Category Archives: Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday: Moroccan Eggplant Caponata Pasta

Moroccan Eggplant Recipe| Spiced Caponata Pasta Salad | Easy Summer Recipe

Eggplant caponata always brings me back to my semester abroad in Rome. The cramped three-bedroom apartment I shared with six other students was where a lot of my small kitchen experiments began.

Our galley kitchen probably had less counter space than my current Manhattan studio, and barely contained enough silverware and plates to feed all the roommates at once. And yet, being budget-conscious students in an overpriced touristy part of town, we didn’t have much choice but to visit the nearby outdoor market in Campo dei Fiori and cook for ourselves.

I wrote a little essay in my cookbook called The Crostini Consultant about the dinner parties my male roommates attempted to throw.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: Vegan Greek Kale Salad

Greek Kale Salad with Chick’n | Healthy Salad Recipes | Vegan

As those of you who are familiar with the site know, aside from being gluten-free, I don’t really subscribe to any specific diet. My going philosophy is to eat a lot of good, with a little bad. Which ensures that my diet is equal parts French fries and kale.

But after my research for The Wellness Project’s Gut Guilt month, I’ve begun to take a slightly different stance on where meat falls on the good-bad spectrum. Despite the carb-free, high protein trends, the majority of scientific studies lean towards the idea that we could all benefit from eating less animal protein.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: French Lentil Salad with Roasted Baby Potatoes and Herbs

French Lentil Salad Recipe with Roasted Potatoes, Dijon Vinaigrette and Fresh Herbs | Easy Healthy Summer Salad | Great Served Warm or Cold! | Vegetarian

When I was down in Sewanee earlier this spring at a writer’s colony, pretty much the only distraction I had from my manuscript was making dinner, visiting new pony friends at a neighboring farm, and reading cookbooks.

I had been looking forward to the two-week trip as the light at the end of my writer’s block tunnel, and had unrealistically planned to spend every waking minute poring over research and plunking away at my keyboard. I didn’t realize, until a few days in, when I was already starting to go a bit crazy, how much my brain needs some mindless downtime in front of The Daily Mail or Sex and the City marathons.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: Asian Braised Red Cabbage Slaw with Black Rice, Arugula and Avocado

Asian Braised Red Cabbage Recipe with Black Rice and Arugula | Warm Purple Cabbage Slaw | Easy, Healthy Salad

My diet has been going through a bit of a cabbage renaissance lately.

Ever since The Farmer’s Market Challenge, when I realized how far one humble head of cabbage can stretch, I seem to have a few cups of this shredded crucifer in the fridge at all times.

That said, I’ve mostly reserved my cabbage eating for when I’m cooking meals for myself and being a couch potato. A bowl of braised red cabbage is something that joins the ranks of sardines on toast and black beans straight from the can as a bachelor meal that’s best consumed behind closed doors, far from the judgment of other humans.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: Baked Quinoa Cakes with Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes

Baked Quinoa Cakes Recipe with Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes | Quick Easy Meals | Gluten-Free, Healthy Snacks | Make-Ahead

I churned this quinoa cakes recipe out of my kitchen on the eve of my departure for Kenya. My bag had yet to be packed, my hair was in a towel, and my apartment looked like tornado alley in June. But somehow in between digging through drawers for safari pants and searching desperately for my yellow fever card, I decided it would be a good idea to clean out my fridge the hard way. By baking something.

Charlie and I have taken some pretty big and epic trips this past year. Our shared travel bug has certainly tested the fortitude of our relationship in the face of long plane rides and inhospitable Cambodian customs agents, and also that of our intestines in the face of even less hospitable foreign pathogens.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: Healthy Nachos with Mushrooms, Jalapenos, and Cauliflower Queso

Vegetarian Healthy Nachos Recipe with Roasted Mushrooms, Jalapeno Chiles, Scallions, and a Cauliflower Cheese Sauce | The Best Low Fat Gluten-Free Queso

You may remember me humble bragging about the potluck dinner I attended at Dana Cowin’s apartment last fall. It was a crazy honor to be included in the evening and to meet some of my cookbook idols (like Deb of Smitten Kitchen) in the process.

Over the course of the evening, we each had to share a story about a kitchen mistake and how we rectified it in the form of our potluck contribution that night. (For more on my meatballs and other embarrassing mistakes, click here). It was inspiring to know that even Merrill Stubbs and Amanda Hesser burn their toast, but one of my favorites was Serena Wolf’s tale of her béchamel fail.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: White Asparagus with Herby Sabayon Sauce

Easy White Asparagus Recipe with Dairy-Free Olive Oil Sabayon Sauce | Healthy Hollandaise Sauce

If I had gotten my act together sooner, this white asparagus recipe would have hit your small screens last week in time for Easter. But it’s taken me a few minutes to catch up on life after my solitary month at the writer’s colony. Sadly this involved whipping up loads of laundry, instead of whipping egg yolks all over my kitchen, like my usual glamorous food blogging self.

But now that my underwear has been folded and the dishwasher I accidentally forgot to run before I left has been demolded, I’m back in action.

This simple white asparagus recipe with sabayon sauce is great for spring in general.… Continue Reading

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Green Goddess Avocado Toasts with Roasted Spring Vegetables and Tahini Sauce (+ a Giveaway!)

Green Goddess Avocado Toast Recipe with Roasted Spring Vegetables and Tahini Sauce

I’m finally back at my desk after a whirlwind month on the road. I’ve literally never been so happy to hike the steps to my sleeping loft and was practically lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of drunk people spilling margaritas outside my window. Perhaps it takes 2 solitary weeks on a mountaintop in Tennessee—with nothing (not even Netflix) to distract me from my own lame thoughts—to make me truly miss New York and all its loud dirty magic.

That said, I had a very productive time away. And unlike my usual travels, I actually had a kitchen for most of the time!… Continue Reading

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