Best of Basic · Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Dinner · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Healthy · Lunch · Main Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Zesty Black Bean Soup

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

Beverages · Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Healthy · Quick & Easy · Vegan

Rosemary-Matcha Iced Tea Lemonade (Matcha Energizer Drink)

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)

Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Healthy · Italian · Lighten Up · Main Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Vegan Spinach & Lentil Lasagna Rolls

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

Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Health & Wellness · Main Dishes · One-Pot Meals · Soup · Vegan · Vegan Optional · Vegetarian · Whole30

Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew

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

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)

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)

Dairy-Free · Detox Recipes · Gluten-Free · Main Dishes · One-Pot Meals · Soup · Vegan · Vegan Optional

White Three-Bean Chili (vegan | gf)

Today’s post is a veganized recipe of the white chicken chili I made for a client this week. I loved the creaminess and richness of this hearty chicken chili combined with the sweet crunch of the fresh corn kernels. All I needed to do was omit the chicken. I then decided to take it even further and omit the cream as well (aka veganize it).

Gluten-Free · Main Dishes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Mexican-Spiced Black Bean Burgers (vegan | gluten-free)

Homemade veggie burgers are the perfect way to make everyone happy. My black bean burgers are hearty enough for meat-eaters, delish enough for foodies and fit perfectly into a health nut’s diet regimen. These zesty burgers are packed with plant-based protein, fiber and flavor. Additionally, because I use arrow root powder and almond flour as… Continue reading Mexican-Spiced Black Bean Burgers (vegan | gluten-free)