Creamy Mango & Rhubarb Smoothie

I can vaguely recall having eaten raw rhubarb dipped in sugar as a child. Its crunchy texture and shocking tartness, and the relief that was simultaneously provided by the sugar granules. That, of course, did not happen at home. By the time I was 7 or 8 years old, my parents had banned sugar from …

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Quinoa & Asparagus Tabbouleh

I can almost hear her stupefaction. “Quinoa? And asparagus? In TABBOULEH?” (insert dramatic intonation). Oh yes, I dared. One of my nearest and dearest friends, Maroquine, is Lebanese. And more than anyone else I know, she knows good food. I hope she forgives me for adding a new twist to this classic Lebanese dish. I …

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Rhubarb, Apple & Ginger Crumble

In case you’re wondering, the transition into sabbatical mode went by smoothly. Between the time spent at the garden, setting up our balcony garden, and more experimenting in the kitchen, the days have been flying by. Jason and I are also taking this opportunity to travel. We went to Lake Placid in the Adirondacks for some …

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Refreshing Avocado & Cucumber Soup

I’m a big fan of simple recipes. You know, the kind where you put everything in the food processor and you’re good to go under 10 minutes? Like this recipe for minty avocado & cucumber soup. The last time I made it, one of our friend stopped by our apartment for a surprise visit. Thanks …

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Beyond Greens: The New Cycle

I’m back. Did you miss me? I allowed myself to take a few weeks off from the blog as I transition into a new phase of my life. I hope you understand.  On May 1st, a new cycle began. For many personal reasons, I decided to take one year off from work. It was a …

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Endive Bites with Tangy Lentil Salad

Without going into too much details, there are some changes going on in my life. It’s positive change – not to worry – and I plan on sharing more about it with you in the coming weeks. As a result, I’ve been feeding us with quick and simple recipes due to my lack of time …

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Carrot & Coconut Cookies

I’ll be the first to admit that baking is not my forte. The reason for that is simple. I have a problem with just about every baked goods recipe out there. Too much refined sugar, flour, or fat, to be precise. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I believe in healthy treats. So …

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Rutabaga & Apple Gratin

  Three years ago, my mom entered the hospital for what would be the last three weeks of her life. I hope you don’t mind when I talk to you about her and what she (and we all) went through. I find it therapeutic. Cathartic.   Every year, part of me feels as though I am reliving …

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Zesty Orange & Carrot Smoothie

I’ve been drained out lately. No matter how much sleep I get, I always seem to need more. It could be the lingering winter weather. It could be the lack of sunlight. Or it could be something else entirely. The truth is I have no idea, but it’s been affecting my inspiration and desire to …

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Potato Salad with Spicy Cilantro-Walnut Pesto

Celebrating today? Here’s a green dish to mark the occasion: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  Looks like I’ve been craving heat lately because the last three recipes I shared with you are spicy. Believe it or not, that’s non-intentional. I hope you can handle the heat. Not exactly an Irish dish, this potato salad with spicy …

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