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Zucchini Noodle Aglio e Olio

Zucchini Noodle Aglio e Olio

This recipe is for when you aren’t in the mood to make dinner and you’re hoping that one more spoonful of almond butter will nudge you into the ‘not hungry anymore anyway’ zone. Except that almond butter for dinner might be the saddest meal fate of all time (I’ve done it, it was sad).

Zucchini Noodle Aglio e Olio

It is easy to make just for yourself, but it’s also very easy to make for two of you, or even a group. It is the simplest classic Italian pasta, ‘Aglio e Olio’ (‘Garlic and Oil’), only instead of feeling the almost entirely vegetable-free guilt and making a salad to go with it, we make it with zucchini noodles, therefore turning the whole thing into a salad.

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Plant-based ‘Escargot’ with Butter Lettuce Salad and Chickpea Pancakes

Plant-based 'Escargot' with Butter Lettuce Salad and Chickpea Pancakes

I’m so excited, I’ve wanted to do a post for Bastille Day (July 14th) since starting this blog but have never gotten it together until this year.

Plant-based 'Escargot' with Butter Lettuce Salad and Chickpea Pancakes

It’s sort of ironic considering this is the first year I’ve had a little Sous Chef with serious FOMO and no desire to sleep unless she is in a moving stroller or is being carried by someone who is acting like a moving stroller (I therefore have an 80s suntan and a sore back, neither of which I want to talk about).

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Fresh Radish Salad with Mint and Za’atar

Fresh Radish Salad with Mint and Za'atar

When was the last time you bought radishes? Let me rephrase that, when was the last time you bought radishes and actually ate them all before their greens got all slimy and you threw them out?

Before I started studying nutrition, radishes really never happened. I would slice them paper-thin for pretty garnishes (you can’t deny, they’re beautiful) but their pepper-y, stinky-too-soon vibe wasn’t enough to put them too far up there on my grocery list.

Fresh Radish Salad with Mint and Za'atar

They are an amazing digestive aid though, AND appetite stimulant, so they work on both ends of the meal really well. My Mom used to put out a bowl of them before dinner because my Stepdad loves them (raw broccoli too, strange for a guy who isn’t necessarily passionate about healthy food, maybe his body appreciates digestive support?) (I just love learning people’s food quirks and trying to figure out their rhythms).

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Fresh Chimichurri Sauce with Avocado Wedges

Fresh Chimichurri Sauce with Avocado Wedges

I am in the land of avocados, grapefruit and sunburns. I don’t even remember what rain feels like and we have been eating the freshest, most delicious produce and absolutely nothing that is reminiscent of our long chilly winter. Our little one felt weather-induced sweat for the first time (infant sweaty hair is the cutest) and the palm trees are waving to us like ‘welcome, we didn’t think you were going to make it this year!’ we weren’t sure either but we did, and does it ever feel good!

Fresh Chimichurri Sauce with Avocado Wedges

Whenever we have a kitchen on a vacation, I try to shoot a blog while we’re there because I find more culinary inspiration on vacation than any other time. So, I literally shot this yesterday while my little slept on her Dad and then we enjoyed it with some fresh grapefruit and then again for dinner drizzled on more avocados with some tomatoes, greens and roasted asparagus. Vacation should always taste this good.

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