Quinoa, Mushrooms and Broccoli Two Ways

Aldi is my jam. On weeks when I’m trying to keep the grocery bill low and avoid buying unnecessary extra ingredients for specific dishes, I pretty much just hit up the Aldi produce section with zero plan. Then Iย throw meals together with what is already in my pantry (seeย Spicy Tomato Fajita Vegetables Inspired By My…

Vegan Bok Choy and Tofu Dumplings

Hello! I’m back with a little update and a recipe. Still hanging out in our little apartment in Shanghai… We will have been here one month as of tomorrow!! Can’t believe it. The weather has improved TONS so I have come out of hibernation and have been spending my days wandering around and hanging out…

Purple Potatoes and Green Beans in Spinach/Hummus Pesto

   Pretty pesto purple potatoes.  Alright, now I’ve demonstrated my alliteration skills… I LOVED this little dish. Actually I wasn’t intending on blogging it, just using stuff up in my fridge, but it was beautiful and delicious. Really pretty sad I ate it all already, actually. Damn.  Things have been pretty crazy in Girl, Stir-Fried…

Quick Fall Salad with Apples, Almonds, Chickpeas & Rosemary

   Salads get neglected this time of year. Because it’s getting cold, so who wants to eat a salad, right? Soup is clearly the hot new bachelor around town (hot.. Get it?) So, yes, I’m sure you’re not too stoked about a salad posting, but trust me, this one is still hearty and filling and…

Squashy Autumny Chili (Butternut Squash, Black Bean and Apple)

In Autumn I eat chili. You should too. Grab a bowl of this and a blanket and go look at some trees turning.  Eh, that’s pretty much all I have to say this time. Short but sweet, just like the season. PS – Yes you could substitute pumpkin for butternut squash, for all you pumpkomaniacs…

Grilled Balsamic Brussel Sprout Bruschettaย 

This is going to be another post about your grandma being wrong. This time my beef is about Brussel sprouts. The little guys have gotten such a bad reputation and it’s really not their fault. Sorry Grams, but throwing a veggie in a pot of boiling water until it’s soft and mushy is never the…

Curried Chickpea and Apple Salad

This is sort of my version of the classic curried chicken salad. I used to love those when I ate meat – if there was a curried chicken salad sandwich at a deli I would get it every time. So good. But what’s better than chicken? CHICKPEAS! My favorite food! I could just pour those…

Creamy Lemon and Herb Tahini Dressing

I had a bottomless bag of sesame seeds in my cupboard. I swear I use them all the time, but the bag wasn’t really getting any smaller. So I decided it was time to say goodbye to the bag of sesame seeds and free up some precious pantry real estate. And, you know, I was…

Quick and Classic Pasta Salad

Another weekend, another out-of-town wine festival for work. This time it was the Illinois State Fair, land of funnel cakes and corn dogs. Needless to say I needed to pack lots of snacks to resist temptation. (Also, thank god for the “Ethnic Village,” the only place at the fair with solid meat-free options. Samosas forever)….

Asian Sesame Vegetable Kebabs

Slap me sesame, these are my new favorite thing. I have a grill at my new house and I’ve never had one of those before, so I’m generally stoked about it (I know I just ousted myself as a city girl again). Anyway, grilling is fun! Kebabs are fun! Plus, these are colorful, easy and…

Zucchini Fritters

I’ve got another huge zuke! We went out to my boyfriend’s parents’ house on Sunday afternoon and I came back with an amazing load of freshly-picked veggies, including a zucchini even larger than my last one. That one zuke fed us both two full meals, so I am always happy to have vegetables I can…