Creamy Pasta and Broccoli

Hmm, what to make for dinner? This was certainly a perplexing question the other day. I happened to have on hand a very large head of broccoli, a few cans of cannellini beans in the pantry, some curly pasta, and onions. But what to make with it? And then it hit me. I could use … Continue reading

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

It’s now officially summer. Hooray! And nothing says summer quite like watermelon. Even better if it’s paired with fresh mint and feta cheese. Watermelon sounds especially refreshing, since it’s extremely hot here – and just about everywhere else right now! I’m not sure what it is about these three distinct flavors, but they just seem … Continue reading

Roasted Corn and Red Pepper Hummus

“Chickpeas whipped beyond recognition.” That’s what my boyfriend calls hummus. Let’s just say he’s not a fan (I think it’s a texture thing). Anyways, I love me some hummus, even if it is just chickpeas whipped beyond recognition. It’s a tasty, healthy dip that can be eaten with just about anything – what’s not to … Continue reading

Orzo and Green Vegetables Salad

Sometimes you just have to eat your green vegetables. And what a better way than with orzo and goat cheese!? I combined several great nutrient-packed veggies into this easy-to-make and delicious to boot pasta salad. After draining the pasta, I tossed the orzo with olive oil while it was cooling. I don’t normally recommend doing … Continue reading

Tomato & Cucumber Panzanella

Panzanella: it all starts with a loaf of bread. Could be French bread, or a nice baguette. I used a very yummy-looking (and tasting) fresh loaf of whole grain bread. Panzanella originates in Florence, and traditionally is made of stale bread that is soaked. This a delicious way to use up leftover bread loaves from … Continue reading

Raisin and Nut Granola

Call me crunchy, but I love me some granola. Granola and fruit. Granola and milk. Granola and yogurt. Granola just plain ole’ by itself. Love it. What I don’t love about granola – at least the store-bought kind – is the price. So, as often as I can (as it’s a bit of a process), … Continue reading

Zucchini Quinoa Fritters

When I was little – and I mean like a toddler – I loved zucchini. I know, weird. What 2-year-old likes zucchini!? Well, I did. And I still do! It’s so flavorful yet light and goes with just about everything – alongside meat and poultry, grilled on a kebab, or grated and made into delicious … Continue reading

White Bean Salad

Sometimes I just want something fresh. Something raw, uncooked, filled with tons of veggies, and really, really good for you. Yeah, something like that. The other day was one such occasion, and I just had to make a refreshing salad to go along with some leftover chicken we were having for dinner. This salad kicks … Continue reading

Apricot & Walnut Quinoa

On one of those evenings when I was stuck pondering what to make for dinner, I made up this recipe for a savory yet slightly sweet and hearty quinoa side dish to go alongside chicken and vegetables. While the ingredients seem a bit strange as a combination, the flavor was amazing! Quinoa is a super … Continue reading

Steamed Artichokes and Garlic Aioli

I’ll be honest, I’m pretty much intimidated by most French recipes, particularly those – like mayonnaise and hollandaise – that are delicate and require technical skill and a lot of whisking. Well, I decided to attempt to overcome this fear by attempting some homemade aioli (read: a sort of garlic mayonnaise sauce). All told, no … Continue reading