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Balsamic Black Eyed Pea Salad #vegan #vegetarian

Thursday, January 2, 2014

balsamic black-eyed pea salad — happy new year, and I’m engaged!

Got some exciting newsI’m engaged! My sweet darlin surprised me Christmas night at my parents’ home in Texas. I couldn’t have been happier to say “Yes, yes, yes!” The next day we said goodbye-for-now to my family and whirled off to Austin for a short engagement-moon. Now we’re back home, and the new year couldn’t feel brighter.

engaged!

At the start of each year, I usually have a ridiculously long list of resolutions. But this year, I can’t help but bask in gratefulness and get pumped about what 2014 has in store (besides “Smart Snacks in School”). I’m planning a wedding with Hoyd, starting a pop-up dinner series, firing up a guide to the best eats in New York City, booking more photography opps, and cooking up new recipes for you. Pretty darn awesome!

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Holiday Hangover Cure!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

holiday hangover? homemade electrolyte drink & VROU

Hope y’all had a happy Thanksgiving. And to my international friends, hope your Thursday was swell. I savored the day with my boyfriend’s family over in New Jersey! The food was a surprise (interesting Dominican dishes), but everything else felt right at home (laughter and hugs).

I noticed that while everyone enjoyed the holiday, many friends didn’t have a great time the morning after. And with the mulled cider, eggnog, and coquito flowing, who can resist enjoying a holiday libation? So here’s another drink, but more on the healthful side.

I borrowed this recipe from Don’t Mess With Mama, and as she explains it, electrolytes are basically salts. When a person heavily exercises (sweats) or “expels fluid,” he or she loses these electrolytes. This juice is meant to be a replacement for Gatorade (which isn’t great for you anyway), and I think it’s tasty for just a nice juice in general. Whether you’re dehydrated from energizing or enjoying spirits, I highly recommend this flavorful, hydrating drink.

Natural Hangover Cure

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Miso-Roasted Brussels Sprouts – healthy, vegan Thanksgiving sides!

Monday, November 25, 2013

miso-roasted brussels sprouts – vegan-friendly thanksgiving side

Lil‘ cabbages are not exactly what you’d think of first to bring to a Thanksgiving party. Whole vegetables in general are not usually welcomed with open arms during the holidays. But these miniature greens pack a punch of flavor for their size and kind, especially when roasted with salty miso, spicy ginger and garlic, and sweet maple syrup. Think of them as the Yoda of the Thanksgiving table: small, sassy, and awesome, not wrinkly, green, and bug-eyed.

Miso-Roasted Brussels Sprouts – healthy, vegan Thanksgiving sides!

Miso-Roasted Brussels Sprouts – healthy, vegan Thanksgiving sides!

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Patatas Bravas with Red Sauce and Garlic Aioli – Club Narwhal #vegetarian #recipe

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

patatas bravas with red sauce and garlic aioli by club narwhal – guest post!

Well hello, lovely Spiced Curiosity readers! This is Amy from Club Narwhal. Like you, I adore Miachel’s simple, elegant recipes and her commitment to healthy cooking. And I cannot get enough of her gorgeous photos! Since we both have been bitten by the travel bug we wanted to recreate food from our favorite travel destinations. I am so excited to share this recipe for Patatas Bravas with you. When you are done here, stop by Club Narwhal to see what Miachel whipped up!

Patatas Bravas with Red Sauce and Garlic Aioli – Club Narwhal #vegetarian #recipe

Patatas Bravas with Red Sauce and Garlic Aioli – Club Narwhal #vegetarian #recipe

Patatas Bravas, or potatoes with a temper, are a traditional Spanish tapas dish made up of golden fried potatoes drizzled in garlicky aioli and tomato sauce. What is not to love? Patatas Bravas immediately transport me back to Barcelona where I shamelessly ate my way through plate after plate.

During my first few trips to Barcelona, I was a poor college student looking to escape the harsh Parisian winter where I had been studying. I could not afford the luxury of paella or other fancy Spanish cuisine so I opted for these cheap and filling potatoes. The crisp, salty tubers satisfied me to no end. And don’t even get me started on the spiced red sauce mingling perfectly with all that smooth aioli. Of course I grew obsessed.

Patatas Bravas with Red Sauce and Garlic Aioli – Club Narwhal #vegetarian #recipe

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