Simple Mushroom Pasta + Nut-Free Pesto (GF)


Simple Mushroom PenneSimple Mushroom Pasta + Nut-Free Pesto (GF)
For the Pasta:
8 ounces gluten-free pasta
4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
16 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup grated or shaved Parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, and fresh thyme for topping

For the Nut-Free Pesto:
1 1/2 cups packed greens  (I used 1 cup basil & 1/2 cup spinach)
1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

the method:

  1. Cook the gluten-free pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all pesto ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  3. Heat the butter/coconut oil over medium heat in a wide skillet. Add the mushrooms and saute for 8-10 minutes, until the mushrooms are a deep golden brown. Add the gluten-free pasta to the pan and stir to combine, adding Parmesan, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme or other herbs to taste.
  4. Pour gluten-free pasta into bowls and top with a generous spoonful of the nut-free pesto OR stir the pesto directly into the pasta.
  5. Enjoy with a smile! :)


Warm Green Goddess Rice Bowl (GF)

warm green goddess bowl

Warm Green Goddess Rice Bowl (GF)
serving size: 1 bowl
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 handful kale, stalk removed and leaves chopped
1 small handful baby spinach
3 slices of halloumi, sliced
1 Egg
1/3 lemon
1/2 ripe Avocado

the method:

  1. Cook the rice according to its package. I like to use the microwaveable pouches available at Trader Joe’s to save time. Plus, it yields PERFECTLY cooked rice in 3 minutes.
  2. You will need two frying pans on the go at once. Place some coconut oil in both pans.
  3. In one frying pan, add the garlic, and cook until fragrant. Place the kale and spinach in and saute in the pan till just soft. You want it to just start to pop in green color.  Remove the pan from the heat and arrange on your plate/bowl.
  4. In your other pan, place your halloumi in and turn once it become golden and soft. Keep the halloumi off to one side on the pan, and use the other side to fry your egg.
  5. Arrange your bowl, green mix on the bottom egg and halloumi, I serve mine with a wedge of lemon and avocado on the side.

Brussels Sprouts + Mushroom Penne (gf)

mushroom brussels sprouts pasta

Brussels Sprouts + Mushroom Penne (gf)

serves 4

8oz gluten-free penne pasta (I used quinoa/lentil pasta)
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 jumbo shallots, diced
8oz sliced mushrooms
12oz whole brussels sprouts, trimmed then shredded
salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup gluten-free veggie broth
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tbsp ghee
1/2 fresh lemon
romano cheese, for topping

the method:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil then add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain then set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot but not smoking, add the shallots and saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring often and being careful as the oil may spatter a bit at the beginning.
  3. Add mushrooms and saute until they begin to shrink and release some of their liquid, 3 minutes. Add brussels sprouts then turn heat up to medium-high, season with salt and pepper, and then saute until brussels sprouts are cooked but still have a tiny bit of bite, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds. Add veggie broth then simmer until reduced by half, 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in chopped dill, ghee and juice from 1/2 lemon. Taste then add salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice and then combine mixture with pasta and stir well. Scoop pasta into bowls then top with freshly grated romano cheese.

A vegetarian take on this Cooking Light recipe.

One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream (GF)(V)

banana ice cream

It’s summertime and the temperatures are still astronomically high in the Valley of the Sun. I’m not joking… we are supposed to hit 113° this weekend. That’s why I decided to do a healthy take on a classic summertime treat: Ice cream. This vegan and gluten-free recipe is super simple to make, and you don’t need to have an ice cream maker, heavy cream, sugar and all that jazz – all you need are 2 ripe bananas and a food processor or blender. I topped my ice cream with cacao nibs, but I will leave it up to you whether you want to have your ice cream dressed to the nines or not.

