Desserts · Sauces & Spreads · Side Dishes · Vegetarian

Seven Perfect Produce-Forward Recipes for Thanksgiving

One week until Thanksgiving, people! This year, I’ll be ditching New York and going home to St. Louis, which I couldn’t be more excited about. My mom typically handles the cooking, even though, yes, I am a professionally trained chef. But honestly, I can’t wait for the vacation from 8-hour cooking days. And everything always… Continue reading Seven Perfect Produce-Forward Recipes for Thanksgiving

Gluten-Free · Healthy · Main Dishes · Quick & Easy · Side Dishes · Vegetarian

Quinoa Grain Salad with Fresh Dill & Goat Cheese

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

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)

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

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 · 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

Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Main Dishes · Salad Dressings · Sauces & Spreads · Side Dishes

Roasted Apple & Brie Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

There are salads, and then there are SALADS. I’m talking super yummy, satisfying and healthful salads, filled to the brim with flavor, texture, and nourishment. A salad like this answers the body’s desire for fresh, clean, and nutrient-rich meals, to offset all of the richer and more indulgent meals we (I mean, “I”) enjoy eating. Salads like… Continue reading Roasted Apple & Brie Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

Apps & Snacks · Gluten-Free · Sauces & Spreads · Side Dishes · Vegan

Cranberry-Apple Compote

Two days to go ’til Turkey Day so, lucky you, I’ve got another vegetarian recipe, that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday. If you read yesterday’s post (butternut squash and broccoli mac and cheese!), you’ll know that this year I’m bringing a few veggie-friendly dishes to a potluck-style thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family. You’d also know… Continue reading Cranberry-Apple Compote

Main Dishes · Side Dishes

Roasted Broccoli & Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Wait a minute. Thanksgiving is this week. This. Week. Like what? Holidays generally sneak up on me pretty quickly. But last week, when talking about our culinary class schedule for this week, we made it through the entire conversation before I realized that Thanksgiving week was the week in question. I’m not even sure how… Continue reading Roasted Broccoli & Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

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