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)

Best of Basic · Mexican · Quick & Easy · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan · Vegetarian

Best of Basic: Mild Red Enchilada Sauce

Mexican food has always been a favorite of mine. In fact, with the exception of pizza, I’ve always considered burritos to be my favorite food. More recently I’ve been obsessing over enchiladas. This newer obsession started at one of my favorite NYC restaurants – Taqueria St. Marks Place (formally known as Taqueria Lower East Side).… Continue reading Best of Basic: Mild Red Enchilada Sauce

Best of Basic · Gluten-Free · Italian · Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Quick & Easy · Side Dishes · Vegan Optional · Vegetarian

Best of Basic: Loaded Italian Pasta Salad

Is it possible that June is already coming to an end? Fine by me, because I’ll be spending the first days of July on vacation. A glorious 10 day vaca in a remote area of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada, it’s pretty much my favorite place on earth. You see, my extended family owns a… Continue reading Best of Basic: Loaded Italian Pasta Salad

Best of Basic · Beverages · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Vegan

Best of Basic: Fresh Lemon Iced Tea

Crisp, cleansing, healthy and refreshing – iced tea is seriously the best. I should clarify that when I say ‘iced tea’ I don’t mean an artificial, over-sweetened or heavily processed tea. I’m talking about fresh, pure, simple and naturally flavored tea. More specifically, my go-to iced tea – organic, freshly-brewed black tea mixed with lots of fresh… Continue reading Best of Basic: Fresh Lemon Iced Tea

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

Best of Basic · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · No-Cook Recipes · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan · Vegetarian · Whole30

Healthy 5-Minute BBQ Sauce

A tasty sauce, spread or dressing takes a meal from ‘just okay’ to ‘whoa that’s delicious!’ The right sauce adds flavor, personality and complexity to a dish, and having a diverse repertoire of easy, healthy and flavorful sauces, makes clean eating a breeze. I also like sauces that satisfy a multitude of other dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, whole30), making… Continue reading Healthy 5-Minute BBQ Sauce

Best of Basic · Gluten-Free · Vegan

Best of Basic: Pickled Red Onions

Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in almost two weeks. Cray-town, I know. Although I’m not completely sure how long it’s been, these past few weeks feel like a blur. But anyway, lack of posting doesn’t mean I’ve taken a break from the kitchen. Quite the opposite actually. After completing all of my… Continue reading Best of Basic: Pickled Red Onions

Best of Basic · Dairy-Free · Homemade Takeout · Vegan

Best of Basic: Vegan Veggie Pizza

It’s no secret to anyone that I love pizza. And typically, when it comes to pizza, ‘cheese’ is the name of the game. But not today. Things are changing around here. I have recently discovered how good pizza can be without cheese, and I’m totally hooked. I mean, I’ve had cheese-less slices before, but after… Continue reading Best of Basic: Vegan Veggie Pizza

Best of Basic · Sauces & Spreads

Best of Basic: Southern-Style White Gravy with Mushrooms

Year 2017. It’s here. And I’m happy to say, so far so good. For me, last year ended and this year began in the best way possible, with the whole family in St. Louis together. It was a beautifully lazy 10 days, highlighted by lots of tasty food, an HBO’s West World marathon and excursions to… Continue reading Best of Basic: Southern-Style White Gravy with Mushrooms