Easy Crock Pot Carnitas

October 19, 2017

Easy Crock Pot Carnitas


I am embarrassed by how long it took me to post a recipe for carnitas — or “little meats” that are usually braised then roasted — which are as far as I’m concerned the very best thing to pile on a corn tortilla.
To me, they’re the undisputed king of the taco food truck. The Mexican answer to American pulled pork: most, juicy with a rich and tender texture, and riddled with plenty of well-browned crisp edges.
The only thing greater than my love for carnitas was my wonderment as to how they were made. I imagined that getting a flavor so complex, and a texture so nuanced — tender in the center and crunchy at the edges — was best left to the experts.
That’s why I continued for many happy years to pay a premium price for them, especially in a city where good food can cost the earth.
Man, was I wrong.

Maple Chipotle Roasted Carrots

October 17, 2017

Maple Chipotle Roasted Carrots


This recipe is proof that vegetable side dishes don’t have to be boring. Or, to put it in other words, that there are tasty ways to prepare what could be a boring vegetable for a side dish.
Because let’s face it, sometimes carrots can be pretty mundane just plain on the side of your main dish.
Am I right?
Introducing Maple Chipotle Roasted Carrots.

Easy Crock Pot Orange Chicken

October 13, 2017

Easy Crock Pot Orange Chicken


Let’s get things straight people: if you’re looking for something that is going to be a Panda Express style orange chicken, this recipe ain’t for you.
There’s no breading and deep frying, that’s not how slow cooking works. There’s not a chance in the world that you will get crispy orange chicken out of it. Actually, you won’t get crispy anything out of a Crock Pot.
However, if you’re craving orange-y, savory, sweet and sour, spicy melt-in-your-mouth chicken, then look no further because I have the perfect recipe for you.

(Vegan) Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Soup

October 10, 2017

(Vegan) Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Soup




First of all, I need to say a big capitalized WOW!
I know this sounds a tad arrogant, but WOW is the only word that comes to mind to describe this (Vegan) Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Soup.
A rich, savory, and delicious soup that is also healthy, low calorie, and super easy to make.
And you know what? It tastes like it was simmered long and low in order to develop such depth, but in reality it takes about 30 minutes to make, from start to finish.
There are layers of flavor that will first tease your palate with butternut squash delicious savory notes. Next, you discover the wonderful sweet undertone of coconut milk, making it even more interesting. Lastly, you feel the curry with its unique blend of savory and sweet spices, but not overwhelmingly so.
All in all, perfectly a balanced and wonderful soup.

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

October 4, 2017

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy


There are some dishes that are the epitome of comfort food: hamburger steak with onions and gravy is one of those.
I grew up eating this meal alongside mashed potatoes, sweet peas, and dinner rolls.
Still today, the smell of onions and gravy reminds me of the good old days when life was easy, wonderful, and almost nothing mattered.

(Vegan) Tofu, Zucchini, Sun-Dried Tomato and Cream of Basil Sandwich

September 29, 2017

(Vegan) Tofu, Zucchini, Sun-Dried Tomato and Cream of Basil Sandwich


Today I am sharing this stacked lunchtime sandwich that I made myself last week.
I had not made a big lunch sandwich in a while and this one really hit the spot.
I don’t think I’ve ever made a better sandwich than this, vegan or not. And though I’m reluctant to post sandwich recipes on the blog because I believe they are slap together meals, this...this I had to share.