Banana Ice Cream (GF)(V)
2 ripe bananas (they should be sweet and soft)
Optional garnishes: cacao nibs, Nutella, nuts, granola (the list goes on!)

the method:

  1. Start by peeling the bananas and cutting them into even coins. (When bananas are ripe, the peel may stick to the fruit, so make sure you remove leftover peel to prevent any bitterness in your ice cream.)
  2. Place the coins in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place them in the freezer overnight.
  3. Place the frozen banana slices in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. This process will take a while and you’ll have to scrape down the side of your food processor multiple times with a spatula.
  4. The bananas will first become very crumbly, then they will look like oatmeal, but you’ll eventually end up with a very soft and creamy mixture.
  5. At this point, place back in the glass bowl and in the freezer for just about an hour. You can of course always enjoy it right away if you like very soft ice cream. I wanted to eat mine immediately, so it was pretty soft…
  6. Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Stir-Fry with Quinoa Thai Noodles (GF)(V)



Veggie Stir-Fry with Quinoa Thai Noodles (GF)(V)

the ingredients:
1 bunch of bok choy
1 large bunch of broccoli cut into smaller pieces
1/2 cup snow peas
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 spring onions, sliced
1/2 inch fresh ginger, minced
Thai rice noodles
1/4 cup tamari
4 tbsp sesame oil, divided
1 package of red quinoa thai noodles

the method:

  1. Cook noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  2. While noodles are soaking, prep veggies and begin sauteing them. Heat wok or pan with sloping edges on med-high heat. Drizzle in sesame oil and saute the broccoli with garlic slivers. Toss in remaining veggies, excluding bok choy.
  3. Add tamari and add another dollop of sesame oil as you cook. 
  4. Add snow peas last so they remain deliciously crisp and sweet.
  5. Remove veggies and drain noodles. Toss in the same pan with a dash of sesame oil and tamari, and saute noodles until they turn a beautiful golden color. Plate noodles.
  6. In the same pan, lightly saute bok choy with a bit of tamari and sesame oil.
  7. Layer bok choy over noodles, then pile veggies on top of bok choy.

Late Night Veggie Scramble (GF)

veggie scramble

Ever since I started teaching yoga, it has become significantly harder to prepare creative meals every night. In fact, it’s rare that I get home before 8:30 each night – which makes quick, wholesome meals a MUST. My dinner of choice: SCRAMBLED EGGS. Extremely versatile, I like pack my scrambles full of produce to bulk it up and to give the nutrition factor a little boost. So I encourage you try out this version  – you’ll get a nice, steaming bowl of scrambled eggs to enjoy, and then a full, warm belly that will help you settle in for the night. Plus there is minimal clean-up afterward. :)

Late Night Veggie Scramble (GF)


3 whole large eggs
3 tablespoons water*
2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
1/2 whole onion, diced small
1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup spinach
1/4 cup grated cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
*You can use milk in place of water, but I find my eggs turn out fluffier if I use water. 

the method

  1. Crack your eggs into a mason jar, add water, salt and pepper. Screw on the lid and give the eggs a little shake. Set aside. 
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and melt the coconut oil/ghee. Cook the onions for several minutes, until golden brown. Add the tomatoes and spinach and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir to begin to wilt the spinach, then pour in the eggs.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and stir, cooking slowly, until soft curds form. Add the cheese and continue stirring/folding until the eggs are cooked.
  4. I like to top my eggs with Frank’s Red Hot, but any hot sauce will do!

Garden Vegetable Frittata (GF)

phonto12Garden Vegetable Frittata (GF)

the ingredients:

4-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
1-2 cups of vegetables (I used a combo of zucchini, asparagus and tomatoes)
1/2 onion diced
1-2 garlic cloves minced
fresh herbs and spices of your choice (I just used dried thyme and turmeric)
6 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

the method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile in a cast-iron skillet, saute the onion and garlic in a tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat. After about 3 minutes add the remaining oil and your choice of vegetables. Start with the denser vegetables like then add in the other veggies, except the tomatoes. Saute the vegetables over medium heat for about 5 minutes (I like mine still crisp). Season the vegetables with salt and herbs.
  2. Whisk the eggs together then pour the eggs over the vegetables, making sure they spread evenly over the veggies.
  3. Scatter tomatoes over the top of the egg and veggie mixture.
  4. Now place the saute pan in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or you can continue to cook over the stove on medium low for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Top the frittata with anything you want! I like using hot sauce. ;)