Delicata Bowl

Autumn is my favorite time of the year as we get to enjoy all of the delicious squashes nature gives us. This delicious dish combines Delicata squash, greens and beans for a satisfying bowl of goodness that you will surely go on your “favorites” list. Delicata Bowl...

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The DLT + A (Dulse, Lettuce, Tomato & Avocado Sandwich)

I have to admit, I am a sucker for a BLT. But, having studied enough about food, I've come to learn that bacon, although tasty, is not the smartest food to be eating. We all have our different reasons for eating/not eating something and for me, bacon falls under the...

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Tasty Asparagus and Brown Rice

Asparagus is an amazing spring-time treat. Sauteed with olive oil, salt and pepper or cooked over the grill it’s quick and easy to enjoy. Among other things, Asparagus is great for: * strengthening female hormones * promoting fertility * relieving menstrual pain *...

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Energetic Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Need to bring a salad to a party and want to bring something different than the boring ice-berg lettuce salad? Look no further.  This amazingly easy & delicious Kale Salad is so Smart because it’s easy to make. And it’s Sexy because it is not only gorgeous, but...

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Spinach Cashew Turnip Rounds

A turnip is one of those root veggies that often gets overlooked. I’ll admit that I was one who snubbed her nose to this slightly bitter tasting root veggie until I found that when sliced thin and paired with this Spinach Pesto it is amazingly delicious. Similar to...

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Crispy Shiitakes

Growing up I HATED anything to do with mushrooms.  Strong word, I know, but it’s true.  When I waitressed I would almost vomit if a mushroom touched my hand if I was serving a mushroom burger. Then, something happened. When I was changing my eating habits, I took...

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Spinach Salad with Artichoke Hearts

This salad is so incredibly easy to make and even more incredibly delicious.  As you mindfully chew it, you’ll be surprised by all of the delicious flavors that pop out, especially when you get a bite that has spinach, artichoke and sun-dried tomatoes in it. When I...

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Anke’s Lentil Salad

It makes me so happy when others get excited about food as I do. One of my wonderful clients, Anke, emailed me about this Lentil Salad recipe that she created and this is what she had to say when I asked her if I could share it with you: “Of course I’ll share the...

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Parsnip Pear Soup

In season between November and April, parsnips resemble carrots in shape but their white-ness gives them away.  They are in the same plant family as celery, parsley and carrots and like many other root veggies, they have a sweetness to them that many of us are...

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Celeriac Apple Soup

There is nothing sexy looking about Celeriac; I’ll give you that. BUT, the fact that it is a whole food, that it’s great for digestion and it supports the lymphatic, nervous and urinary systems makes it pretty darn smart and sexy. As you can tell from looking at it,...

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Portabella Tempeh “Cheesesteak” Collard Wrap

Growing up outside of Philly it wasn’t uncommon to cross the bridge just to get a Cheesesteak. If you are from that area, you know there’s an age-old debate between Pat’s & Geno’s. Me, I’m a Jim’s girl (it’s on South Street)…well, at least before I stopped eating...

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Quinoa with Chickpeas and Spinach

I wish that I could take credit for this dish because it is Delish! This recipe is one of my favorites from Greens Glorious Greens. It may seem complicated to make at first but once you get it down, you’ll be able to make it in a snap! What’s Smart & Sexy About...

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Kale with Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

I am quite content with kale sautéed in some extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and sea salt--I could eat it every day. But…every once in a while I like to switch things up and this recipe does the trick. The sweetness of the raisins, the crunch of the pine nuts and the...

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Energizing Italian Navy Bean Soup

This was actually one of the first recipes I created for an assignment in culinary school and have been enjoying it ever since. It’s easy to make and great to have on hand for a rainy day. What’s Smart & Sexy About This Soup? Kale--Kale is an exceptional source of...

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Garlicky Mashed Potatoes

I know, they say starchy white potatoes aren’t so great for those of us with blood sugar issues but for this semi-Irish girl, mashed potato fills me up like nothing else. Getting them at restaurants is also challenging since they typically don’t use organic potatoes...

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Dulse

Sadly, Brussels sprouts often are overlooked because someone once cooked them in a way that didn’t highlight their deliciousness…sad. If that was the case for you, I challenge you to try them again this way.  You may be pleasantly surprised! What’s Smart & Sexy...