Crock-Pot Broccoli Beef

September 21, 2017

Crock-Pot Broccoli Beef


Ease, comfort, and little prep — these are a few reasons why you should love your Crock Pot, especially after a long day at work.
You know those evenings when you come home super tired, you’re feeling lazy and not in the mood to cook but still want something delicious and healthy to eat?
It’s in those times that you’ll be thankful for your slow cooker and that you’ve already planned for that meal you’re about to eat.
I certainly am.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Apple Chips

September 18, 2017

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Apple Chips


I have a secret to tell you guys, one of my fave healthy treats to snack on are apple chips.
Crunchy, crispy, and totally addicting.
I started making them at home a couple of weeks ago, and I haven’t stopped ever since.
They are so easy and cheap to make.
Slice the apple, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, bake in the oven and voilà: cinnamon sugar apple chips. No-brainer.
I can say without fear of contradictions that these apple chips are the perfect year-round healthy snack. But since the beginning of fall is apple season (when prices are lowest), this is the perfect time to give this recipe a go.
And you know what’s even better? That they fill your house with the aroma of baked apple pie, without the guilt. Cool, right?

Crock Pot Pepper Steak

September 11, 2017

Crock Pot Pepper Steak


Pepper steak is a Chinese American dish in which strips of beef and bell peppers are stir fried in a wok and seasoned with soy sauce and ginger to create a delicious umami-packed meal.
Even though it’s actually a stir fry recipe, it’s easily adaptable to the Crock Pot. And while the slow cooker method is definitely not “authentic”, it certainly tastes awesome, and requires almost zero prep time.

Crispy Baked Marinated Tofu

September 5, 2017

Crispy Baked Marinated Tofu


I’m back you guys!
I took a short (okay, maybe the longish kind of short) break from my TIY posting schedule to travel and relax. I needed it.
But now I’m back and ready to feed your appetites, starting now. Are you ready?
I do hope so.

Summer Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

August 18, 2017

Summer Eggplant Parmesan Stacks


Today’s recipe is to some extent similar to eggplant parmesan, but it’s assembled in single-portion little stacks. Much much much much simpler to make.
Layers of tender grilled eggplant, slices of charred tomato, melty mozzarella, sharp Parmesan cheese, fresh basil leaves...could it get any better?
Uh, that would be a “NO!”

Zucchini "Crab" Cakes

August 16, 2017

Zucchini "Crab" Cakes


If you’ve ever been to Maryland, you know eating crabs is a summer pastime: picnic tables covered with brown paper, silver buckets, buttered corn, french fries, cornbread, and the unmistakable scent of seafood.
In Maryland crab meat goes on everything: hamburgers, stuffed shrimps, stuffed mushrooms, soup, literally everything gets crab meat. But my absolute favorite thing made with crab meat are crab cakes.
When done right, crab cakes are just fabulous: the perfect blend of lump crabmeat, hardly any filler, and an amazing blend of seasoning. DELISH!

Easy Blackened Chicken

August 11, 2017

Easy Blackened Chicken


First off, let’s make things clear: Blackened chicken is NOT the result of burning your chicken, or cooking it too long, or from it sticking to the pan.
No, the blackened part of the chicken is the result of a mix of spices and herbs (paprika, salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, thyme, white pepper and onion powder) that coats the chicken and when put to high heat, gives the chicken an outer char.
Usually the coated chicken is seared on a smoking hot skillet to create the blackened effect and then it finishes cooking in the oven.
But in an effort to simplify the cooking process, I skip the ‘smoking hot skillet’ part and instead cook the chicken under the broiler.
It gets a little less blackened but the taste and texture are there, believe me.

One-Pot Cheesy Beet Rice

August 9, 2017

One-Pot Cheesy Beet Rice
After I posted the recipe for the One-Pot Creamy Garlic Zucchini Rice three weeks ago, Mark @JerseyStylePhotography asked me if I have ever tried making it with beets instead of zukes.
Since I’m not very fond of beets — despite a recipe for chocolate beet cake and one for beet juice on this blog — my answer was of course “No”.
I mean, why on earth would someone ruin a perfectly good recipe with beets?
What a crazy idea...

Avocado BLT Sandwich

August 7, 2017

Avocado BLT Sandwich


What is your all time favorite sandwich? The one you think is the ultimate sammie?
For me it’s the BLT. Sorry, let me rephrase that, it's the avocado BLT.
It’s my feel-good sandwich and my guilty pleasure, especially after a very hectic work deadline or a grueling workout.
Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado on toasted bread with a bit of mayo.
So simple, so very delicious.

