This Orzo Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers & Goat Cheese is simple, quick, flavorful & nourishing. I use 100% whole wheat orzo for added fiber, broccoli for added nutrients and jarred roasted red peppers for convenience. A quick sauté of onions and garlic, plus some tangy crumbled goat cheese, give this pasta TONS of flavor with little effort.
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.
Growing up in St. Louis, Bread Co was a staple for as long as I can remember. If you’re not familiar with Bread Co, you maybe know it as either Saint Louis Bread Company, or more likely, Panera. Yes, Panera is a St. Louis original, and the same exact fast-casual restaurant goes by a different… Continue reading Vegetarian Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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)
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
One thing that makes me feel totally on top of life is having a grain-based salad in the fridge for convenient and healthful eating. Unlike lettuce based salads, grain salads get better with time, so they’re perfect as make-ahead meals or for leftover lunches. The ingredients in this particular quinoa salad are simple but come… Continue reading Quinoa Grain Salad with Fresh Dill & Goat Cheese
A couple weeks back, Matt and I tried out farm-camping using a booking site known as Hip Camp. We chose an organic farm called Moon in the Pond Farm located in Massachusetts. We usually camp at standard camp grounds, but after several experiences feeling as though we were too close to other campers, we decided… Continue reading Heirloom Tomato & Peach Sandwiches with Creamy Goat Cheese
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
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
In my opinion, the best way to cleanse and detox the body is with plant-based (vegan) meals filled to the brim with fresh produce, whole grains, fiber and protein. This quinoa salad fits the bill, not to mention being outrageously delicious. The layers of flavors and textures in this salad will leave feeling full, satisfied and healthy.
As a vegetarian, there’s one thing, and one thing only, that I miss about bacon – BLT sandwiches. Just thinking about them makes me hungry. And that’s why a good recipe for meat-free bacon is an absolute must for me. But why even call it bacon, if it’s not made of pork? That’s the question… Continue reading Vegan Portobello Mushroom Bacon
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