As a peanut butter addict, I always have at least one, but most of the time multiple, jars of different nut butters on my desk at work. While I’m surprised anyone would ever question this obsession, it recently stated a conversation with a colleague where to explain my obsession, I made the bold statement that nut butters go well with just about anything. “Seriously”, I question, “what is one thing you wouldn’t put peanut butter on?” The response I got was a simple statement: “pasta”. So here is my counter argument to my colleague, who I will without a doubt make this meal for to further prove my point. Brown rice spaghetti with a creamy almond cashew butter sauce topped with zucchini and carrot ribbons, toasted sesame cabbage, grape tomatoes, and coconut baked salmon. See? Nut butter goes well on EVERYTHING.
People often ask me why I am so obsessed with my cast iron skillet and this is the picture I send them in response. This. Chicken. Just look at it. It’s fucking gorgeous. Chicken can be so over eaten and under-flavored and just plain old bland; but not this chicken. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love crisped chicken skin. I will strip an entire rotisserie chicken of it’s skin and simply munch on that before even enjoying any of the tender and juicy meat. I know, that’s really freaking weird. And kind of sounds cannibalistic (I hate that we still have to call it “skin”). But it is what it is. Once you make this dish you will understand what I am saying and never question me again about my love affair with my cast iron skillet.
This bowl of goodness will leave you feeling fresh, light, healthy, and like you’re ready to dance around in a bikini. Okay, maybe not, but as close as you would ever come to doing that post eating dinner.
Love buffalo wings? Does your stomach and/or acid-reflux filled chest hate you after devouring an entire plate? Me too. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up on them for good because, really, what is football Sundays without wings? Instead, I decided to make my own healthier version that I don’t have to feel guilty about devouring.
Is it a fall or winter Sunday night? Do you want an incredibly delicious, heart warming, soul comforting meal but you have a ton of things to do during the day and no time to cook? You are in luck! This meal takes around ~15-20 minutes to prep and then cooks itself while you are running whatever errands you have (or drinking at a bar, because, no judgment here).
There are few things that a burger and fries cannot cure. Actually, I truly don’t know if there are any. Having a bad day? Just got dumped? Cry your misery into a burger. And then on the flip side: Got promoted? On a great date? Celebrate with a burger. This truly is the universal crowd pleasing meal. As a burger addict and someone who has a note on their phone dedicated to a continuous ranking of local burgers in NYC, I probably eat this meal too frequently. No matter how hard I try to convince myself that this meal isn’t really that unhealthy, there is always room for improvement. So I present you with my healthy version of burger night because, even if I am partaking in Whole 30, I am not going to survive a whole month without a burger.
This may be the simplest, easiest to make, least ingredient recipe on here, but I swear this is one of my favorite things I’ve mastered. After many sessions in front of my vitamix adding and subtracting multiple ingredients and causing my neighbors to officially hate me (the vitamix thunderstorm of sound is not something people always wake up to with a smile at 6:30 AM), I finally found what works. That being said, this recipe is very adaptable to whoever will be gulping it down. Don’t like peanut butter? First of all, who are you? That aside, fine, you can easily remove it from the shake. Like a more tropical feel? Add in some mango or pineapple. Like it thicker? Throw some coconut milk or yogurt in there. Even get wild and toss in a frozen ½ avocado (sounds very odd but thickens this bad boy up). The world is your vitamix and the ingredients are all just living in it.
Since trying to eliminate buying breakfasts at work I have noticed one common, and sad, theme: I am not eating nearly as many eggs as I once did and would like to. If you are someone who buys breakfast at the office or a nearby deli, I’m sure an egg omelet is one of your go-to orders. However, when trying to cook all of your meals and scale back on the unnecessary $8 dry, overcooked, tinfoil container stuffed, deli omelets, eggs immediately take a back seat to other breakfasts. This is mainly due to the incredibly other easy recipes there are out there (oatmeal, overnight oats, smoothies, etc), but also because eggs don’t travel well in all styles. That is why I present to you, your revamped deli order omelet in easily prepped, packed, and even freezable muffins.
Want to feel like you are eating breakfast out of a Pinterest board even though you have zero idea how to DIY anything? This breakfast will help you achieve that goal. It will also make you feel the emotions every millennial female strives to capture once the leaves begin to change colors: all things fall (without having to go to an apple orchard simply for the Instagram).
One of my favorite delivery meals from growing up is a good, creamy, spicy, Thai curry. Whenever we would order Asian food my dad would be sure to order a red and a green curry dish to snack on for the rest of the week. While cooking a cultural dish other than your own may seem daunting, this a perfect stepping stone. The heat and depth from the Thai curry paste and the various spices marry perfectly with the coconut milk to bring you that warm goodness while still eating a healthy and vegetable packed dish.