Maple Peach Blueberry Crumble (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

July 31, 2017

Maple Peach Blueberry Crumble (Vegan and Gluten-Free)


This awesome Maple Peach Blueberry Crumble lived a full life of about 10 minutes before being devoured by me, sister, nephew, and niece, while sipping Blackberry Mint Iced Tea.
A perfect pairing if you ask me.
And you know what? Two kids unknowingly devouring a homemade gluten-free fruit crumble and loving it is mysteriously satisfying.
I honestly wasn’t trying to trick anyone but I found myself giggling from the kitchen and intentionally withholding the knowledge that this was healthish.

Tomato Confit Pasta with Olives and Capers

July 27, 2017

Tomato Confit Pasta with Olives and Capers
I am fairly certain that I wait all year for tomato season, you know, the same way I wait for the Giants to get back to the field or for Apple to release its latest gadget.
I don’t know why I get so excited about tomatoes. It’s in my DNA, and I’ve learned to accept it.
I eat them on eggs, in frittatas, cooked and raw in every possible format and seriously, don’t even try to bring me a sandwich without a thin slice of tomato in it. Sister did it once and let’s just say, it didn’t go very well.

Simple Maple Vanilla Roasted Plums

July 24, 2017

Simple Maple Vanilla Roasted Plums


Okay people, this is barely a recipe.
It’s more a suggestion of how to best celebrate the incredibly sweet plums.
Since I was a kid I loved plums. Red plums, black plums, yellow plums, and even green plums.
When ripe, plums are wonderfully sweet with a rich, complex flavor. They are a convincing argument that fruit is the best candy there is.
So sweet, so juicy, so tender.

Blackberry Mint Iced Green Tea

July 21, 2017

Blackberry Mint Iced Green Tea


At this point you are well aware that I love making my own iced teas and adding different combinations of fruit and fresh herbs.
So far I’ve made Rosemary-Peach, Raspberry Mint, Ginger Mint, and even a Lemon Sparkling Iced Tea.
And today I present you with some awesome, super refreshing Blackberry Mint Iced Green Tea.
Because the heat wave we’re currently experiencing in my neck of the woods is a double-whammy (with high heat and high humidity) and one of the most effective ways to cool off is to sit in the cool shade and drink a tall glass of iced tea.
Or at least that’s what I like to do!

Fudgy No-Bake Brownies

July 19, 2017

Fudgy No-Bake Brownies


So far, the summer has been cruel: Hot, humid, and sticky just about every single day, and more often than not a combination of all three.
So you should take me seriously when I say that the heat is getting to me and that I have zero desire to cook anything that involves turning on the oven for more than 5 minutes.
Besides, why would you even need to cook for longer than 5 minutes in the dead heat of the summer? The farmers’ markets are overflowing with produce that require minimal (or zero) heat to make it tasty: Tomatoes, zucchini, and glorious stone fruit.

One-Pot Creamy Garlic Zucchini Rice

July 17, 2017

One-Pot Creamy Garlic Zucchini Rice


People, the season of zucchini overabundance is officially here.
The other day I came home from the farmers market with so much zucchini the overflow from the refrigerator filled a big bowl on my counter.
Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t scared at all. For many the summer mantra is “too much zucchini”, but my attitude is: Bring ‘em on.
I love zucchini so very much. It’s one of the most wondrous ingredients available and a gift to the seasonal cook.
Zoodles, casseroles, patties, fritters, frittata, even a grilled cheese. You can do anything with zucchini!

Curried Light Chicken Salad

July 15, 2017

Curried Light Chicken Salad


As far as I’m concerned, I have a really clear idea of what a chicken salad should taste: crunchy, salty and sweet, juicy and tangy, fresh and light, flavorful and satisfying.
Believe it or not, this Curried Light Chicken Salad is all the above and maybe even more.
Which is the reason why I’ve been making big batches of this and snack on it throughout the week and pack it up for lunch.
YUM!

