Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

The beginning of the school year was truly chaotic but I am finally ā€“ finally – settling into fall. The year 2016 has not been my favorite, I will admit, but I feel such a positive energetic shift lately! And while tomato season was technically over at the end of September, I refuse to say sayonara for a couple of more weeks.

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Curried Red Lentils with Pickled Fennel and Wilted Kale

According to the rules of search engine optimization, I think that I am supposed to tell you in the first sentence of my post that these curried lentils with pickled fennel and wilted kale are the best thing that will ever happen to you. And they are.  But what I really want to tell you is that the last month of summer and beginning part of fall have been nutso here on the home front.  I love my kids more than life but thank God they are back in school.  Halle-freaking-lujah! read more

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Raw Vegan Nut Meat Tacos with Jicama Tortillas

These nut meat tacos with jicama shells are my gateway drug to raw vegan food.  I love nut meat tacos and if you haven’t tried them, you should!  This was dinner last night and in a couple of hours, it will be my lunch, too.  When your Meatless Monday slides right into your Taco Tuesday, it cannot be a bad thing.   read more

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Heirloom Tomatoes with Cashew Ricotta

While I enjoy a plant-heavy diet, as most of you know, I am not vegan.  There are very few foods that I just blanket won’t eat.  One of my favorite summer indulgences is heirloom tomatoes with burrata.  And holy smokes, do I love a good burrata.  It’s so creamy and decadent but it’s definitely not the sort of thing that I want to eat all the time.  

I wanted to create a healthy riff on the dish, something that I could eat everyday.  And that is how this dish, heirloom tomatoes with cashew ricotta, was born. read more

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Chilled Carrot Soup with Turmeric and Lime

You guys, I am downright giddy with excitement about this chilled carrot soup.  The carrots at the Union Square farmers market were ridiculous they were so pretty.  I had no choice but to bring them home with me, even though they weren’t in my plans for the week.  I wasn’t immediately sure what I was going to do with them.  But it’s been 90+ degrees all week in this humid concrete jungle that I call home and cold soup has sounded pretty flipping awesome.  read more

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Lentil Salad

How have I been existing without this lentil salad in my life!?  If you have been following Kitchen Below Canal on Instagram, you might know that I have been in St. Barts for the majority of the last couple of weeks.  I documented many of my favorite dishes on the island but there were loads of others that didn’t make the cut for reasons that had nothing to do with the food itself – the quality of the photographs, the desire to not be the person who over-posts, whatever.  But when I looked back at my photos, I realized that one of my favorite spots to eat on the island wasn’t in my pics at all. read more

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Roast Chipotle-Lime Side of Salmon with Stone Fruit Salsa

Roast chipotle-lime side of salmon with stone fruit salsa.  Where do I even begin!?  The first thing you should know is that historically, I haven’t particularly cared for stone fruit.  Maybe not the best way to lead in but it’s true.  My least favorite category of fruit for sure.  I know that I am supposed to like it.  How can you be from Louisiana and not like peach cobbler, for example?  It was practically the eleventh commandment where I grew up.  Thou shalt enjoy gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys and peach cobbler.  I love the first three but the fourth – mmm, not so much.

But while you might not be able to sell me on peach cobbler, I am coming around on stone fruit.  This salmon dish is crazy good.  And the salsa?  Oh-my-freaking-seasonal-goodness-you-need-to-make-this-right-now. read more

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Heirloom Tomato Frittata with Spinach and Green Onion

This heirloom tomato frittata is a no brainer for an easy summer brunch.  Yes, please.  Sign me up.  Bust this out the next time you are entertaining friends.  Oohs and ahhs to follow.  Healthy, hearty, delicious.  read more

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