Gluten-free, Snacks, Vegetarian/Vegan

Update on blog updates + cinnamon almond crunch chickpea bars

Hello friends! You might have received an email from me recently notifying you of a new, upgraded newsletter I'm doing. If you didn't, join the club!! After this post I'll be transitioning completely to this new format, so click here to subscribe to my new newsletter!  I'm hoping to use the newsletter as a way to… Continue reading Update on blog updates + cinnamon almond crunch chickpea bars

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Breakfast & Brunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

Multigrain banana pancakes

Ok so basically pancakes are the S***. So good. I love making them on the weekend, and for some reason only recently discovered I could make a bunch of them, and then freeze or refrigerate the rest to be toasted whenever I want to eat them next! WOW. Talk about epiphanies. The reason I made… Continue reading Multigrain banana pancakes

Gluten-free, Snacks, Vegetarian/Vegan

PB chocolate chip chickpea cookies

So first, let's just set the precedent that sometimes we need to let cookies be cookies. Regular old chocolate chip cookies are one of the most satisfying treats known to human kind. Why would you want to mess with that? Other times, it's fun to experiment with different ingredients in baking, especially when your goal… Continue reading PB chocolate chip chickpea cookies

Dinner, Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

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… Continue reading Crispy curry tofu

Dinner, Gluten-free, Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

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… Continue reading Roasted shishito pepper pasta (gluten-free)

Dinner, Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

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… Continue reading Boone, NC! + a summer veggie sauté

Dinner, Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

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… Continue reading Colorful (vegan) curry

Dinner, Vegetarian/Vegan

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… Continue reading Simple vegetarian dinner with roasted lemon garlic potatoes

Dinner, Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

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… Continue reading Vibrant greens & roasted yam salad

Dinner, Vegetarian/Vegan

“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… Continue reading “So college” veggie fried rice