Category Archives: Meatless Monday

Feeding Friends: Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sumac Salt

Grilled Shishito Peppers Recipe in a Cast Iron Skillet  with Sumac Salt

The first time I ate blistered shishito peppers was at Sushi Samba circa 2001. It was one of the few venues that dragged me and my high school friends below 14th street, and that’s because it was one of the few venues that would look from my fake Michigan driver’s license to my Theory tube top and not laugh in my face.

Before trying our luck ordering green apple saketinis like the best of the brace-faced Carrie Bradshaw wannabes, we would order a few nibbles for the table, including these peppers. While shishito peppers are now just as commonplace as edamame on menus, at the time this was a revelation.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: Japanese Miso Eggplant

Japanese Eggplant with Miso Glaze - Easy, quick and healthy!

Most kids reserve some right to pickiness when it comes to food. I was certainly no exception, if my latent adult fruit phobia is any indication. But I was never picky in the traditional white foods supreme kind of way that so many parents talk about and battle against. I ate my vegetables like it was a competitive sport, the greener the better.

Still, there were a few vegetables that escaped me for textural reasons and one of those was eggplant. It wasn’t until I discovered the small ones at Japanese restaurants—baked until the flesh is silky soft, and slathered with a miso glaze—that I welcomed eggplant into my heart without exception.… Continue Reading

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The Balanced Diet: Vegan Cauliflower Soup with Red Curry

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup with Red Curry -- Spicy and Healthy

People always freak out about summer in the blogosphere. But as much as I love fresh corn and tomatoes, fall is really my favorite time to eat and cook. For one thing, I prefer it when my sweat glands go into overdrive from the neck up, which they definitely do from this vegan cauliflower soup with spicy red curry, rather than from the waist down like when I’m sitting on a sticky plastic chair in 90 degree New York City humidity trying to house a smoothie. I won’t even get into what my grey T-shirts look like after an afternoon of cooking in a not-so well ventilated studio apartment in the summertime.… Continue Reading

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Eat Yourself Pretty: Healthy Raw Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

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I introduced this Eat Yourself Pretty column when I first launched the site and then promptly forgot about it. But I was recently given these raw oatmeal cookie bon bons and thought they’d be perfect to share here. These incredibly addictive yet beautifying bites have since become a staple in my pantry and a healthy justification for feeding my sweet tooth.

But let’s back up a bit. You may remember that I did a little detox in the spring that included going off sugar, coffee and alcohol for 30 days. Though I think this is probably a healthy thing to do once a year (I had mine coincide with Lent), I would never have been able to part with all my vices if not for a much more superficial motive: my skin.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: Black Fried Rice with Snap Peas and Scallions

Fried Forbidden Black Rice Recipe with Snap Peas and Scallions | Gluten-Free | Healthy Chinese

As I mentioned in my newsletter yesterday, this weekend was a far cry from the detox I was envisioning when I touched down back in New York after 4 days of eating Airheads, gluten-free chocolate chip pancakes, and mystery meat tacos at Camp No Counselors. So as an antidote, I’m featuring some more of the healthy pantry recipes I created for The Vitamin Shoppe on the blog this week, including this vegetable-packed black rice recipe—a fiber-rich take on my favorite Chinese takeout dish.

Fried rice was one of the few ethnic dishes I did not inhale this weekend. For his 30th birthday, my friend Ed organized a dumpling tour of Flushing, Queens.… Continue Reading

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Feeding Friends: Healthy Trail Mix with Chia Seeds, Almonds, and Cranberries

Healthy Trail Mix Recipe with Chia and Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Cranberries and Dark Chocolate | Gluten-Free Snacks

Last year around Labor Day, you may remember a smattering of instagram pictures that included homemade friendship bracelets, temporary peace sign tattoos, sweaty neon crop tops, and a lot of bug juice in the woods. Well, I decided to double down again this year and attend what is now an official entity: Camp No Counselors.

Here’s a little taste of what happened at camp last time. Unfortunately, I’m currently sitting in the woods trying to live down either the shame or awesomeness of last night’s talent show performance, so I can’t give you the full details just yet on what transpired over this holiday weekend.… Continue Reading

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