Creamy Lemon Pasta with Leeks and Spring Peas

When cooked, fresh spring peas or English peas are firm, but slightly tender, sweet and a beautiful bright green. They are really nothing like the canned green peas of your childhood. Actually, my father was so turned off from peas as a child that we never ate them when I was growing up. When I … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Calories: 509

Chickpea Fattoush Salad

A fattoush salad traditionally is made with crispy toasted bread or pita, lettuce, herbs and other vegetables finished with a tangy, zesty dressing. While this recipe has many common fattoush salad flavors and ingredients like sumac, you will notice this rendition has chickpeas instead of bread. You can’t go wrong by adding bread or even … Continued

  • 3 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 316

Grapefruit Creamsicle Overnight Oats Bowl

Grapefruit has the potential to boost mood and strengthen the immune system. The scent of the essential oils in the zest and the flavonoids in the fruit offer physical and mental health benefits. This delicious overnight oats bowl uses both grapefruit zest and fruit for an energizing and uplifting breakfast bowl. You’ll find this high-fiber … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: overnight + 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 427

Blackened Salmon Lettuce Cups

This is a quick and delicious salmon recipe with bold flavors and just the right amount of heat. Who doesn’t love a 15 minute meal that allows you to eat with your hands? That’s right, these Blacked Salmon Lettuce Cups are best enjoyed without a fork and knife.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Calories: 366

Antipasto Tuna Salad

Liven up your basic tuna salad with the flavors, textures and colors of pickled and fresh veggies. I like to use Mezzetta Italian Mix Giardiniera in this tuna salad, which you can find at most supermarkets in the pickle and olive section. If you don’t already use plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo to make … Continued

  • 2 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 208

Carrot Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

When I first became interested in food writing I immersed myself in it. I would delve through the Los Angeles Times (not online, the actual paper!) for the Food section every Wednesday. I read food magazines cover to cover, scrolled through food blogs like Chocolate & Zucchini and read restaurant reviews by AA Gill and … Continued

  • 12 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Calories: 203

Nachos Salad

When I first moved to California I tried Have a’ Corn Chips for the first time and they’ve been my favorite ever since. The special ingredient in this Laguna Beach founded tortilla chip brand is soy sauce. A single layer of these chips is the foundation of this nachos-inspired salad.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Calories: 554

Cashew Zucchini Soup

Creamy soups can be made healthier by swapping out the cream for nuts.  Nuts like cashews offer a significant dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats with much less saturated fat than cream. It’s a simple swap that boosts nutrition without compromising taste. Like my Velvety Kabocha Squash Soup recipe, this is a pureed soup. The cashews … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Calories: 117

Honey Pepper Chicken with Stir-Fry Vegetables

A few years ago my father started beekeeping. I don’t know if there’s any other hobby with such a great learning curve and high propensity to fail as beekeeping. As pollinators, bees play a vital role in our ecosystem and food supply and at the same time they are sadly on the brink of extinction. … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Calories: 313

Quinoa & Veggie Stuffed Portabellas

Mushrooms are often used in vegetarian dishes because they bring umami or earthy, meaty flavor, but without the meat. While mushrooms like portabellas are loaded with nutrients, they are not a good source ofplant-based protein. These portabellas are stuffed with quinoa, a grain that is actually a seed, to boost their protein content for a … Continued

  • 3 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Calories: 284
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