Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Healthy · Italian · Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Vegan Spinach & Lentil Lasagna Rolls

Happy Friday, friends! Man-oh-man do I have a winning recipe for you today – vegan Lasagna Rolls stuffed with decadent garlic cashew cream, nutrient-rich spinach and hearty lentils. Yum, yum, yum! This recipe was designed to use up a lot of ingredients I had on hand, so it was extra easy for me to whip… Continue reading Vegan Spinach & Lentil Lasagna Rolls

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

Asian · Gluten-Free · Homemade Takeout · Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan · Vegetarian

Chinese-Style Orange Cauliflower

Today, indulgent Chinese Orange Chicken gets a healthy and tasty makeover. In my version, I use roasted cauliflower in place of the traditionally fried chicken pieces and then toss it in my super simple orange sauce made with fresh OJ, tamari, garlic and ginger. While I’m obsessed with roasted cauliflower and absolutely love it in this… Continue reading Chinese-Style Orange Cauliflower

Gluten-Free · Homemade Takeout · Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Side Dishes · Vegetarian · Whole30

Grain-Free Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

As I practice more and more with healthful, diet-restriction-friendly recipes (you know – vegan, gluten free, paleo, etc.), I find more and more ways to use cauliflower. From cauliflower “steaks” to cauliflower “rice,” the possibilities are seriously endless. A healthy, grain-free version of fried rice is one of my latest projects. Grated cauliflower, diced carrots,… Continue reading Grain-Free Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

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

Detox Recipes · Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Quick & Easy

Quick & Easy: Roasted Asparagus & Hummus Gyros

More and more these days, Matt and I find ourselves playing the fridge-clean-out-game when deciding what to do for dinner. We do about one main grocery shop per week at which point we buy tons of produce, a little bit of meat or poultry for matt and restock our grains, beans and dairy arsenal. I may plan for a couple… Continue reading Quick & Easy: Roasted Asparagus & Hummus Gyros

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

Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Sauces & Spreads

Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwiches

A couple posts ago I  became a spokeswoman for cauliflower steaks (check out my cauliflower reuben sandwiches here). I love them. These seasoned and baked slabs of cauliflower can pretty much be turned into anything, including the spicy buffalo sandwiches I’m sharing today. Classically, the cauliflower in this sandwich would be a deep fried chicken… Continue reading Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwiches

Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Quick & Easy

Vegetarian Cauliflower Reuben Sandwiches

2017 is the year of the Cauliflower Steak. I’m literally obsessed. If you haven’t yet heard of the concept, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a slab (or steak, if you will) of cauliflower, roasted or grilled until rich in flavor and tender in texture. Eat this tasty “steak” on it’s own, or… Continue reading Vegetarian Cauliflower Reuben Sandwiches

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

Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Quick & Easy

Lighten Up: Curry Chickpea Salad

Let me tell you, this has been and will continue to be quite the week for me, in more ways than one. Firstly, it’s officially my last week working in corporate fashion. I have just a few days left until this chapter of my life comes to a close. And then, on Friday morning, Matt… Continue reading Lighten Up: Curry Chickpea Salad

Lighten Up · Main Dishes

Lighten Up: Ratatouille Lasagna

Hello hello, readers! I have a good one for you today and I’m calling it Ratatouille Lasagna. If you saw my last post, the Ratatouille part might sound familiar. That’s because the Ratatouille Sauce I made earlier this week became the star of today’s lasagna. If you’ve never had Ratatouille before, it’s a simple and… Continue reading Lighten Up: Ratatouille Lasagna