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13 May Roasted Brussels Bowl with Crispy White Beans, Brown Rice, and Lemon Sage Garlic Broth

Roasted Brussels Bowl with Crispy White Beans, Brown Rice, and Lemon Sage Garlic Broth Yield: Serves 2 Cooking Time: 30 Minutes I inherited my hatred of Brussels from my dad, whose British mother believed veggies should be boiled and mushy- because of this I have stayed away for most of my life.  But, after trying a bunch of preparations over the past few years, from raw to fried, I have started to think these little sprouts and I may have a future together. My favorite for a while has been raw shredded Brussels salads, but I never truly got on board with roasted Brussels until recently when I had crispy roasted Brussels in a simple dashi broth at Superba Snackbar in Venice. The pairing of a flavorful both with the crispy sprouts was magical, and since then I have been experimenting with different broths to pair with my Brussels. This one is my...

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29 Apr Grilled Eggplant Parm with Hazelnut Arugula Pesto and Quick Roasted Tomatoes

Grilled Eggplant Parm with Hazelnut Arugula Pesto and Quick Roasted Tomatoes Yield: Serves 2 Cook Time: 40 Minutes Traditional Eggplant Parmesan served over linguini is one of my favorite comfort foods, but for me, all the breading and frying and pasta makes it a special occasion indulgence type of meal. My answer to finding a way to eat it more often? Forgoing the steps that make it so heavy by turning it into a deconstructed grilled version. I pair grilled eggplant slices with a fresh light pesto, roasted tomatoes, a lot less cheese and oil, and lose the breadcrumbs and frying all together. Vegans, you can lose the cheese in the spread and the stack- it's still delicious and holds together because of the thickness of the pesto. You can also do an appetizer size version of this by using the tiny varieties sometimes found in the farmers markets when eggplant is in...

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Cooking for Luv - Papas Tacos, Cumin Roasted Carrots, and Beer Braised Black Beans

21 Feb Papas Tacos with Mole, Roasted Cumin Carrots, & Beer Braised Black Beans for Two

An elegant and lighter take on a Mexican spread, this vegetarian meal is perfect when you're craving something south of the border without all the grease. And although it looks fancy, it is quite simple and can be made in under an hour.  I like to use Sprouted Corn Tortillas to add some extra nutrition to the meal, but any variety works. You can easily make this Vegan by leaving out the cheese and substituting Earth Balance or EVOO for the butter. Enjoy! xo- Stephanie Menu Main: Papas Tacos with Mole, Avocado, and Quick Pickled Onions Sides: Roasted Tri-Color Carrots with Cumin Seeds and Beer Braised Black Beans with Cilantro and Garlic   Roasted Tri-Color Carrots with Cumin Seeds Yield: Serves 2 Time: 25 Minutes   Ingredients 1 Bunch of Tri-Colored Carrots, quartered lengthwise then cut in half 1 Tablespoon of Cumin Seeds ¼ Red Onion, Sliced into ¼ inch strips 2 Tablespoons of EVOO 1 Tablespoon of Morton’s Kosher Salt   Directions Preheat Oven to 425 Toss all ingredients...

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Cooking for Luv - Blanching Broccolini

22 Jan It’s Easy Being Green

It's Easy Being Green   My dad grew up loathing green vegetables. His mother cooked them to death, either heating canned greens or turning fresh vibrant broccoli, green beans, and asparagus to mush through excessive boiling. It took years of deprogramming by my mom and a budding love of cooking to discover that it wasn't the veggies that were the problem, but the old school cooking methods my grandmother brought to the table from her upbringing in England and the busy life of raising three boys in the 1950/60s. What he finally found was that it is so sublimely easy to make green vegetables retain their bright color, crisp texture, and incredible natural flavor that even the most novice of home cooks can produce a killer side of greens that will leave veggie haters asking for seconds. The secret weapon: Blanching.   The truth is, my grandma was on the correct path- boiling IS the...

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