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another crack at quinoa kufta

another crack at quinoa kufta

If you recall, I recently found myself in a position where I needed to come up with dinner using a limited list of ingredients. With my ever-present supply of quinoa (and not much else), I was able to create a sort of meatless Middle Eastern meatball (typically made out of lamb and called kufta). I … Continue reading

sage pesto-filled portobello caps

sage pesto-filled portobello caps

I will not over-do it this holiday season…I will not over-do it this holiday season…I will not, oh dammit. Faced with decadent treats, a bevy of heavy winter meals, and Champagne toasts, it's all too easy to get carried away, allowing a sensible diet to give way to over-indulgence (and elastic waistbands!) If you're looking … Continue reading

turkey-apple sausage patties

turkey-apple sausage patties

To my dear readers who have been following the blog, I do apologize for all the turkey and apple related posts as of late! But these are the two ingredients I have the most of, and using them in a myriad of ways until they're gone is the whole spirit of the sensible scrap. So … Continue reading

5 ingredient nut-butter bars

5 ingredient nut-butter bars

Okay, first a quick disclaimer. This recipe lists 7 ingredients, but 2 out of the 7 are completely optional. I just knew that “5 ingredients” would catch your eye more than 7. Anyway, enough with the numbers. This is a great recipe for when I'm craving a warm baked good that I won't feel guilty … Continue reading

my saving grace: the frittata

my saving grace: the frittata

Insanely easy. Soooo good. Costs next to nothing to make. The frittata. Simple ingredients transform into a dish that's all at once filling, comforting, not to mention, time efficient! Perfect for brunch, I also enjoy it for dinner, using whatever veggies, herbs, meat, cheese (and sometimes pasta!) I have on hand. Served with a simple … Continue reading

pumpkin-zucchini-quinoa sliders

pumpkin-zucchini-quinoa sliders

I first learned about quinoa when working as a bartender at an upscale Peruvian restaurant/cocktail lounge. Before I was allowed to work the bar, it was required of me to work in the kitchen for a week so I would be better acquainted with the menu. Quinoa accompanied most of the platos fuertes, in the … Continue reading

figgy treat

figgy treat

This is definitely a riff on my garlicky broiled tomatoes. Prepared the same way, only this version gets sweetened up with maple syrup and cinnamon, it's perfect for brunch or as a light dessert. It tastes and looks so decadent, yet it's a perfectly healthy indulgence! Though figs are in season during the late summer, … Continue reading

winery weekend

winery weekend

Above: crisp Californian rosé and a nectarine-cheese crostini on toasted gluten-free bread. I love Our Winery. Well, it's not ours, per se, but we're members so I feel entitled to some sort of ownership status. It's this great little place in Malibu off the PCH (ohmygosh, I'm such a Californian now!) and we got an … Continue reading