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

Savory Hand Pies – with Leek, Apple and Sheep’s Cheese

I’ve been wanting to make a pie lately, perhaps in the spirit of Thanksgiving.  But I’ve been craving the savory variety and wanting them small enough to be hand-held.  I had two large leeks I knew I wanted to use and my instinct was to mix them with some type of strongly flavored cheese, which ended up being kashkaval, a hard sheep’s milk cheese I got at the Armenian market near my house, but you could easily substitute a... Read More

Spring Veggie Frittata

I used to make a lot of quiches because they are really easy to make ahead of time for lunch leftovers and are a perfect catch-all for any veggies I have in your fridge.  But I realized that a frittata is basically a quiche without the crust – even lighter and easier to whip up! I made this one with a slew of spring veggies, a little of everything that has just popped up at the market in the past few months, but most of which will still... 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

Eggplant Carnitas Tacos

This has quickly become one of my new favorite dishes, so quick and easy to simply grate up an eggplant, add some taco seasonings, and fry it up for a few minutes.  Unlike store bought meat substitutes that may contain soy, wheat, or high amounts of fat, this recipe is all natural vegetables and only contains 1 teaspoon of oil per serving.  It really is amazing how much it looks and tastes like meat, since the eggplant mimics the texture and the... Read More