Chia seeds are the focus of the next installment of my superfoods 101 series. This series was created with the intention of diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits, and showcasing a simple recipe to highlight the versatility of superfoods.Read More
Maca is the spotlight today in the next installment of my superfoods 101 series. This series was created with the intention of diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits, and showcasing a simple recipe to highlight the versatility of superfoods.
If I had to label the current trendiest superfood, I would for sure say Maca. It started appearing on the wellness scene a few years ago and has quickly gained momentum as one of the "it" superfoods. Like goji berries, maca has been around for thousands of years and was a staple in the diet of Inca warriors.Read More
Superfoods is a term which is frequently used but not always understood. To help clarify what exactly a superfood is and what its sources are, I am launching a mini-series: "Superfoods 101". I plan on diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe which highlights the versatility of superfoods.Read More
Spring is officially here with two holidays which reflect the abundance of the season. Passover and Easter menus typically highlight seasonal produce, fresh herbs, and eggs. Eggs are a common theme in both holiday celebrations that have religious significance and also represent the start of new life and fertility. This salad holds many elements of the season and can be used as a lovely and light addition to your holiday celebrations or as a delicious and filing lunch.Read More
If you are observing Passover this week, you are likely adjusting your eating routine. Although with the myriad of gluten-free and grain-free options and products available, keeping K for P is easier then ever. There are tons of flour alternatives, such as almond, chickpea, and coconut flours, as well as an abundance of products such as pastas, chips, and tortillas made from legumes. Not to mention the old faithful, cauliflower rice and vegetable noodles. But, if you are looking for ways to utilize your matzo, here are two simple spins on a classic Passover staple - matzo breiRead More
Baking has never been my strong suit but, since embarking on my culinary journey in the Chef's Training Program at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, my feelings toward baking have improved. It was in the wheat-free and gluten-free baking class where my affinity for chocolate coconut macaroons was permanently realized and my appreciation for baking as an art form was confirmed. The simplicity of this decadent recipe is an easy sell, and its light and rich taste and texture seals the deal. Gluten-free chocolate coconut macaroons - perfect for Passover or for a seamless gluten-free treat.Read More
I made this hearty grain salad on whim based on what I happened to have in my pantry one lazy Sunday afternoon. After demonstrating the steps on my instagram stories, I received a lot of positive feedback requesting the complete recipe. It is always such a nice reminder of the incredible community that instagram has fostered. I am so happy to have the continued inspiration and support that encourages me to keep providing nutritious and simple recipes.
Grain salads are always a staple in my cooking repertoire. They are easy to make, versatile, and provide fantastic leftovers. Since produce is currently a little slim at the greenmarket, this grain salad is full of roasted carrots, herbs, crispy chickpeas, crunchy cucumbers, and finished with a dijon sherry vinaigrette. Once the gorgeous produce of spring and summer come in, carrots can easily be joined by fava beans, asparagus, or peas, and fresh arugula can be tossed in at the very end for a punchy and vibrant finish.Read More
Some like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by eating a green bagel or drinking a green beer. Do yourself a favor and stick to the real green stuff - hangover, guilt, and food coloring free.Read More
Bolognese or meat sauce, as we used to call it in my household growing up, was a Sunday night staple. My mom would always make it with ground lean turkey, jarred sauce, and it would always be better the next day. Thus the reason why this dish is my comfort food. In my continual effort to think with a more plant-forward focus, I swapped the turkey for lentils, made my own sauce, and added meaty mushrooms and tons of fresh and dried herbs and spices to create a flavorful and comforting meal.Read More
The start of the New Year welcomes the opportunity to reevaluate your diet and lifestyle and make modifications that allow you to feel your best. Motivation is usually extremely high in January, but by the time February comes around, the momentum surrounding change has drastically decreased. Severe resolutions and extremes are not my thing, and I believe that they lead to a cycle of restrictions and binges which result in regret and yo-yo weight changes. My belief has always been to make small, mindful tweaks that stay with you indefinitely. Whether your tweak is to go meatless for three meals a week, try a new workout once a month, or indulge in more self-care, these changes result in a healthier, happier you.Read More