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the whole enchilada...I mean taco

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

sprouted tofu thai tacos — 97.1% raw

  • taco
  • 18 ounces of sprouted tofu – cubed
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup red onion – in slivers
  • 1/8 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 5 whole wheat tortillas
  • spicy almond sauce
  • 1/2 cup of raw almond butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbs of honey
  • 3 Tbs reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp of Sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tbs of lime juice
  • serves two! or one hungry gal

Here’s to first tries. I got off work pretty late last night, and all I could imagine was a dollar slice of oozy, cheesy pizza from the guys down the block. So I bought two. Then I finished off my boyfriend’s bags of Doritos and Guacamole Corn Chips as we worked late into the night (disclaimer: low supply of food). Grumble grumble goes the stomach.



So a lil’ bit of healthy guilt mixed with a lot of curiosity led to this concoction. Not gonna lie, they’re so tasty I’m making these again tomorrow. They embody all my favorite textures and nuances: spicy, crunchy, fresh, and hearty. Sounds like a hot sauce cracker, but whatever.


fresh cashew pesto...mmhm

Thursday, March 1, 2012

fresh cashew pesto

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon — or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 scallion, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced – about 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt

I really love spreads.

They’re ridiculously easy to eat – on anything, with anything. I’m talking spoon, bread, popsicle stick, you name it.

raw cashews

fresh spices


And since I’ve recently not been using any sugar, I’ve focused more on making savory dishes. This lends itself perfectly to just that. Salty, garlicky, nutty, with a touch of sweetness. And the oil and nuts are great fats — for the tastebuds and the rest o’ the body.


homemade horseradish

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

homemade horseradish – great for toppin’

  • 3 long horseradish roots
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • salt, to taste

Hope you had a great President’s Day! Apparently it’s pretty normal up here for people to get the holiday off, so my guy and I took a daytrip to Long Island.

ticket in hand

hustle & bustle

No plans, no schedule, just someplace different. After realizing that Central Islip had just departed and New Orleans was too long for a daytrip (Mardi Gras?), a place called Oyster Bay was perfect.

here we are!

It was pretty dang relaxing, soaking in scenery and enjoying each other’s company.

Needless to say when we got there, we dug into some great oysters. But what stuck with me was the condiment – ridiculously spicy horseradish. When I came across some fresh roots (thanks to Union Square Greenmarket!), this seemed like the perfect experiment. And I heard homemade horseradish is twice as potent as store-bought.

the roots


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cowboy Caviar – Lucky Black-Eyed-Peas

  • 1 can black-eyed-peas
  • 2 small ears of sweet corn — or about 1/2 can of corn
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 large, ripe tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • juice from 1/2 lime — about 1 tbsp
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh cilantro
  • granulated garlic
  • salt

Happy new year! I hope you welcomed it in the best way. This year I vowed many new things, which I’ve shockingly been keeping up with – more or less.

It’s easier to start anew when I feel genuinely refreshed. Before New Year’s, I actually ventured back home to the deep south, and brought back a classic recipe to share. As it happens, not only is it fresh and aligned with healthy goals, but it also brings in great luck. The main component, Black-eyed-peas, are esteemed to garner good fortune and health when eaten on New Year’s Day (or in the first week…or month…), so I couldn’t resist making this.

dip in!

While visiting home, I also ventured to Austin with my boyfriend. It was bizarre being back for the first time after six months, but it still has just as warm a glow. Literally. We sprawled on the grass in 70 degree weather, crazy!

Barton Springs

bird's eye view

shocking color

my tree monkey

SoCo sidewalk


So here’s a healthy, simple recipe, that gets a nod from Southerners and regular crazy people alike.



corn scrapin'

the whole bowl

Drain and rinse the peas (gets rid


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