Category Archives: The Balanced Diet

The Balanced Diet: Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Carrots, Chickpeas, and Kale

Easy Moroccan Chicken Tagine Recipe with Kale, Chickpeas and Carrots | Healthy, Slow Cooker, Gluten-Free

The first version I ever made of this Moroccan chicken tagine was for a stew cook-off. During my first year out of college, back when every dinner was an excuse to pack 20 people into my 4th floor walk-up, my friend Keith and I started going head to head with our culinary skills, forcing our friends to eat their dinner out of two plastic bowls, and then to choose sides. Much to my surprise and delight, this sweet and spicy chicken stew  trounced Keith’s classic Beef Bourguignon.

My ego has clearly yet to recover 7 years later.… Continue Reading

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Tastetrotting: Easy Vietnamese Chicken Pho with Bok Choy and Herbs (Pho Ga)

Easy Vietnamese Chicken Pho Recipe with Bok Choy, Chilese, and Herbs (Pho Ga Recipe) | A Quick Version of the Classic | Healthy Main Course

Charlie and I took two major trips together over the past few months. In retrospect, the timing was probably a little aggressive, both for our work schedules and our budgets. But one of the things I love most about our relationship is a shared practicality-proof wanderlust. And since we’re bad enablers of each other, the travel bug took us to Vietnam for the holidays and Kenya for my friend Salima’s wedding last week.

In many ways, traveling with someone is the truest test of a relationship, even a platonic one. There are certain friends I’ve built an amazing backpacking rapport with over the years, and others with whom I barely want to navigate the outer boroughs of New York with.… Continue Reading

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Eat Yourself Pretty: Easy Baked Salmon Packets with Ginger-Almond Crust

Healthy Easy Baked Salmon Recipe with Almonds, Lemon Zest, Soy, Ginger, and Coconut Oil  | Oven Roasted in Parchment Paper Packets for Simple Clean-Up!

Earlier this fall, one of my clients asked me to make an easy baked salmon recipe with ground almonds, Dijon mustard, and nearly a pound of butter. Though it wasn’t one of her recipes, as I folded the ingredients together I couldn’t quiet the resounding chorus of Ina Garten in my ear. How bad could that be?

The answer: not bad at all.… Continue Reading

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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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