(Gluten-Free) Blender Chocolate Banana Bread

July 12, 2017

(Gluten-Free) Blender Chocolate Banana Bread


I love this recipe for so many reasons.
Let me count the ways!
1) So simple. Throw everything in the blender, pour it in a baking pan, and bake. It seriously doesn't get any simpler than this.
2) Flourless. There's no flour or flour substitute. No almond flour. No coconut flour. None of that. In fact, there's no “specialty” ingredients at all.
3) Only 6 ingredients. I can’t believe I haven’t started with this one. How good is that, though? Only 6 ingredients!
4) The flavor. Oh, how do I describe it? Before baking, the mixture is like a delicious thick banana chocolate smoothie. And though one is tempted to drink it all, I recommend you bake it.
Because after baking it becomes uh-mazing. A fudgy, thick, moist, delectable banana bread that tastes almost like a brownie.

Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables and Olive-Mint Pesto

July 10, 2017

Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables and Olive-Mint Pesto


As you are probably already aware, quinoa is one of my favorite ingredients to work because not only it has a great nutritional profile, it also is incredibly versatile.
You can use quinoa in a wide variety of dishes: casseroles, meatballs, salads, pizza crust or soups.
Quinoa is a superfood for many reasons. It’s gluten-free, easy to digest, packed with fiber, essential vitamins, and it’s also a complete protein (meaning that it contains all of the essential amino-acids).
Meaning that quinoa is a perfect option for anyone following a plant-based diet. Also for anyone that is trying to move from a meat centered diet, but is concerned about their protein intake.

Green Tea Lemonade

July 6, 2017

Green Tea Lemonade


For reasons I can’t fully understand, if you show up at a 4th of July barbecue with pitchers of freshly-squeezed lemonade, you’ll be greeted and revered; but if you show up with the same pitchers of freshly-made green tea lemonade, people will actually flip out.
Why is green tea lemonade far more exciting than regular lemonade? It is a mystery to me as well.
But that’s what happened the day before yesterday at a friend’s Fourth of July party.
Along with other food items I was asked to bring lemonade.
I thought about bringing Cherry Lemonade, Peach Mint Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade or just regular yellow pale lemonade. But then I thought about this Green Tea Lemonade — I make all the time — and how delicious and simple to make it is.
I gave it a shot.
And you know what?
People raved about it and many asked for the recipe. 
So here it is.

Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July


Happy 4th of July people!

The Fourth is by far one of my favorite holidays of the year. Outdoor parties, food, family, friends, parades, fireworks. It all makes for a perfect day.

If you live in the U.S. enjoy this awesome day. Hopefully there will be plenty of sunshine, great food,  great people and, why not, a bit of booze too. If you’re living elsewhere, I hope you still have an awesome Tuesday.

Have a blast!

Mike

(Paleo & Vegan) Chocolate Pecan Bars

July 1, 2017

(Paleo & Vegan) Chocolate Pecan Bars


It is true.
We’re on the edge of something uh-mazing here.
I can tell.
Can you?
But I think I say that every time I share something with pecans. Something sweet with those crunchy little suckers that make the world seems a better place.
Admittedly my view is bias, yours will be too the moment you’ll taste these Chocolate Pecan Bars.

Simple Zucchini Chorizo Frittata

June 26, 2017

Simple Zucchini Chorizo Frittata


I went ahead and make you a perfect lunch for today.
Except I ate it. All. It was too good to resist.
So eventually if you could make your own lunch today, I think that it would definitely be best.
I’ll tell you what to use, how to cook it, and the reasons why you should cook it. I won’t go as far as cooking it though. Because I will eat it all.

