Chicken Vegetable Soup

If you are feeling overloaded from holiday food and looking for something light to get your digestion back on track, or if you have been battling with a low immune system all season, then this is just the soup for you. What better for digestion and immunity than homemade chicken soup, made with a whole chicken, bones and all. While with soup makes a great base if you’d like to add noodles or rice, without any heavy starchy components this... Read More

Farmers’ Market Haul – March 2nd, 2014 – Los Feliz Market

The Los Feliz Sunday Market is one of my favorites.  It’s quiet and small, but still has most everything I need.  I used to live within walking distance but it’s still just a short drive away so I end up there most Sundays.  The only thing they don’t really have is a meat vendor, but in a pinch I can pick up a chicken from La Bahn Ranch where I always get my pasture-raised eggs. Green Veggies These are my go-to side dishes for... Read More

Farmers’ Market Haul – February 16th, 2014 – Atwater Village Market

Going to the farmer’s market is like a ritual for me.  I have gone to a market nearly every week for probably 5 or 6 years now.  I used to work at a few different markets, helping shy farmers sell their gorgeous organic vegetables. That’s actually were I met my boss and mentor for whom I currently work.  I’ve just continually been pulled back, week after week, season after season.  I feel a sense of community at the market,... Read More

Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy with Brown Rice and Black Eyed Peas

Eating light is at the top of many people’s minds these days now that New Year’s Resolutions are in full effect.  I have been focusing on eating small balanced light meals lately but that doesn’t mean taste has to be sacrificed or that they should take a long time to make.  Most of the time I cook some sort of grain and bean ahead of time and keep them in the fridge to make meal planning a quick and simple process.  I can grab... Read More

Napa Cabbage and Snap Pea Winter Salad

I recently visited my good friend Rose in San Francisco, who always inspires me when we share the kitchen.  Our first night in town, exhausted from traveling, she made a delicious dinner which included something she called a winter salad.  It involved wilted Napa cabbage, warm apples, and apple cider vinegar. While this isn’t exactly rose’s recipe, she sure did inspire me to create a winter salad of my own.  It still includes Napa... Read More

Roasted Snap Peas and Green Beans with Vegan Caramelized Onion Gravy

I never much liked the traditional green bean casserole, with its soggy canned beans and overly creamy sauce.  Yet I could never help but mentally group it in the upper echelon of Thanksgiving foods.  It has somehow always seemed just as essential to the dinner table as stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, it was just a shame I didn’t enjoy it as much. But this year, when I started brainstorming what I wanted to cook, I couldn’t... Read More

herb and corn meal onion rings

i appreciate a good onion ring when i taste one, but it’s hard to find a place that doesn’t fry them up in the same oil they cook the chicken fingers in.  similarly, the heavy all-flour batter typically used is way too thick, requiring a longer cooking, which results in an over-cooked onion inside. i took a stab at making my own with some delicious results – using corn meal instead of flour makes for a much lighter, fresher, crispier... Read More

super simple collard greens

dark greens are one of my favorite things to eat, but i don’t quite have the stomach to enjoy them raw.  i like to lightly steam or sauté greens like kale or collard, and man can it be easy and tasty.  this recipe only has four ingredients and can be used for any of your heavy green vegetables. Read More  Read More

peanut tofu stir fry

tofu is a wonder food for vegans and vegetarians alike.  it often gets a bad rap for being bland or tasteless, a misconception perpetuated by restaurants that serve up soggy, flavorless blocks that just makes my taste buds sad.  if you marinade tofu correctly and cook it in just the right way, it can be super tasty.  toss a few fresh veggies in and you’ve got yourself quite a meal. Read More  Read More