July 31, 2021


Black Bean Caramel Chicken with Rice Noodles

  1. 1 pkg rice noodles
  2. 2 TBL black bean sauce
  3. ½ lb  chicken breast strips
  4. ½ lb broccoli
  5. 3 oz scallions
  6. 1 oz fresh ginger
  7. garlic
  8. Sriracha
  9. ¼ cup sugar
  10. neutral oil
  11. salt & pepper

1. Prep ingredients

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Finely chop 2 teaspoons garlic. Peel and finely chop 1 tablespoon ginger. Trim scallions, then thinly slice. Trim stem ends from broccoli, then cut crown into ½-inch florets. Coarsely chop cilantro leaves and stems together. Pat chicken dry; season with salt and pepper.

2. Cook chicken & broccoli

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add chicken and cook, without stirring, until well browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Add broccoli and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and broccoli is crisp-tender, 2–3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out skillet.

3. Cook aromatics

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet over medium-high. Add chopped ginger, garlic, and scallions. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1–2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

4. Make caramel sauce

In same skillet, combine ¼ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Cook over medium-high, without stirring, until sugar is melted. Continue to cook, swirling skillet occasionally, until sugar turns honey-colored, 2–5 minutes (watch closely). Add ¾ cup water and 2 tablespoons black-bean garlic sauce; swirl (don't stir) to combine (caramel may harden, but will melt over heat).

5. Finish sauce, cook noodle

Bring sauce to a simmer over medium-high, then return scallion mixture to skillet, swirling to combine. Continue to simmer until sauce is slightly thickened and glossy, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, add noodles to boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until just tender, 5–7 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse under warm water.

6. Finish & serve

Add noodles, chicken, and broccoli to caramel sauce. Cook over high heat, tossing constantly to combine, until noodles absorb most of the sauce and chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve noodles topped with cilantro and a drizzle of Sriracha, if desired. Enjoy!

July 30, 2021


General Tso's Cauliflower

  1. 5 oz jasmine rice
  2. 1 TBL toasted sesame oil
  3. 2TBL oz tamari soy sauce
  4. 4 TBL Thai sweet chili sauce
  5. 2 oz snow peas
  6. 1 head cauliflower
  7. 1 oz scallions
  8. neutral oil
  9. 1 large egg
  10. salt and pepper
  11. sesame seeds
  12. ¼ c all-purpose flour

1. Prep ingredients

Trim scallions, then thinly slice. Cut the cauliflower into 1-inch florets. Trim ends from snow peas, then halve crosswise. In a large bowl, whisk to combine sweet chili sauce, tamari, and sesame oil

2. Cook rice pilaf

Heat 2 teaspoons neutral oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add rice and half of the scallions; cook, stirring, until rice is toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1¼ cups water and a pinch of salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is almost tender, about 12 minutes.

3. Steam snow peas

Place snow peas on top of rice in saucepan, then cover and allow to steam over low heat until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered until step 6.

4. Batter cauliflower

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk to combine 1 large egg and ¼ cup flour (batter will be very thick); season with salt and pepper. Add cauliflower and toss to coat. Heat ¼ inch neutral oil in a large skillet over medium-high.

5. Pan-fry cauliflower

Once oil is hot (it should sizzle vigorously when a pinch of flour is added), add cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

6. Finish & serve

Transfer cauliflower to bowl with sweet chili sauce and toss to coat. Fluff scallion-rice pilaf and snow peas with a fork, then spoon General Tso's cauliflower over top. Sprinkle with remaining scallions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!




July 16, 2021


Gochujang Turkey Ragu with Fresh Udon, Cilantro & Scallions

  • toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ oz fresh cilantro
  • 10 oz fresh udon
  • 3 TBL tamari soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 TBL gochujang
  • 1 TBL sugar
  • 10 oz ground turkey
  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • garlic
  • 3 oz scallions
  • neutral oil
  • salt & pepper

1. Prep ingredients

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Trim scallions, then thinly slice. Finely chop 1 tablespoon garlic. Remove the kale leaves from stems; discard stems and coarsely chop leaves.

2. Brown turkey

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add turkey and a pinch each of salt and pepper; use a spoon to break meat up into large pieces. Cook, without stirring, until turkey is well browned on one side, 3–5 minutes.

3. Start ragu

To skillet with browned turkey, add scallions, garlic, gochujang, and ¼ cup tomato paste. Cook, stirring, until scallions are softened and garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes.

4. Finish ragu

To skillet with turkey and aromatics, stir in all of the tamari, 1½ cups water, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low. Add chopped kale and cook, stirring often, until sauce is thick (like a meat sauce), kale is tender, and turkey is cooked through, 5–7 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Boil noodles

Add noodles to boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until just tender, 2–3 minutes. Drain well, rinse under cold water, and drain again.

