Healthy Thanksgiving Sides


Well…the holidays are here again!  My family is coming in town for Thanksgiving, and they’re all staying with us.  Oh, and did I mention we have a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment with a narrow kitchen?  I know… you think I’m crazy, but thank God they’re awesome people & we cherish the inevitable craziness that will be.  I seriously cannot wait till they get here. I’m also cooking Thanksgiving...

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Grilled Tri-Tip With Chimichurri and Grilled Zucchini

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This is one of the many recipes I learned how to make at the New School of Cooking in Culver City. Since I didn’t grow up on red meat, I’ve always been intimidated to cook it. But thanks to these cooking classes, my eyes were opened, and I’m no longer afraid to tackle a nice, juicy steak (as long as it’s good quality meat of course).  Eat up and enjoy! 1 bunch finely chopped parsley 1 tablespoon oregano leaves 1 1/4...

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Yogurt Granola Wrap

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When I first moved to L.A., I had the pleasure of dining at this lovely café on Sunset Blvd with my roommates. All three of us devoured a breakfast wrap that blew our 22 year-old-just-moved-to-L.A. minds, and we still talk about it to this day. The restaurant is no longer there, and I’m definitely not 22 anymore, but I continue to make a slightly, healthier version of the wrap and have no doubt it will be a hit with the kiddies. It’s...

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Fancy Breakfast Sandwich

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If you don’t know this already, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and eggs and cheese are my favorite food. I am in love with my Eggstatic Breakfast Sandwich that I continue to make frequently, but the day after my birthday party (hosted by me), I realized I had some mini brioche buns left over, along with arugula and Gruyere. A light bulb went off, as well as my growling stomach–so I went to town. I made my first Fancy...

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Orzo, Black Bean & Mango Salad

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This is a very sentimental recipe. My husband made this for me on our very first Valentine’s Day together. He got the recipe from a friend, and I was immediately impressed. I mean–a man who cooks?!? Woohoo! I just doctored it up a little and put my own spin on it (here’s a picture of the entire meal from 2007 when he was just my boyfriend–no wonder I fell for him )! 1 C. dried orzo pasta 1 can black beans-rinsed ½ can of...

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Cheesy, Nutty Dates


Ladies and gents…we’ve all had ’em. Those dates we just want to forget or the ones that continue to make us a hit at a dinner party during story time. Well, now you can eat ’em! Ingredients Nutty Dates Medjool dates with seed removed (or any type of date) All-natural peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter Sea salt Chia seeds (optional) Cheesy Dates Dates, seeds removed Goat cheese, room temp Finely chopped...

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