Dance With Flavor + Texture: Trick Your Mouth Into Complete Satisfaction

At home, I tend to lean toward cooking food with A LOT of FLAVOR and A LOT of TEXTURE. I enjoy trying new spices and, in the past, did some writing for 2 NYC Food + Culture websites, Real Cheap Eats and City Spoonful. I co-wrote a piece on tacos, eating my way through every Mexican joint in Astoria one very hot, humid and thigh chafing summer. I spent a lot of my downtime exploring spices, traveling through Queens and back to my old neighborhood of Canarsie - once famed for their Italian salumerias and bakeries, bagels and babka - now houses a large West Indian/Caribbean population. It's through this eating and writing that I opened up my mind, palate and kitchen to cooking globally. 

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Cooking Routines + Many Food Photos For Inspiration

This past week of cooking wasn't unlike any other with the exception that I realized a few things about my routine. Over the last 17 years I've created a routine that I so steadfastly maintained to keep up my health, happiness, cooking curiosity and weight loss. After 3 months of teaching, 5am wake-ups and getting home at 4pm I now know that I don't need to apply my old routine from my old life to my new life. In my old life I got home most evenings stupid late and then I checked emails to even more stupid late hours (part neuroses, part necessity). I didn't have time or energy during the week for much of anything but boozing and walks, so I did my best to batch cook on Sundays to get me through lunches and freezer meals for dinner when I wanted and needed.

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Beat That Beet Up

A few weeks I bought my favorite pre-peeled and pre-cooked Gefen Organic Beets. 

Why do I love these whole peeled, ready to eat, vacuum sealed, organic beets?

Because they are mess and hassle free, my weeknight lunch prepping and snacky friends.

Put them in a quick salad, eat them as is (I'm strange, I can snack on sweet beets and sometimes I crave exactly that) or turn them into your favorite dip. 

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A Salad Less Ordinary + A 2 Ingredient Avocado Spread

I’ve been cooking quite a bit, but with the balancing of substitute teaching and coaching - recipe posting has taken a backseat for the moment. Waking at 5am and getting home at 4pm, although shorter than my corporate days are still somewhat anxiety filled (counting kids and making sure everyone is learning, getting along, practicing kindness and has not gone missing) but much more joyful. 
Saying I’m ok with not writing and running myself ragged while I continue to take on new work and projects makes me proud, where as in the past I would have made myself feel terrible for not doing it all.
Maybe you’re thinking, why is this broad telling me this? Just gimme the recipe for that green stuff on that salad and I’ll be on my way … 

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Sweet Potato Noodles: From The Freestyle Cooking Files

This morning I left my home in snow boots and a winter coat, but by the time I got out of school at 3pm I was greeted with melted snow and a sense of calm. Although I hear there is supposed to be a blast of snow yet, again, tomorrow and Sunday. Tonight’s dinner was inspired by the sunny NYC sky and my walk home.  It’s been a minute since I made myself a dinner because I was down and out with the ills. Without a chance to do any shopping, but relying on my staples and produce from last week. So, what’s in this bright bowl of orange noodles? 

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Not Corned Beef + Cabbage

I’ve been warding off the ills since Wednesday. The creep of a cough, sneezes in succession, ear buzzing and a runny nose - I told myself it was the onset of allergies. I popped a Zyrtek and told myself it was the onset of allergies knowing full well that tiny humans who put their hands in their mouths, fingers up their noses and wipe snots on their sleeves … touch me all day long. And you know what, I don’t even mind. I imagined going down this whole sub teaching path I’d be way more neurotic about sickness, being within close proximity to small beings and with the knowledge that all of my teacher friends are always - in some way - sick. I don’t have it in my heart to not let them tap my hand, high five or pinky promise even after said snot riot I speak of above. I simply remind them to cover their mouth when they cough, wash hands after sneezing and remind them how germs spread. 

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Twisted Turkey Balls + Leftovers, It’s What’s For Dinner

Growing up Tuesday’s and Wednesday night meals were often Sunday reheats or leftovers. I always say that eating like a peasant never tasted so rich. Often times for dinner we ate stale bread with tomatoes, pasta with potatoes, canned tuna with olives and sauce, fagioli and leftover Sunday dinner bits and pieces. Our meals were home cooked every night of the week and rooted in preparation, leftovers and simplicity. This is how I developed my cooking style once I was able to understand how I was using food to support me emotionally. Now this process supports me emotionally, creatively and in an entirely new way. 

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Meatless Monday: Radish Green + Spinach Pesto

For tonights meatless Monday tribute, I’ve got zoodles with a new green sauce, but not just any green sauce. This pesto uses the greens from radishes, often times discarded without thought. So, next time you have a radish green, spare its life from the trash or compost and make it into a pesto. At the very least, toss it in your salad. They add another layer of flavor to any dish (saute it, process it, eat it raw) and cannot be beat when it comes to taste and their naturally peppery flavor which makes them quite ideal for a raw sauce like a pesto. 

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A $15 Produce Refresh + This Week's Food Map

I spent about $15 at the market to refresh my produce and I'll combine that with leftover produce, pantry items/staples to make meals throughout the week. Because of my teaching and coaching schedule I've been eating many, many more veggie based bowls lately. Lots of colors layered with whole grains, sauces for flavor and in the evenings mainly soups/salads and toasts with avocado or hummus.

This is a system that's been working for me and to be wholly honest I probably wouldn't be cooking in such volume for myself if I wasn't trying to keep my food costs down.

