beets for brunch.
this amazingly simple combination of foods has me excited! partly because it was so simple to put together, and partly because it’s so delicious. it doesn’t hurt that it also happens to be so good for you healthy. easter brunch was had. while i’m a huge fan of hollandaise sauce + runny poached eggs, we opted for a lighter, healthier menu this year. super light,...
nut-tuna / not-tuna.
i have a confession. i’m writing this post to avoid folding my laundry. a huge pile of unfolded clothes is sitting right next to me on the couch, waiting for my attention. i only brought out my laptop to listen to music or maybe even watch a show while i fold. cheers for procrastination! this recipe is SUPER easy and so delicious. variations of all kinds are out there, but i love how...
vegan pancakes + AMAZINGLY SIMPLE cherry compote.
just in time for valentine’s day! i’ve got the perfect breakfast for you to make for your sweetheart (even if your sweetheart happens to be yourself)! my friend and i ran our first 5K yesterday woohooo! we were super proud of ourselves in general but also because we ran it 3 weeks early (according to the couch to 5K program we’re doing). i thought a nice breakfast was...
easy cheezy kale chips.
i have to admit, even though i’ve had a dehydrator for a while now, this is the first time i’m using it to make kale chips. i don’t know what took me so long. they’re super easy to make and well worth the wait. if you don’t have a dehydrator, don’t worry, you can just use an oven. an added benefit? the sauce for these chips is equally good as a dip for...
raw: stuffed zucchini blossoms.
this past weekend i was intent on visiting farmers markets in search of some freshly picked organic produce. i was in for a treat! two markets and $150 later, my kitchen counter and fridge were filled with four different kinds of melons, kiwi berries, bags full of kale and mustard greens, and a variety of summer squash that were just picked the night before (+more!). i also scored some...
raw confetti corn salsa.
i started a raw food detox this week. i’m eating 100% raw, high-fruit. it’s amazing how this has put things into perspective. now, salads are the heartier meal of my day. i guess everything is relative! i’ve learned i have to change it up so i don’t get bored. this fresh corn salsa was a result of this weekend’s farmers market finds! raw confetti corn...
warm mushroom salad.
so simple. so good. i’m very particular about my mushrooms. i love them cooked down, flavored simply with garlic and salt and pepper. and that’s just what this salad is. we’re weathering a storm here in florida and this dish perfectly complements this rainy weather! my mother always told me that when you’re cooking mushrooms, you need to do it in a really hot pan....
raw: "superfood" salad.
what is a super food? if you google “super foods” you’ll get lists and lists of different foods, many of which i wouldn’t necessarily consider super foods, but hey, we’re all different. many of these lists do, however, include the likes of kale, avocado, blueberries, and perhaps goji berries, all of which i used in this salad, hence the super food name. this...
agua de piña (pineapple water).
this has been a favorite of mine ever since my first sip. it is light and refreshing. not too sweet, not too bland. a homemade thirst-quencher, perfect for summer. the other wonderful thing about this drink is that it allows you to utilize the skin and core of your pineapple - parts you would otherwise throw away. during my holiday, i shared this recipe with my mother. we’ve been...
my mom is so cute. we made this dish on the fly to add something fun and light to our tapas dinner. at the last minute we decided we’d share the (really simple) recipe with you. when i asked her, ”mommy, what do you want to call it? light summer slaw? or just summer slaw?” she looked down at the beautiful bright plate and said, “sunshine slaw.” and how appropriate. it is a plate full of...
gazpacho cerezas (cherry gazpacho).
gazpacho is a chilled spanish soup, traditionally made with a base of fresh tomatoes. it’s served with a side of diced ingredients, which add texture to an otherwise plain, cold soup. people enjoy it as a light, refreshing meal in the summertime. to be honest with you, i’m not a huge fan of gazpacho. yes, it’s refreshing on a hot summer day, but so is ice or a nice cold drink or a smoothie. ...
coconut curry mustard dressing: serious flavor...
the first time i ever visited south florida, i was introduced to the curry mustard dressing at chicken kitchen. those of you who live here know what i’m talking about – it’s also a favorite at pollo tropical. i loved it so much that years later, when i lived in tampa, i would make that drive across alligator alley with a cooler just so i could buy it by the bulk to bring home. since i try not...
pineapple arugula (?) smoothie.
i know, it sounds weird, and maybe it is. i’ve found that people either love this smoothie or hate it. i happen to love this combination, and that’s why i’m sharing it with you! when i first made this, i had to have it almost every day for at least a week. but i’m also that kind of person – the kind of person who will eat something that they’ve just discovered and is absolutely delicious as...
raw: creamy kale & arugula pesto with zucchini...
i <3 kale. i love eating food that loves me back. kale is amazingly nutritious. i once read that it works on the level of our dna by coaxing our genes to create immune-boosting enzymes. this makes me happy when i eat it, which i do at least a few times a week. kale is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse. among many other nutrients, it provides a huge amount of vitamin k per...
a birthday & blueberry vanilla lemonade.
i don’t know about you, but i’ve noticed there are two types of people in the world. 1. the type of person who is REALLY into their birthday 2. the type of person who just isn’t the first type will openly count the days until their birthday arrives - it’s usually a month-long countdown, but can be a week or even three months. these people are usually the ones who also...
chai + chai spiced oatmeal with chia.
i’m a sleep early/wake early kind of girl. granted, my life doesn’t always happen this way. but if i can get myself into a routine and make it happen, i’m balanced, i’m cheerful, and way more fun to be around. i like rising early enough so that my dogs aren’t wiggling balls of excitement as soon as my feet hit the floor. instead, i prefer that they barely lift their furry heads when i tiptoe...
coconut black bean dip.
maybe it’s the heavy, humid heat of this floridian summer, but all i’ve wanted to eat lately is fruit, black beans and corn. i’ve always enjoyed corn, but never to this degree. i must admit, i’ve become a bit obsessed. i’ve been eating it in as many forms as i can get it: oven-roasted corn on the cob, frozen corn, polenta, corn muffins and popcorn (sprayed with...