Cherry Lemonade

June 23, 2017

Cherry Lemonade


It’s no secret that I share quite a few summer drink recipes around these parts, but every good host knows he needs several top notch refreshing lemonade recipes in his stash — a Blueberry Lemonade and a Peach Mint Lemonade are definitely not enough.
This family friendly Cherry Lemonade is one of my fave for the hot summer days and nights.
I love to keep a pitcher made up to enjoy. If family and friends are coming over, I pour it in tall glasses with a couple of lemon slices and lots of ice: Max results, minimum effort!

(Vegan) Buddha Bowl with Lemon Parsley Dressing

June 20, 2017

(Vegan) Buddha Bowl with Lemon Parsley Dressing
Like the spiritual guru it’s named after, Buddha bowls (sometimes referred to as glory or hippie bowls) are filling dishes that usually include raw or roasted veggies, legumes, healthy grains, sometimes they include toppings such as nuts or seeds, and are usually dressed with a vinaigrette style dressing for added texture and flavor.
Though Buddha bowls can contain a whole array of ingredients and can be seasoned in any number of ways, the basic formula remains the same.

Honey Glazed Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

June 16, 2017

Honey Glazed Chicken and Veggie Kabobs


Kabobs or skewers? I call them kabobs but I’ve noticed a lot of people say skewers.
It really doesn’t matter, but these Honey Glazed Chicken and Veggie Kabobs do matter.
Actually they’re the only thing that matters to me right now.
Chicken, zucchini, bell peppers, and onions marinated in zesty bath of oil, honey, soy sauce, and garlic.
Should I stop or do you want me to go on?

My Favorite Breakfast Sandwich

June 15, 2017

My Favorite Breakfast Sandwich
I love breakfast because it’s a way to sneak in a moment of quiet enjoyment before rushing off into your busy day. It’s an opportunity to take the time to eat something delicious and nutritious.
It’s also — without a shred of doubt — my favorite meal to cook, because there’s nothing fussy about it.
While most of the time I’m happy with a chia seed pudding or an energizing smoothie on some mornings I need something more, something more substantial, something like a breakfast sandwich.
Let me rephrase that, an AWESOME breakfast sandwich.

Peach Mint Lemonade

June 12, 2017

Peach Mint Lemonade


I know what you’re thinking “That’s pink lemonade! You’re trying to sell us homemade peach mint lemonade but that, right there in the pictures, is Crystal Light Pink Lemonade!
I can’t blame you. I, just for fun, compared the two and there was no significant difference in color.
Believe me though, what you see in the pictures is pretty pretty pink homemade Peach Mint Lemonade.
So pink it looks like the river in candy kingdom, like it was made by a unicorn or by a princess. You decide.

(Vegan) Chocolate Almond Butter Crunch Bars

June 9, 2017

(Vegan) Chocolate Almond Butter Crunch Bars

Chocolate. Almond butter. Maple Syrup. Coconut oil. Crispy Rice Cereal.
Surely, you can’t hold it against me. Who could resist? These are some of the most awesome words in the dessert glossary.
And if you think that my fave breakfast when I was a kiddo, was a huge bowl of Rice Krispies sprinkled with two tablespoons of chocolate Nesquik, you can pretty put together the story of how I ended up with these bars.
Look at them! Honestly, who can resist so much awesomeness?

(Vegan) Persian Eggplant Stew

June 7, 2017

(Vegan) Persian Eggplant Stew
A thing I have learned over the last 5 years here (has it been that long already?) is that people have very strong opinions on eggplant.
Some find it to the be awesome, especially when it’s spicy or paired with tomato sauce, others just don’t care about it, and no matter what you do with it, they’re never going to be converted.

Roasted Salted Paprika Almonds

June 5, 2017

Roasted Salted Paprika Almonds


Today’s recipe is brought to you by a couple of things: simplicity and an insatiable snack craving.
I’ve been so busy lately, I’ve found myself eating fewer meals, and nibbling throughout the day.
And despite the fact that recent studies have linked eating more meals during the day to better health, I’m not so sure about it...
Almonds though, of those suckers I’m pretty sure. They’re an excellent source of protein, good fat, and fiber, a constant staple in my pantry, and are one of my favorite snacks.

