Spring Roasted Rainbow Carrots

DSC_0522Yes, it’s true!  I dare say that Spring has shown it’s bashful head yesterday and definitely this morning, here on the east coast! Yay!  It was pouring rain, sleeting, and yes, even snowing again, 2 days ago.  But today, I woke to sunshine and it’s even warm enough for a run! [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Morning Glory Zucchini Bread

GF Zucchini BreadSince this has been the winter that just won’t end, I have decided to conjure up some cooking that reminds us of summer.  Our dearest friends invited us to Martha’s Vineyard one summer, and we fell in love with it.  It’s a special place with gorgeous beaches, seafood galore, and fantastic memories with some awesome people.  Our favorite thing is the day long beach BBQ, where each family brings a huge cooler of foods and drinks.  The kids are running around in herds, swimming, building sand castles, clamming- basically anything beach related.  Food abounds and drinks and music are flowing.  It’s truly heaven on earth.   One stop we always make, before getting to said friends house, we like to stop at Morning Glory Farm.  It’s a market located right on a family farm.  They have the bounty of the summer at your fingertips, as well as, some interesting baked goods, a juice bar, and other foods, all with a healthy, organic lifestyle in mind.  We absolutely, always purchase at least 2 zucchini breads!  1 for my kids, so I won’t be embarrassed when they inhale the zucchini bread we brought as a “gift” hello and the other as the gift one (which my kids still eat most of that).  

The Original Morning Glory Zucchini Bread*  is soooo good, but has a lot of sugar (2 cups!), so I started thinking I bet it would still taste just as good without so much sugar.  Then, I went one step further.  I bet I could make this gluten-free, and substitute the vegetable oil with coconut oil.  I have been experimenting more and more, ever since The Clean cleanse I did, with how to cut down on the sugar and add in a healthy fat.  Also, trying gluten-free flours to see if there is one that is not too dry or gooey. [Read more...]

Raw Cacao Balls

Raw Cacao balls sc

Of course, some of you are just getting to know me, and it looks like I only prefer vegan dishes.  But I do swear, I will post some of my “sinful” stuff eventually.  I’m having such fun with this clean eating, that recipes keep popping up in my head.  Until then, this is such a great alternative to that chocolate craving that happens in the afternoon (at least for me, that is :)).  I was given this treat by my neighbor, who is totally raw, about 4 years ago.  I can say that for me, “Raw” would not work, but I know many people who live this way and are quite satisfied.   I enjoy my warm chocolate chip cookies from the oven or a good steak on the grille.  I don’t eat like that all day every day, but I can’t imagine life without it.   I like good food-period!   [Read more...]

Vegan Carrot & Leek Soup

It’s still cold here (damn!), so the warm soups are still on the list.  As I mentioned before, I started a new cleanse, read the post here, and their website has really great recipes.  Although, the directions and ingredient list did not always pair up.  No worries, though, because that’s where I could improvise.  This soup is so easy and quick!  You can literally make this in under 10 minutes and it’s fantastic!  My kids kept eating mine! This is all you need: [Read more...]

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

showcase cauliflower soup

Living on the east coast lately, has meant you’re basically cold on some part of your body all day.   Whether it’s your fingertips, feet or even your butt! (as it is in my case, which I totally don’t understand).  It’s just damn cold out there, and since I really don’t want to fatten myself up anymore than I already have this winter, soups are such a fantastic way to keep warm and eat a lot of veggies.  I originally was given this recipe by my sister’s friend.  The original recipe called for some butter and some cream, which I opted to leave out to cut the fat content down, but basically it’s the same.  I also added some thyme at the end to give it a fragrant taste.   DSC_0803

It’s really a simple and easy soup.  Thoroughly wash your leeks, since they are grown thru the soil, there can be a lot of dirt in between each layer.  While you’re roasting the cauliflower and garlic, you sauté your leeks in a pan to soften them up a bit…Caul tri pic

[Read more...]

Vegan Lentil & White Bean Soup…and not.

PicMonkey Collage- lentil soupI went a little bi-polar.  Really.  It all started when I went to a get a Healing Restorative Treatment that I read about in the recent Baltimore Style magazine.  (←you can read about it)  It was at the spa in the  semi-new Four Seasons-Baltimore.  Side Note: Mostly growing up in Baltimore, I have seen such a tremendous shift in the quality of what Baltimore city has to offer.  It’s been amazing to see the changes thru the years.

I was feeling so relaxed, clean, and rejuvenated all at the same time.  I went down to the coffee shop to get something healthy, opting for what I thought was a vegetarian lentil soup.  It came out with lentils, beans, tasteless, flavorless and pieces of beef!  Not at all what I had wanted, but I was beyond starving so I ate it anyway.  I couldn’t wait for something else. The good news is that it led to this post!  It was a good idea all around, but it needed some help. (I should’ve Instagramed it, but I’m still learning here).  Initially I thought this would be so much better as a vegan only dish.  I could see and taste how it should be…adding the kale and the cippolini onions.  It all came to me in a flash.  I went to buy the ingredients and passed by the meat counter at this quality store I like to visit and the next version popped in my head.  This could be fantastic with spicy choirizo sausage.  Both versions, to me, were equally as good.  See, I went a little bi-polar on this post! bipolar lentil soup

One, of course, is Vegan and for those who love a good spicy Chorizo sausage, a meat version!  This soup is pretty quick to make, provided you follow the quick tips.  If you opt to make a vegetarian stock you will have to add more time obviously, but I found that a box of vegetarian stock is just perfect! [Read more...]

Cider Roasted Brussel Sprouts

CRBS showcase picThese little buggers really do have a bad rap.  People seem to have a strong aversion to them and I do understand…They tend to get a little stinky when cooking.  I usually go the savory route (olive oil & garlic) with these, but recently when the Hubs and I were out to dinner we had a version of this.  They were delicious except they had drenched them in oil-eeww! I mean, literally, you would pierce it with your fork and oil would come gushing out.  CBS1 [Read more...]