6. Finish & serve

Add noodles to ragu and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve noodles topped with torn cilantro leaves and sesame seeds. Enjoy!


July 13, 2021


Apricot-BBQ Chicken with Cavatappi pasta salad

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  • 3 oz baby spinach
  • 2 oz red radishes
  • 2 TBL apricot preserves
  • 3 TBL barbecue sauce
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 TBL mayonnaise
  • garlic
  • lemon
  • ¼ oz fresh tarragon
  • 6 oz cavatappi
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

1. Cook pasta

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta, rinse under cold water, then drain well again.

2. Make dressing

While pasta cooks, pick and finely chop tarragon leaves; discard stems. Finely grate all of the lemon zest and squeeze 1 tablespoon lemon juice into a medium bowl. Cut any remaining lemon into wedges. Finely grate ¼ teaspoon garlic into bowl with lemon zest and juice, then stir in mayonnaise and tarragon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Dress pasta

Add pasta to bowl with dressing and toss to coat. Transfer pasta salad to the freezer to chill until step 6.

4. Prep chicken

Pat chicken dry and season all over with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, stir to combine barbecue sauce and all of the apricot preserves.

5. Grill chicken

Heat a cast iron skillet to med high. add oil to pan. Add chicken, and cook until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Brush half of the barbecue sauce over chicken. Cook, turning, until glaze is charred in spots, about 1 minute more. Transfer to plates.

6. Finish & serve

Thinly slice radishes. Coarsely chop spinach. Fold radishes and spinach into chilled pasta salad; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve chicken with remaining barbecue sauce and pasta salad alongside. Enjoy!

July 05, 2021


Chicken & Street Corn Tacos with Lime Crema

  • 2 oz red radishes
  • 1.4 oz feta cheese
  • 6 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 oz mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 lime
  • garlic
  • small bunch fresh cilantro
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
1. Prep lime marinade

Coarsely chop half of the cilantro stems and leaves; reserve remaining cilantro for step 6. Finely chop ½ teaspoon garlic. Finely grate all of the lime zest and squeeze juice from half of the lime into a medium bowl; cut remaining lime into wedges. Stir in chopped cilantro and garlic, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper.


2. Prep chicken & make crema

In a small bowl, whisk to combine mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of the lime marinade. Season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside for step 6. Pat chicken dry, transfer to bowl with remaining marinade, and turn to coat.


3. Cook chicken & corn

Preheat a cast iron skillet to med high,  Add chicken and corn to pan and cook until chicken is browned all over and cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side, and corn is slightly charred in spots, 8–10 minutes. Transfer chicken and corn to a cutting board to cool slightly.

4. Cut corn & shred chicken

Once corn and chicken have cooled slightly, use a sharp knife to carefully remove kernels from corn cob. Use your hands to coarsely shred chicken (or thinly slice with a knife).

5. Heat tortillas

Place tortillas directly on skillet and heat until lightly browned and warmed through, 1–2 minutes (watch closely).

6. Finish & serve

Thinly slice radishes. Spread crema on tortillas, then top with corn and shredded chicken. Tear remaining cilantro leaves and stems over and top with radish slices. Sprinkle with crumbled feta and chili powder, if desired. Serve chicken tacos with lime wedges on the side for squeezing on top. Enjoy!




June 30, 2021


One-Pan Caprese Chicken

¼ oz fresh basil

 ciabatta roll or french bread
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pint grape tomatoes
¾ oz Parmesan
3¾ oz mozzarella
1 TBL butter
salt & pepper
olive oil



1. Prep ingredients

Preheat broiler with top rack 6 inches from heat source. Set 1 tablespoon butter in a small bowl to soften at room temperature until step 5. Finely chop 1 teaspoon garlic. Coarsely grate mozzarella and finely grate Parmesan, keeping separate. Halve grape tomatoes.

2. Prep broth mixture

In a liquid measuring cup, stir to combine  ½ cup water, 6 tablespoons vinegar, and 1 tablespoon sugar; set aside until step 4.

3. Sear chicken

Pat chicken dry and pound to an even ½-inch thickness, if desired. Season all over with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Add chicken and cook until browned, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side (chicken will not be cooked through). Transfer to a plate.

4. Make sauce & broil

Add broth mixture to same skillet. Cook over medium-high, scraping up any browned bits, until reduced to ¼ cup, 2–3 minutes. Add chicken back to skillet along with the halved tomatoes. Broil on top oven rack until tomatoes blister and chicken is cooked through, 2–3 minutes (watch closely as broilers vary).

