Fried Plantains with Chipotle Pineapple Guacamole Dip

Whenever I’m on any sort of tropical vacation, I look forward to finding plantains on the menu. And while they are readily available at our grocery stores, I often forget to use them (which is sad because they are so tasty!). Plantains look like bananas but they are almost always cooked before they are eaten. […]

Black Rice and Sweet Potato Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

I recently discovered black rice while strolling the grocery aisles and was very intrigued to try it. Once I found out how nutritious it was, I was even more excited. Also known as forbidden rice, this type is rice is an ancient grain that is high in fiber, protein and antioxidants. In fact, it contains […]

Crispy Tofu with Spiced Korean Glaze

I recently traveled to Vegas and my friend and I had the best time trying out some new restaurants. One of the restaurants had a delicious crispy tofu appetizer that I just knew I had to try to duplicate. This recipe is a great appetizer for parties (simply give each guest a pair of chopsticks […]

Spicy Hummus and Roasted Vegetable Pasta

This is my favorite type of food. A little bit of comfort, with a whole lot of nutrition. This pasta dish is bulked up with a ton of roasted veggies which add delicious nutty flavor and color. And the flavor combination of spicy hummus and sweet sundried tomatoes will keep you coming back for more. […]

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Cara Cara Orange Vinaigrette

Citrus fruit helps to brighten up these cold, dreary days. This salad celebrates those fresh flavors! Serve this salad as is or top it with pan-seared salmon or chicken for an extra protein boost. 1. Place the vinaigrette ingredients in small bowl and whisk to combine.   2. Place spinach in a large bowl and […]

Tofu and Chickpea Tikka Masala

I’ve made lots of tofu dishes in my chef career. I like it so much that I’m actually teaching a tofu themed cooking class this month! It’s such a versatile ingredient and I love the texture that it brings to stews and stir-fries. This heavily spiced tikka masala dish is bursting with flavor and is […]

Veggie-Loaded Red Lentil Chili (Instant Pot)

I am a huge advocate of adding plant-based meals to your diet. Not only are they cheaper, but you feel nourished and satisfied every time you eat them. This chili is one of my favorite meals to make at the beginning of the week and enjoy for lunch because it gets better the longer it […]

Veggie Cashew Korma with Toasted Coconut Quinoa

 With thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m trying to fill my fridge with some light, healthy meals to enjoy until then. Like any curry dish, this gets better the longer it sits, so I actually prefer to make it ahead of time. The toasty cashews add creaminess and nuttiness (as well as a nice dose […]

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie

I’ve always loved the combination of chocolate and peanut butter (who doesn’t, really?). This dessert is great for dinner parties and upcoming holiday events where some of your guests may want to have a gluten free and/or dairy free dessert option. And my guess is they won’t even know it’s vegan! The creamy texture and […]

Rosemary Ginger Cranberry Sauce

 With Thanksgiving right around the corner (woo!), it’s time to start planning my menu. I always enjoy keeping some things the same (you can’t mess with buttery mashed potatoes), but it’s nice to add a creative spin to favorites like cranberry sauce. Fresh cranberries are only available for a short time each year, so I […]