Simplicity, Laziness and Lunch

One of the reasons I struggle to update this blog most of the time is that the more I cook and learn about food, the simpler the food I make seems to get. The days of recipe testing are long gone for me, and have been replaced by easily thrown together, delicious and simply-seasoned meals….

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 I throw meals together with what is already in my pantry (see Spicy Tomato Fajita Vegetables Inspired By My…

Shakshouka-Style Eggs with Red Onion, Sweet Peas and Balsamic

Man, it is FRIGID in Illinois these days. So I’m pretty into all things hot and saucy and soupy at the moment. And these shakshouka-style eggs totally did the trick with red onion, yellow pepper and sweet peas along with extra crushed red pepper… fresh and warming all at the same time. Had this for…

Spicy Tomato Fajita Vegetables Inspired By My Empty Pantry

If you’re at all like me, you spent a scary amount of money over the holidays. Travel, presents, two kinds of cheese AND French baguette for your vegetarian stuffing because why do meat eaters get to have all the fun… Maybe that one is just me. Anyway, I’m feeling pretty broke in the aftermath of…

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…

Cumin Spiced Lentil Burgers 

I’ve been so hungry lately! It’s like I’m subconsciously trying to fatten up before I go traveling. Those of you who cook a lot and don’t eat out much will understand the anxiety of going hungry while on the road. I carry provisional snacks at all times. Totally unnecessary most of the time, but I…

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 Bruschetta 

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…

Sweet and Citrusy Sriracha Stir-Fry with Broccoli and Pineapple

‘Ello! Remember when I had time to post recipes 3 times a week? Those were the days…  Anyway since I’ve been too busy to blog (or make much food worth blogging) I might as well update y’all on the life happenings causing my absence from the interwebs… I’m planning my departure for an around-the-world trip!…