5. Make garlic butter

Meanwhile, mix chopped garlic and half of the Parmesan into the softened butter; season with salt and pepper. Split roll, if necessary. Spread garlic butter on cut sides of roll; place on a piece of foil. Broil on top oven rack until golden and toasted, 1–2 minutes (watch closely).

6. Finish chicken & serve

Pick basil leaves from stems; discard stems. Sprinkle mozzarella over chicken. Broil on top oven rack until cheese is melted and browned in spots, 1–2 minutes (watch closely). Top with basil leaves, and serve with remaining Parmesan and garlic bread alongside. Enjoy!



August 05, 2020


Elote Bowls with Lime Chickpeas & Black Quinoa


  1. ¾ cup black quinoa
  2. 1 can chickpeas
  3. 1 lime
  4. 4 ears of corn
  5. 2 radishes
  6. ¼ oz fresh cilantro
  7. 1 jalapeño
  8. 2 tbsp  Dairy-Free Cashewmilk Yogurt
  9. 2 tbsp  Vegenaise
  10. ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  11. 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  12. handful of cherry tomatoes
  13. 2 TBSP olive oil
  14. Salt and pepper


Cook the quinoa

Add the black quinoa, 1¼ cups  water, and a pinch of salt to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until water is absorbed and grains are tender, 17 to 20 minutes.

Prepare the produce

Drain and rinse the chickpeas and pat dry with a papertowel. Zest and juice the lime. Remove corn husks and cut kernels off the cob. Thinly slice radishes. Roughly chop cilantro. Trim and mince the jalapeño. (de-seed if you are sensitive to spice). Halve the cherry tomoatoes.

Make the elote sauce

Add just half the lime zest, just half the lime juice, yogurt, Vegenaise, just half the cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt to a small bowl. Stir the elote sauce to combine.

Crisp the chickpeas & cook corn

Heat 1 TBSP olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chickpeas and cook until lightly browned and crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer crispy chickpeas to a bowl. Return skillet to high heat with 1 TBSP olive oil.    Add corn and half jalapeno and cook until charred in spots, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.


Add the remaining lime zest, lime juice, minced jalapeño, and a pinch of salt to the crispy chickpeas and stir to combine. Divide cooked black quinoa between large bowls. Top with lime chickpeas and charred corn. Drizzle with elote sauce. Add sliced radishes, chopped cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the elote bowls with any remaining cayenne pepper. Enjoy!




July 25, 2020


Quick Sesame Noodles with Sriracha Tofu, Cucumber & Radish


  1. 4 oz asparagus
  2. 1 cucumber
  3. 2 large radish
  4. 2 scallions
  5. small bunch fresh mint
  6. 8 oz baked sriracha Tofu (trader joe's is my favorite)
  7. 2 tbsp sesame oil
  8. 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  9. 3 tbsp tamari
  10. 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  11. 2 tbsp turbinado sugar
  12. 7 oz rice noodles
  13. 2 tbsp avocado oil
  14. Salt and pepper


Prepare the produce

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Trim asparagus to remove tough ends, and slice on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces. Thinly slice cucumber into half moons. Thinly slice radishes into half moons. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating the green and white parts. Thiny slice the mint Dice tofu into ½ inch cubes.

make the sesame sauce

Add the sesame oil, white sesame seeds, tamari, rice vinegar, and turbinado sugar to a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.

Cook the noodles

Add the rice noodles to the boiling water, stir, and remove pot from heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.


Add the sliced asparagus, sliced scallion whites, diced tofu, sesame sauce, and cooked rice noodles to the large pot over medium-low heat. Toss until evenly coated and heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Divide the quick sesame noodles with tofu between large bowls. Top with sliced cucumber, radish, mint and scallion greens. Enjoy!

June 23, 2020


Strawberry Rosemary Granola


  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup Nut or Seed Butter*
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 8 grinds fresh pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped Pecans
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup Dried Fruit (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Add the Maple Syrup, Nut Butter, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, cardamom, Salt and pepper to the base of a large bowl. Whisk until evenly incorporated.
  2. Pour the Oats, pecans, rosemary and strawberries into the bowl and fold them into the wet mixture, until all pieces are evenly coated. Transfer this mixture to a greased or lined baking tray and press it into a thin, even layer using a spatula.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven, then remove and use a spatula to toss/flip the granola. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 6-7 minutes, then remove.
  4. Serve as desired; store leftovers at room temperature or in the fridge for up to one month.



June 20, 2020


Flourless PB and Chocolate chunk white Bean Muffins


  • 1 (15 oz can) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a couple grinds of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chunks,
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  1. Combine beans, eggs and coconut sugar in the food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add oats, peanut butter, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, black pepper and salt and blend again.
  3. add chocolate chunks and raisins, stir to combine.
  4. Pour into greased or lined muffin tins. sprinkle the top with chocolate chunks.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 18.