Fresh Strawberry Popsicles – 2 ways

I’ve been wanting to experiment with making my own popsicles for long time now but never had proper molds, until my birthday a few months ago.  Not only was I gifted 18 popsicle molds but also an amazing book on how to make them using fresh seasonal produce, called People’s Pops. To jump right in I decided to start with 2 different strawberry flavors.  Yes, mainly because I love fresh strawberries, but also because I’ve found... Read More

Roasted Butternut and Broccoli

When it comes to weeknight dinners I tend to keep it pretty simple.  Especially during the winter and early spring when seasonal veggies can get a bit monotonous this often means roasting whatever I have on hand.  Tossed with some coconut oil and flavored with garlic powder and aleppo pepper is one of my favorite ways to do it. You can really use this technique for almost any vegetable you have on hand – carrot, sweet potato, zucchini, cauliflower,... Read More

Vitamin D Deficiency: Are You Part of the Pandemic?

I don’t usually like to foster fear about health but the fact that vitamin D deficiency is now being considered an pandemic really concerns me because it has been linked to higher incidences of some serious illnesses, things like cardiovascular disease, bone deformations, cognitive decline and even cancer.  It’s been estimated that upwards of 30-50% of humans worldwide are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, which I think deserves a bit... 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

Paleo Chocolate Coconut Cups

I know that paleo has been a big buzz word lately, but regardless of how trendy it may seem the paleo diet for the most part advocates eating the types of whole foods I enjoy anyway.  With trying to avoid high glycemic foods like processed sugars and starches, I have found myself searching Pinterest for paleo dessert recipes I can try out on the weekends when I’m feeling like a treat.  This recipe originally started with me finding a recipe... 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

Butternut Squash Butter

Due to some unforeseen technical difficulties I had with the blog the past few weeks, I didn’t get a chance to post the rest of my recipes from Pivot’s December Food Demo.  They are all holiday recipes that work well throughout the winter, so I will be burning through these recipes in the next few days so that I can move on to prepping for the January Food Demo.  The theme is All Things Green and will be on January 26th at 3pm.  More... Read More

carrot top gremolata

a while back, when i started taking home carrots with really beautiful greens, i had to think up ways to use them.  so i started with pesto, which was obviously delicious what with the toasted almonds and parmesan cheese i added, but then i went in search for something a little more healthy. i had seen the word gremolata used a lot on the tender greens menu, and looked it up because i was curious.  it turned out to be just the mixture i was dreaming... Read More

Blended Winter Veggie Soup

I know it/s a mouthful, but these winter veggies blend together to make a beautifully creamy mixture that is slightly sweet and spicy.  I have made many soups like this one before, like the Carrot Garlic Soup I made a few years back or the Spicy Carrot Apple Ginger Soup that I made when I first started the blog, but I had never stumbled upon this mixture before a few weeks back. The ingredients found each one weekend when I wanted to make... Read More

Blood Orange Sorbet

Blood oranges have been so tasty this year and I’ve had plenty around thanks to Sweet Tree Farms.  I have been trying them out in lots of different recipes, like my Blood Orange Mimosas, Natural Blood Orange Soda, and Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Spelt Muffins, but I knew I had to try this recipe when I spotted it here.  I made it to accompany the Flourless Chocolate Cake I posted earlier in the week, and they paired fabulously. This... Read More

Orangettes

The idea of candying an orange peel had always intimidated me.  I thought it would take too long or that I would need a candy thermometer, which I for some reason have neglected to buy all these years.  At worst I feared it would end up a huge disaster involving burnt peels and hard candy stuck to the inside of my pans.  But the process was surprisingly easy! It’s a great way to use those large, bulky oranges which are usually reserved... 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

almond and dark chocolate chunk ice cream

ever since i got an ice cream maker i have played around with different ice cream recipes.  the problem is the milk substitutes i was using are so much thinner than cream, they never thicken up in the machine, so they froze into a solid block in the freezer.  the beauty of this recipe is that in adding a full cup of almond butter, not only am i thickening it, but i’m also infusing the ice cream with a rich, toasty almond flavor.  and with... Read More

coconut and oat pancakes

i’ve been eying this recipe by orangette for a while now, and finally attempted something similar.  instead of buttermilk to soak the oats in i knew i could use thick and slightly sweet coconut milk, so i tossed in a little shredded coconut while i was at it.  it all soaks in the fridge for a few hours, which makes the oats swell up and get incredibly soft, sticky and chewy. instead of egg, the vegan baking standard of flax eggs hold up quite... Read More

veggie pot pie

i used to be obsessed with chicken pot pies when i was younger, the small microwavable kind.  now that i’m all grown up and can make them for myself, i prefer to enjoy a slice of a full-sized pie, piled high with tasty veggies in a savory gravy sauce, surrounded by a crispy homemade crust with spices baked right in.  i packed this dish with lots of rich, deep, savory flavors – from cumin, black pepper, liquid aminos and a bit of red... Read More