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

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Dessert

Blueberry crisp

It's the last day of summer, and I've got some mixed feelings. Grad school orientation is tomorrow and I can't wait to start classes on Tuesday, but I definitely will miss these warm, lazy days. It's also Sunday, which means house dinner! My roommates and I have been loving cooking together and occasionally inviting friends over… Continue reading Blueberry crisp

Lunch

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… Continue reading Avocado tuna salad sandwich

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

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… Continue reading Peach, chicken & arugula summer salad

Breakfast & Brunch, Dessert, Snacks

Wholesome banana oat bread

So...what to do with those three overripe bananas you have laying around?? Make them into banana bread, of course! This recipe is adapted from a one out of an old cookbook from the 80s that my mom cracks open occasionally, called The Athlete's Kitchen. It is surprisingly low in sugar and fat (only 2 tablespoons vegetable… Continue reading Wholesome banana oat bread

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

Dinner

Easy turkey, mushroom and kale pasta

It's that time of year again! Back to Ithaca, NY--Land of Kale. Walking through campus a few days ago, I passed a produce stand chock full of fruit and vegetables harvested from Cornell's student-run farm, Dilmun Hill. In dire need of produce to stock up for the next week, I grabbed a bunch of kale and… Continue reading Easy turkey, mushroom and kale pasta