Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

black bean and sweet potato stew

You know how they say necessity is the mother of invention? Something like that is responsible for this black bean and sweet potato stew. I had a really specific idea of what I wanted this dish to be–warm, spicy with a touch of sweetness, comforting, hearty. I wanted the beans to be cooked down and […]

Fennel-Cabbage Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Fennel Cabbage Salad

This simple salad uses some winter staples including orange, cabbage and Friday’s new food, fennel. While winter may not exactly scream “salad time!”, this one makes the short days a little less bleak. It’s tangy, peppery, and satisfyingly crisp and fresh, the perfect antidote for those times when I simply cannot eat another roasted root […]

Cinnamon-Apple Overnight Oats

cinnamon apple overnight oats

So, I have a lot of oat recipes on the blog. I eat oatmeal in some form almost every single day, even on the weekends. If I’m not eating oatmeal, it’s because I’m traveling or because I’m going out for breakfast/brunch…which doesn’t happen all that often. And that’s ok. It’s comforting to know that whatever […]

Spinach, Tomato and White Bean Sauté with Beer Bread Croutons

spinach tomato white bean saute with beer bread croutons

Earlier this year, my husband and I celebrated our one-year anniversary with a long weekend trip to Pittsburgh. While there, we had a celebratory dinner at Eleven. I ordered lamb chops, which were plated along with assorted vegetables and something the menu listed as “parsnip croutons.” I expected this to be something like deep-fried parsnip […]

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

A good friend of mine recently put out a call on Facebook for low-carb lunch ideas. Eating too many carbs (and not enough protein) is something I personally struggle with. Just ask MyFitnessPal. But, I have been doing a better job lately by replacing rice and pasta with other starchy foods that are higher in […]

Braised Lentils with Beets and Greens

roasted beets with lentils

I’m always on the lookout for recipes that I can make in one batch and eat for lunch all week. Lentils are a great basis for this, and help add protein and bulk to the dish. Plus, they freeze and reheat well so I can stash any leftovers for future lunches. You can cook lentils just […]

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

falafel

This post is the third part of a series. Learn how to make pan-fried falafel and tzatziki to fill your pita! You might not think of pita bread as something you can–or should–make at home. The idea had certainly never occurred to me. Then one day I was checking out FoodWishes.com and saw a video for […]

Pan-Fried Falafel

falafel

Falafel is one of my favorite things to get whenever we go to Aladdin’s or another Mediterranean restaurant. It’s fried and crispy but not too heavy, and full of flavor. The good news is, it’s also cheap and easy to make at home. With some dried chickpeas, a few spices and some pantry staples, you […]

Kiwi Oatmeal

I have gone most of my adult life thus far thinking that I did not like kiwi. I don’t know if I had a bad experience as a kid or what, but for many years I avoided kiwi at all costs. However, in the spirit of trying new things (or re-trying old ones), when I […]

No-Knead Wheat Bread

My friend Doug shared this artisan bread recipe with me a few months ago, and told me how easy and completely foolproof it is. I tried it out, and it really is simple. The original makes a ton of bread though (more than I have space for in my freezer), so I made some adjustments […]