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The Secret To Eating Well Is Keeping Things Simple + Saucy

Routine is wonderful and keeps us in check, but stepping outside of our comfort zone is essential for growth - in life and food. And keeping things saucy is certainly one of my secrets to making meals consistently fun and tasty. I don’t know if I could eat chicken, rice and broccoli or the same one pot meal over and over again throughout the week - not without some special sauces. 

If you like the kitchen and if you don’t mind getting in it, dare to keep it saucy. 

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Bless Up, Frozen Fruit + Microwaves

You too can make berry bright breakfasts on a Thursday by ...

Taking frozen fruit to a level 5 breakfast in 5 minutes!

  • Defrost 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
  • Combine 1 tsp each peanut butter + maple syrup in a small bowl

Now, I’m going to tell you to put that mixture in the microwave, you know why?

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Not Your Mother’s Balls 

I grew up eating Sunday sauce with a family where we connected folding tables in a basement, ate meals bumping elbows and talking with our mouths full. We fought for freshly fried meatballs and seconds at the table. Obtaining the final meatball could be likened to winning the WWF heavyweight championship title belt. 

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Sometimes Directionless, But Not In The Kitchen

In the world of romantic love I'm pretty much clueless, but when it comes to cooking vegetables I can close my eyes and reimagine a whole new world in each and every one. True health is about making new habits. I've made it a habit to cook, explore, map and write. Repeat. 

I cook for and out of love and consider every meal I touch to be a confession that takes place in the diary that is my kitchen. 

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One Tray, One Dream

Once a week I do a produce refresh for my lunches and dinners and I wrote about it here. 

Today I'm gonna go a little more in depth with regard to what landed on my table from that one cooking session. And please don't think this is how you have to cook, not in any way, I'm simply sharing the possibilities that come with making a tray of veggies and how they can have use in your day and meals beyond a simple side eaten as is. This is inspiration. A recommendation. Maybe some motivation. 

Veggies can be used to create the base for a multitude of meals (at least in my single lady world)

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Get Your Tofu Dry + Take It For A Fake Fry

THIS TOFU LOOKS FRIED DOESN'T IT??

BUT IT ISN'T! 

Say goodbye to the thought of frying your tofu or sautéing it into a mushy mess when concocting your next stir fry or adding to a bodacious bowl of soup

1. This tofu is perfect as a building block protein for the week in meal prep, whether you use it for lunch or to create a quick weeknight dinner.

2. Fantastic for a sneaky little bite when you do a little late evening fridge run.

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I Whipped These Zoodles Back + Forth

In an effort to use remaining roasted cauliflower, broccoli, kale and some tomatoes that were on their way out - I threw them into a pan along with zoodles I had sitting in refrigerator storage for over a week. Yes, over a week. It was about 10 days of sitting which usually never happens in my world but ... never say never. 

So, zoodles, also known in my world as Faux-Pas-Ta and zoodles DO NOT replace pasta in my book. I still eat pasta, my body was built on spaghetti (and Sophia Loren said it best and said it first "Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.") but I do love being able to sneak more fiber into my maw and very much enjoy how all of the bright colors make me feel. I also love the spirals, the twirling, the shape and how these hold up alongside other veggies. 

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When Last Sunday's Soup Is Tonight's Dinner

This spicy veggie powered soup is littered with a lot of goodness and not for the faint of heart in the kitchen.

You can make it as simple or complex as you want and I’m gonna roll out what I did to make this masterpiece in 3 separate posts.

  1. Today’s post: the recipe and info on SOUP ONLY 
  2. In the coming days: a recipe for baked tofu which can be added to this soup and is another great weeknight make ahead staple
  3. Also in the coming days: a spicy yogurt sauce for the soup and to be used to top grains, salads, roasted veggie, etc

Now … On with the soup … 

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My Pizza Omelettes Bring All The Boys To The Yard

I had some Trader Joe’s mini-pearl tomatoes that were getting wrinkly and I didn’t have the heart to toss them, so tossed into my omelette they went. I love getting turbo charged on tomatoes 1) because I’m Italian I don’t have a choice, this body was built on that great red fruit 2) they have something called lycopene which I’ve read from fancy health people is “potent antioxidant against disease.” I mean, I think they’re delicious and they have health benefits so I’m like - win win - you know? 3) there are also Vitamins and minerals in them like magnesium and potassium, Vitamin K which are less complicated to me than lycopene because I have more familiarity with magnesium and potassium because I read a lot on muscle cramping, PMS and pooping - which you need those things to help with.

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Change Your Thinkin' + Get In The Kitchen. Here's How.

This week I’m off from substitute teaching, but I’ve still got private and corporate health work to attend to with a No Bake Treats workshop happening at a law firm in NYC on Friday, then one in DC and CT the following 2 Friday’s while I balance sub teacher life. That said, this week promises to be quite busy as do the coming weeks ahead. Filled with teaching, treat making, writing and figuring out how to get new clients and wondering how I'm supposed to date in the middle of so much newness. I digress. 

A meal strategy going into a week is key for me and, I’d imagine for you too. And, I’m in the zone when it comes to my own food and time. I know what food I like, I'm committed to eating well (and all within reason, hello, Nutella) and I’ve already prioritized cooking as an integral part of my life that I don’t plan on sacrificing. Cooking makes me feel good

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If You Ain't Dippin,' You Must Be Trippin' - Part 2

At 11:35am I made myself a hummus and almond bread sandwich with a cucumber and tomato salad on the side. Lunch doesn't get any simpler than hummus and veggies. Packed with fiber, protein and pleasing texture thanks to Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning.

My tip: this is a traditional hummus, but not as strong with the lemon. I use only the juice from 1/2 a lemon, a little bit of zest and a shake of cumin as I don't want the lemon and cumin competing with the Everything Seasoning. 

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