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.