Well, Spring is upon us and it’s time for bright, colorful, refreshing, fresh-ingredient salads! This one is cheap and easy too. I haven’t ever bought radishes before but they were surprisingly crisp and really perfect for a vinegar-based dish. Start with a handful of cukes and radishes. How many of each is up to […]
Growing up I always disliked beans because we always had canned beans, which were mushy and dull. Honestly, I haven’t had much green bean experience until the summer of 2008 when I was introduced to sauteed fresh beans by a wonderful family in my church. We’d get there early and gather around a bag of […]
Thank goodness for crumbles. Fruit crumbles are one of those things you can throw together without a recipe and 9 times out of 10 it’ll be fabulous. You’ve just gotta use a few necessary components. This time I’m making it with a peach and raspberries, but feel free to use cheaper fruits like apples, etc.
One of my favorite things to make is dressing. I call it dressing, but really, these types of sauces can be used for just about anything. You can use it as salad dressing, dipping sauce for whatever, or even sautéed with ingredients on the stove. I generally don’t buy most store-bought dressings any more for these 4 […]
Hummus is a lot like tomato sauce: Everyone does it a little differently and everyone thinks their recipe is the best. Yet, no matter how you make, it’s probably going to be awesome. Before you get started on this recipe, you may want to read through a more updated article called 9 Tips & Tricks […]
I’m not a vegetarian, nor do I ever plan on becoming one. However, there’s something really nice about sitting down to a big plate of vegetables for dinner.
Ever ordered broccoli soup that doesn’t quite taste like broccoli? Like it’s been added with preservatives & frozen for a few months. Make it yourself. It’s so, so, so much better! First, I want to say that on a scale of super healthy (being 10) to super UNhealthy (being 0), I’d say this is maybe […]
Kale is probably one of those things you rarely or never eat. Well, it’s packed with vitamin A and calcium, with a little bit of vitamin B and C and very, very tasty. I’m still discovering ways to eat it besides throwing it in soup or something boring like that. My favorite way so far […]
A few months back, my friend was raving about this hummus she found at a local Mediterranean restaurant. She claimed it was, “smooth as silk” and by far, the best hummus she’s ever had. Frankly, this bothered me. What was their secret? I wanted to make the best hummus we’ve both ever had. (What an […]
One of my new favorite condiments is an incredibly light and fresh salsa made from tomatillos. A tomatillo is a small Mexican green fruit that’s wrapped around a paper-like husk. It’s not sweet, by the way, but tastes similar to green tomatoes with a little kick. You can find these at just about any grocery […]
Ugh, life is so much better when you’re not picky about food! Used to hate mushrooms, now I love them. If you love mushrooms, this soup is for YOU. I also found a great new method to soup-making! Stay tuned.
I don’t know about you but most of the time I’m not in the mood to sit down to a huge massive sweet potato without a junk load of butter and brown sugar. Seeing as that pretty much takes away all nutritional benefits, I decided to make a potato into fries so it’s a tad more interesting.
Couscous is quickly becoming a favorite side dish/starch these days. It’s so light & fluffy, takes no time at all to make, and is actually pretty nutritious. It’s got plenty of protein, fiber, vitamin B and fiber (if you get the whole grain kind). It’s a perfect addition to any kind of stew like I’ve made here.
So I keep hearing about this jicama stuff (pronounced hee-kah-mah I believe) all over the place and I finally decided to get some. I honestly didn’t even know where to start or how to cut it but I could say this experiment went very well. After I decided to make slaw I realized I didn’t […]
For a few years now I have been on a search to find the best method of making tomato sauce. Everyone does it a little differently; I know a Jewish Italian woman that puts a carrot in the pot to draw out a little sweetness. Another cook cuts up the garlic in slices instead of […]
Yet again, I struck gold at the local farmer’s market by purchasing these lovely mini red potatoes. This beautiful, tasty side dish looks absolutely beautiful on your plate next to the main course, and this is as easy as they come! By the way, if you can’t get to farmer’s market, your grocery store may […]
Ever been to your local farmer’s market? If not, this Saturday you should definitely check it out if you have one close. There’s one here in Charlotte that has unbelievably cheap veggies. Guess how much I got this big bag of mini eggplant for? ONE buck! Couldn’t believe it. I used most of these for […]
Ummm yeah, this was as good as it looks. This beast of an Asian dish was ridiculously easy to prepare, but does take a little vegetable-cutting time, FYI. Feel free to add any meat and any other veggie you want. Oh, and this makes about 2 servings. Go ahead and start making a few servings […]
If you’ve never had paneer, a fresh, mild Indian cheese, you should definitely check it out. It’s solid enough not to melt quickly, but soft enough to give some great texture to a dish like this. Feel free to leave this out and add veggies or meat instead. Oh, by the way, the fresh cilantro […]
I really don’t like store-bought salsa. There, I said it. I think it’s crap. I’ve had maaaaybe one store-bought salsa in my life that I thought wasn’t too shabby. There are lots of different types of salsa but I’m going to show you how to make a super simple pico de gallo. You are welcome […]
