I’ve always had an affinity towards egg and tuna salad. I think it all started when my mom used to take me to the bagel shop before school once a week and allow me to get a bagel with whatever I wanted for lunch.
Fast forward to today and I no longer eat bagels (gluten-free or not, unless it is a special occasion) and I rarely eat eggs. Yes, a lot has changed.
That’s why when I get a craving for egg salad, I go ahead and make my own vegan version. Not only does it taste great, you don’t need to wait for hard boiled eggs to cook!
Tofu-Dill “Egg” Salad Recipe
time: 10 minutes
1 package organic, firm tofu
1 tbsp tamari (GF soy sauce)
1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 1/4 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp minced organic dill
1/2 tsp turmeric
pepper to taste
1. Drain tofu and press firmly between paper towels to soak up moisture
2. Crumble tofu with your (washed) hands in a medium bowl
3. Add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly with a spoon this time
4. Eat straight out of the bowl or put it on GF bread/bagel!
Cucumbers happen to be one of my favorite vegetables. Not only do I love the taste, but they are so versatile. They can sub as a gluten-free “chip” to dip in hummus or salsa, they can be used instead of rice for a carb-free roll of sushi (aka naruto) or as a garnish to some of my favorite drinks (Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka martini anyone?). (more…)
Not only is quinoa gluten-free, but it is absolutely delicious and extremely versatile. It is also one of my favorite foods and lucky for me, has many health benefits, including:
1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.
2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.
3. Quinoa contains Iron.
4. Quinoa contains lysine.
5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium.
6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2).
7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese
I could eat this grain daily and it is super easy to make at home. Below is one of my go to recipes:
Roasted Broccoli & Quinoa Salad Recipe (1 serving)
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup broccoli florets
2 tbsp scallion
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cilantro
optional add-ins: almonds, pine nuts, feta, golden raisins
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees and rinse quinoa in water. Place quinoa & water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and simmer for about 10-15 mins (until most of the water has evaporated).
2. Spray baking sheet (I use Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil spray) and place broccoli on baking sheet. I usually then spray the top of the broccoli and roast in oven for about 15-20 minutes (until browned on edges).
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, rice vinegar, cilantro, lemon juice and a dash of salt/pepper.
4. Combine roasted broccoli, quinoa and chopped scallions into a large bowl & toss with dressing.
Honestly, who doesn’t love a huge bowl of rice topped with [ground meat, stir fry veggies, you name it]?
Your thighs – that’s who doesn’t. Well guess what, there is a way around overindulging on carbs and it’s called cauliflower.
Yes, this little gem of a veggie can transform into many things; soups, pizza crust…and rice!
Peep the below recipe for my Mexican spiced ground turkey with cauliflower rice.
Mexican Spiced Ground Turkey with Cauliflower Rice (3 servings)
1 package of ground, lean turkey
Mexican spice blend
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 head of cauliflower
Optional garnishes: salsa, siracha, avocado slices, sour cream, cilantro
1. Bring about 2 inches of water to boil in a pot. While you are waiting for it to bowl, throw the cauliflower in a food processor and ‘pulse’ until you’ve created rice sized pieces.
2. Once the water is boiling, put the cauliflower rice in for about 10-12 minutes (until tender enough to your liking).
3. In a greased sauce pan (I use Spectrum organic coconut oil spray), brown chopped up onion pieces. Season turkey meat with Mexican spice blend to your liking in a separate bowl.
4. Add the meat and continue to brown. Once browned, bring to simmer and cover to make sure it is cooked through.
5. Strain caulflower, put in bowl, top with cooked meat and whatever other garnishes you like!
I love a good kale salad. But purchasing one almost daily in NYC can add up. That’s why I decided to take one of my favorite salads (Juice Generation) and recreate it at home in a few simple steps.
Super Simple Kale & Avocado Salad Recipe (1 serving)
2.5 cups kale (washed and broken up)
1/2 cup raw broccoli slaw
1.5 tbsp sunflower seeds
Dash of Himalayan sea salt
Optional: golden raisins (I omit)
1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Massage (yes literally) it all together with your hands (make sure they are washed first!).
2. That’s it - eat!
To show appreciation and a token of thanks for U.S. servicemen and women in uniform, the Kenmore brand will be serving up a special, taste-of-home breakfast to hundreds of military personnel during New York Fleet Week on the flight deck of the iconic Intrepid aircraft carrier.
As a follow up to my original getting (acorn) squashed post, I’ve decided to share with you all a super easy recipe for another one of my favorites: spaghetti squash.
Squash, one of the most underrated vegetables out there. There are so many ways to prepare it and it can easily be thrown into any salad to make a more wholesome meal. (more…)
There is nothing I enjoy more to eat at lunchtime than one giant bowl of salad – any type, just as long as its loaded with veggies and has a delicious DIY dressing (I love making my own).
For today’s lunch, I made Israeli Salad with a tahini-dill drizzle and am here to share the easy as can be gluten-free (that rhymes), vegan recipe with you. (more…)
As a busy New Yorker, I am constantly on the go. That’s why when I was forced to stay indoors for a full 24hrs as hurricane Sandy made her way through the concrete jungle, I was not a happy camper.
I did my best to keep myself entertained; from reading, to painting, to cleaning and cooking before eventually braving the winds and hitting up the corner bar with a few friends. We were fortunate enough in midtown east to have full power and little to no effects from the cane. (more…)