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“Sloppy” Joe’s (Lentil Style)

I found this recipe in Veganomicon, The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook and it so surprisingly tastes just like a Sloppy Joe that you’ll never miss the meat (don’t worry, it’s just as sloppy as the meat-version). Wanting a little more of a kick I added in cayenne and black...

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“Creamy” Carrot Soup with Oats

Go to any restaurant and order a creamy soup and guaranteed it has some form of dairy in it. Why? Because most chefs don’t realize that you can make soup “creamy” without adding in the dairy. Which is so freaking annoying for those of us who can’t have dairy. (I think...

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Steamed Broccoli with “Cheese” Sauce

I have to admit it, I hate steamed veggies.  Growing up my parents fed us veggies that they steamed in the microwave & I always ate the begrudgingly. I still don’t like them steamed very much but if you cover them in a sauce then I can handle them. One of the many...

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Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry

This is one of my favorite, quick and easy meals that can easily be put together on the fly AND you can use any kind of veggies you like and depending on what’s in season (you don’t have to stick to what I have listed here, this is just one way I make this). What’s...

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Sea Caesar Salad

This salad is from my dear friend Joyce who is an amazing teacher and cook. It’s super easy to make and a great way to get your sea veggie in. I wish I could take credit for this one...ladies, you done good! What’s Smart & Sexy About This Salad? Nori & Dulse--...

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Brussels Spouts & Kale Salad

What's Smart & Sexy About This Dish? Besides for the fact that it's super easy to make, this is a very smart & sexy dish because it has veggie, a little nut and fruit and a few spices--the makings of every Smart & Sexy dish. Brussels Sprouts are high in...

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Sweet Potato Millet Salad

As much as I love summertime sun and laying around in my bikini, there is something about Autumn that feels special to me. Maybe it’s the beginning of new schedules or the gorgeous colors coming from the trees or the smell of wood burning in fireplaces. But honestly,...

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Millet Cauliflower Mash

The first time I had this deliciousness I could feel my insides say “thank you!”  It’s definitely a fall/winter dish as you feel grounded, warm and cozy when you eat it. What’s Smart & Sexy About This Dish? First off, it’s sooo simple to make and even those who...

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Say “Cheesy”, Cauliflower

Holy heck, sometimes I make something and I impress myself.  I honestly have never in my life eaten “cheesy cauliflower” so I’m not quite sure what brought on the desire to make this dish but I’m so glad I did. What’s Smart and Sexy About This Dish? Cauliflower--If...

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Sweet Potato Salad with Kale

While this may not be the quickest salad to make (you have to chop & roast the sweet potatoes) it is relatively simple. And it’s such a winner to take with you to any kind of potluck or holiday get together.  Anyone who eats this loves it! Enjoy it for breakfast,...

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Red Lentil Soup with Greens

There isn’t much more comforting on a cold, rainy, dreary day than a bowl of soup. This soup is so satisfying & nourishing.  Its great to make ahead of time & pull out of the fridge or freezer and reheat on the stove.  You’ll instantly feel the warmth running...

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Raw Brussels Sprout Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing

When I was growing up I hated vegetables, especially Brussels Sprouts.  Wow, have I changed! Now, I love them….sautéed, roasted, and even raw.  Seriously.  Raw. What's Smart & Sexy About This Dish? These crazy looking little cruciferous, leafy greens are packed...

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Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic

 Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 bunch collard greens (chiffonade--see below) 1 small onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt (to taste) Lay collard leaf flat on your cutting board.  Cut out...

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Okra Corn Salad

The first (and last) time I made anything with Okra was when I was in culinary school years ago.  We had to make a 4-course meal for our final and for one of the dishes we made pickled Okra.  I remember it being ok but I never bothered with it since then. Honestly, I...

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Grated Chioggia Beet Lime Salad (Raw)

The first time I saw this beauty I could not stop smiling.  I thought to myself, this is why I love real food--its surprising, beautiful, delicious and so nourishing to the body. Seriously, how gorgeous is this beet? It’s called a Chioggia Beet. It’s not artificially...

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Cleansing Beet Soup

Last week I shared how when I was a kid I pretty much hated every vegetable.  Along with Brussels Sprouts, Beets were very high up on the list.  They are "earthy" and just "beety"....(for all the mom's reading, there is hope for your picky kids). Just like Brussels...

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