Ethiopian Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots with Chickpea Pancakes

One of my best friends growing up was from Ethiopia, and our group of friends would go to her house after school on a regular basis (i.e. basically every day) and chow down on all sorts of Ethiopian dishes.  We sure felt lucky.  To add to that, her family owned an Ethiopian restaurant, so we…

Green Coconut Masala

This was one of the first dishes I learned how to make, and to this day it is one of my all-time favorites and most beloved by my friends and family.  My best friend growing up was from Pakistan, and lucky for us her mother used to make this spicy green masala on a regular basis….

Potato-Cauliflower Flautas with Cashew Crema and Avocado Salsa

Every time I go to Mexico City with my family we go to La Casa de Toño to have pozole. There are various outposts and each one we have been to is packed during lunch time. While the pozole there is definitely worth all the fuss, the restaurant also serves some great flautas, which I…

Seitan Piccata with Cauliflower Mash

If you want to impress your guests on Thanksgiving, make them this! And that goes for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. It is hearty and full of complex flavors thanks to the capers, white wine and olives; and also healthy, served on a bed of cauliflower-potato mash. The recipe is inspired from Veganomicon, a great all-purpose vegan cookbook.

Chori-tacos

These are the BEST tacos.  You may not believe me because of the pineapple, but that is the key to what makes these amazing.  I would have never thought to add pineapple to tacos but it was my husband’s idea, to replicate tacos al pastor, a popular taco you can find all over in Mexico…

Sesame Soba Noodles

It’s funny how often times the simplest recipes are the best.  This is one of those – the sauce has three ingredients and it is a crowd-pleaser, and a picky eater kid-pleaser every time.  My sister-in-law introduced me to the recipe that inspired this dish, from Nava Atlas’ book The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet.  This book is…

Spicy Chana Masala

I live in Jackson Heights, Queens, which is home to much of New York City’s best Indian food, including some amazing chickpea curries.  I have been trying to get my version of this dish to taste like the ones that I have in our neighborhood restaurants, without loading on the ghee (which I suspect is at least one…

Eggplant, Tomato and Pesto Pacceri

This recipe was inspired from my favorite pasta dish at my all-time favorite Italian restaurant in New York, Aurora.  Every time I go there I order the same thing because it’s that good. Pacceri is a unique type of pasta and really gives this dish a special something, but if you cannot find it you can use any…

Quinoa and Shiitake Stuffed Zucchinis

Posting this now is pushing it for zucchini season, but I couldn’t help but share one last summer vegetable recipe before getting ready for another long and cold NYC winter.  This dish was inspired by the semester I spent abroad in Santiago, Chile during college.  I lived with a family the entire time, and the mom, Eli, made…

Ethiopian Black-Eyed Peas with Coconut Milk

I found this recipe in one of the many food magazines I read, when I was looking for ideas for Thanksgiving last year.  This is from Marcus Samuelsson (so you know it’s going to be good), from his own Thanksgiving menu.

Black Bean and Oat Veggie Burger

There are a lot of veggie burger recipes out there.  I have at least 15 in all the cookbooks I have/food blogs I follow.  I’ve tried a handful of them, and this is one of my favorites.  I love it because it has all sorts of healthy ingredients, and the batter sticks together and is easy to make…