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.
On a taco-eating trip to Baja California, I became completely obsesed with the tostadas at La Guerrerense. And every tostada was even better when topped with their salsa; it's a toasted garlic and peanut salsa that was hot, smoky, crunchy — pretty much it was instant love. Since then, I reverse engineered that salsa and put it on everything from grilled chicken to seafood and, most recently, these squash tacos.
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.
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.
If you've been anywhere near Alaska in the summer then you know that the salmon run is a really big deal. It's also a big deal around here since our family goes north and returns with chest upon chest of fresh-caught wild salmon. This year, we're continuing the tradition, which means we'll be pulling out one of our favorite salmon recipes: this Paprika Grilled Salmond Late Spring Salad.
I can't really imagine a time before this Roasted Squash and Pepita Pesto Dip was in my life. Okay, that sounds dramatic, but I'm really happy it's in my life. And, since it's friendly to almost any diet, it's a great recipe to make when you've got a lot of guests with dietary restrictions.
Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was all Mom’s Green Jell-o, Classic Green Bean casserole, and Midwest mashed potatoes. These days it's been joined by some more modern friends — vegetarian and vegan sides and with an emphasis on fresh and healthy. Having something filling other than mashers and turkey is key — which is why we came up with this Farro-Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash.
We're all for roasting, hashing, or sautéing a Brussels sprout or two but, in our book, slaws take the cake. During the Fall and Winter, the Californian in us misses the freshness of summer salads and this Shaved Brussels Slaw with Dates and Pepitas fills that void.
Wheatberry is super incognito -- those in-the-know have been cooking with it forever, putting it in soups, salads, and using it instead of rice in risotto. But, for the rest of us? It just seems like brown rice's more refined big brother. One of our favorite ways to give people a taste of wheatberries without too much commitment is this Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad.