Creative, Clean Eating: Black Bean & Celery Soup

Camera: iPhone 5  Location: Casa Dresden   Black Bean and Celery Soup What happens if you have whole food leftovers and fresh raw vegetables sitting around? Combine them into a soup. I had cooked some black beans and rice last week. Beans keep a while, so I decided to throw them into a soup stock…

Gnocchi with Kale & Shitake Mushrooms in a Sweet Cream Sauce

 Eating clean while adapting to recipes is not all that difficult. It doesn’t matter the kind of day I have because with fresh ingredients around, 9 times out of 10 I will want to cook them! This is an adaptation of this recipe. I wanted the nutrient-packed value of the kale and the shitake mushrooms but…

2 Simple, Clean Side Dishes in 15 Minutes

Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts Sauté and Spicy Garlicy Mini Shells Each week I receive a delicious little box from Nature’s Garden Express filled with beautiful, local, organic vegetables and other lovely extras. At least once a week I have a surplus that I’m looking to put together in a tasty way. Tonight, I wanted to share…

Tips For Cleaner, Tastier Meals Using Yummly.com

Making It Easy, Making It With Yummly Those who have eaten with me know that I rarely follow a recipe, but I lean heavily on them for inspiration. The biggest source of that inspiration these days is from what’s in our fridge and what’s on Yummly.com. If you haven’t been to the site, you must…

Wild Sockeye Salmon, Roasted Veggies and Garlic Cauliflower Mash

It’s been almost a year since I added to the food project or photographed any recipes. Here’s a nice introduction to fall and a quick, healthy way to eat. Recipe The Cauliflower Mash Take one head of cauliflower, break it into florets and steam over medium-high heat for about 8 minutes along with one large clove…

Avocado, Broccoli, Arugula Soup & Poblanos Stuffed With Spanish Rice

It was time to get creative in the kitchen again. I found the soup recipe on Yummily.com and modified it just a bit. For the stuffed poblano peppers, I used my mom’s arroz con pollo but you can use any spanish/mexican rice. I’ve even used quinoa before. When the peppers are topped with cheese, the two are much…

Classic and Gluten-Free Puttanesca

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca This is quite possibly the fastest meal you can ever make! The Neapolitan Spaghetti alla partenopea, is made with anchovies and generous quantities of oregano. Spaghetti alla siciliana adds green peppers. When it comes to sauce or sugo – the Italian translation for sauce, I veer towards the most southern recipe possible. To Gluten or…

Hearty Curried Lentils

I took my family’s original Lebanese lentil recipe and gave it a little kick. The original recipe is quite tasty and certainly a hearty one, but these lentils were soaked and simmered in chicken broth, infused with Indian and Middle Eastern spices and garnished with cilantro. The key to keeping the overall texture creamy while…

Orange and Fennel Baked Salmon With Fettucine & Capers

Day two, I’m still  in the kitchen, remembering the fish and rice meals mom used to make and how the combination of seafood and rice cooked in olive oil would give me comfort. Inspired by that need and my need to play with light and digital photography in the kitchen, I experimented with the flavors…

Stuffed Poblanos and Organic Chicken Enchiladas in Salsa Verde

I’m back in the kitchen again, wanting to pay homage to one of my mom’s favorite styles of cooking – stuffed delicacies. I don’t eat large amounts of meat, but because I made a vow to try to eat only organic, free-range meat, I purchased organic chicken for this recipe. And because I veer away…