I recently dined at King, a restaurant in NYC. The meal was delicious and warming. The dishes were uncomplicated - just the type of food I want to enjoy when I eat out. One hearty dish which really stood out was the ribollita, which is a Tuscan bean and tomato bread stew. It was dense and crispy and belly warming. I wanted to create something similar at home, minus the bread. Yes, I am aware that it is hard to omit the bread in a bread stew. Yet, with the inspiration intact, my bread stew morphed into a hearty tomato and bean soup, heavy on the kale, with the addition of potato to add some density and texture. Just what my belly asked for in the dark days of winter.Read More
It finally started to feel like fall this week in New York City with what felt like a rapid drop in temperature. A comforting bowl of soup is what I immediately crave when the seasonal chill starts to set in. Using an immersion blender or high speed blender is the perfect way to achieve creamy soup without dairy or butter. Additionally, the squash has a good amount of body and starch which allows for a creamy and decadent texture sans the cream. In my continual quest to optimize nutritional value in my food, I added immune boosting ginger and curry powder to the soup base.Read More
Soup is all I want to eat when it is THIS cold. Not the thin, light, and airy kind, but the hearty, rich, and deeply nourishing variety which warms and soothes every part of you. This soup will satisfy your need for comfort in a bowl that we all crave in winter. Not only is this soup delicious, but it is also loaded with immune boosting properties from turmeric, cumin, and carrots which give your body that extra nudge of defense. Chickpeas add protein and texture and create a meal that wraps your belly in a blanket of wellness and warmth.Read More
It is soup and stew season! Throwing together a hearty soup or stew is a simple and seamless way to provide yourself with a nourishing and filling meal. It is also a great way to meal prep and reap the benefits of your cooking efforts for a few meals throughout the week. Most soups freeze well and can be a great asset to your freezer for those days where cooking is the last thing you can fathom doing. Here are my top 5 winter soups.Read More
Kick off day three with a nutrient-rich and filling smoothie full of protein and a sneaky handful of greens. Smoothies as opposed to juices contain the whole fruit and vegetable, adding fiber and reducing the amount of waste that is generated from juicing. Continue day three with a menu that leans on your leftovers and includes a creamy nutritious turmeric red lentil soup, crunchy poppers, and gingery stir-fry.Read More
I've been in culinary school the last two weeks and the amount of knowledge which I have absorbed is exponential. I thought that I had a solid understanding of whole foods and vegan cooking but, as I eagerly discovered, there are infinite things to better understand and discover. One of the foundations that I have learned is the basic principle behind beans. From a nutritional standpoint, soaking beans increases the legume's digestibility for some individuals and affords the consumer total control over sodium content, quality, and quantity of spices which flavor or preserve the beans.
Don't get me wrong - I have always been a boxed or BPA-free can bean sort of girl. The ease and simplicity is undeniable as well as the last minute convenience of cracking open a can of cooked beans. Yet, once you cross over to prepping beans yourself, the difference is insurmountable.Read More
In the summer months, our bodies gravitate toward cool, refreshing foods that require little to no use of the kitchen stove. This simple summer soup highlights seasonal shell peas (frozen peas can work here too) and garners a refreshing pep from mint and zesty yogurt. A dash of sweet white balsamic vinegar melds this flavorful soup together, and a simple pinch of microgreens adds the loveliest bit of texture and pizazz.Read More