Crock-Pot Chicken Barbecue

June 2, 2017

Crock-Pot Chicken Barbecue


Man this was great!
The shredded chicken is fall-apart tender and the sweet tangy flavor of the sauce bursted in the mouth.
YUM!

Not to mention this is arguably one of the easiest BBQ chicken I’ve ever made.
You know those times when you don’t have time to stand over the stove and want to cook something delicious with the minimum of fuss? this Crock-Pot Chicken Barbecue is going to save your life.
Throw everything in the slow cooker without any special prep and let it work its magic.

Mint and Ginger Iced Green Tea

May 31, 2017

Mint and Ginger Iced Green Tea


I know, I know, “Mike, what’s up with putting up a iced tea recipe two days after an awesome long holiday weekend?
But wait, I think you’re coming at this from the wrong angle; this Mint & Ginger Iced Green Tea is, in fact, three days early for next weekend and just in time for the summer heat.
Because we all know that a tall glass of iced tea, dripping with condensation, is an icon of relief from the summer heat. It quenches the thirst and satisfies the desire for flavor like no other drink.
All you need to do is pull up a reclining chair, sit back, relax, and sip away.

Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Zoodles

May 29, 2017

Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Zoodles
I know I haven’t made zoodles in forever, but with the official beginning of summer (i.e., Memorial Day weekend) I thought that some fresh and light crunchy zoodles paired with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and lemon juice would be the the perfect dish to celebrate the start of the hot season.

Homemade Twix Bars (Paleo & Vegan)

May 26, 2017

Homemade Twix Bars (Paleo & Vegan)
Most of the time, I like to cook for others. I like to cook things that I know (or hope) others like. Then, when I pulled it off and they tell me how great it tastes, I feel awesome. It’s an accomplishment.
I’m fairly certain that this has something to do with deep-rooted need for validation. Something I don’t go out looking for it, but that I do very much appreciate — especially in the cooking department.
It probably stems from something my parents did when I was young. Trust me, it’s always their fault. HA!

My Favorite Chickpea Veggie Burger

May 24, 2017

My Favorite Chickpea Veggie Burger


If you’ve been following TheIronYou for a while, you know I love me a good veggie burger just as much as the next guy. But a good one? That’s very hard to come by.
In my opinion a good veggie burger must have a well balanced mix of veggies and legumes (or grains).
It must have flavor.
It must be cooked until crisp on the outside yet a little tender on the inside.
And — last but not least — it shouldn’t be falling apart.

Creamy Caprese Rice Casserole

May 22, 2017

Creamy Caprese Rice Casserole


Don't you just love when you have a recipe that can be a favorite week in/week out? One you keep making and loving?
For me it’s the Creamy Caprese Cauliflower Casserole.
There's something about that dish that I found quite special. It has a rich, comfort-food feel that you would never expect from a dish made with cauliflower and tomatoes.
It's easy and delicious. Plus it makes great leftovers — not to mention everyone I have served it to has gone crazy for it.
So I thought it was time to make another caprese themed casserole.
Enters the Creamy Caprese Rice Casserole.

Mom's Parsley Potato Salad

May 19, 2017

Mom's Parsley Potato Salad


If you grew up in a household where mayonnaise was almost forbidden — though she never admitted it, I’m fairly certain that Mom hates mayo — you can understand why I don’t have a family recipe for a classic (mayo-drenched) potato salad.
It was just not part of Mom’s cooking repertoire.
She did have her own version of potato salad though.
One that involved parsley, lemon, olive oil, capers, but — not surprisingly — zero mayo.

