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…

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…

Simple vegetarian dinner with roasted lemon garlic potatoes

Strolling through Trader Joe’s has become a new hobby; it is SO wonderful having one close by! Since produce is the first section you see when entering the store, it’s easy to prioritize that part of my shopping trip. *Thinking about fruits and vegetables as the centerpiece of a meal–rather than the protein or grain…

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…

“So college” veggie fried rice

It all started at a hibachi restaurant. Watching the chef chop the vegetables, chicken, rice, egg and seasoning into a beautiful steaming dish of simplicity, I thought, “Wait a second, I can do that!” Not only was I sure I could recreate a dish very similar to hibachi fried rice, but I knew exactly how…

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…

Whole wheat french toast

It’s Saturday morning, 11 am. I roll out of bed and immediately think, “Coffee. now.” The second thing on my mind? FOOD. Whether I’m at my apartment in Ithaca during the school year or at home with my family in California, Saturday mornings are for brunch: that one morning meal meal I can actually take some…