Health & Wellness · Vegan · Vegetarian · Whole30

The Beginners Guide to Clean Eating for Weight Loss

Clean eating is taking over the food scene… and while the word ‘clean’ can be replaced by ‘real,’ or ‘whole,’ the idea behind all of these terms is the same; eat only high-quality and natural foods made from clean/real/whole ingredients. With a bit of time and effort at the beginning, a clean eating regimen quickly becomes second nature.… Continue reading The Beginners Guide to Clean Eating for Weight Loss

Apps & Snacks · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Main Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian · Whole30

Vegan Pizza Potato Skins with Roasted Broccoli

It’s still March Madness, which means I have another perfect game-day appetizer to share. This recipe was inspired by a meal I cooked for a client following the Whole30 diet. If you don’t know the rules of Whole30, it’s pretty much clean eating, with no grains, dairy or beans, and a focus on produce and… Continue reading Vegan Pizza Potato Skins with Roasted Broccoli

Health & Wellness · Main Dishes · Vegan · Whole30

Top 3 Reasons to Join the Clean Eating Movement

Clean Eating is a philosophy I’ve adhered to for several years now, so I can say with confidence that clean eating is the secret (or my secret, at least), to feeling and looking great with little effort. I, like many others, have spent my life searching for the balance between staying healthy and loving food. It’s… Continue reading Top 3 Reasons to Join the Clean Eating Movement

Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Quick & Easy · Vegan

Vegan Portobello Mushroom Bacon

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

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 · Breakfast · Dairy-Free · Desserts · Gluten-Free · Vegan

Chocolate Lovers Vegan Granola

Chocolate. Like cheese, it’s a kryptonite situation for me. In other words, I can’t resist it and therefor have no choice but to stay away from it. Just kidding! I eat chocolate on the reg, and I’m not ashamed to say it. However, like anything else sugary and indulgent, I practice balance and moderation…and when… Continue reading Chocolate Lovers Vegan Granola

Homemade Takeout · Main Dishes · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan

Vegan Falafel Pitas with Roasted Beets, Pickled Onions & Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Hi, friends! And happy March! I don’t know about you, but this warm winter weather is rubbing me the wrong way. It feels totally gross to be outside in New York in February without a jacket. While most seem to be loving it, I’m not loving it at all. It’s too unnatural for me. So,… Continue reading Vegan Falafel Pitas with Roasted Beets, Pickled Onions & Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Gluten-Free · Main Dishes · Vegan

Vegan White Bean Burgers with Beet Hummus & Basil Cashew Cream

I don’t know about you, but looking at these pictures is making me super hungry. I can almost see the flavors radiating from each level of this vegan masterpiece. The cherry on top is my newest obsession. Everything from pizza to pasta to burgers is getting the cashew cream treatment these days. It’s rich, it’s… Continue reading Vegan White Bean Burgers with Beet Hummus & Basil Cashew Cream

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