Spetsofai – A Spicy Greek Stew

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If you like spicy food, spetsofai (σπετζοφάϊ) is for you. The stew is a traditional dish from the eastern coast of Greece.

It is one of the simplest meals to put together. I made the stew with grain sausages infused with roasted peppers, garlic, sweet onions, and oregano. Be sure to serve spetsofai with crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce. The stew is also wonderful over couscous or rice. Continue reading

Tzatziki with “Parmesan” Pita Chips

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Tzatziki is a staple at my house and replaces ranch dip for veggies, bread sticks, baked potatoes…the list could go on forever. My family also loves eating the dip with homemade pita chips. You’ll never guess that the pita chips are gluten and dairy free. By blending raw cashews with nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and sea salt, you’ll never go back to that green can of parmesan again. Continue reading

Baked Spanakorizo

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Spanakorizo (σπανακόριζο) is a Greek side dish consisting of rice, spinach, and tomato. Though the rice is not stirred while it cooks, it has the same creamy consistency of risotto. I added cannellini beans, Kalamata olives, and a nut-based cheese to make it a meal. Bake the casserole until it’s bubbling hot, and you’re ready to go! Continue reading

Pink Power Shake

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After a busy weekend, I can’t think of a better way to kick off this Monday with my favorite power shake. It tastes like a strawberry milkshake and has around 17 grams of plant-based protein. I also used pure vanilla powder for the first time. If you haven’t tried it in your smoothies, I highly recommend it. Continue reading

Quattro Stagioni Pizza

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If you love pizza, you have to give this one a try. The recipe takes some planning, but when it all comes together, it’s worth every second. I tested a lot of pizza dough recipes, and the Double-O Pizza Dough turns out every time. Top it with a Traditional Marinara and your choice of cheese. Then comes the 4 seasons: artichokes (spring), sundried tomatoes (summer), cremini mushrooms (fall), and marinated kalamata olives (winter). Serve hot from the oven with a sprinkle of fresh herbs. Continue reading

Royal Icing

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Lately, I’ve been experimenting with royal icing made with aquafaba instead of raw eggs. So what is aquafaba? It’s the brine drained from a can of chickpeas. I know it sounds weird, but it really works. The best thing is, if you have a gingerbread house party, you’ll have chickpeas leftover to make hummus! Continue reading

Espresso Brownies

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This dessert is not only delicious but gluten free, and dare I say, made with healthy ingredients. If you’ve never used brown rice flour, now’s the time to try. I often mix it with the more expensive gluten free all-purpose flour when baking. The brownies are also made with maple sugar – a wonderful alternative to refined sugar. Continue reading

BEET BLISS

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Juicing for the Seasons

I’ve been trying to stick to root vegetables when I juice in winter. As you all know, buying seasonal produce is more affordable. I also read that your body responds better to food indigenous to where you live. So far, I’ve juiced beets, carrots, and ginger. Let me know if you have other suggestions for root veggies and spices.  Continue reading

Pumpkin Lasagna

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If you love pumpkin, I have a feeling you’ll like this simple lasagna recipe. By using oven ready lasagna and canned pumpkin puree, it cuts prep time in half. If I’m planning ahead for guests, I also like to cover and freeze the unbaked lasagna. It can thaw overnight in the refrigerator when you are ready to cook it the next day. Continue reading