Watermelon Arugula Feta Salad

This fresh watermelon, arugula feta salad is inspired by summer. When I saw watermelon at the grocery store on sale, I had to bring one home. While I was chopping it up, I had the idea of tossing it into some arugula, mint and citrus dressing. Feta cheese adds a nice touch to this salad, but it can be omitted or substituted with another soft cheese. Watermelon Arugula Feta Salad Ingredients 4 cups arugula 1 small watermelon, sliced into 1-inch […]

Tzatziki Sauce

I am always looking for new ways to spice up my lunch and snack! Sometimes the same old hummus and veggies can get boring, which is why I love this Tzatziki sauce. I usually make a loaded veggie sandwich for lunch, and this sauce pairs perfectly with it. It also makes a great veggie dip for later on in the day when I’m needing something to snack on. The best thing is that it’s so easy to make, especially using […]

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I recently discovered a delicious new side dish: stuffed portobello mushroom caps. Normally, you may think of stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer, but these portobello mushroom caps are so huge that they are probably better as a side! In fact, two people could probably share one. Goat cheese is blended with herbs and bread crumbs to form a creamy stuffing for these large mushrooms, which are then baked in the oven. I love the combination of goat cheese and walnuts, […]

Carrot Tahini Soup

Carrot soup is a regular side dish in our family. After making it for so many years, I decided to change things up a little and add tahini. I now don’t make carrot soup without it, because it tastes so much more interesting than a plain carrot soup. A pinch of turmeric gives the soup a nice, bright color, and pistachios add another pop of color and texture while acting as a delicious topping. This recipe makes four servings, so you […]

Asparagus-Ramp Pesto Sauce

It’s spriiiiiiiiiiiiing. Finally! Actually not really, we had a pretty mild winter here in DC. Anyway, though, you can get stuff at the farmer’s market in spring that you can’t get any other time of year. Like ramps! OK, if you’re over ramps, I don’t know what to tell you — I see the point but I think they’re delicious. And if you combine ramps with their springtime partner asparagus, you get a once-a-year treat that takes a bowl of […]

Chilled Avocado Soup

Avocados are smooth, creamy and incredibly satisfying. What better food to turn into a healthy chilled soup that’s great as an appetizer or a light meal? This recipe is simple, combining the avocado with chicken broth (feel free to sub in veggie broth if you’d like), milk, lime juice, seasoning and just a touch of serrano pepper for a little kick. Chilled Avocado Soup Recipe Ingredients 1 avocado 1/3 serrano pepper 1 cup milk 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 tbsp. […]

Asparagus Zucchini Pizza

For your next pizza night, I challenge you to try something completely different! This asparagus and zucchini pizza is packed with fresh lemon flavor, which compliments the garlic ricotta cheese base nicely. There are so many flavors going on in this pizza, your taste buds will go crazy. The asparagus is boiled before, so it is nice and tender. You can add other vegetables as toppings if you would like, but it also tastes great with the asparagus and zucchini […]

Chickpea Burrito

  Chickpeas are often overlooked as a salad topping or smaller component of a larger dish… but they’re so much more versatile than that! This recipe combines a can of chickpeas with household spices to blend up a hearty vegetarian-friendly burrito that you’ll find yourself making over and over again. Chickpea Burrito Recipe Ingredients 1 can of chickpeas, not drained 1 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. red pepper flakes 1 tbsp. lime juice Small […]

Black Bean Cakes

These black bean cakes are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The secret is Panko bread crumbs, which are used both inside and outside. The batter is made of finely chopped onions, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper and black beans blended in a Magic Bullet blender, which is then dipped in flour, egg and Panko bread crumbs and fried until golden and crispy on the outside. These black bean cakes go great with avocado, sour cream and cilantro […]

Avocado Chickpea Sandwich

This is one of my favorite lunch time sandwiches, especially because it’s a nice switch up from the regular turkey and cheese. It also comes together almost as quickly too! You could easily switch up the flavors and seasonings to adjust to your liking, play around and have fun with it! Avocado Chickpea Sandwich Recipe Ingredients ½ can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ avocado 1 tb. hummus 1 tsp. mustard Juice of ½ lemon ¼ tsp. garlic powder, paprika, […]