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Broccoli, Hazelnut and Parmesan Salad

20 Mar

What could be a superbly fitting vessel for crunchy bits of toasted hazelnuts, tangy parmesan cheese shavings and a lemony roasted garlicy dressing? Broccoli of course! Lightly blanching or steaming broccoli and then submerging it into an ice bath will ensure that bright green color and a texture that is crisp but yet a tiny bit tender. Those beautiful […]


Top 10 Clean Eating Soup Recipes

10 Jan

I just had to take this whole soup thing one step further before we move on!  Soup really is the perfect meal. So many flavorsome and colorful varieties, so deliciously comforting, so easy to cook and to freeze!  And the best part?  Soups are loaded with nutritious goodness so they are bound to help us […]


Tuscan Bean Vegetable Soup

6 Jan

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Soup is the perfect meal. Hearty… comforting… filling yet light and nutritious all at the same time.  A big pot of steaming fragrant soup is like a welcoming bear hug from your long lost friend and his name is “ole’ reliable” because he can kick start plans to […]


Stuffed Christmas Bread

20 Dec

Christmas is most definitely in full swing in our house.  We’ve already watched Elf (aka, best movie of all time), the Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street and Scrooge.  Carols by candlelight and Christmas FM have been playing in the background during breakfast, lunch and dinner while sparkly lights and pine and spice candles glisten all around the […]


Curried Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

6 Dec

Curry isn’t really something I grew up eating.  Occasionally, my great grandmother, Mamie, from Belgium would make curried chicken with a delicious thin yellow curry sauce.  Everyone loved it and so, sometimes my grandmother or my mom would recreate this recipe too. But that was it.  No one really ventured outside that one family recipe for […]


Why aren’t you cooking? Easy Ways to Ensure Eating Clean Dinners

4 Nov

Why aren’t you cooking?  I know it’s hard not to let the busy-ness of life get in the way.  But hold this thought in your mind for a few seconds:  Your body is the vehicle through which you experience all aspects of life. Therefore, making a healthy diet highly important will benefit all aspects of your […]


Japanese Pork Dumplings

22 Oct

In the spirit of finding multiple uses for one homemade ingredient – I wanted to post this recipe for Japanese dumplings right away.  The filling is exactly the same as the mixture used for my Japanese meatballs with garlic and leek soba noodles. When I make this recipe, I always double the meat mixture so […]


Turmeric and Cumin Stewed Dal & A Balanced Body

20 Sep

Enjoying a bright fragranced bowl of stewed moong dal with long grain brown rice and tender roasted vegetables is a feast for the senses. Breathe in the warming scent of turmeric and cumin combined with the zing of fresh ginger and lemon. Bask in the beautiful sunny sight of tiny stewed dal enveloped in a tomato-tinted creamy broth […]


Healthy is Up to You + Roasted Garlic and Avocado Salad

29 Aug

With all the busy-ness of everyday life, it’s easy to neglect the simple things that mend our body and keep our mind sharp. The more I focus on my passion for cooking and eating well to nourish and flourish, the more I realize that there is a greater calling in this for me. I want […]


Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

9 Aug

Sweet strawberry bliss in the form of a salad dressing. When you put strawberry with balsamic, magical things happen so why not transform this match made in heaven into your very own homemade salad dressing? Homemade dressings are the reason I love eating so much salad.  Bottled dressings just cannot compete in terms of freshness […]