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Minty Spring Pea Soup – Spiced Curiosity

Thursday, April 2, 2015

minty spring pea soup – super simple food

As you’ve probably heard, we are on a cleanse. Removing soy, wheat, dairy, sugar, and nightshades (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potato – I didn’t know what those were either until my dad did this cleanse) has been enlightening and also exhausting. The two-week diet is called the Elimination Diet, and the premise is pretty simple: avoid eating common food allergens for a short period of time so your body and gut can heal, then reintroduce the foods one-by-one so you can clearly discover any physical, allergic reactions. Pretty cool, right?! I love the thought of uncovering any allergies so we can have even higher health by avoiding those foods in the future, not to mention I’ve been feeling clearer-headed and lighter after eating every meal.

Sweet Lilac – #SpicedCuriosity


Lentil Radish Salad with Smashed Garlic and Ginger – from Ottolenghi's Plenty

Monday, February 9, 2015

lentil radish salad with smashed garlic and ginger – ottolenghi’s plenty

These wintry days lead me to reach for comforting, nourishing food. The most comforting sensation to me is a too-hot bite of lentils fresh out of the pot or the smell of crushed garlic from my mom’s cutting board. So after reading Yotam Ottolenghi’s second of several cookbooks, I found the perfect recipe for me.

At first the simple “Cucumber Salad with Smashed Garlic and Ginger” sounded too simple – why invest time in a topping when I could whip up Lemon & Eggplant Risotto or Saffron Cauliflower? The secret is that it goes on nearly everything, including my favorite vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free-but-not-paleo base of choice, lentils, i.e. the sturdy foundation of my plant-based meals.

Lentil Radish Salad with Smashed Garlic and Ginger #SpicedCuriosity


Classic Minestrone Soup with Carrot-Top Pesto

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Classic Minestrone Soup with Carrot-Top Pesto – Italy at Home

The whole milestone of marriage has been a blessing. Not only did I marry my best friend, but I did it in the company of everyone I love most in this world. It felt amazing to have all our family and friends there supporting us. That said – I have no pictures to show for it! Our photographer Robert did an amazing job, and you can bet I’ll share the goodness when he sends the photos our way. (Here’s a sneak peek!)

I did take mountains of pictures of the honeymoon. Something about not stressing out of whether the ceremony goes smoothly gave me a whole lotta free creative energy to snap pics, ha. Let’s just say I went photo-happy. If you’re not an Italia-phile, feel free to skip to the recipe goodness at the bottom. Otherwise, join me for the ride!


shakshuka – savory egg dish with rich tomatoes #vegetarian #healthy

Monday, August 18, 2014

shakshuka – savory egg dish with rich tomatoes

Let’s be honest – when summer rolls around, I get lazy with cooking. When I’d rather stroll outside than sweat in the kitchen, I fancy simple dishes like Shakshuka that yield delicious results. One pot, one casual hour of stirring, and tons of forgivability. Don’t have the exact amount of garlic? Forget the cumin? Only have 4 eggs instead of 6? That is quite alright. It will still taste amazing. As a thick stew of rich, fragrant tomatoes with soft-boiled eggs, Shakshuka is the ultimate breakfast.

I love to serve this as a no-hassle, tasty, and healthful brunch item when friends come over. Shakshuka is impressively flavorful and hearty without the fuss, so I can get on with making actually intensive food. (Like homemade grissini. Wow, never again.)

shakshuka – savory egg dish with rich tomatoes #vegetarian #healthy (more…)

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