This weekend I finally made it over the Indian grocery store in my neighborhood to pick up some spices. I left completely inspired, with a bag full of fragrant spice blends and curries in hand. I also discovered a new favorite frozen food — vegetable masala burgers. They are unbelievably tasty AND cheap; I highly recommend them.
Anyway, I was eager to put some of the spices to use in a dish that would be cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. Using a traditional raita as my inspiration, I put together this masala-spiced cucumber and tomato salad. It makes a great light lunch or side dish. Use it as a topping for grilled fish, chicken, or even on a sandwich — I bet it would go wonderfully with some toasted ciabatta and alfalfa sprouts. Here’s how to put this simple salad together. Read more… →
I’ve been on a raw food kick lately (think mountains of leafy greens and bowls overflowing with stone fruit and berries). Something about the hot weather just makes me crave fresh produce. Last night, however, that came to an end. I wanted something hot and crispy and delicious.
Enter oven-fried tilapia.
You might be feeling a little skeptical of this dish. You might be saying, “Kamille, there’s no way you can produce crispy, succulent tilapia without frying it in oil!” But you would be oh-so-very wrong! These oven-fried tilapia are absolutely divine. The breading gets beautifully golden and crisp while the fish stays moist and tender. The cajun spiced veggies are the perfect complement; they cook down in their own juices and make a wonderful sauce for dipping. Best of all? You only use ONE cooking process for both the tilapia and the vegetables. It could not be simpler to put this meal together. Here’s how it’s done.
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After my wildly delicious and unhealthy day at the food truck festival, I felt like my body was crying out for something unprocessed and nutrient-rich. This spinach and tomato Italian herb skillet was just what I needed. It’s the perfect detox-dish — there’s no added fat or salt, but it still tastes like heaven.
Again, since I’m still in recovery from those frozen hoagies and beef brisket sliders, I chose to eat this skillet solo, without any starchy element. However, it would be perfect served with linguine or brown rice and a lean protein. For example, a lemony, herb-crusted salmon filet would work beautifully here. Here’s how I put the dish together. Read more… →
A couple of weeks ago I snagged tickets to the Boston Food Truck Festival. Yes, you read that right. A festival of food trucks. …It was everything I ever dreamed of.
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A few days ago, my boyfriend and I spent a beautiful afternoon picnicking in the park. It was the perfect rom-com cliché, complete with an adorable picnic basket filled to the brim with chocolate, fruits, cheeses, and a freshly baked baguette. At the end of the day, we were left with plenty of uneaten French bread.
Fun fact: because French bread contains no added fats, it dries out more quickly than other kinds of bread. It can harden in as little as a day. Fortunately there is no shortage of uses for stale French bread. Homemade bread crumbs, croutons, and pain perdu are all great ways to use up a stale baguette. This week, I settled on these sun-dried tomato, radish, and brie crostini.
I love a plate of cheesy, fragrant crostini. Because crostini are so simple and elegant, they lend themselves well to fancy parties and dinners. However, there’s no need to save them for a special occasion. Believe me, crostini still taste phenomenal if you eat them while wearing sweatpants. (Which is exactly what I did. Two days in a row.)
This recipe is easily sized up or down. You can also customize it to whatever ingredients you have in your pantry. The combination of sun-dried tomatoes, radishes, and brie that I used for my crostini worked wonderfully. The pepperiness of the radishes really complements the sweetness of the tomatoes, and the mild creaminess of the brie brings everything together. Read on to learn how to make these tasty small bites! Read more… →