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

Best of Basic · Gluten-Free · Sauces & Spreads

Best of Basic: Basil Pesto Sauce

My recent vacation to my family’s summer cottage in Canada was super inspirational in terms of cooking and food. To no one’s surprise we ate well and often, and had a blast in the kitchen along the way. The inspiration for this post came from spending time cooking with my mom, who is the master… Continue reading Best of Basic: Basil Pesto Sauce

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

Apps & Snacks · Best of Basic · Cheap & Easy · Homemade Takeout · Main Dishes · Vegan

Best of Basic: Quick Pizza Dough

In my world, Sundays are usually spent in the kitchen, whether prepping lunches for the week ahead or experimenting with recipes old and new. Surprisingly, we didn’t have anything planned come this past Sunday morning, and due to the physical aftermath of Saturday night’s Christmas party and really wanting to avoid a trip to the… Continue reading Best of Basic: Quick Pizza Dough

Best of Basic · Sauces & Spreads · Side Dishes

Rich Brown Gravy with Mushrooms (meat-free)

I have something quite special to be thankful for this year. My second nephew was born just 3 days ago, and I am so looking forward to these next five work-free days filled with straight-up family time and bonding with the newest member of our family. With that said, Thanksgiving is dinner less than 48… Continue reading Rich Brown Gravy with Mushrooms (meat-free)