Indian-Spiced Creamed Greens

Creamed spinach.  It’s pretty good stuff, right?  I mean, even folks who hate greens and vegetables in general would probably be happy to eat it on the side of a char-grilled steak. But what about those of us on the other end of the spectrum, i.e.  those of us who would happily eat spinach, kale

Indian Asparagus with Shredded Coconut

I don’t know about you, but my Instagram feed and feed reader are clogged with photos of ramps and ramp recipes, respectively.   Unfortunately I’m going to have to miss out on the fun yet again since I’ve never seen a ramp at a farmer’s market or grocery store out in Honolulu. Bummers. I guess I’ll

Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad

A couple weeks ago my favorite restaurant in Honolulu, Downtown @HiSAM, shut down.  Located inside the Hawaii State Art Museum (in the downtown area, as you might guess), it was a perfect place to meet up with friends for a leisurely lunch or, during more frantic days, grab something from their to-go counter. Sure, I

Sweet Potato Salad with Black Beans and Corn

Every once in awhile when I’m having one of those days at work, I daydream about opening my own gluten-free cafe.  And if I were ever to take the plunge, I’d model it after the super cute coffee shop/cafe that I worked at during my high school summer vacations. The place was always swarming with

Hello Detox, Round Three

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?  Well even though I haven’t needed to go to the doctor in quite some time (knock on wood), I still think I’m due for a health tune-up.  After all, the absence of disease or sickness is not health.  I’ve been relying on caffeine to get through

Green Bean and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Mint

Green beans definitely fall into that category of green vegetables that the vast majority of children won’t touch with a ten foot pole.  But unlike, say, Brussels sprouts or artichokes, they never seem to transition into the category of green vegetables that adults go absolutely crazy for. Sure, they might play a supporting role in

The Fruity Root – Pear, Parsnip and Lime Juice

Is it just me or are parsnips having something of a moment right now?  I never gave much attention to these root vegetables (which I always imagined to be bland, anemic versions of carrots) until very recently.  But just in the past couple months I’ve had them pureed as a side dish at a fancy-pants

Nepali Sesame Cabbage

I certainly haven’t hidden my love of cabbage from you guys.  In just over a year I’ve posted a cabbage soup, two kinds of slaw, cabbage rolls, tangy ginger cabbage, curried cabbage, Napa cabbage kimchi, etc., etc.  Cabbage sure is one heck of an adaptable vegetable. If you love it as much as I do,

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Want to get into the holiday spirit without compromising your healthy eating habits?  Or want to make nutritional amends after a couple too many cookies? Well, this vegan pumpkin spice smoothie might be just the thing.  It’s super easy to make, has all the flavors you crave during the holiday season, and tastes like an

Goodbye Detox… and My Detox Essentials

Although I’ve done a cleanse or two in my day, I definitely don’t claim to be an expert.  But for anybody who is interested, these are the things that I consider my detox essentials. 1. Coconut Oil is one of my favorite discoveries over the past couple years, I use coconut oil in everything.  Cooking,

Marinated Zucchini Salad

You can’t read food blogs in August without getting bombarded by zucchini recipes.  Well, here’s another one to add to the pile… and I should warn you that I have another zucchini recipe or two on the back burner that you’ll be seeing in the next week or two. If it’s too hot to cook

Garlicky Kale with Toasted Coconut

I’ve always loved kale but have struggled to find ways to incorporate more of it into my diet.  My two go-to recipes are green smoothies and Acquacotta, or Tuscan peasant soup (Marcella Hazan has a killer recipe for this in her Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking). Now I can happily add this one to the