Ditalini Pasta with Veggies and Avocado-Tofu Sauce

In 2010 I was honored to be one of the finalists for a contest for Vegetarian Times. I made a dish I was super proud of and that is quick and easy to make. However, I am always looking for new recipes to try or modify my old dishes either to fit how my stomachContinue reading “Ditalini Pasta with Veggies and Avocado-Tofu Sauce”

Warm Orzo with Avocado-Tofu Sauce- A Salad with a Story

This recipe is a dish I made when I was in pastry school in 2010. One of the chefs came in announcing a contest for Vegetarian Times. I believe I had 2 days to enter and excited I went home that afternoon and started brainstorming. Below is the dish I came up with, edited andContinue reading “Warm Orzo with Avocado-Tofu Sauce- A Salad with a Story”

Spaghetti w/Avocado-Ricotta Sauce

Ingredients:12 ounces spaghetti or 1 box of orecchiette pasta1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for drizzling1 clove garlic finely choppedZest and juice of 1 lemon3 avocados1/2 cup of Ricotta cheese1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese1/3 cup chopped basil1 cup of chicken broth Directions:In a pot, of boiling water add spaghetti and cook to 8 minutesContinue reading “Spaghetti w/Avocado-Ricotta Sauce”

Simple Summer Beef Lettuce Wraps

I got the inspiration for this beef wraps recipe from the Pioneer Woman. She adds a lot of yummy extras in there but I kept it simple and added what I usually have in the fridge. This recipe is quick, easy and perfect for the summer. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 orange or redContinue reading “Simple Summer Beef Lettuce Wraps”

Gluten-Free Crispy Chicken W/Creme Fraiche Dip

This recipe was inspired by a dish made by Katie Lee on the Food Network show ‘The Kitchen’ Her dish was Crispy Chicken Oven Wings with Miso Dip. As usual I revised the whole recipe to things I can have as well as what I had in my kitchen and came up with Gluten FreeContinue reading “Gluten-Free Crispy Chicken W/Creme Fraiche Dip”

Orzo With Shrimp and Edamame

INGREDIENTS 1 to 2cans of chicken broth 1 box of orzo pasta Juice and zest of 1 lemon**1 1 package of frozen unshelled edamame 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon of freshly chopped cilantro 1 1/2 pounds of medium deveined shrimp 1 teaspoon of dried tarragon 1/2 teaspoon of coriander 1/2 teaspoon ofContinue reading “Orzo With Shrimp and Edamame”

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

I love the holidays!!!! Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorites because of all the wonderful food that we spend all day cooking and then get to enjoy it with family. When your life is stressful and hectic (many of us are these days), it’s a treat to have everyone sit at the table andContinue reading “Homemade Green Bean Casserole”

Trader Joe’s Treasures

If you are working long hours sometimes you get hungry.  If you’re watching tv, sometimes you’re mind wanders to food.  Boredom can also  bring on the ravenous feelings.  Whatever the case, instead of reaching for a bag of salty garlic-onion chips look for a healthier substitute. You can still eat chips but there are alternatives toContinue reading “Trader Joe’s Treasures”

Eggs Benedict w/Hollandaise Sauce

Much like in the movie “Julie and Julia” which by the way was my inspiration to go to back to school, in this case The Institute of Culinary Education, I have never poached an egg before. Funny enough just like in the movie I found myself peering into the pot to look at the firstContinue reading “Eggs Benedict w/Hollandaise Sauce”

Lavender Panna Cotta w/Strawberry Coulis

Dessert can be delicious and sinful at the same time. Beautiful to look at and admire but a bit dangerous some may say for the waistline. All in moderation I say. I believe dessert can be soothing, relaxing, comforting, and for me…is the whole point of the meal.  You can’t very well sit down andContinue reading “Lavender Panna Cotta w/Strawberry Coulis”

Salmon w/Balsamic Maple glaze, topped with Apple-Bacon Slaw

Everyone at one time or another has had to redo a task or revise a report. Sometimes its no big deal, other times it takes someone a while to think of a plan B. When it comes to food, its all about revising the recipe. Here is another case where I took a recipe andContinue reading “Salmon w/Balsamic Maple glaze, topped with Apple-Bacon Slaw”

Asparagus Sauteed w/Spices and Wine

Asparagus makes a nice healthy snack before a game or a side dish for dinner.  Asparagus is nice delicious, crunchy and good for you.  Aside from Vitamin K, asparagus is a good source of fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and E.  Here’s a recipe you can make that takes very little time and has lotsContinue reading “Asparagus Sauteed w/Spices and Wine”