Category Archives: On the Job

The Balanced Diet: Easy Quinoa Paella with Clams, Chorizo and Winter Greens

Easy Quinoa Paella with Clams, Chorizo and Winter Greens

I realize that I’ve spent a good chunk of my time here this past year attempting to quinoa-fy things. It’s honest, important work. Especially if the fruits of your labor include quinoa fried rice and tabouli. But I can’t say that it’s always particularly challenging.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or Nathan Myhrvold) to swap out cooked rice or bulgar wheat for one of their healthier, gluten-free grain friends. So when I got back to New York this fall, I wanted to really experiment—to push my quinoafication to the next level. I wanted to make something crazy. Something like quinoa paella.… Continue Reading

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On the Job: Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry with Summer Vegetables and Hemp Seeds

Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe with Summer Vegetables | Easy, Healthy

It’s sometimes a surprise to me what recipes take off, and which ones fade into the obscurity of my archives. This gluten-free healthy sesame chicken recipe was the food blog equivalent of a blockbuster success. People are still making it in droves and commenting on how it turned out (yay!). But I can’t say that I consider it to be my most creative comfort food adaptation.

Sometimes simplicity wins out and you just have to give the people what they want. Other times, I say f*%k that and cook what I feel like cooking, which often includes putting weird things like Swiss Chard and hemp seeds in a shrimp stir fry recipe.… Continue Reading

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On the Job: Coconut Kale Salad with Avocado and Pickled Vegetables

Raw Tuscan Kale Avocado Salad Recipe with Pickled Radishes and Coconut

One of my favorite dishes to teach is this marinated kale avocado salad. Sure, by now most New Yorkers are such fanatics they’ve probably converted their shampoo, face cream, and bed sheets to products with some derivative of kale. But I’m always surprised by how few people know how to easily remove the stems and cut the leaves to get the thin, beautiful ribbons, they’re used to seeing in the restaurant kale salads of their dreams.

It’s for this reason that I decided to develop a kale avocado salad for my Vitamin Shoppe pantry to plate class. To give the recipe a new flavor from my past kale efforts, I used coconut oil, toasted coconut, and liquid aminos for a slight Asian vibe.… Continue Reading

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On the Job: Mango Lassi with Kefir and Aloe Water

Mango Lassi Recipe with Kefir and Aloe Water | Indian Smoothie | Healthy, Dairy-Free

Earlier this summer, I began working on a project with the Vitamin Shoppe to find easy ways to incorporate some of their healthy pantry products into everyday recipes. It was my first time working with some of these items, including the specialty ingredient in this mango lassi recipe: aloe juice.

I have vague memories of seeing bottles of aloe water in my mom’s fridge growing up, so I was not surprised to find out that it primarily benefits your digestive health. Alone in the glass, it’s pungent and intense. But diluted with some water, you get that great aloe fragrance on the tongue and your every day agua becomes all the more refreshing.… Continue Reading

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On the Job: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Honey Basil Butter

Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe with Honey Basil Butter | Super Easy Grilled in the Husk

There are so many conflicting opinions these days in the world of wellness sometimes it feels like the only thing anyone can agree on is that blueberries are amazing (so long as they’re organic and not flown in from Chile). The conversation shifts focus from time to time, and now more than ever, I’m starting to hear that the villain of the moment is everyone’s favorite summertime clam bake accoutrement and floss-necessitator: corn.

So is corn really the new gluten? Let’s discuss.

My doctor tried to turn me off of corn a long time ago, giving me a lecture about how even the organic corn silos are infested with mold.… Continue Reading

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On the Job: Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Easy Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas with Yogurt Sauce | Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipe

I’ve had a long tortured history with these buffalo chicken quesadillas. It’s not their fault. But like the tastiest of food lovers, they’ve caused me to experience some high highs and low lows.

My affair with healthy buffalo chicken themed sandwiches began around this time last year during a downpour of recipe development for Food & Wine. I used the hot sauce spiked chicken salad as part of a wrap, with carrots, celery, red onion and romaine as the additional filling. Instead of sour cream and buttermilk, I used Greek yogurt for the blue cheese dressing. It was a beautiful thing in conception.… Continue Reading

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