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 Masala with Chickpeas and Zucchini

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….

Vegan Khao Soi

During our honeymoon in Southeast Asia, my husband and I spent a few days in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai.  On our first day we set out on foot without any guidebooks or recommendations, in search of a local spot for lunch.  We found one just a few blocks from our hotel: an indoor/outdoor no-frills restaurant with no tourists in…

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…

Vegan Tostadas

These are a healthy version of traditional Mexican tostadas.  Instead of deep fried tortilla shells, the tortillas are lightly sprayed with coconut oil and then baked.  Iceberg lettuce is replaced with baby greens of choice (I think I used baby kale and baby spinach in this picture), and dairy-free cashew crema makes these 100% vegan….

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…

Mexican Black Bean Soup

From looking at this picture you wouldn’t think there were any black beans in this soup, but they are there, beneath all the jalapeño, cilantro and avocado goodness.

Home-made Beans

I make most of my beans from scratch. This is partly because they just taste better that way, partly because it saves us all kinds of money, and majorly because I want to avoid BPA by all means necessary, and many bean cans are coated with the stuff. Once you get used to making them from…

Roasted Parsnip, Apple and Ginger Soup with Quinoa

I learned this recipe a while back during a cooking class that I attended for my company Christmas party.  It was my first year with the company and one of our colleagues thought we needed to do something “different” for Christmas that year.  Our teacher was a semi-grumpy French man, and I remember being a little scared of getting…

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…