Homemade Almond Joy Bars (Paleo and Vegan)

May 15, 2017

Homemade Almond Joy Bars (Paleo and Vegan)

The Almond Joy is one of the most iconic American candies (together with the Tootsie Roll, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Milk Duds, Butterfinger, etc.)
It’s famous for its creamy coconut filling topped with almonds and covered in milk chocolate.
It also has a sibling, the Mounds bar, which is basically the same, minus the almonds.
And though the recipes for these two candy bars are top secret — just like Coca-Cola or Nutella — it’s possible to recreate these amazing coconutty candies in your own kitchen.
With only a few ingredients you can whip up your own Almond Joy Bars in no time.
Needless to say it, these are way healthier than store bought. As in, gluten-free + grain-free + refined sugar-free + vegan healthier + paleo healthier.

No-Bake 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

May 12, 2017

No-Bake 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars (Vegan & Paleo)


Almond butter, almond butter, almond butter! It’s the classic saying: “When life gives you almond butter…
…Or something like that.
When you’ve got heaps of almond butter on your hands, you don’t take that stuff for granted. Instead, you turn it into something even more incredible. Such as double chocolate almond butter brownies, almond butter blondies, almond butter cookies OR almond butter bars.
Yeah, you heard that right, almond butter bars.

The Best (Paleo) Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 8, 2017

The Best (Paleo) Chocolate Chip Cookies


Would you believe me if I say that these cookies are the real deal? That despite being paleo and grain-free they don’t just look appetizing but they are actually delicious? And that you won’t be disappointed when you take the first bite?
You don't?
That's too bad, because these (Paleo) Chocolate Chip Cookies will exceed all your taste and texture expectations.
In fact, I genuinely believe that they are actually better than the original (you know, the cookies made with white flour and sugar).

Smashed Potatoes with Tapenade

May 5, 2017

Smashed Potatoes with Tapenade


This recipe comes from celebrity chef Francis Mallmann whom I’ve discovered thanks to Netflix Original Documentary Series “The Chef’s Table”.
He’s the Argentine god of fire and I’ve cooked a lot from his cookbooks Seven Fires and Mallmann on Fire.
And if it wasn’t for him, I never would have thought to put these two flavors together in all the world of combinations: On one side the tapenade so briny, savory, and aromatic, on the other the ever-so-mellow boiled potato.
Who would have thought that they’d be any good together?
Thankfully Chef Mallmann did and he had the fortitude to put it in his cookbook for me to find.

(Vegan) Creamy Chipotle Spaghetti

May 2, 2017

(Vegan) Creamy Chipotle Spaghetti


Okay seriously people, I can barely stand how delicious this is. It’s going to knock your socks off, roll them into a little ball, and return them to your sock drawer.
But it won’t blow your budget or your time, because you can make this in 15 minutes or less.
You in?
I love easy, quick, and delicious recipes that free up time for other things.
Having quick recipes you can get on the table in a snap is so helpful to anyone trying to juggle too many balls in the air. Which is pretty much everyone on earth nowadays. We are all so busy.

(I Can’t Believe It’s Meatless) Mushroom Lentil "Meatloaf"

April 28, 2017

(I Can’t Believe It’s Meatless) Mushroom Lentil "Meatloaf"


I’m sorry guys for the long recipe title. I know that it’s annoying and I tried every which way to shorten it but I wanted it to describe the awesomeness of this dish, hence the long title.
But you see, when the process of perfecting a recipe takes time (a lot of time) and what normally takes a couple of days of testing ended up taking over a week to finally hit the mark, you want to showcase it in all its glory.
So there you have it: (I Can’t Believe It’s Meatless) Mushroom Lentil “Meatloaf”.
A title that requires parentheses and quotes.

(Vegan) Easy Coconut Green Curry Lentils

April 26, 2017

(Vegan) Easy Coconut Green Curry Lentils


If you know anything about me, you know that I do love me a good curry lentil.
In my humble opinion lentils are perfect for curries: They pair perfectly with spices, help thicken the sauce, and cook down and get super soft and yummy.
I already have a couple of pretty awesome curry lentil recipes on this blog too. Including some spectacular red curry lentils, my worldwide famous red lentil and spinach tikka masala and a recent addition, the Crock-pot Thai curry lentils, that has quickly become a new favorite.