Category Archives: Meatless Monday

Gluten-Free Is Me: Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Rosemary

easy pumpkin risotto recipe | vegan, healthy, quick meal ideas

Risotto is one of my favorite dishes to teach in my cooking classes (along with paella and pilaf) because it’s gotten a bad rap over the years for being time intensive and difficult. Patience is definitely one of the key ingredients, and one that I rarely have in Sam’s Club sized supply. So luckily this vegan pumpkin risotto is as easy as risotto gets, using canned pumpkin instead of fresh to throw a bone to my laziest cooking self.

What makes risotto actually a rather great beginner dish is the stirring. For those who have more experience, this can be a meditative thing.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: Healthy Stuffed Mushrooms with “Creamed” Kale

healthy stuffed mushrooms with creamed kale and manchego cheese - a vegetarian and gluten-free recipe

Perhaps it says something about my continued stubbornness when it comes to table manners, but finger food is my favorite type of food.

I remember at family holiday parties my tendency to find the door that all the cater waiters come out of and post-up right outside of it. I’ve been known to embrace similar tactics in adulthood, especially at weddings, when come cocktail hour I’m hangry enough to pounce headfirst into a tray of crab cakes.

But now that I’m gluten-free and try to eat a more balanced diet, there are fewer trays that I’m able to attack. Last holiday season, I found this to be an incredibly depressing reality of my new finger food loving existence.… Continue Reading

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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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