Year: 2018

Barley Risotto with Feta and Kale

Barley Risotto with Feta and Kale

Barley risotto with feta and kale is of course is non-traditional. There’s no parmesan, no white wine, no butter. Instead this is a risotto made with pearl barley, tomatoes, winter greens and Greek feta. The spices used for this recipe are smoked paprika, fresh thyme, bay leaf and red pepper flakes, which add depth and […]

Asian-Style Kale Salad with Brown Rice and Smoked Tofu

Asian-Style Kale Salad with Brown Rice and Smoked Tofu

This Asian-style kale salad recipe is actually more about one of my favorite dressings that I adore with kale. I have so many different versions of this recipe ’cause it’s actually a winter staple that we eat in some variation once or twice a week for the entire Tuscan Lacinto kale season. Which sadly is […]

Oven-Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Hazelnut Gremolata

Oven-Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Hazelnut Gremolata

these oven-roasted parsnips and carrots are cooked to perfection then served with a splash of lemon and a nutty hazelnut gremolata, making them the perfect side dish! This plant-based recipe makes such a satisfying side dish no matter what it is accompanying. It’s fantastically easy to makes, takes 30 minutes to prepare and tastes great […]

Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Lentils and Tahini Dressing

Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Lentils & Tahini Dressing

Okay are you ready for it? This kale salad with roasted vegetables, lentils and tahini dressing is my new go-to winter salad. Really it’s the salad of my dreams! It’s influenced by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (what’s not to love about that!?)… which in my mind, I can simply sum up as “extra delicious”. […]

Fresh Ginger Cookies (Gluten-free)

Fresh Ginger Cookies (Gluten-free)

During the holiday season, I just love baking fresh ginger cookies. This delicious recipe blends the spice of fresh ginger and cinnamon with the a subtle amount of sweetness from maple syrup and brown sugar to create delicious cookie, that happily can be considered healthier than most. And since it is completely grain-free, it is […]

Bulgur Salad with Halloumi and Lemon-Caper Dressing

Bulgur Salad with Halloumi and Lemon-Caper Dressing

Yes, the weather is chilly, but fresh-tasting dishes like bulgur salad with halloumi still find a way into my kitchen. This salad is packed with lots of wholesome, fresh flavors — ones that take you back to warmer days. As a barbecue staple, halloumi doesn’t often make its way into my kitchen, but sometimes it’s […]

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples & Hazelnuts

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples & Hazelnuts

For those of you, that are already convinced of the Brussels sprouts merits, this salad is for you. Yes, a Brussels sprouts salad! One made with toasted hazelnuts, my favorite fall apples, a little red onion, and a tasty dressing made with apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and Dijon mustard. Ooh and let’s not forget […]

Lemon Almond Cookies Gluten-free

Easy Lemon Almond Cookies (Gluten-Free)

I have three words for these lemon almond cookies – quick, easy, delicious! This simple cookie recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and takes 25 minutes from start to finish. Awesome, right? They are made with ground almonds, organic beet sugar, zesty lemon, egg whites and rolled in a little powdered sugar to give […]

Pumpkin Soup with Curry & Coconut Milk

Pumpkin Soup with Curry & Coconut Milk

Warm and comforting, this pumpkin soup with curry and coconut milk encompasses the essence of fall. A pumpkin soup can of course can go in so many directions. This one is includes Caribbean flavors starting with earthy Indian curry as well as allspice (pimento), which is a main player in Caribbean cuisines. Together with cayenne […]

Almond-Tahini-Date Cookies

Almond-Tahini-Date Cookies (Sugar-Free)

YES to sugar-free cookies! With these almond date cookies there is absolutely no sacrifice on flavor. They are made with naturally sweet Medjool dates, ground almonds and tahini. Plus a little spice to deepen the flavor: cinnamon and ginger. So since there are no flour, no eggs, no sugar, meaning these make the perfect snack […]

Roasted Japanese Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Roasted Japanese Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

So I thought it was high-time I share one of my favorite ways to enjoy roasted eggplant. Sweet and tender roasted Japanese eggplant (char-grilled a little at the end) served with sesame tahini sauce. A dream combination. But that’s not all. There are garnishes. Pomegranate, pine nuts and parsley. P-P-P. Three important P’s. The crème […]

Spicy Coconut Chicken Skillet Curry

Spicy Coconut Chicken Skillet

This moist and flavorful coconut chicken skillet recipe is spiced much like a curry; there’s cumin, coriander, turmeric and for a little kick, cayenne pepper which coats the chicken before it is pan-fried and simmered in coconut milk together with vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh red chilies and baby spinach leaves. It’s super easy to prepare and […]

Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies

Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies

Gluten-free thumbprint cookies. Sounds healthy, right? Well, sort of. Of course there are some good things in these cookies… like ground almonds, buckwheat flour, brown rice flour and good ole oats. Yay to that. But these are Christmas cookies after all, which means we are approaching the time of year when we grant ourselves permission […]

Tuscan Kale Salad with Hokkaido Pumpkin, Cranberries & Feta

Tuscan Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Cranberries & Feta

So the thing about this kale salad with roasted pumpkin is that you really need to enjoy a little bit of everything in every bite. This is a salad with sweet, tart, salty and nutty flavors, so it tastes best if you get a mix of two, three or all of these flavors together. There’s […]

Mediterranean Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers, Dill & Lemon

Mediterranean Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers, Dill & Lemon

Brussels sprouts lovers behold, here’s a recipe to pull you out of the same old, same old doldrums. These Mediterranean style roasted Brussels sprouts are full of bold flavors thanks to fresh dill, capers and lemon, making them a refreshingly new way to enjoy these cute looking cabbage-like sprouts. This is my new favorite way […]

Classic Apple Pie with Cranberries

Classic Apple Pie with Cranberries

I am beyond excited to finally share my favorite American apple pie recipe with you. It’s a little different then my grandma’s apple pie, which my mother also made, but it’s still quite traditional and by all means my favorite. Favorite enough that, even me, as a non-dessert person, loves it. It’s not too sweet, […]

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Roasted Cauliflower

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Roasted Cauliflower

Fettuccine Alfredo. Rich and creamy. It’s an Italian classic. Typically, it’s loaded with butter and parmesan (and quite possibly cream). Not this one! This recipe, as irresistible as it is, is actually dairy-free! Yes, vegan! So what’s the secret to a tasty vegan Alfredo sauce? Well, it’s cashew-based…and made with some onions and garlic, then […]

Pumpkin and Red Lentil Curry with Garam Masala & Coconut

Pumpkin and Red Lentil Curry

This glorious pumpkin and red lentil curry is the ultimate in comfort food. Creamy and utterly delicious, this is a healthy and easy recipe with amazing flavors of Indian Garam Masala and creamy coconut milk. Now, I’m not going to pretend that every recipe to come out of my kitchen is a stunner. These are […]

Carrot Cake Muffins with Ginger and Coconut

Carrot Cake Muffins with Ginger and Coconut

Ever try making carrot cake muffins? And how about ones with ginger, coconut and walnuts? Ohhh yeah. Things are about to get awesome. Yes, these carrot cake muffins are absolutely perfect. Plus, they are straight forward and super simple too. I guess I could call these “healthy-ish” carrot cake muffins because they’re made with spelt […]