Christmas tree salad with kombucha dressing

It’s FINALLY my last day of class for the semester! Just two finals between me and a few weeks of vacation in California. After that, just one more semester of classes to go, then two more internships and a few months of master’s paper writing… 1 year from now I’ll officially be McKenzie Caldwell, MPH…

Crispy curry tofu

  I believe I have FINALLY mastered crispy tofu!! It’s been a bit of a journey, but this post details my final product. One of my goals this year has been to learn how to make more tasty plant-based proteins. This recipe is a staple! There’s two tricks to crispy tofu: 1st, buy an extra…

Roasted shishito pepper pasta (gluten-free)

Up here in Boone, I’ve been going to the farmer’s market once or twice a week — the vendors have so many wonderful products! Seasonal fruits and vegetables abound, in addition to eggs, honey, and my most recent favorite, fresh pasta. After trying some delicious lumache pasta, I went back and found Gabriel from Foggy Mountain…

Boone, NC! + a summer veggie sauté

Summer in the Appalachian Mountains is starting out beautifully! I’m here doing the community rotation for my dietetic internship (that unpaid, 9 month long, intensive nutrition training you have to do to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Officially 1.5 years till I’m McKenzie Caldwell, MPH, RDN!).  I’m stationed at Appalachian District Health Department, where I…

Sweet potato turkey chili

It’s 7pm on Monday, and I realize that I have no food prepped for the next few school days. With a crazy busy week ahead full of assignments and exams, and with a bit of February chill, I knew a good crockpot chili would serve me well. I wanted something warm and hearty that would…

Colorful (vegan) curry

In my 15-ish years as an amateur chef, Indian cuisine had always intimidated me a little. With it’s colorful dishes bursting with layers of flavor, I wasn’t confident I could recreate it in my own kitchen. After seeing a few peers bring their own Indian inspired dishes to potlucks and in lunches, I just had…

Avocado tuna salad sandwich

Tuna salad is one of my absolute favorite ways to get in one of my two weekly fish servings; it is so delicious, easy to make, and inexpensive! However, traditional tuna salads are often loaded with extra sodium and saturated fat. So, I decided to experiment with two other sources of creamy goodness as a filler…

Peach, chicken & arugula summer salad

I’m so excited to be down here in North Carolina! Carrboro is a beautiful place, one town over from Chapel Hill. One of the best parts about living down here so far is these WONDERFUL peaches; they are absolutely delicious. After picking up a crate of these giant, juicy peaches at good old Trader Joe’s…

Vibrant greens & roasted yam salad

Netflix binges, long walks, coffee, and Emma by Jane Austen… pretty much sums up my winter break in SoCal. Oh, and the new Dietary Guidelines are out! I’ll be posting a review of them soon (update, see this post for a review of what’s new in the Dietary Guidelines). I’ve also been having a bit…

Summer vegan power salad

Sometimes, summer just gets way too hot to cook dinner with the stove or oven. I mean really, who wants to stand in a sweltering kitchen at the end of a long day when it’s practically 90 degrees outside? The best way to fill my belly and stay cool is with a salad. One of…