Arugula Pesto Pasta Sauce Recipe

Is there anything more delicious than pesto? Or anything better suited to the Magic Bullet? If there is, I don’t know it. I like to change up the pesto sauces I make and this time I  swapped the traditional basil pesto with fresh arugula pesto. Subtle, yet delicious: the arugula is peppery and vaguely woody, giving it a nice but none-too-bold flavor. I picked up some fresh pasta at the farmer’s market here in DC, as well as some delicious […]

Butternut Squash Pizza

This butternut squash pizza is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes, because it is very flavorful and filling. Rosemary butternut purée is spread onto a pizza crust and then topped with caramelized onions, crumbled goat cheese and arugula. To speed things up in the kitchen, you can use a store-bought pizza crust. This recipe works well as an appetizer or main dish.   Butternut Squash Pizza Recipe Ingredients 1 large pizza crust 1 butternut squash, halved 1/4 cup water 2 […]

Lightened-Up Hollandaise Sauce

  Did you guys know there is a healthy version of hollandaise sauce that tastes even better than the real stuff? No butter is used in this recipe. Instead, plain yogurt is used as the base. The lemon juice gives it a nice flavor. Careful not to heat the sauce too quickly in the end, because the eggs will cook too fast and you will end up with a chunky sauce! Patience is your best friend for this recipe. Add pepper […]

Broccoli Slaw Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

What is it about heat that has us craving salads? I live down the street from a salad place, and the first hot day of summer is always the same: lines down the block. I like salad as much as the next person, and sometimes it’s nice to vary it up a little. Here’s an interesting salad using broccoli slaw, broccoli’s little brother and coleslaw’s cousin. (Does that also make coleslaw broccoli’s cousin?) Anyway, this recipe has multiple advantages: it’s […]

Enchilada Sauce

I had no idea how easy homemade enchilada sauce was until I made some of my own. I had all of the ingredients on hand, and then made enough to make one batch of enchiladas and 2 full jars to freeze! I definitely felt very domesticated that day. 🙂 You could easily switch up the spices to incorporate different flavors, and use what you have on hand! Ingredients 2 cans crushed or diced tomatoes 7oz can diced green chilies ½ […]

10-Minute Miso Asparagus

I think that easy, delicious, complex side dishes are a genre that needs more exploring. For example, this dish. It takes very little work, uses ingredients that pack a ton of vibrant yet nuanced flavors, is salty and a little bit sweet, and is very healthy to boot. The base of the sauce is a miso-soy, garlic-ginger concoction, which basically just screams “ingredients that punch above their weight!” I use it here with asparagus, but really it would go well […]

Spicy Chipotle Adobo Sauce on Black Bean Tacos

My husband’s favorite food has always been tacos, and sometimes it’s hard to switch up the flavors on something that wows him! Luckily, I know he loves spice, especially the kind that wakes him up! 😉 This sauce has been made repeatedly and added to pretty much everything he eats. Quesadillas, tacos, sandwiches, burgers, dips for French fries, you name it! If you have a spice-lover in your life, this sauce has their name written all over it! Give it […]

Fish Sauce Vinaigrette with Pearled Barley Salad

What is it with grain salads? For decades, we didn’t know they existed, and now they’re everywhere. Here’s a hint: they’re delicious. In this one, I tried out a new grain: pearled barley. It’s sort of like farro, but a little less nutty and a little more… barley-ey? It’s great for a weeknight, since it boils up to al dente in fifteen minutes. This fish sauce vinaigrette, adapted from The Kitchn, pulls everything together nicely with tart, umami, and salty notes. Although […]

Thai Chicken Pizza

This Thai chicken pizza is inspired by a crazy good pizza I had the other weekend up in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Instead of marinara sauce, this pizza is lathered with Thai peanut sauce made from scratch using peanut butter, soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic and brown sugar. Then it’s topped with chicken and mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven. After it’s done baking, this Thai pizza is topped with fresh ingredients, including cilantro, carrots, sprouts, and lime. What other […]

Pasta with Mascarpone Cheese, Asparagus, and Walnuts

Do I really need to sell you on this one? Look at that picture! It contains mascarpone! That’s an Italian cream cheese. In a pasta! With delicious springtime asparagus! Are you crazy?! Scroll down to the recipe and get started making this! Still here? Well, okay, you’re a tough sell. I can respect that. But seriously, I toast walnuts and cook asparagus in the same water as the pasta for extra convenience, making this essentially a one-pot dish, and there […]