All posts tagged: Vegetarian

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Mint, Parsley & Almonds

Quinoa Salad with Orange, Mint, Parsley & Almonds

This is a pretty salad featuring quinoa, naturally sweetened dried berries, juicy oranges, fresh mint and parsley in an orange garlic vinaigrette, topped with deliciously toasted crunchy almonds. All of which perk up a simple quinoa salad. It makes for a great side dish, main course salad or perfect to bring to a party or […]

Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Arugula Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Arugula Salad

This roasted sweet potato, quinoa and arugula salad is filling, fresh and simply delicious. It’s nourishing, sweet, crunchy and tangy combination of fluffy quinoa, tender roasted sweet potatoes, peppery arugula, fresh cilantro, crunchy seeds and deliciously sweet-sour pomegranate tossed in a brightly flavored citrus-honey dressing. Organic is the best choice for sweet potatoes Roasting has […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

So how do you transform these cute little cabbages into something amazing? — Roast them! I love roasted Brussels sprouts! And I particularly love roasted Brussels sprouts with pomegranate and roasted hazelnuts. There are tender sprouts, a hint of lemon, that uniquely sweet-tart flavor of pomegranates and roasted hazelnuts for a great nutty crunch… all […]

Caprese Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Olives, Spelt Noodles

Caprese Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Olives

I know that a caprese pasta salad isn’t exactly GROUNDBREAKING, but this one has gone a little gourmet. First of all it’s made with summers own peak-season, sweet and juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes, in an array of colors; yellow, orange and red. Then there’s plenty of fragrant basil and of course a caprese isn’t a […]

Kürbissuppe, Ginger Chili Hokkaido Soup with Coconut Milk, Pumpkin, Squash

Ginger Chili Hokkaido Soup

Love them or loathe them, pumpkin and winter squash are a sure sign that fall has arrived. Close relatives, there are hundreds of varieties, and they come in endless shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. One of my absolute favorites is a cute little pumpkin (actually a squash) that goes by the name of “Hokkaido”. And […]

Roasted Beet Risotto with dill and crème fraîche

Roasted Beet Risotto

I have a little obsession with beets at the moment. And this little obsession led me to the uncharted world of beet risotto. Something I wish I had explored earlier. This beet risotto is hands down the most decadent of all my risottos. With its vivid color and deep flavors, it’s somewhat of a show-off. […]

Jeweled Couscous Salad with radishes, oranges, arugula, cilantro, red cabbage

Couscous Salad with Radishes and Oranges

Oh my. How can a salad jeweled with so many beautifully vivid hues be anything but utterly delicious? It is. It’s magical. Actually, what is truly magical is couscous. It’s so easy. It almost does all the work itself. Of course there are a few special methods for preparing it. One of which I stumbled […]

Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Pescatarian, and Pollotarian Explained

I recently discovered that there is actually a term for people who follow a vegetarian diet 90% of the time (give or take) – it’s called “flexitarian”. Technically, flexitarian doesn’t actually even fall into any of the many “levels” of vegetarianism, or types of vegetarian diets, but it get an honorable mention — a “very […]

Marinated Lentil Salad

Marinated Lentil Salad

No longer the “the poor man’s meat”, lentils are amazingly well loved in Mediterranean cuisine. Not only are they lentils, they are wonderfully versatile. They can be used just as well in salads or soups and can be easily be marinated overnight and used the next day only to have their flavors richen. Lentils cook […]

Shaved Viola Asparagus in a Lemon Vinaigrette

Shaved Viola Asparagus in a Lemon Vinaigrette

Full of flavor and color, fresh asparagus, whether it be green, white or purple, is a celebration of spring! I love it when asparagus starts flooding the farmer’s markets, especially when I get my hands on fresh purple asparagus. The fabulous thing about it is that it’s tender enough to be eaten raw. Just use […]

Roasted Italian Baby Eggplant & Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Sicilian Eggplant & Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

Italian “perlina” eggplants (aubergine) are very similar to the Chinese eggplant. They have a thinner skin and a sweeter, more delicate flavor. They also have fewer seeds, which tend to make eggplants taste bitter. The great thing about these delicate beauties is that they do not need to be “purged” of any bitterness before cooking. […]

Roasted Tomato, Artichoke & Bocconcini Salad in a Lemon Caper Dressing

Roasted Cherry Tomato, Artichoke and Bocconcini in a Lemon Caper Dressing

Roasting tomatoes brings out their rich and sweet flavor, and in this salad, roasted cherry tomatoes are combined with artichokes, the tasty ones, the ones found at your favorite delicatessen or gourmet food store — yes, raise your hand if you love artichokes! All this together with fresh, delicate buffalo mozzarella (bocconcini), tossed in lemon […]

Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy‏

Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy‏

Not only does miso paste give everything an umami blast, but using it to make miso soup is so easy — it’s virtually impossible to mess up. What I love most about miso soup, aside from its salty and rich flavor, is it’s wonderful versatility – you can make it with noodles, mushrooms, seafood, tofu, […]

Pasta Koulouria with Caramelized Onions and Feta‏

Koulouria Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Oregano and Feta

Caramelizing onions may sound like a lot of effort but really it’s not. It gives you a chance to get some other things done. Like in my case, hop in the shower after my Pilates class, knowing I have a full 15 minutes before I need to do something in the kitchen again. Plus when […]

Heirloom Carrot and Cara Cara Orange Salad

Heirloom Carrot Salad with Cara Cara Oranges

A salad is the perfect way to showcase heirloom carrots in all their beauty. They come in an amazing array of colors — deep purple, yellow, red, white, peach and of course orange. I couldn’t resist when I saw the beautiful rainbow of carrots at the farmers market. Shaving them into paper-thin ribbons is a […]

Oxheart Cabbage Coleslaw with Apple and Mango

Oxheart Cabbage Coleslaw with Apple and Mango

Oxheart cabbage is the one with the pointy head and my absolute favorite cabbage. Actually it’s the only cabbage I buy on a regular basis. It has succulent leaves making it excellent choice for salads like coleslaw and is everyone’s darling for sauerkraut. More often than not, I add it broth-based soups, let it wilt […]

Belgium Endive and Winter Purslane in a Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Belgium Endive and Winter Purslane in a Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Here’s a super salad dressing that makes even the simplest plate of greens memorable. Walnut oil lends the salad a light nutty flavor and blends well with watercress, Belgian endive and postelein. Postelein is the Dutch name for winter purslane or miner’s lettuce; a delicious but often overlooked wild green, resembling tiny lily pads and […]

Sicilian-Style Romanesco with Capers and Lemon

Sicilian-Style Romanesco with Capers and Lemon

It may seem new to some of us, but actually romanesco has actually been around forever! Forever as in ages, ages as in 16th century Italy. Like I said, forever. A cross between broccoli and cauliflower, it’s unapologetically captivating. I mean, really, it’s structure is quite a marvel. Such a marvel that I could even […]

Roasted Beet Salad in a Lemon-Pistachio Vinaigrette

Roasting beets can take up to an hour, sometimes even longer so if you are squeezed for time, then just cut them up and steam them –you’ll shorten their cooking time by half! Simply trim and half the beets and steam them using a collapsible stainless steel steamer basket – remember these? They’re been around […]

Braised Endive with Blood Orange and Pomegranate

Braised Belgium Endive with Blood Oranges and Pomegranate

If you’re a lover of Belgium endive and it’s pleasantly bitter flavor, then you are in luck! You’ll love it braised and bathing in the sweet juicy awesomeness of blood oranges and pomegranates — both of which help balance out its edge. This side dish has a fantastic array flavors, colors and textures — perfect […]