Lunch
Harvest Salad

Harvest Salad

Let’s face it, the food in fall and winter is amazing. They’re satisfyingly comforting with warm flavors that bring you back to the good old days with friends and family. That being said, those foods often have less than amazing consequences on our waistlines. The other day I announced to all of you my plan...
Sweet Potato Latkes with Red Pepper Ranch Dipping Sauce

Sweet Potato Latkes with Red Pepper Ranch Dipping Sauce

After spending the weekend of cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to eat something that was filling, fried, and quick to prepare. I mean, what is better (and more comforting) than freshly fried potatoes on a cold day?! Nada! Since I’m “trying” to cut back on calories I decided to fry up some sweet...
Quinoa with Apples & Arugula

Quinoa with Apples & Arugula

My friend Meagan introduced me to quinoa during college, and I’ve loved this wonder grain ever since. Quinoa was something quick and healthy that we could make, but it was also filling without making us feel heavy. We would crack open a bottle of wine (or three), cook, eat, laugh, and then head out to...
Traditional Lentil Soup

Traditional Lentil Soup

After a few gorgeous end-of-summer days, NJ was struck by some nasty rain and wind. It was such a bummer (I really wanted to go outside and play!) but the weather ended up being a blessing in disguise. I was stuck inside, so naturally I turned to food to cure my boredom. Because of the...
Grilled Zucchini and Red Onion Pizzette

Grilled Zucchini and Red Onion Pizzette

I don’t think I’ve ever truly stressed how much I insanely love crispy thin crust pizzas. The textures are just out of this world. It’s pizza cheesy goodness mixed with a satisfying crunch from the crust, but none of the greasy guilt you get from a regular slice. Annnnd it’s incredibly super simple to make!...
Garden Gazpacho

Garden Gazpacho

  Fresh summer produce always makes my mouth water. The smell, taste, and colors just scream “I’m delicious!”. Since almost everything in my garden and at the market has been so perfect this season, I really haven’t wanted to mess with it at all. I mean, if its not broke, why fix it. Because of...
Panini with Avocado, Tomato, Mozzarella, & Bacon

Panini with Avocado, Tomato, Mozzarella, & Bacon

  Every so often we all crave a deliciously fresh, comforting sandwich. We love tearing through a crusty roll to discover creamy, salty, crisp, and tart fillings. This recipe makes one of those sandwiches that just put you in a good mood. Adding to the good mood is how simple it is to make without...
Best Grilled Veggie Panini

Best Grilled Veggie Panini

This sandwich has been a family staple since I was in high school. Around the corner there was a great sandwich bistro with crazy chairs, murals, and an amazing seasonal menu. I went there so many times that they not only knew me by name, but they had a band sing for me on my...
Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber Tomato Salad

I don’t consider spring to have sprung until great produce starts trickling into the stores. Last weekend the most amazing tomatoes and cucumbers were at the market…so now I can officially call it outdoor eating weather! To honor this joyous occasion, I made a light and flavor packed salad to eat al fresco with my...
Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Berries

Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Berries

I went to the movies this past Sunday with some friends. We saw Hunger Games, and it was a good movie, although the books were infinity better (they totally changed some details from the book). Anyway, before the movie, we went to UNOs for lunch. After flipping through the menu, a warm goat cheese salad...
Espinacas Con Garbanzos

Espinacas Con Garbanzos

A lot of countries seem to have their own version for spinach and chickpeas, including Turkey, India, and Spain. This recipe is for the Spanish variety (hence the sexy Spanish title!). You start off by toasting breadcrumbs in oil with garlic and a little onion. Then add some sweetly tart tomatoes that create a thick...
Roasted Carrot & Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Carrot & Cauliflower Soup

Roasting vegetables is incredibly easy – toss in a little oil then slide into a toasty oven. Done. Simple. But don’t let the simplicity fool you, the smell and taste of roasted vegetables can’t be beat. They get sweetly smoky while keeping just the right amount of crunch. Because the flavors concentrate in the oven,...