So, a lot of people think of Southern California and think all we eat are smoothies, juices, and salads. These days there's much more going on in SoCal when it comes to food but, it's true, we'll always go for a good smoothie. One of my favorite places to get a smoothie is at Backyard Bowls where everything is fresh and flavorful but never too sweet. I like the Tropical Ginger Smoothie so much that I decided to make my own version here!
I'm of the belief that there is little more comforting that a well-made deli sandwich. In an effort to make a healthy sandwich to take on the go, I dreamed up this farm fresh take on a classic deli sandwich: veggies whipped goat cheese, toasted multigrain bread, roasted sweet potatoes, and a drizzle of tahini for that extra bit of decadence.
As a full-on California girl, I'm partial to other things Californian: like Green Goddess dressing. It has been around since the 1920s but became all but obsolete. Every Spring, I bring it back but with a few tweaks: making it vegan by adding in avocado in place of mayonnaise and packing it with as many herbs as possible.
If you know me, then you know I have a thing for Piri Piri sauce, which explains my love for Nando's Peri Peri joint. When we were filming Off Menu in Washington DC, I ate there and got the chicken with tons of mashed peas. The mashed peas are buttery but have herbs and a good amount of chili heat, which make them the inspiration for this Smashed Spicy Pea Bruschetta.
The minute the new season arrives, we head to the Hollywood Farmers Marketand stock up on seasonal produce like it's going out of style. Almost every Spring we make a different version of the same Spring salad with some combo of asparagus, sweet peas, and herbs—this year I'm pairing it with a sweet, tangy Poppy Seed dressing.
I've got a confession: I eat any and everything when I'm out on the road. But when I get home? At home I eat super vegetarian. As in lots of salads, dips, and veggies upon veggies. Truth is, it's the only way I can get back on track after being on the road. And right this second I've got a crush on these Split Pea Veggie Wraps with Cilantro-Mint Chutney.
My last trip to the Middle East found me stuffing my face with loads of hummus, pita, and knafeh. By the time I got home, I needed to reset my diet but still wanted some of my favorite flavors of the region and the result was this Tahini Carrot soup.
Around here we like salads anytime of year but we love making winter salads that give our favorite summer salads a run for their money. The winter ingredients in Southern California that we like best are root vegetables, spicy greens, and loads of citrus and we love combining them in simple salads like this one.
When I was traveling in Japan I had some amazing eats—gooey takoyaki, grilled skewers, bowls of ramen. But, after a while, I wanted a good clean meal—enter the chirashi bowl. This is a recipe for a classic Chirashi bowl with brown rice to make it even healthier.
Müesli was always granola's ugly duckling cousin to me — all oats and fiber without the sweet, buttery goodness. But then I went to Sweden and had the real deal müesli — served with almond milk and some grated apple — and I got totally hooked.
After all my travels and illness lately, I need a clean slate and I'm betting it'll come in the form of this Seared Salmon and Cilantro-Cashew Whole Grain Bowl. Because this is what I eat when theres no hope. Ok, that doesn't sound too promising. Lets start over, shall we? This Seared Salmon an...
You remember that scene in Snow White when she gets dressed by chirping birds and all is lovely and perfect? That is not how we wake up. We're more of the hit the snooze button 90 times, get us a vat of pour-over coffee, and skip breakfast crowd. Which is a shame because breakfast should be a cheery start to the day. So, we're bringing a sunny disposition to breakfast with this Mango Coconut Berry Breakfast Lassi.