and community gardens, it’s becoming easier to live off the city land. The only thing mi[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Roasted Acorn Squash & Brussels Sprout Salad

Roasted Acorn Squash & Brussels Sprout Salad

I love creating meals that resemble the current season. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I'm in the mood for autumnal colors in every dish. Butternut squash, brussels sprouts and apples are fall on a plate. Brussels sprouts have pushed kale to the side and stepped into the spotlight. They’re the latest trendy vegetable to hit the table. I grew up eating them every week and have always loved them. It’s wonderful the rest of the world has finally caught on and fallen in love with thi[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Roasted Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Pick up a tomato and bite right into it. If the juices drip down to your elbows then you know you have a good one. I once passed a road side farm stand in Arkansas that read, "elbow licking good!" I pulled over and bought two bags. Now that I'm in Brooklyn, I'm tasting the bounty of the Northeast. And I must say the tomatoes up here are just as flavor-packed as the Southern ones. The colorful heirloom variety are my favorite and I tend to get overzealous when I see beautiful produce. That[...]
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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