Olive oil-fried chicken with heirloom tomatoes + pesto quinoa

Olive oil-fried chicken with heirloom tomatoes + pesto quinoa

Every summer, I splurge at least once on a pound of heirloom tomatoes. A little pricey, a little mysterious with their knobs and purple-y hues, but in my mind, far more appealing than shining mountains of pluots and plums.

If you “hate tomatoes,” it’s because you’ve never had an heirloom, juicy, sweet, and perfect. Continue reading “Olive oil-fried chicken with heirloom tomatoes + pesto quinoa”

Cashew butter bites with toasted coconut + cardamom

cashew butter bites with toasted coconut + cardamom

I’m  a lazy breakfast maker, which means I often rely on leftovers from the night before, a piece of fruit, or an errant cookie to satisfy my hunger in the morning. But what I really want an hour or two after I wake up is something small, with protein and big flavor. Enter these little babies, triple-threat cashew butter bites with toasted coconut + cardamom. Continue reading “Cashew butter bites with toasted coconut + cardamom”

Grain-free breakfast bowl with raspberry compote + almond butter

Grain-free breakfast almond butter greek yogurt raspberry jam

In the spring of 2010, I studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, during which I gained a “healthy” 10 pounds on my 5 ft 2 inch frame. You guess the culprit: a) tender, beautifully buttery croissants, b) tarte flambée (basically, French pizza) c) copious amounts of chocolate, or d) jam.

The answer is: d) jam. Continue reading “Grain-free breakfast bowl with raspberry compote + almond butter”

Mediterranean bowl with olive-oil fried chicken + quinoa tabbouleh

Mediterranean bowl with olive oil-fried chicken + quinoa tabbouleh

Here’s my approach to weekly lunch prep, which always includes a type of salad or “bowl”:

1) Choose a flavor profile (Mexican? Mediterranean? Thai?).

2) Stock up or assess where I’m at with ingredients (if it’s Mexican, I’m gonna need black beans and jalapenos, for example).

3) Cook or prep necessary components to throw together a salad/bowl every morning before work.

More often than not, I choose Mediterranean. Continue reading “Mediterranean bowl with olive-oil fried chicken + quinoa tabbouleh”

Tahini + almond stuffed dates

Tahini+almond-stuffed dates

I’ve been abundantly blessed to live in not only one but two places where dates are grown and harvested: first in California, where I was born and currently live, and then in Morocco, where I spent three years teaching English. Dates have been experiencing a sort of renaissance lately, what with paleo-ites desperately looking for dessert that meets the stringent requirements of a caveman’s diet. I’m pretty sure a caveman might be especially tempted by dates, especially if he stuffed a tablespoon of tahini and a single roasted almond inside. Continue reading “Tahini + almond stuffed dates”

Roasted winter citrus fruit

Roasted winter citrus fruit

I am not a creature of habit. I have one eating ritual every day, and that is drinking a hot coffee when I wake up. And the rest, I leave up to the routine of the day: what produce is in season, how my body feels, and what’s available at the tasting station at Trader Joe’s. One day I might eat an herb-filled omelette for breakfast, the next day half a gluten-free brownie. I thrive on the unexpected. And this week, what I craved was a big bowl of roasted winter citrus fruit, simple and clean with that slight salty/sweet bite you get from pulverizing citrus rind with heat and a little olive oil in the oven. Continue reading “Roasted winter citrus fruit”

Caramelized + whipped white sweet potatoes with maple syrup & butter

Caramelized + whipped white sweet potatoes

‘Tis the season for all things starchy, sweet and dripping in butter, but I wanted to at least keep my Christmas-y cooking and baking binge in line with clean eating. Thankfully, that’s not too difficult with a little bit of creativity with winter tubers, natural sweeteners like coconut sugar and maple syrup, and a healthy belief that butter is in fact, good for you (I trust all things Dr. Josh Axe). Continue reading “Caramelized + whipped white sweet potatoes with maple syrup & butter”