I had a delicious salad recently made by my friend Donna that was positively outstanding. I love all salads, but once in a while it’s nice to have just a simple salad made with crisp lettuce tossed in a light vinaigrette. This lettuce salad hit that craving for me. Continue reading Crisp Lettuce Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese
I know, I know, what’s so special about granola you ask? You can buy it anywhere, there are so many flavors and variations, and you can get countless recipes online. What’s so special about this granola? For me, homemade granola will always be synonymous with my friend Rose’s granola. That’s because until Rose gave me her homemade granola a few years back I didn’t even know one could make it at home. I thought it’s something complicated that only factories and gourmet specialty shops could make. I was happily buying granola in the store for years not ever thinking that it could be made in my kitchen. Continue reading Rose’s Rockin Granola
This apple spice cake from all recipes.com has to be the moistest cake I have ever made. I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake
Green on green on green on green, with some white is how I describe this salad. All the vegetables are green – sugar snap peas, brussels sprouts, salad greens, even the pistachio nuts, then add a sprinkle of garlic and a little dressing, and what you have is a very filling and satisfying salad. Serve the roasted brussels sprouts and sugar snap peas as a side dish, or turn them into a leafy salad by adding salad greens. Continue reading Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sugar Snap Peas Salad
One of my favorite fall-inspired salads to make especially when fresh figs are in season is a big spinach salad with fresh figs, Gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts; all tossed together with a sweet fig dressing.
Usually, I would never have given a second thought to making energy bars or protein bars at home, it’s not something I think of replicating in my kitchen. I got the idea for making protein packed energy bars from our friend Aaron H. One day we were talking healthy snacks when he told me he had been trying unsuccessfully to make an energy bar at home. Energy bar at home? And that to Aaron making it? I did a double take.
Aaron said he had been trying to make an energy bar of sorts with almond meal, raisins, and cocoa powder and he was still figuring out how to get the texture right. You see his “energy bar” was very sticky in the mouth – almost like a peanut butter. He said he added water but that didn’t help. He even tried baking the mixture but it turned out too hard and not edible. We got to talk about how we could make the texture better and bounced around ideas such as adding applesauce and bananas, or coconut oil. But in the end I promised him I would try and make an energy bar at home, and if it turned out good, share the recipe with him.
Guess what folks? I made nut energy bars in my home kitchen and they turned out great 😋. I shaped them into truffles hence the name energy bar truffles. Continue reading Cocoa & Nut Super Seeds & Cardamom Protein-bar Truffles
My family LOVES almond halwa or what is also known as badham halwa. They absolutely love it! However I only make it once a year. Why? The reason I only make it once a year is because after I measured the amount of butter it takes to make almond halwa taste great – let’s just say, it was a lot of butter!! Continue reading Almond Halwa Cake
The inspiration for this salad came from my garden, in an effort to use up a few of my garden Anna apples in a savory dish, I decided to make a salad with apples and sugar snap peas. Both have similar texture and color, and both look good together. With a fruity vinaigrette and a dash of feta cheese or goat cheese this is a wonderful salad that tastes sweet, savory, and crunchy. It is also the perfect salad to make ahead. Continue reading Green Apple & Sugar Snap Peas Salad
Thinly cut sugar snap peas combined with microgreens and tossed with grapefruit dressing makes this salad very light yet surprisingly filling at the same time. This is a crunchy, juicy, and refreshing salad that pairs really well with chilled white wine such as a Sauvignon blanc, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio & Pinot Gris.
I buy microgreens from the Farmer’s Market but they can also be found at specialty grocery stores. If you cannot find microgreens you can use any firm greens such as arugula, mache, or baby kale. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Sugar Snap Peas & Micorgreens Salad with Grapefruit Dressing
The ingredients for this simple and delicious salad can be bought ready to go at the grocery store. All you have to do is assemble the salad and just make a vinaigrette dressing. The recipe for this wonderful strawberry salad comes from my friend Rose who brought it to share when she came over for lunch. It can be enough for two people as a main salad or for four people as a side salad. Fresh creamy goat cheese tastes great in this salad but you can leave it out if you prefer. Continue reading Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese