Appetizer · Apps & Snacks · Best of Basic · Gluten-Free · Vegetarian

The Ultimate Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

  Spinach-artichoke dip is pretty much everyone’s favorite. I may be exaggerating a little bit there, but seriously, it’s so unbelievably good. For my catering event this week, this classic dip was on the appetizer list, so I experimented a bit beforehand to come up with the best version. It’s not light, and it’s not… Continue reading The Ultimate Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Apps & Snacks · Best of Basic · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan · Vegetarian

Best of Basic: 10-Minute Kale Pesto (vegan | nut-free | gf)

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)

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

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

Apps & Snacks · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Vegan

Roasted Beet Hummus

Growing up, my mom took every opportunity to make the ordinary into the extraordinary. From something as small as the icing monograms on our toaster strudels before school, to something as meaningful as Christmas morning, she always did (and still does) know how to make things special. So it’s no wonder why I turned out the… Continue reading Roasted Beet Hummus

Homemade Takeout · Main Dishes

Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza

Pizza in the summer? Give me homemade tomato sauce, creamy fresh mozz, and homegrown basil. Pizza in the fall? Different story. Getting creative with pizza is one of my favorite activities in the whole wide world. We make pizza dough on the reg, but truth be told, most of our pizzas are on the traditional… Continue reading Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza

Apps & Snacks · Homemade Takeout · Vegan

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

  Even when I used to eat meat, chicken wings never appealed to me. For my entire life I have hated the idea of eating meat off the bone. However, boneless wings exist, so a wing-eater I was. It was never about the chicken though, it was always about the crisp texture and savory sauce… Continue reading Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

Vegan

Vegan Eggplant & White Bean Veggie Balls

When I think of some of my favorite meals from my meat-eating days, classic Italian meatballs definitely top the list. Whether on a sub sandwich, over pasta or even on pizza (shout out to Dewey’s Pizza in STL), meatballs are the bomb. Whenever my parents come to visit me in NYC, one of their go-to… Continue reading Vegan Eggplant & White Bean Veggie Balls

Dairy-Free · Dip · Gluten-Free · Healthy · Mexican · Salad Dressings · Sauces & Spreads · Vegan

Vegan Verde Crack Sauce

For awhile now I’ve been wanting to recreate the Mexican Goddess Dressing from the infamous Chop’t restaurant, a fast casual, create-your-own-salad chain that has pretty much taken over the lunch scene in New York City. Although it moves fast, between the hours of 12 and 2pm on a week day, the line is literally out… Continue reading Vegan Verde Crack Sauce

Appetizer · Salad Dressings · Sauces & Spreads

Lighten Up: Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Crudités platters are often seen as the boring but required member of any party’s munchies spread. But that’s not at all how I see a good old veggie platter. In fact, I’m the girl at the party who heads immediately to the crudités platter. I’m not the girl that makes a plate of raw carrots… Continue reading Lighten Up: Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Appetizer · Greek · Side Dish

Crispy Eggplant Fries with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

Eggplant is a staple for me as a vegetarian. I love eggplant parm subs, ratatouille (eggplant stew), baba ghanoush (smoky eggplant dip), and just about anything else involving eggplant; eggplant fries are no exception. Crispy and light on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside, my eggplant fries really are just perfect. Yes, they are deep-fried,… Continue reading Crispy Eggplant Fries with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce