Category Archives: The Balanced Diet

The Balanced Diet: Salmon and Quinoa Bowls with Kale and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

Sockeye Salmon and Quinoa Bowl Recipe with Kale and Tahini Yogurt Sauce | Healthy Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas | Gluten-Free

I’m back at my desk after 9 days of amazing adventures in Vietnam and Cambodia! It took over 24 hours to make my way across the globe and I’ve been feeling pretty Zombie-like in my post-temple time haze. It hasn’t helped that I got so used to waking up every morning with a big steaming bowl of Pho for breakfast.

But aside from the rice noodles packed with herbs, and other Vietnamese specialties that were relatively healthy, my trip also involved a whole lotta crap. I must have taken down a small village of free Toblerone on the plane rides alone, much to the chagrin of the Cathay Pacific stewardesses.… Continue Reading

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The Balanced Diet: Healthy Baked Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Healthy Roasted Sweet Potato Recipe with Turkey Sausage, Broccoli Rabe and Cheddar Cheese - so easy and quick!

Baked potatoes always remind me of being 13 in the back woods of Vermont. Unlike most of my friends, I opted for a less traditional camp experience. Instead of learning the merits of Color War mascot design or how to flat iron your hair after a day at the lake, my camp had ponies and chores and non-Jewish girls.

At horseback riding camp, we rose every day at 6am to get the ponies from the paddock. We slept in tents and had to sometimes hike ½ a mile to use the bathroom “facilities,” unless you wanted to pop a squat outside in the middle of the night.… Continue Reading

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The Balanced Diet: Moroccan Lamb Chili with Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas and Kale

Healthy Chili Recipe with Lamb instead of ground beef, kale and sweet potatoes

The first time I officially cooked for Charlie was on his birthday, a year ago to date.

There had been plenty of non-official cooking prior, back when we were friends and I would host a group for pulled brisket tacos or bring a bowl of succotash to the BBQ he was throwing for the 4th of July. For this first official meal though, I have virtually no recollection of what I made. And I mean virtually, as I usually hold this blog accountable for logging for the vast majority of things that come out of my kitchen and the significant moments they commemorate.… Continue Reading

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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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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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The Balanced Diet: Shrimp and Corn Chowder with Chives

Easy Shrimp and Corn Chowder Recipe with Chives and Leeks | Healthy and Dairy-Free with Coconut Milk Instead of Cream!

I just got back from another epic Labor Day weekend at Camp No Counselors—the amazing organization that allows adults to once again participate in talent shows, tubing, and cabin trickery. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel like a shell of a human being after so many sporty activities, Woodstock theme parties and attempts at sleeping two people on the bottom bunk. Thanks to the latter, range of motion in my neck is at an awkward 90 degrees. And despite the intermittent Liquiteria juices to help us power through color war, I was very happy to have the remnants of this healthy snack for the bus ride home yesterday.… Continue Reading

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The Balanced Diet: Healthy Broccoli Slaw With Yogurt Mint Dressing and Radishes

Healthy Broccoli Slaw Recipe With Yogurt Mint Dressing, Radishes and Raisins

This weekend my friend Sarah outlined a few important culinary tasks that she always defers to me as the queen of. The first is salad dressing. The second is scrambled eggs, particularly if part of an elaborate breakfast burrito buffet. I definitely agreed with these two. But if I got a vote on my own cooking clout, I would have to give the third place prize in my repertoire to slaw.

Unlike the first two contenders, slaw sadly doesn’t involve a whole lot of technique. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be creativity.

The inspiration for this broccoli slaw recipe has been kicking around my head for years, ever since I went to Parm, the small sandwich outpost of the Torrisi restaurant empire.… Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday: Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Romesco and Arugula

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger Recipe with Romesco, Manchego Cheese, and Arugula | Easy Vegetarian Main

There are few occasions where being a vegetarian is particularly depressing, and most of them involve social gatherings around a grill. I don’t know from experience of being one. But I have dealt with the annoyances of having to cook for one in less than ideal, carnivorous circumstances like the Fourth of July.

In college, the vegetarians always stood out at a tailgate like the one token bisexual male in a women’s studies seminar. They’d come bearing a package of partially thawed Boca burgers in their book bag and patiently hover by the grill with hungry eyes, waiting for a spot to open up that wasn’t completely contaminated with burger residue.… Continue Reading

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