Year: 2017

Persian Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe with Sumac

Persian Cucumber and Tomato Salad

A Persian cucumber and tomato salad, served with some crumbled feta or sliced avocado, a crusty baguette, and a crisp glass of wine makes for a fantastic summertime meal. Plus this recipe comes together so easily, there’s just a little bit of chopping to do and that’s it! Then it’s back to enjoying the summer […]

Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry Recipe with Sweet Potato, Carrots, Turmeric, Spinach

Coconut Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potato

Creamy coconut chickpea curry! Oh how I love thee. This one’s a delicious mashup of the Indian subcontinent meets Southeast Asia. Onions, carrots, good ole taters and sweet potatoes are slow cooked in a rich tomato sauce spiced with ground coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric and cayenne together with fresh ginger, garlic and red chili. To […]

Vegan double chocolate banana bread recipe with almonds, spelt flour and chia seeds. Refined sugar-free

Double Chocolate Banana Bread (vegan)

Dark chocolate lovers this one’s for you. A healthy double chocolate banana bread. And it’s vegan too! Yep, this is what my ideal snack looks like. Okay, not that it happens every week or anything, but sometimes it’s nice to have something chocolatey to give you a boost when that afternoon slump hits. I guess […]

Chickpea salad recipe with carrots and zucchini, vegan

Vegan Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Zucchini

Healthy, flavorful, filling and fast! There’s so much good going on here with this simple chickpea salad. The carrots and zucchini get julienned into little matchsticks, then tossed with freshly podded green peas, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted seeds and a simple roasted sesame oil dressing (oh yeah… and a little garlic – cause I think everything […]

Lentil Puttanesca recipe with red lentils, olives, capers, anchovies

Lentil Puttanesca Pasta

Lentil Puttanesca! Say what? Here’s the deal. It’s a quick and tasty pasta sauce made with red lentils, puréed tomatoes, garlic, shallots, herbs, chili a few more ingredients that bring it to a high level of flavor: anchovies, capers and olives. I can hear the disappointment. Anchovies! They are not vegan and certainly not vegetarian… […]

Healthy recipe for potato and green bean salad with prosciutto and fresh herbs in a lemony dressing

Potato and Green Bean Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

If there is one thing I love about spring and summer, it’s all the fresh produce. Which means there are endless options for salads and I am not just talking green salads. I’m thinking BBQ and picnic salads, which for me mostly brings up thoughts of potato salad, coleslaw and pasta salad. The classic pack […]

a healthy vegan summer roasted vegetable pasta salad recipe featuring red peppers, zucchini, eggplant and cherry tomatoes in a balsamic dressing

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

This roasted vegetable pasta salad is the epitome of summer in a bowl. Simple and delicious, it’s made with fresh roasted produce from the farmers’ market — sweet red pepper, zucchini, eggplant and cherry tomatoes. The dressing is nothing more than olive oil, balsamic creme and a little lemon juice. Because the dressing is so […]

Easy Garam Masala Chicken with Spinach

Easy Garam Masala Chicken with Spinach

This garam masala chicken recipe is inspired from traditional Indian butter chicken. Though you can expect a lightened up, healthy version of butter chicken. That’s because this recipe contains no butter and no full-fat cream. Instead it’s a trimmed down version with a lot less calories. It relies on warm spices, onions, garlic and ginger […]

Pearl barley risotto recipe with dried porcini mushrooms, fresh cremini mushrooms, green onion, parsley asparagus,

Mushroom Barley Risotto with Asparagus

Barley fans! If you haven’t already tried making risotto with pearl barley you should definitely give it a go. It’s of course a little chewier (in a good way!) than Arborio rice, but just like the classic; it has a rich and creamy texture. And with the addition of dried porcini mushrooms, fresh cremini mushrooms […]

chickpea tabbouleh salad with millet, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, parsley, dill and mint

Herb-Loaded Chickpea Tabbouleh Salad

Say hello to an awesome herb-loaded chickpea tabbouleh salad – my kind of pure healthy food that’s light but filling, full of vibrant flavors and colors AND it is simply delicious!! In this variation, the classic Middle Eastern salad has been upgraded with chickpeas, fresh dill, millet rather than bulgur, and an ooh so tasty […]

Recipe for Roasted White Asparagus with Tahini-Lemon Sauce

Roasted White Asparagus with Tahini-Lemon Sauce

I adore simple, healthy recipes that pack a ton of flavor. Just like this roasted white asparagus with tahini-lemon sauce. Topped with fresh parsley and toasted pine nuts, these are flavors to fall in love with. There are two ways I like cooking asparagus. Actually, I stand corrected… three: grilled, roasted or blanched in a […]

simple and healthy recipe for a roasted carrot, spelt and lentil salad paired with classic middle-eastern of flavors like cumin, sumac and za'tar

Za’atar Roasted Carrot, Spelt and Lentil Salad

Oops I did it again. Made another salad I love. Yes, more salad love! A spelt and lentil salad with za’atar roasted carrots, some tasty herbs and toasted almonds — cause every salad needs a little crunch. The dressing is made with eastern Mediterranean spices or shall I say Middle Eastern? Nevertheless, these are three […]

Recipe for Simmered Garlic Chili Eggplant with Mint and Parsley

Simmered Garlic Chili Eggplant

I have a really simple recipe today. One for eggplant lovers, like me. A simple garlic chili eggplant dish made with simmered chunks of eggplant, cooked up with plenty of garlic, fresh red chili peppers, simple aromatic Asian flavors and fresh herbs. This is something I make on a weeknight, when I am cooking for […]

spelt salad with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted almonds, sweet red onion and baby spinach

Spelt Salad with Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Almonds

Here’s a super delicious spelt salad. I mean S U P E R delicious! Many of you already know that I don’t eat a lot of meat, so this is an exception. I’ve made this salad a number of times in a vegan version, which is just as tasty. And it’s that simple, just use […]

Roasted Asparagus Salad that features roasted white asparagus, tossed with tender baby spinach in a creamy tahini dressing. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

What you are looking at is a spinach and roasted asparagus salad tossed in a tasty lemon tahini dressing. Okay, for some this may sound like an odd combination, but it works. It really works! The inspiration from this salad stemmed from 1) a peek inside my fridge I remembered that I bought some first […]

Vegan smoked tofu stir-fry recipe with asparagus, sprouting broccoli and mushrooms

Smoked Tofu Stir-Fry with Asparagus

Stir-fry is one of those things I grew up on. Okay, maybe not a smoked tofu stir-fry loaded up with spring vegetables and tasty things like garlic, ginger, Japanese rice vinegar, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil. Yes, a necessary handful of ingredients with Asian flavors that just taste awesome. My mother’s version was more […]

Recipe for Smoked Char Potato Salad with Capers, Green Onion and Radishes in a Lemon-Dill-Horseradich Dressing

Smoked Char Potato Salad

This smoked char potato salad was DELICIOUS! So good, that it will definitely have it’s place at our Easter table this year. If you haven’t tried smoked char, well let’s just say it tastes like trout upgraded to salmon. Smoked that is. Together with new potatoes, some fresh spring greens and a few other flavor […]