Blackened Vegetable Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

This is just something I threw together the other night, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out! Like most of my recipes, you can add or swap veggies depending on your taste. Ingredients: olive oil vegan butter romaine lettuce, sliced down the center half bunch asparagus, cut in half half radicchio, sliced…

Veggie Tacos

Updated October 2021 Ingredients: 1 yellow onion, diced 3 bell peppers, cut lengthwise into strips 2 roma tomatoes, diced 12 oz frozen corn 12 oz baby bella mushroom, sliced 12 oz black beans (or whatever beans you prefer) olive oil ¼ cup cilantro, chopped  ¼ tsp paprika ¼ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp cumin ¼…

Potato Gnocchi

As summer is ending and autumn is right around the corner, I’ve been starting to crave some heavier dishes. This gnocchi is incredibly delicious and easy to make. You can pair it with a variety of sauces, so it’s pretty versatile as well. Step 1: Boiling the Potatoes Step 2: Work the Dough Step 3:…

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

A super simple side dish, I pair it with everything! Ingredients 2 lbs baby potatoes, washed and halved 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, rough chopped 1/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper Directions Preheat oven to 425º and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper (for quick cleanup). In a large mixing bowl, toss together…

Haricots Verts and Tomato Salad with Dill

This is a super easy and quick side dish! It requires (practically) no cooking and can be served hot or cold. Ingredients 2 lbs haricots verts, trimmed 8 oz cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup olive oil 1 lemon, juiced 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp salt…

Paccheri Pasta with Poblano Peppers and Yellow Squash

This recipe is very filling and a perfect dish for the beginning of autumn and end of summer. We will definitely be enjoying this one throughout the season! Note: If you’re someone who doesn’t like a lot of spice, skip the red chili flakes, but keep the poblano peppers. If you’ve never had them, they’re…

Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw

This is a great side dish, or you can load up your bowl for a super healthy main dish! Ingredients 2 lb brussels sprouts 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 red onion 12 oz frozen corn, thawed 8 oz black olives 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 tbsp dijon mustard 1 tbsp…

Mediterranean Bowl

This is a great weeknight recipe! It’s pretty easy to toss together and very healthy and tasty as well. Ingredients 1 head of cauliflower 2-4 sweet potatoes, depending on size 2 cups cooked chickpeas 1 red onion 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 lemon, juiced 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup 2 tsp salt 1 tsp…

Kauai: The Garden Island

It seems like a lot of people are traveling to the Hawaiian islands this year, despite all of the restrictions and cautionary measures that are put in place. This was our first time to Hawaii and we put a lot of efforts towards choosing the right island, planning activities and dinner reservations, and all of…

Chana Saag (Chickpea and Spinach)

This is an incredibly flavorful dish that’s pretty easy to make, for anyone who has no experience cooking Indian food. There are a couple of special spices, but most of the ingredients you probably already are familiar with and may have in your pantry already. Note: This recipe is spicy! I would say this is…

Black Bean Burgers with Herby-Mayo

This is one to surely knock your socks off! This rich burger will not let you go hungry, while the bright herby-mayo lightens the dish up entirely. I serve this burger with homemade fries and all the toppings. Ingredients 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup filtered water 1…

Zucchini and Potato Rostis

Another delicious breakfast recipe. This could be great to add to an appetizer menu as well. It takes a bit longer to prepare (think 30 minute – 1 hour) but is pretty easy and can be done while making other dishes. Ingredients 2 large zucchini 2 russet potatoes, peeled 1 yellow onion 1 tbsp salt…

Falafel

As we are rolling into March and the days are finally getting longer and warmer, I’ve been re-evaluating and fine-tuning my daily routine. My personality is the type that has to plan, research, and think about things in depth before doing and committing to them, so needless to say it can take me some time…

Breakfast Hash

I’m the type that has always struggled with what to eat for breakfast. Some days it’s nothing or just coffee, and others it’s something quick and easy but not sustaining. I came across a recipe for hash and modified it slightly, making it even more filling and delicious! The best part is, it’s all in…

Veggie Pizza

Hey there! If you occasionally like to indulge in less-than-nutritionally-perfect meals, this one is definitely for you! While it’s still a comfort food, this pizza is totally homemade and loaded with delicious veggie toppings. Prepare the homemade pizza dough crust (see recipe here). Meanwhile, prepare toppings. Caramelized Onions Ingredients: 1 large yellow onion, diced 4…

Pizza Dough

This dough can be used not only for pizza, but for other breads like dinner rolls or garlic knots. For this recipe, I’ll cover how to mix, roll, and oven bake the dough to prepare for a pizza, to which you can add all of your favorite toppings! Ingredients: (makes two medium pizzas) 1 1/4…