Remember that cucumber jicama slaw we made? Well you’ll need that for this quick meal. It tastes awesome on just about anything you’d put salsa on, like tacos or nachos- it’s fresh, crunchy and spicy. Warm up some black beans using whatever warming method you prefer. I just pop mine right from the can into […]
Here’s a crazy good appetizer or snack for your next Spring party! I bought like 1,000 rice wrappers for about 86 cents and I’m trying to find ways to use them. They’re actually really nice because they’re not too heavy like tortillas and you can (as I found out) use them for sweet food inside […]
So here’s a really easy side dish. I actually put this on top of my salad one day at work and it was yum! It’s nothing fancy, I just didn’t have much food left so all of these ingredients tasted pretty super together. Start by boiling a serving of orzo or your favorite pasta. Orzo […]
Share You guys. I’m serious. I don’t mean to brag but these were amazing. I put a junk load of feta on it so the health factor went down a few points, but ya’ know what? I don’t care. It was worth it. I didn’t have much food left in my fridge, but something awesome […]
So I got these blueberries free from my mom. I know blueberries are a bit more pricey than other fruits so I understand if these are out of your price range. They ARE, however, super good for you, with a beautiful amount of Vitamin C, fiber, and lots of antioxidants. So a few years back […]
I hated mushrooms for the first 23 years of my life, until my friend Lindsay sauteed some portobellos in balsamic vinegar and garlic and put it on some french bread. I was suddenly hooked! Here’s a version that’s quick and yummy, and even if you’re a mushroom hater like I was, try it anyway! These […]
I think if we have food in Heaven, avocados will be there. As well as mangoes and bacon. I had a very random thought this morning: avocado soup. Avocados give amazing texture to anything you put it in, especially if you blend it till smooth, so I figured it’d be perfect for a healthy soup […]
For my 50th post, I’m going simple. One of my favorite snacks or side dishes is a simple sauteed plantain. Plantains can be a little confusing because there are plenty of ways to cook them, it’s kinda hard to tell when they’re perfect to eat, and depending on how you cook them they can taste […]
Baba Ghanoush. One of those things people seem to keep asking me if I’ve had before. Now, instead of saying, “Babawho?” I can say, “Why yes indeed I’ve had it and it is in fact delicious!” For the record, you don’t have to love eggplant to love this dish, ok? Get a fresh eggplant and […]
After dreaming I was an assisting surgical nurse for Jack Shephard from Lost last night, my first thought when I woke up this morning was, “I want some pancakes.” (Welcome to my world.) While searching for recipes, I came across flaxseed pancake recipes. I remembered my Slovak friend had given me a bag of unidentified seeds […]
Yeah, I’m not gonna’ lie- this is all one big experiment. I plan to improve the recipe by trying again and hopefully hearing some advice from you all who feel like experimenting too! I don’t mind buying veggie burgers, but they still have ingredients that I have no idea where they came from like protein […]
The other day I received a free bag of walnuts and almonds, so naturally, I thought of apple crisp! But baking an apple crisp/crumble that’s healthy too can be a bit challenging because we all know that the more butter and brown sugar you put in it, the more “oooo’s and aaaah’s” you get from […]
Tonight I debunked my own assumption that asparagus was a bit too expensive for this site. My friends, if you haven’t branched out to cook fresh asparagus, you must! My love for it has been rekindled. And please, for the love of vegetables, do NOT buy canned asparagus even if you’re desperate. What a disgrace. […]
Back in 2004 I spent two months in Ethiopia working with local youth and AIDS patients. I bought two things on a regular basis there: an authentic macchiato and an Ethiopian “spress”, as they called it…both of which I shouldn’t have been consuming because of the contaminated water & soil, but whatever, they were amazing. […]
So it’s the end of the week and all I have left in my fridge is some leftover chili, an onion, a bell pepper and some spinach that isn’t quite fit for eating fresh. What to do? Soup! That’s what to do! What I love about soup is that it’s flippin’ fast, easy, and you […]
I’ll be honest, there are few things out there that I think are better withOUT meat. For me, chilli is one of them. This recipe really doesn’t need meat in my humble opinion. However, if you choose to add some, try adding something more interesting than ground beef. Try kielbasa, chicken, or ground turkey. Watered […]
This may not be a rush-home-from-work-and-feed-the-family kind of dish, but perfect for entertaining and a different way of eating sweet potatoes. I’ve got to give Emeril the credit for the idea but I’m not a fan of stealing recipes… so this is all a lovely experiment on a low budget. Start by cooking a sweet […]
For about 4 bucks you could buy a bottle of this kind of dressing from the store. But why would you? Homemade dressing is a fraction of the price, takes about 90 seconds to make, and tastes amazing. Ya’ know why it tastes amazing? Because you can taste all of the ingredients without those weird […]
Ever paid $7 for a mango lassi? I have. In fact, I think I ended up paying a whole lot more but I’m not willing to admit it publicly. I’m not sure about the differences in ingredients in what I’ve bought from a restaurant and what I’ve made at home, but I can tell you […]
While some of you may be completely happy with a full plate of freshly sauteed veggies, I understand your hesitation in making this a full meal. You’re welcome to use this as a side item, but I challenge you to try to eat a simple plate of hot veggies for lunch or dinner and see […]