vegetables

Chilled Pad Thai

Chilled Pad Thai

Pad thai doesn't have to be an extravagant creation. It also doesn't have to be hot to be totally delicious. And finally, it doesn't have to have an ingredient list that calls for shi* like mirin or Chinese cooking wine that you can only order online or five spiced tamarind paste flavored with unicorn tears.

Lemon Feta Butternut Squash Salad

Lemon Feta Butternut Squash Salad

Won't lie - this one isn't completely original. One of my gal pal's used to make it all the time when she lived in Charlotte and it became a total obsession of mine. This rendition features feta and kale, but it's also delicious with blue cheese (assuming you're into the moldy cheese biz) and spinach. 

Grilled Eggplant

Grilled Eggplant

My mom and dad really opened my eyes to the glory of grilled eggplant recently. I'm sure they've been doing it forever, but for some reason my memory tells me I didn't start eating it until like two years ago. But then again I also grew up thieving spoonfuls of granulated sugar from friends' houses at play dates and hoarding boxes of Lucky Charms and Hershey's Hugs (not to be confused with the standard Hershey's Kiss...huge difference and if you don't know it then you need to re-evaluate your life) under my bed. Soooo pretty sure if good ole' ma and pa were feeding me eggplant, I blacked it out with all the other nutrients they desperately tried to get into my chubby cheeks.

Bacon Braised Cabbage

Bacon Braised Cabbage

I really only ever considered cabbage from a coleslaw perspective. VERY wrongfully so, apparently. Turns out cabbage is a pretty dope, nutrient-dense veggie that is even tastier braised...in bacon grease...garnished with more bacon. This side dish's piggy pairing makes it a shining star. As the saying goes, everything is better with bacon. 

Cauliflower "Pasta" Salad

Cauliflower "Pasta" Salad

You know that light, lemony, delicious pasta salad that you're likely to find at a friendly barbecue or summer get together? Orzo, pine nuts, finely chopped veggies and other delicious nuggets are typically in attendance and you're likely to get seconds. Ok - well my girlfriend's boyfriend is like a master chef. No seriously...he lights that shi* up in the kitchen. He's pretty awesome...and his last name sounds like "butts"...which is hilarious to my immature, twenty-four-year-old self and makes him that much cooler. He brought this wicked little dish to our cozy Super Bowl watch party and I immediately sought to recreate it, post it and give him full credit. I literally had nothing to do with this - it was just too brilliant a use of cauliflower rice NOT to share.

Brown Butter Scallop Scampi

Brown Butter Scallop Scampi

If anyone else just cannot get enough spaghetti squash in their lives, please make this! It's so simple and delicious. And if you don't like scallops, first recognize that you are weird, and then second go check out my recipe for Shrimp Scampi! Nothing like dumping a pan full of butter all over your plate of veggies and lean seafood...bring on the FAT!

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup [Instant Pot]

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup [Instant Pot]

Surprise, surprise...another Instant Pot recipe. Don't worry, I also included a stove-top method for those of you who are missing out on the glory of the Instant Pot. It's starting to get RUL cold here in Charlotte so soup is pretty much always in order.

Parsnip Apple Ginger Soup

Parsnip Apple Ginger Soup

You guys...my new Instant Pot is my life now. Let's get one thing straight - my slow cooker will always hold a near and dear place in my heart...but my shiny new toy is certainly giving it a run for its money (not to mention the Instant Pot has a slow cooker function built into it). Let's say I get home from an exhausting day at work and am just in the mood for some comfort food - namely, crock pot chili. Tough shi* for me that it's 6pm at this point and I don't have the patience to wait for it to cook for 8 hours.

Loaded Faux-tatoes

Loaded Faux-tatoes

Super queer recipe title I know. Get over it. Contrary to everything I learned via my English degree, I just cannot help myself when it comes to cheesy, cliche, punny play-on words. My college advisor would be scoffing at me right now, but it's ok...I'll sleep just fine tonight.

Stuffed Delicata Squash [Guest Post on Whole Health Hacks]

Stuffed Delicata Squash [Guest Post on Whole Health Hacks]

Hey guys! So I had the pleasure of guest posting on Candice and Katie's site, Whole Health Hacks, and decided to share a deliciously seasonal sausage stuffed delicata squash. Here's a little teaser for ya: