Zucchini “enchiladas” with tomato-braised chicken

Ahhh how has it been a month since I shared a new recipe? Actually, I’ll tell you how… I could give you the standard excuses: work has been insane, I’ve been busy, blah blah blah. But the real reason is that my sister got married on Saturday and the whole wedding business ended up taking…

Kale salad with za’atar cauliflower & avocado-tahini dressing

Well, that’s a mouthful. (Literally and figuratively, hehe food jokes.) However, I feel a lengthy name is necessary for this salad because every part is equally important. The za’atar cauliflower is so addictive you could eat it on its own, and the avocado-tahini dressing is a total show-stopper. This is one of those lunches you prep the…

Chocolate berry overnight oats

Remember how I’m not eating sweets till April? It’s the worst. Also, I may have slipped just a teeeeeny, tiiiiiiny bit. OK, a lot. Like three slices of chocolate cake a lot. Also I should mention that I was the one who made the cake thereby directly putting myself in its path. In my defense, I…

5 ingredient peanut butter energy balls

I was really hoping last Tuesday would be one of those perfect snowy days where you stare out the window and watch the world turn quiet and white. In case you missed it, Tuesday turned out to be one of those epically over-hyped “blizzards.” Two feet turned into out to be less than 1 and the whole thing was over by…

Zoodles with avocado pesto and shrimp

Don’t get me wrong, zoodles and shrimp are great but this post is really about the avocado pesto. It should actually be renamed “magic pesto” because that is how great it is. Last April, I made pesto for my book club and to accommodate various members’ dairy allergies, myself included, I made one batch dairy-free. What I…

Cumin roasted carrots with avocado

Growing up, cooked carrots were one of my no-go foods. Truthfully, most foods were on that list. This seems almost impossible to believe now but I was an extremely picky eater as a child. I simply refused to eat. So every night, after my parents and sister had finished their dinner, I got moved to the kitchen…

Garlic-butter foil packet salmon

Sunday night dinners with Mark usually go like this: “I don’t feel like cooking tonight. Where should we eat?” “I don’t know, maybe somewhere close?” “Yeah but I don’t like any of those places.” “Well, where do you want to go?” “I don’t know. Nowhere. Maybe I should cook.” 2 hours later… “Can you pick…

Rosemary-orange gin & tonic

My best cocktail creations tend to spring up by accident as a result of leftover ingredients from cooking recipes. Lately, I’ve been into jazzing up gin & tonics. It’s pretty easy to ad lib as long as you keep things simple, picking a flavor or two that will complement the botanicals that gin already brings to the table….

Pecan squares

I’ve been living the jet setting lifestyle lately and let me tell you…it is not that glamorous. At least not when you’re flying on an Economy budget and struggling to eat sort of healthy and maybe actually work out every once in a while. Between work trips to California every other week, a wedding in…

Boozy baked french toast

Is there anything not to love about that phrase? Today is a Wednesday and we need something to get us through the rest of the week. That something is the promise of boozy baked french toast Saturday morning. Or Thursday morning if that’s your style! I knew today was going to be a weird one when I…

Spinach artichoke dip

I have a weird relationship with casseroles. I’ve had some great ones, don’t get me wrong. My mom makes a cauliflower gratin for Thanksgiving that, if it counts as a casserole, is one of the best I know. I also love a good breakfast casserole, the silver bullet that makes hosting brunch compatible with sleeping…

Beef chili

Last year at Christmas, I thought I was going to win “best girlfriend award” for getting my boyfriend Islanders tickets. I printed them out and put them in a card and waited eagerly for him to open it. And he was really excited! That is, until he looked at when the game was. “You bought us tickets for…