Best of Basic · Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Dinner · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Healthy · Lunch · Quick & Easy · Side Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Best of Basic: Savory Quinoa Pilaf

Attention, Food Vibers! I’m starting a new project and I’m calling it, Project: Grain Bowl. My favorite type of meal is the new age version of a “big salad” (Seinfeld reference) – a fully loaded grain bowl. I eat at least one a day, and I regularly make them for clients, making me a grain bowl pro. Side note: grain bowls are also referred to as Buddha Bowls and Nourish Bowls.

Best of Basic · Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Main Dishes · Side Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Sun Dried Tomato & White Bean Salad

One of my favorite dishes to make for myself and for clients, this Sun Dried Tomato & White Bean Salad is perfect stashed in the fridge for healthful & nourishing lunches & dinners all week…it’s one of those “longer it sits, better it gets” situations. This bean salad is also incredibly easy to make, as well as naturally vegan and gluten-free (meaning that I didn’t necessarily intend for it to be, it just turned out that way).

Best of Basic · Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Dinner · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Healthy · Lunch · Main Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Zesty Black Bean Soup

First recipe of the new year! Exciting stuff, right? More like weird stuff since I continue believing the 90’s were just a few years back. Nope, 18 years ago. 18 years. Call me basic, but seriously, I can’t even. Anyways, soups and stews are popular items when I cook for clients. As a personal chef,… Continue reading Zesty Black Bean Soup

Beverages · Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Healthy · Quick & Easy · Vegan

Rosemary-Matcha Iced Tea Lemonade (Matcha Energizer Drink)

Have you jumped on the Matcha Bandwagon yet? If not, it might be time. I can’t walk 10 blocks in New York City without seeing a matcha reference in the window of a coffee shop, it’s literally everywhere! But why, you may ask? Great question – let’s start this post with a crash course in… Continue reading Rosemary-Matcha Iced Tea Lemonade (Matcha Energizer Drink)

Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Main Dishes · One-Pot Meals · Soup · Vegan · Vegan Optional · Vegetarian · Whole30

Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew

I consider myself a very healthy person. But that’s not because I eat “healthy” 100% of the time. I consider myself healthy because I balance out big portions and ultra-rich foods with smaller meals and lots of plant-based eating. Whenever I feel like I’ve been eating too many sweet treats or overindulging in general, a… Continue reading Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew

Breakfast · Dairy-Free · Desserts · Healthy · Vegan · Vegan Optional · Vegetarian

Healthy-ish Chocolate & Banana Oat Muffins (vegan optional)

I’ve never considered myself a baker, but lately I find myself baking more and more. This is mostly due to clients who love baked goods, but also because I’m feeling more and more comfortable experimenting with baking recipes. I like savory dishes because it’s easy to change recipes and adjust flavors without worrying about whether… Continue reading Healthy-ish Chocolate & Banana Oat Muffins (vegan optional)

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)

Asian · Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Homemade Takeout · Main Dishes · Side Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Chinese Vegetable & Brown Rice Skillet (vegan | gluten-free)

My Chinese Vegetable & Brown Rice Skillet is an elevated version of a classic Chinese Fried Rice. Although, I can’t really call it “fried rice” because there’s no egg involved. But in any case, this vegan and gluten-free rendition is packed with flavor, texture, color and nutrients. Not to mention it’s incredibly easy to make.… Continue reading Chinese Vegetable & Brown Rice Skillet (vegan | gluten-free)

Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Main Dishes · One-Pot Meals · Soup · Vegan · Vegan Optional

White Three-Bean Chili (vegan | gf)

Today’s post is a veganized recipe of the white chicken chili I made for a client this week. I loved the creaminess and richness of this hearty chicken chili combined with the sweet crunch of the fresh corn kernels. All I needed to do was omit the chicken. I then decided to take it even further and omit the cream as well (aka veganize it).

Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Homemade Takeout · Main Dishes · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan · Vegetarian

Cauliflower Satay Nourish Bowl

As I delve further into nutritional cooking and health-supportive living, it becomes more and more apparent that lack of affordable convenience is what keeps many people from being able to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Truthfully, this is an issue for me as well. I’m cooking constantly for others, but when it comes to myself,… Continue reading Cauliflower Satay Nourish Bowl

Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Healthy · paleo · Quick & Easy · Salad Dressings · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan · Vegetarian · Whole30

Quick & Easy Tabouli Vinaigrette

When I decided that a tabouli recipe was next on my list for development, I knew my tabouli salad wasn’t going to be traditional. In my mind, traditional tabouli is made from bulgar wheat, fresh parsley and mint, olive oil, lime juice, chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper. The herbs are strictly chopped. There’s no cucumber allowed.… Continue reading Quick & Easy Tabouli Vinaigrette