One of my favorite items at the market is the 1 pound bags of baby potatoes. They make cooking potatoes so effortless. Plus, when the potatoes are bite-size, the whole bite of potato is surrounded by roasty, crispy skin, which is the best part of a potato in my opinion. This is an easy side… Continue reading Best of Basic: Roasted Baby Potatoes
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.
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).
My go-to quick, easy & super yummy marinara sauce is perfect for pasta, pizza or anything else Italian. Even better? This sauce fits into clean eating, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 lifestyles…
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
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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
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)