Appetizer · Apps & Snacks · Best of Basic · Gluten-Free · Vegetarian

The Ultimate Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

  Spinach-artichoke dip is pretty much everyone’s favorite. I may be exaggerating a little bit there, but seriously, it’s so unbelievably good. For my catering event this week, this classic dip was on the appetizer list, so I experimented a bit beforehand to come up with the best version. It’s not light, and it’s not… Continue reading The Ultimate Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Apps & Snacks · Best of Basic · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan · Vegetarian

Best of Basic: 10-Minute Kale Pesto (vegan | nut-free | gf)

Pesto, like any sauce, adds life to whatever it touches. But unlike many other sauces, pesto takes virtually no time to whip up, making it the perfect choice for a quick meal or appetizer. Here, I’ve made a couple of changes to the traditional basil pesto. First, I don’t use basil. I use kale, and… Continue reading Best of Basic: 10-Minute Kale Pesto (vegan | nut-free | gf)

Apps & Snacks · Best of Basic · Cheap & Easy · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Sauces & Spreads · Side Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

5-Minute Zesty Pinto Bean Purée

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a flavorful sauce or spread is the key to making healthy, satisfying and unforgettable dishes. This super easy pinto bean purée is the perfect addition to tacos, quesadillas, nachos, enchiladas, salads, rice bowls and just about any other dishes inspired by Mexican cuisine. It’s also equally as delicious when… Continue reading 5-Minute Zesty Pinto Bean Purée

Apps & Snacks · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Main Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian · Whole30

Vegan Pizza Potato Skins with Roasted Broccoli

It’s still March Madness, which means I have another perfect game-day appetizer to share. This recipe was inspired by a meal I cooked for a client following the Whole30 diet. If you don’t know the rules of Whole30, it’s pretty much clean eating, with no grains, dairy or beans, and a focus on produce and… Continue reading Vegan Pizza Potato Skins with Roasted Broccoli

Apps & Snacks · Lighten Up · Main Dishes

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Nachos with Cheddar-Jalapeño Sauce

Being a University of Wisconsin alum, I’m obviously beyond ecstatic that the Badgers beat defending champ, Villanova, and made it to the Sweet Sixteen round of March Madness. If you know me at all, you’d know that watching sports isn’t really my thing. That is unless it involves my beloved St. Louis Cardinals, the STL… Continue reading Vegetarian Sweet Potato Nachos with Cheddar-Jalapeño Sauce

Apps & Snacks · Breakfast · Dairy-Free · Desserts · Gluten-Free · Vegan

Chocolate Lovers Vegan Granola

Chocolate. Like cheese, it’s a kryptonite situation for me. In other words, I can’t resist it and therefor have no choice but to stay away from it. Just kidding! I eat chocolate on the reg, and I’m not ashamed to say it. However, like anything else sugary and indulgent, I practice balance and moderation…and when… Continue reading Chocolate Lovers Vegan Granola

Apps & Snacks · Gluten-Free · Lighten Up · Vegan

Best of Basic: Easy Chickpea Falafel Patties

Looking back at the last 6 months, it’s hard to express just how much I’ve learned. I spent the last half-year studying the techniques and methods necessary to be a professional chef, as well as the ideas and science behind health-focused, sustainable and clean cooking. No surprise there, I was at a health-focused culinary school after all. But… Continue reading Best of Basic: Easy Chickpea Falafel Patties

Apps & Snacks · Gluten-Free · Sauces & Spreads · Side Dishes · Vegan

Cranberry-Apple Compote

Two days to go ’til Turkey Day so, lucky you, I’ve got another vegetarian recipe, that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday. If you read yesterday’s post (butternut squash and broccoli mac and cheese!), you’ll know that this year I’m bringing a few veggie-friendly dishes to a potluck-style thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family. You’d also know… Continue reading Cranberry-Apple Compote

Apps & Snacks · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Vegan

Roasted Beet Hummus

Growing up, my mom took every opportunity to make the ordinary into the extraordinary. From something as small as the icing monograms on our toaster strudels before school, to something as meaningful as Christmas morning, she always did (and still does) know how to make things special. So it’s no wonder why I turned out the… Continue reading Roasted Beet Hummus

Apps & Snacks · Cheap & Easy · Lighten Up · Main Dishes

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Pizza

If you’ve lived in New York in relatively recent years, I’d find it hard to believe it if you didn’t know the name Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. With several locations in NY, each serving up their famous signature slice, Artichoke Pizza is, in my opinion, a staple to the NYC food scene. This signature slice I… Continue reading Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Pizza

Apps & Snacks · Homemade Takeout · Vegan

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

  Even when I used to eat meat, chicken wings never appealed to me. For my entire life I have hated the idea of eating meat off the bone. However, boneless wings exist, so a wing-eater I was. It was never about the chicken though, it was always about the crisp texture and savory sauce… Continue reading Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

Apps & Snacks · Best of Basic · Gluten-Free · Side Dishes · Vegan

Best of Basic: Perfect Oven Fries

Fried potatoes are my jam. Cheese fries? Amaze. Tater tots? Obsessed. Hashbrowns? Yes please. Are there people out there who don’t love fried potatoes? No way. While deep fried foods are totally fine in moderation (that is, if they’re whole foods that are fried in healthy oils), I want French fries on the daily. So… Continue reading Best of Basic: Perfect Oven Fries