Carrot Ginger Quinoa Pepper “Jacks”

As kitschy as some find it, I absolutely love holiday “themed” foods. Here in America, Halloween is about two weeks away and I’ve already seen a decent showing online of different party foods. When I was growing up, a big trend in our family were witch finger cookies. Some people may find it cheesy, but I…

Quinoa Taco “Meat”

This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Chaia, a restaurant with the best tacos I’ve ever eaten. If you’re even in D.C., it’s an essential stop. They rotate filling variations seasonally and you can observe the making of fresh corn tortillas while you wait in line! When visiting the restaurant last weekend with my…

General Tso’s – Inspired Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

I would like to clarify something right off the bat– this cauliflower is in no way intended to be a substitute for chicken! I thought it would be fun to take a dish that is traditionally very unhealthy and transform it with plant-based ingredients. I personally have never been a huge fan of “American-ized” Chinese…

Roasted Tomato Herb Quiche

For the longest time I was very hesitant to try a plant-based version of an “eggy” dish. Even when I didn’t follow a mostly vegan diet, eggs never sat well with me. The sulfuric smell of them scrambled in a frying pan would nearly elicit a gag reflex (yes, I was a dramatic child). Nevertheless,…

Zucchini Noodle Lasagna

Today’s recipe stays in the same vein of a classic comfort food redux, particularly for the summer months when I crave light and fresh- tasting meals. I’m also always looking for excuses to use my (impulse-purchased) ingredients from the farmer’s market. Zucchini noodle lasagna to the rescue! For a while I was intimidated to try a…

Quick Garlic Broccoli Pasta (My #1 Go-To Meal)

When I think back to the origins of my garlic obsession, I realize this dish played a foundational role. Every birthday I would request it for dinner, though as a family we ate garlic pasta multiple times a month. I never got tired of it! For a childhood “comfort food,” I realize it is actually…

Grilled Rainbow Skewers with Pesto

**DISCLAIMER: This recipe does not require an actual grill! I highly recommend investing in a grill pan (I’ve often seen them on sale at T.J Maxx for discounted prices). A grill pan allows for authentically cooked burgers, vegetables, and even panini/grilled cheese sandwiches. I use mine all the time!** I’ve always been a fan of…

Fluffy Savory Protein Pancakes with Avocado Sauce

To precede a forthcoming food review of a recent trip to Israel, I thought I’d post a fun spin on a meal I noticed at my favorite breakfast spot in Tel Aviv, Cafe Xoho. For me, sweet is always > savory when it comes to breakfast foods, but in my mind there is no reason…

Portobello Personal Pizzas

There is no wrong way to eat pizza, but I have to admit this mushroom recipe is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Hearty portobellos can stand up to a multitude of toppings, and this entire process takes about 30 minutes! The cheese used here is the cashew parmesan outlined in this recipe, but feel free to…

Rustic Ratatouille Bake with Cashew Parmesan

With summer right around the corner, I thought it might be nice to start off this blog with an old favorite of mine. It’s the perfect way to use up extra summer squash you may have around the house, and the subtle cheesiness of the parmesan perfectly compliments bright and juicy hothouse tomatoes. Everything for…