red kale, radicchio, pepper & fennel saladNo CommentsRead more
Salads can become boring, but this one never disappoints, in fact it’s kind of addicting. This salad makes me think of the scene in Ratatouille where Remy is tasting food together and there are colors and fireworks going off. All the flavors in this salad just go so well together and create a whole new experience in your mouth! Plus, it’s super healthy and packed with vitamins and micronutrients! There’s no exact ratios for this salad but I tried to give a general idea of what I normally throw together. My husband and I eat HUGE salads which is why I wrote serves 2-4, but it’s a lot of salad and will most likely serve 4-6 if it’s not a main course. Let me know if you make it and what you think by commenting here or on Instagram or Facebook!
spaghetti squash with kale & chickpeasNo CommentsRead more
Spaghetti + squash + no spiralizer needed! Yes, you read correctly! If you’ve never experienced the A M A Z I N G N E S S of spaghetti squash, you need to try it STAT. All you have to do is roast it for an hour, scrape it with a fork, and you have sweet buttery spaghetti! It is packed with antioxidants in that bright yellow color. 1 cup of squash will provide you with 59% of your daily vitamin A and 26% of your daily vitamin C.
healthy snacking: kale chipsNo CommentsRead more
I often forget how easy and delicious kale chips are! The big kale chip hype was probably ten years ago but they never get old. They only take about 5 minutes prep and 15 minutes oven time! Also, for those of you who have never had homemade kale chips, don’t knock them until you’ve tried them! They are perfectly airy, crispy and salty and I bet you won’t be able to stop eating them. You can add whatever flavors you choose like Za’Atar seasoning, lemon, tamari or even a cashew “dressing”. The options are endless.
not sad desk (or sahm) lunchNo CommentsRead more
One of the things I love most about traveling is being inspired by the food! On my recent trip to Hawaii one of my friends told me about a great take-away place in Kona called Laulima Food Patch. If you are visiting the Big Island you must go there – they have awesome whole food bowls for breakfast and lunch. We stopped there as much as possible on our trip. I ordered their “wholey protein” bowl twice because the green goddess dressing was amazing! They used a buttermilk base so I decided to recreate a vegan version at home. This dressing will make any salad taste better!
tropical green smoothieNo CommentsRead more
Aloha! I just got back on the mainland after two amazing weeks in Hawaii. Before leaving for Hawaii, I dreamed of the freshest and cheapest pineapples imaginable. Come to find out, pineapples are even more expensive in Hawaii than here on the east coast! I grabbed what I thought was a .99 cent Dole pineapple at a local grocery store on Oahu but my husband later pointed out to me it was actually .99 cents per pound! We did however score lots of free papayas and avocados which are basically considered weeds over there. Since I’m still in an island state of mind, I’d like to share one of my all time favorite tropical green smoothies with you which if you haven’t guessed, contains pineapple!
roasted spring vegetables & brown riceNo CommentsRead more
I like the motto “cook once, eat twice.” Making a large batch of roasted vegetables and quinoa or brown rice and using it for multiple meals makes eating healthfully a whole lot easier. We are all busy people and if there’s not something healthy easily available, we’re much more prone to go without eating or buy something unhealthy on the go. Eating whole foods is as simple as chopping up a variety of seasonal vegetables, sticking them in the oven while your whole grain of choice simmers away on the stove, and there you have a handful of meals all ready to go!
kale & brussels slawNo CommentsRead more
Today I’m sharing my new favorite salad with shaved brussels sprouts. I have been obsessed with eating raw shaved brussels ever since this recipe came out in 2009. If this concept is new to you I know you’re skeptical, but believe me this is delicious and I’ve had a handful of people ask me for the recipe since I’ve been bringing it everywhere with me! There’s not really anything healthier than eating raw cruciferous vegetables so why not make them taste amazing!
stuffed acorn squash with quinoa, kale & shiitakesNo CommentsRead more
Today I am sharing yet another squash recipe, because well, they are in season! I absolutely love winter squash and I am thrilled that my husband who used to hate all types will now eat (and enjoy) anything I make with any type of squash!
quinoa salad with butternut squash & kaleNo CommentsRead more
Happy fall equinox! My parents gave me a bunch of butternut squash from their garden so I decided to use it for this week’s recipe. This is a simple 2-pot quinoa salad that is great for lunches throughout the week. I’m a huge fan of making a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week to add to vegetables and make lunches out of it. The original recipe calls for a vinaigrette but honestly I don’t think this salad really needs it. It’s good with or without. The fresh thyme and shallots give this dish plenty of flavor!