People are particular about their guacamole, I tell you! They have o-pin-ions. Put yourself out there with a guac recipe and prepare to get into a throwdown. It’s almost as bad as talking about politics. So before I give you my guacamole recipe, can we come together as one and just agree that guacamole is awesome? And that maybe, just maybe, there is no single way to make it? With that said, I stand behind this guac 100%. It’s seriously amazing, refreshingly simple and just what you need for your Taco Tuesday. read more
Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you are celebrating somewhere great with family and friends! Actually, anyplace is great as long as you are with family and friends, right? If you’re with the people you love, that is everything.
We are here in New York this weekend. We were originally planning to hit the road but instead, we are heading out a week from now in search of much needed surf, sand and sun. We are celebrating, nonetheless, and we kicked things off with this gorgeous platter of crudités with some pretty fab vegan creamy herb dip. If you know me well, you know that I love a good dip. This one is one of the best! It’s one of those things I serve again and again and again. No matter the crowd, the dip is always gone, so I feel safe in telling you it’s a winner! read more
These pickled jalapeño peppers are absolutely addictive and they are so easy to make. They are so much better than what you buy in the store – free of refined sugar and preservatives. I have big plans for the batch I just made and you can expect a really great recipe for them coming up within the next week or so. It has something to do with brunch and that’s all I am going to say. read more
This market vegetable salad with vegan ranch dressing is going to be in heavy rotation this summer! It’s like a vegan farmer’s market version of a Cobb, where you have a little of this and a little of that, and you can tell with just a glance what is in the salad. If you want to swap out an ingredient or two, don’t let me stop you. Feel free to be inspired by what’s fresh at your local farmer’s market.
This dressing, by the way, is off the charts. So tangy and creamy – full of herby deliciousness – the perfect accompaniment for all of those veggies. read more
My vegan chili con queso is totally famous. (Among a very small group of girls who may or may not get a little too rowdy over a good potluck and good wine on an occasional Friday night. 😉 ) No judging, please. I like a little fun with my healthy. Besides, who doesn’t like to moonwalk across a kitchen singing Welcome to the Jungle? read more
This grilled pineapple shrimp recipe is ready to go on this Cinco de Mayo! I don’t know about you but I am ready to celebrate getting through a pretty grueling few weeks. I hope you are as excited about this recipe as I am! read more
Pico de gallo is one of those things I just can’t live without. And with Cinco de Mayo coming up, I thought it was the perfect time to share one of my favorite basics. It’s amazing how a handful of simple ingredients combine to form something so delicious. I love it so much I could eat it with a spoon. (Ok, I do eat it with a spoon as long as no one’s watching!) read more
Champagne mangos, also known as ataulfo mangos, are piled high at my local market and that inspired this champagne mango and avocado salad. If you haven’t tried champagne mangos, you should! They’re deliciously sweet with a buttery texture that is more akin to a Hawaiian papaya than the larger, more fibrous mango varieties. And they’re so good you can just peel them and eat them right down to the pit at your kitchen counter. read more
These roasted carrots with jalapeño and lime are so so good. Now, historically speaking, I have not been the biggest carrot fan. The cooked carrots of my youth definitely left something to be desired – orange coins characterized by a bland and soggy sweetness. “Eat your carrots.” No thank you.
But I present to you my case for carrots. It’s beautiful to leave a bit of the green tops, don’t you think? I also love that these carrots aren’t peeled. They feel appealingly rustic.
While I am not big on rules, I do have one for carrots. You really need to play against their sweetness. Roasting them with a bit of cumin, coriander and thinly sliced jalapeño is not a bad way to start. The jalapeño really mellows in the oven and it lends a really nice flavor. But the real magic happens when you hit those fresh from the oven carrots with some freshly squeezed lime juice. That’s when the skies open and the angels sing! read more