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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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Crunchy Vietnamese Jicama & Cabbage Salad with Grapefruit and Fresh Herbs

Crunchy Vietnamese Jicama & Cabbage Salad with Grapefruit and Fresh Herbs

You will not really find this salad in Vietnam. This is the salad I wished was in Vietnam after I ate a bad grilled banana dessert and decided I would probably never eat (or travel) again. SOmething fresh and living and low on the food poisoning possibility scale.

Crunchy Vietnamese Jicama & Cabbage Salad with Grapefruit and Fresh Herbs

I love Vietnamese food (and Vietnam! And the Vietnamese! So much!). I love the large amounts of greens and herbs and general freshness. I love how light and clean it all tastes. There would likely be ground pork and lots of fish sauce in this if it was more authentically Vietnamese, but this salad is just inspired by what I love about Vietnamese food.

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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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