Category: Vegetarian

Zoodles with Watercress Almond Pesto

Zoodles with Watercress Almond Pesto

When it comes to pasta, sometimes I’m in the mood for red sauce and other times I’m in the mood for green sauce, i.e. pesto. The other night I was in a green sauce mood, and as I’m known to do, tried to think of a twist on the classic ingredients: olive oil, basil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese. I decided on what I […]

White Cheddar Pesto Mac & Cheese

White Cheddar Pesto Mac & Cheese

My roommate bought me a really cute mini cast iron skillet in Santa Barbara last weekend, and of course my immediate thought was “this will make SUCH a good dish for food photos!” I began thinking of a recipe to make in it, and the first thing that came to mind was baked mac and cheese. There are about as many mac and cheese recipes […]

Middle Eastern-Inspired Pasta Salad with Tahini Dressing (Vegan)

Middle Eastern-Inspired Pasta Salad with Tahini Dressing (Vegan)

Next to pasta, Middle Eastern food is my absolute favorite food on this planet. It’s the perfect balance of carbs, protein, veggies and spices that tastes comforting yet light. I also like that a lot of it happens to be vegetarian/vegan, since I’m not much of a meat eater. I eat it so much that I often wonder if I lived in the Middle East […]

Vegan Black Bean Tostadas

Vegan Black Bean Tostadas

I’m not a vegan, but sometimes I create recipes that are “accidentally” vegan. I don’t intend for them to be vegan, and then at some point I realize, hey, this is vegan! It’s always a pleasant surprise, since a vegan meal here or there is something we could all use – especially if it also tastes delicious. These black bean tostadas are one example, and […]

Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing

Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing

Oh you fancy huh? It may sound a little gourmet, but this salad is easy to make at home. It’ll impress anyone you serve it to – including yourself. The recipe below serves one, but I recommend multiplying it and serving it at a dinner party or, if opportunity knocks, as part of a home-cooked date night meal. It has a romantic feel to it, […]

Pita Pizza with Butternut Squash, Kale, Feta & Walnuts

Pita Pizza with Butternut Squash, Kale, Feta & Walnuts

I’ll be honest: in all my years of cooking, I’ve never mastered the art of making pizza from scratch. Whether I make the dough myself or buy it from Trader Joe’s, I manage to mess it up every time. What usually happens is the dough gets too tight and I have a hard time stretching it out to make a thin enough crust. When it […]

Lemon Spaghetti with Spinach, Feta & Walnuts

Lemon Spaghetti with Spinach, Feta & Walnuts

Fact: I can’t live without pasta. I would probably starve without it. I’ve been known to eat some form of pasta almost every day, sometimes for both lunch and dinner. It’s inexpensive and comforting, and somehow I’m always in the mood for it. The smell of it boiling reminds me of my favorite day of the week when I was a kid: Monday, believe it […]

Drunken Spaghetti with Olives, Capers & Shaved Parmesan

Drunken Spaghetti with Olives, Capers & Shaved Parmesan

Who says pasta has to be boiled in water? Why not…red wine anyone? Sure, why not. In Italian it’s affectionately called Spaghetti All’Ubriaco, or “drunken spaghetti”. It’s one of the simplest pasta dishes out there, has HUGE flavor, and what better presentation than that vibrant purple hue? It also takes about 15-20 minutes to make, uses only two pans, and is a delicious way to […]