Honey Lemon Garlic Ginger Chicken

September 30, 2016

Honey Lemon Garlic Ginger Chicken


On the very long list of questions that I ask myself constantly and that I am convinced other people are never troubled with — “Where’s my phone?”, “Where did I put my keys?”, “What did I come into this room for?” — “What do I possibly have the energy to fix for dinner tonight besides fried eggs and avocado?” is near the top.

Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower Breadsticks

September 28, 2016

Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower Breadsticks


I LOVE Pecorino Romano cheese, like “truly, madly, deeply” love.
We have a long history together and we cannot help but to cherish one another.
To be honest I cherish it, I dunno if it shares the same feelings for me. I doubt it.
Anyhow, I love pecorino cheese because it makes my mouth pucker when I take a bite; it's so salty and sharp — I guess I must be really a salt fiend, whenever I’m grating it I always cut off a little chunk (okay, maybe a big chunk) and eat it straight.
So when I first saw Food & Wine’s September cover featuring a brilliant cacio e pepe pizza, as one does, my first thought was “Oooh, so hard to achieve outside a food styling studio pretty” (I mean, look at that beauty) followed by “Wait, cacio e pepe (a Roman dish with only three ingredients — pecorino cheese, black pepper, and spaghetti) on a pizza?”, followed by “Maybe that’s too much Pecorino?” (answer: no, there’s never too much pecorino cheese ) and then “I wonder how that would be on cauliflower crust? Does cauliflower pair well with pecorino cheese? And what about pepper?”
So many questions…

The Best Baked Spinach Rice

September 26, 2016

The Best Baked Spinach Rice


Last week was not my week in the kitchen, guys.
I had earnest, ambitious designs on a beet curry that would be pink and pretty and spicy and would finally put the word “end” on my quarrel with the red/purple root.
But as the week went on and as failures occurred — unnaturally purple, watery, and nothing like what I had in mind — my enjoyment of the project plummeted.
But because I’m one of those persons that no-matter-what follows through and finishes what he started, I did, and lo, it was acceptable, you know?
It’s just that I’m not a beet person and I can tolerate it only when juiced and I forgot?
None of this matter because the pot fell, spilling the curry. As I crouched on the kitchen floor scooping the curry into the garbage, I started questioning my life choices.
Why forcing myself to like something just because a bunch of other people like it?
I should know better…

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

September 23, 2016

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs


One word: EPIC!
You may think that I’m totally exaggerating. I’m not.
These meatballs are so...so….SOOOOO delicious. Epic is the right word to describe them.
So good, they’re addictive. Once you’ve cooked them, and sampled one, you will wonder how there will ever be enough left for dinner.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Lentil Bolognese

September 19, 2016

Lentil Bolognese


Bolognese sauce is a serious thing. As you may or may not know there’s only one true and authentic recipe for bolognese sauce — that the Italian Academy of Cuisine recorded and deposited with the Bologna Chamber of Commerce in Italy.
So it’s not like you can improvise and make your own bolognese sauce.
Or worse make a VEGETARIAN/VEGAN bolognese sauce. The horror!

Pistachio Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

September 16, 2016

Pistachio Chocolate Sandwich Cookies


Look, I know what you’re thinking. Cookie sandwiches on a (supposedly) healthy food blog?
Are you serious about it? How can you keep a straight face?
What can I say?
Sometimes a guy just needs his cookies and it was at such a moment on a recent afternoon that I made these Pistachio Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.

Lemony Harissa Potato Salad

September 14, 2016

Lemony Harissa Potato Salad


Have you made your own harissa yet?
Hopefully with the Sticky Harissa Chicken or the Harissa Spaghetti I was able to convince you that homemade harissa is the THING and something you really want (and need) to have in your refrigerator at all times.
If that wasn’t enough, then maybe this Lemony Harissa Potato Salad will do the trick.

Sunflower Sesame Seed Brittle

September 9, 2016

Sunflower Sesame Seed Brittle


Today I have a brilliant little recipe for you guys, which doesn’t involve a lot of ingredients or effort for that matter.
What could possibly be better?
A sweet and irresistible brittle, packed with healthy fast. Paleo, vegan, and gluten-free: a treat that everybody can enjoy.
Hurray!

Eggplant Parm Rice Casserole

September 8, 2016

Eggplant Parm Rice Casserole


This is dope.
So dope, it’s going to send you into a tailspin.
The cheesiest, tomato-iest, eggplant-iest, DOPEST casserole tailspin of your life.
For realz.

(Paleo) 3-Ingredient Vanilla Ice-Cream with Ginger Pecan Crunch

September 5, 2016

(Paleo) 3-Ingredient Vanilla Ice-Cream with Ginger Pecan Crunch


When I was little, my mom and I used to make vanilla ice-cream with pecan brittle for special occasions.
I remember melting the sugar in the pot and watching the temperature on the candy thermometer climb as the melted sugar bubbled away.
I loved that ice-cream. I loved that ice cream very much purely because it was made at home and I also remember that it used to be very crystallized and I always ended up having a brain freeze after that. Ouch!
It was sweet, rich, with an awesome crunch. Perfection.