• Orange & Cardamom Vinaigrette

    So I am a sucker for a new product at Trader Joe’s… always perfectly displayed and priced so well that you don’t mind taking a flyer on something new. Sometimes they are misses, but not often. When I saw the new Pomegranate Vinegar the other week I had to get it! Anything to inspire a new salad dressing! After a bit of brainstorming I have come up with a great dressing for your Fall salads! Orange & Cardamom Vinaigrette 1/2 Cup Olive Oil 1/4 Cup Pomegranate Vinegar (if you can not find this you could swap red wine vinegar or even raspberry vinegar) 1 to 2 Garlic Cloves (depending on…

  • Chipotle – Lime Dressing 

    I can barely even take any credit for this dressing. I planned to make “Jalapeño – Lime Dressing” from Kathryne Taylor’s new book LOVE REAL FOOD but the store was out of jalapeños… but they did have a can of chipotle in adobo sauce. I figured I’d give the swap a shot;  it was smokey and tart and just awesome! Delightful happy accident! Chipotle – Lime Dressing 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup lime juice 1/2  to 1 whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Depends on your desired heat level. 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove smashed 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt Combine…

  • Artichoke and Tahini Everything Sauce

    Artichoke & Tahini Dressing/Sauce/Slather/Dip… “Everything Sauce” I’m not even sure what to call this creation. It spawned from a recipe from the new Food52 book Mighty Salads, I changed a few things (naturally) to suit my taste buds. What I got was an earthy, smokey, sweet & spicy jar of awesome. I toss it with roasted vegetables (broccoli and sweet potatoes being my favorite!), spread it on toast with avocado, stir into hot lentils/grains, thin with water to make it a salad dressing (think hearty greens like kale) or dip chips into it! The possibilities are endless! Artichoke and Tahini Everything Sauce 5 artichoke hearts (I used canned) 2 cloves…

  • Ramp Pesto 

    Ramps pop up in grocery stores in the Spring for a short window of time- they are delightful! I think this recipe gives you a lot of bang for your buck! RAMP PESTO One bunch of ramps 1/2 cup pistachios 1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano 1/3 cup olive oil (or more if too dry) Sea salt Pepper Juice of half a lemon Wash and trim the ends of your ramps. Cut in half and add to food processor. cut off the leaves of the ramps. Add the pistachios and pulse a few times. Then add the cheese, a few grinds of pepper and a pinch of salt, pulse a few…

  • The Ultimate Reset

    Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset: The what and the why. What is The Ultimate Reset? It is Beachbody’s 21 day detox/cleanse and as they call it “ a 21-day commitment to cleaner eating and healthier living.” It really allows you to dial into your nutrition and find out what best fuels you and perhaps where you need a little work… like the chocolate chips that seemed to find their way into my mouth EVERY day. It comes with 21 days of supplements and a guide book with 21 days of meals and the recipes. Also, with any Beachbody product, it comes with a supportive online community that you can turn to (and commiserate…

  • Chimichurri 

    I LOVE making a really flavorful condiment at the start of a week and adding it to dishes all week long. This is a bright and super flavorful sauce that is great on tacos, eggs, mixed into a salad dressing or even to top a burger! Chimichurri ¾ cup olive oil 3 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar or red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 garlic cloves, peeled 2 medium shallots, peeled, quartered 1 teaspoon fine sea salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon red pepper flake (optional depending on who likes spice in your house!) 1 bunch fresh parsley stemmed 1 bunch fresh cilantro stemmed Combine…

  • Italian Dressing 

    Who remembers that packet of Italian dressing you made in a shaker bottle? I love, love, loved it! On greens, pasta salads or even a marinade just so good. Again those dried packets are not my thing so I figured there had to be a fresh recipe out there! After a little recipe research and trial and error I think this is pretty awesome! I think it’s the fresh garlic and the pecorino that makes it! Whichever it is makes me HAPPY! Italian Dressing 3/4 cup light oil (extra light olive or vegetable oil etc… it needs to be mild!) 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1…

  • Ranch Dressing Powder

    We LOVE ranch dressing in this house… Carrot sticks, chicken nuggets, coleslaw… I could go on. But I don’t love what’s in that bottle or what’s in the little packet. So I set out to figure out how to make my own “packet” so we can have homemade ranch any time! Here is what you need: INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup dry buttermilk (I found mine at Whole Foods but most stores have this in the baking aisle- stick in fridge after you open!) 2 Tablespoons dried parsley 1 1/2 Teaspoons dried dill weed 2 Teaspoons garlic powder 2 Teaspoons onion flakes or granulated onion 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon…