lunch

  • Jan082018

    red kale, radicchio, pepper & fennel salad

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    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!

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  • Dec192017

    roasted cauliflower 3 ways

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    Cauliflower is probably one of the most overlooked vegetables and has been given a bad rap since the only way our parents knew to cook it was steam it in a pot, bleh. I distinctly remember the cauliflower being the only thing left on the crudite platter at every single family gathering, so it must be gross right? Turns out, it is delicious if it’s roasted! I could literally eat an entire roasted cauliflower in one sitting, it’s that good!

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  • Sep212017

    spaghetti squash with kale & chickpeas

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    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.

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  • Aug292017

    watermelon & avocado salad

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    Summer is coming to an end but the weather has been absolutely perfect here on the east coast and I’m holding on as long as possible. This easy salad from Jeanine over at Love & Lemons is refreshing and packed full of cancer fighting antioxidants, healthy fats and a little kick from spicy peppers.

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  • Aug092017

    summer tomato gazpacho

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    I am all about easy, no-cook, seasonal meals in the summer time. Most of us are probably busier than normal and nobody wants to turn the oven or stove on when it’s 90 degrees out. Today’s recipe is a simple cold soup called gazpacho that takes minutes to throw together but tastes amazing! It’s a perfect light lunch or appetizer and a great way to use up the abundance of tomatoes growing in your garden (if you have one) or from the farmer’s market.

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  • Aug012017

    make ahead collard wrap with cashew cream

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    It can be challenging to bring a healthy, mess free, utensil free meal on the go. This wrap is perfect for plane rides, beach days, hikes, etc. Since there’s no bread or flour tortilla, there’s nothing to get soggy! The collards are used in place of bread and are much healthier too! Feel free to put whatever vegetables you have on hand in this wrap. If you have a nut allergy, you can substitute hummus for the cashew cream. The cashew cream is amazing though, so don’t skimp on it if you don’t have an allergy to cashews! You’ll probably want to eat it plain with a spoon.

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  • Jul112017

    zucchini crudo with summer herbs

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    Every year since my husband and I have had a garden, I harvest our very first summer squash and turn it into thinly sliced crudo. I think eating zucchini raw is the best way to enjoy it. The recipe I’m sharing today along with this one from the archives, are my favorites! Simply slice the zucchini with a mandolin or ceramic slicer and top with olive oil, fresh lemon juice and handfuls of fresh summer herbs! It is a light, refreshing appetizer or snack perfect for this humid weather.

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  • May192017

    spring quinoa salad

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    As I’ve mentioned before, quinoa salads are one of my favorite dishes to bring to family gatherings or parties because they are easy, filling, healthy and delicious! If you are unfamiliar with quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), it is a gluten free grain-like seed that originated from South America. I love that it is versatile, easy to prepare and best of all is a complete protein; meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino-acids that our bodies need to thrive. Quinoa is also considered a valuable source of heart-healthy fats as well as packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

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  • May042017

    shaved asparagus salad

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    One of the very first spring vegetables to emerge on the east coast is one of my favorites, asparagus! One cup of asparagus provides you with 100% DV of vitamin K and 67% DV of folate, both super important for women who want to become pregnant or are pregnant. It’s also an excellent source of copper, vitamin B1, selenium, vitamin B2, vitamin C and vitamin E. Asparagus is sensitive to heat so to get the most nutrition out of it, it’s best to eat it raw or steam it only for a few minutes. The first time I heard of shaving asparagus and eating it raw was probably six years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since!

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  • Apr252017

    not sad desk (or sahm) lunch

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    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!

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