Moroccan Tagine

This is one of our favorite recipes because of the bold spices and memories we have from Morocco. I have yet to invest in an actual tagine (the dome-shaped dish it’s named for), this dish can easily be made in a stock pot. Although I’ve already shared a tagine recipe, this one is a little…

Penne Pasta with Peas, Spinach, and Beurre Blanc

Although I tend to make really healthy food decisions, I never have been able to get away from pasta. Obviously, some pastas are better than others (homemade is my favorite when I have some extra time!), but on a busy weeknight, it’s incredibly easy to throw together and it always hits the spot! This week…

Fusilli Pasta with Romaine, Chickpeas, and White Wine Broth

This quick recipe is super easy to throw together on a weeknight and has just enough kick to it to keep you wanting more! If you’re not a big fan of spicy, either reduce or eliminate the red chili flakes. If you do choose to eliminate them, you may want to compensate with black pepper….

Hummus

This is a staple food around our house. It’s the perfect snack because it’s healthy and versatile and most importantly, it’s actually filling and doesn’t leave you hungrier! This is another super easy recipe, it’s simply adding the ingredients to a food processor or blender and watching it go! I am going to work on…

Thai Noodle Curry

Thai flavors meets comfort food… Ingredients: ¼ cup Olive Oil Salt and Pepper 5 Garlic Cloves, minced 2 medium Bell Peppers, diced 2 medium Yellow Onions, diced 3 tbsp Red Curry Paste 2 tbsp fresh Ginger, grated 8 cups Vegetable Broth 1 can Coconut Milk 8 oz. Rice Noodles 3 tbsp Brown Sugar 1 bunch…

Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup

Autumn has filled the air here in Texas, and there’s nothing I love more for dinner than hot, comforting soup. It’s filling, it warms my body, and it’s super healthy and delicious! You could really add whatever vegetables you want to this fall favorite, and this recipe makes enough for 6-8 servings, so you’ll definitely…

Ramen Noodles

Hello everyone! It’s been quite a while and I wanted to share a little of what I’ve been up to with you… So my husband and I bought a house! Being the busiest time of the year for home-buying, we had quite an experience finding a home and then pieced everything else together that goes…

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Hello and happy Tuesday! It’s the beginning of the week and I always like to start the week off right with a meal that makes leftovers, because with everything else going on in my busy daily life (more details to come), as much as I enjoy food and cooking, sometimes I just want to come…

Indian Red Lentil Dal

with Mushrooms, Sprouts, and Basmati Rice Lately I have been refocusing on food and putting extra effort into making wholesome yet delicious meals and new recipes. I love Indian food, which is why I jumped at the chance to make dal. Like many others, I was under the impression that cooking Indian food was going…

Delicious Pesto Pasta

with Tomatoes, Asparagus, and Green Peas Hello everyone! What a gorgeous Monday it is today here in Texas – I woke up feeling so refreshed and ready to take on today. Lately it seems that I’ve really been into healthier versions of comfort foods, so today I’ll be sharing a recipe right on trend! For…

Berber Tagine

Happy Sunday! I’m so excited that it’s finally June, which means all the joys of summer and warm weather will begin. Everything will be in full bloom, there will be outdoor nightlife activities, and (hopefully) we will be hosting pool parties soon!  All that said, it’s been months since we came back from Morocco and…

Vegetarian Chili

So of course chili is usually reserved for the colder months, but when you pair it with some fresh avocado slices, salsa, and crunchy watercress, it turns into such a bright and diverse dish that you can enjoy any time of the year!  Also, this recipe is super quick to throw together if you prep…

Fresh Salsa

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to share some new recipes, as we have been very busy here lately (details to come). Over Memorial Day weekend, I knew I would have a whole extra day to dedicate to cooking and sharing recipes, so I hope you enjoy!  This fresh salsa is…

Vegetable Korma

I want to firstly say, I can’t believe I don’t make Indian food more often. My husband and I are both huge fans of the spicy cuisine, and to add to that, my husband’s Mom is from India! During her visits with us, she has taught me many things about many different dishes, but the…

Morocco: Exploring a country

I’m having a serious craving for travel and it got me thinking a lot about the last big trip I took. We did a country tour with a guide, which proved to be more than helpful. Over almost two weeks, we saw the Sahara, the High Atlas, experienced Berber life and culture, ate many new…

Homemade Pasta Sauce

And of course, it’s vegan! Fresh vegetables and herbs make this recipe, so if possible, I think it’s best to pick up fresh vegetables and herbs the same day you make this sauce, I promise it’s totally worth it. This sauce of course is fabulous for spaghetti, but can be paired with any pasta dish,…

Mexican Street Corn

This is possibly my favorite side dish of all time because it pairs so well with my favorite food group – Mexican food. I grew up with Mexican food and it was always a part of family gatherings (especially Easter), but as a family we always ate very traditional Mexican food (probably because it was…