How to Cook a Basic Roasted Chicken

I make roasted chicken all the time, usually once a week. It is one of the simplest and most economical way of cooking chicken since it makes enough for dinner plus leftovers, and I can use the bones to make a batch of broth.  I get locally pasture-raised poultry from La Bahn Ranch at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market on Sundays. It never occurred to me to post this recipe on the blog because I thought of it as too simple.  That was until ... Read More

Super Simple Roasted Tomatoes and Okra

There are some foods that are friends, but I would call tomatoes and okra best friends. They grow in the same season, they have similar textures, they can be cooked at the same temperature, the are both easy to cook, and they taste great together! Longtime readers of the blog might remember my super simple okra and miso marinara from a back in 2009. The recipes are very similar in that both use less than 6 ingredients and are very quick to whip together.... Read More

12 Easy Paleo Recipes

  I have been looking back on many of my old recipes and realized that the Paleo ones are some of the simplest to make with the fewest ingredients.  I’ve gather some of the best recipes here for you to check out – with many more to come! Cacao Macaroons Chocolate Coconut Cups Curry Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower Fresh Coconut Curry Grape Lemonade Green Zebra Gazpacho Raw and Decadent Raw Chocolate Pudding Raw Strawberry Mango Chia Pudding Roasted... Read More

Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower

  I have been trying out a lot of new light recipes lately and even though I tried making mashed cauliflower before without much success, I tried my hand at it again and it was amazing!  Last time I tried the recipe, I tried to mash steamed cauliflower with a food mill and potato ricer, both of which did not work at all since cauliflower is more fibrous than potatoes.  This time I tried it in the food processor and that has proven to be the... 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

chocolate ganache tart with bacon fat shortbread crust

we had some people over for a big breakfast for dinner, and ended up frying two big packs of bacon.  i saved the fat because i had seen so many bacon fat recipes online, i was anxious to try one out.  people use it in caramels, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies – basically anything sweet that also tastes delicious contrasted with a little salt. i had also been wanting to replicate a very tasty dessert from four cafe in eagle rock, which... Read More

sweet pickled carrot and daikon radish

some of my favorite recipes are the ones i gather from the mung farmer i work for.  we nearly always have daikon radish and i have learned to love it raw, in stir-fry and even soup, but i was wondering how she generally uses it.  when i asked my boss, Mai, she told me this super simple recipe that she and her family use for a quick sweet pickle that goes with nearly anything!  just mix equal parts sugar, vinegar and water, pour over thinly sliced... Read More

Super Simple Baby Bok Choy

Greens can be remarkably simple.  Sure you can chop them up and throw them in nearly any stir fry or soup, but sometimes just a touch of oil and soy sauce is all you need to bring out the natural goodness of those leafy beauties. I have been cooking up these adorable baby bok choys nearly every other day, and it couldn’t be easier.  Just a few minutes on the stove and you’ve got forkfuls a plenty of soft, melt-in-your-mouth, cabbage... Read More

Super Simple Okra and Miso Marinara over Soba Noodles

Last week at the farmers’ market a customer came up to my stand and told the woman I work for that her recipe for okra was amazing.  I love when I can get a recipe straight from the farmer’s mouth, so I had to get it for myself. The recipe as she told it was quite simply, “half and onion, some okra, and some tomato, chop chop chop, fry in some oil, then add oyster sauce.”  Sounded easy enough, and while I didn’t... Read More

super simple spicy hummus dressing

i’ve been on quite the salad kick lately.  it’s just so easy to toss together lettuce, tomatoes, maybe some cucumber or green apple, top with pumpkin or sunflower seeds and finish off with a simple homemade dressing. this recipe has been a big favorite of mine lately – it takes on the flavor and creaminess of the hummus, gets a spice kick from my all-time favorite sauce – sriracha – and only has 4 ingredients so it... Read More

Vegan Herb Mashed Potatoes with a Super Simple Gravy

There are lots of ways to make vegan gravy.  Some saute mushrooms, garlic, or onions to go for a thicker, chunkier consistency.  I prefer a simple smooth gravy, like I had growing up which were made from turkey drippings.  This recipe only has 5 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to make. While gravy tastes good on pretty much anything you eat at thanksgiving, I’ve served it here with its classic pal, mashed potatoes.  They are made... 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