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  • Up-Beet Salsa & A Great Cause

    Happy Saturday! Meet my remarkable friend Amanda. Amanda is really special to our family because she was between jobs when I first met her and became our nanny for a couple of years. My children adore their honorary aunt and she has supported me in multiple aspects. Amanda is a native Charlottean and is immensely talented as a [...]

  • Roasted Vegetables 101

    Roasted vegetables have become a staple in our household and swayed my children as well as myself to eat certain previous untouchables. Suddenly, thinly sliced eggplant makes for delicious, smoky chips and cauliflower tastes like popcorn. Broccoli is addictive and onions are less pungent. The natural moisture that evaporates in the oven brings out a sweeter, [...]

  • Piping Hot French Indie Lentil Soup

    The chill has officially set into Charlotte and soup season is well underway in my kitchen. To me, the W in winter means WARM me up. My Piping Hot French Indie Lentil Soup is a staple through this time of year. Lentils are a universal food found in African, European, Middle Eastern, Asian and other [...]

  • Clean Party Eats: Spiralized Sesame Slaw Salad & Truffle Sweet Potatoes

    Happy new year! Who said the partying can't continue with your resolutions? Check out how I entertained with tofu caprese, chickpea salad in endive boats, spiralized sesame slaw salad, cheese and crackers, polenta cakes, and roasted truffle white sweet potatoes. I'm starting my 2016 off with reseting back to more planned and cleaner eating again. There is [...]

  • Stove Top or Slow Cooker: Tuscan White Bean & Swiss Chard Soup Two Ways

    I hope everyone is having a good holiday season enjoying good food, family, and friends! Pictured above is our Christmas Day dinner: Tuscan White Bean & Swiss Chard soup, decadent truffle macaroni and cheese, maple pecan Brussels sprouts, and a kale pomegranate garden salad. Over the last month, I have been trying really hard to focus on [...]

  • Time Saving Restorative Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili

    We had a gorgeous 75 degrees sunny, Carolina blue sky day in Charlotte today. That alone begged me to get outside rather than spending time in my favorite place, the kitchen, But the reality is that it is December and a time of year during which more people than ever are sick, overwhelmingly busy, and [...]

  • Festive Savory Holiday Tart Featured on FOX & You Have To Laugh At Yourself

    This has been a fun and fulfilling food week! Yesterday, I had to plan, shop for, and make a holiday themed dish for Fox's Good Day Charlotte show as well the event I mention towards the end of this post. They have a segment called "What's Your Dish?" and it requires bringing in all of [...]

  • Thanksgiving Edition: Cranberry Pecan Maple Scalloped Sweet Potatoes & Parsnips

    All of the traditional Thanksgiving colors are reflected in this unique twist on sweet potato casserole. I know some families are also pretty split on a sweet versus savory version. The creamy scalloped version, smoky paprika, and salt please the latter and the maple syrup and cranberries provide just enough sweetness for the former. The [...]

  • Holiday Edition: Broccoli Leek Pie (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

    Give me any vegetable baked into a pie and I'm there!  With the few ingredients most pie crusts call for, I know that they are pretty simple when it comes down to it but this one is even easier. No rolling on the counter while meticulously making sure that your butter stays cold and and your [...]

  • Thanksgiving Edition: Chimichurri Drizzled Sizzled Acorn Squash

    Thanksgiving is only about 10 days away! I plan on giving you ideas for healthy, tasty, plant based options to keep your tastebuds happy, keep the infammation down, your waistline slimmer, energy level more stable, and satisfy both vegetarian non-veg guests alike. Whether you call these fries or wedges or use them in as your next taco [...]

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