Cauliflower Couscous {a party in your mouth}

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Recipe wizardry (as I like to call it) is an art. You want food to actually taste good, look good but be easy enough that the amateur home cook can think to his or herself, “Oh hell yea, I can make that and it sounds delicious.” I’ve always had that intention when it comes to my recipes, my cookbook (and long long long project of cookbook number 2- it’s a tough one guys and gals, it’s really freakin’ tough) and the classes I teach. I want everyone to feel like nourishing, healthy food is not just some luxury. It should come naturally almost like a symphony of ingredients perfectly coexisting in a foodgasmic harmony.

Can’t a girl dream?

Over the last month or so I’ve hosted a few cooking workshops (GiMix it Up) and really gave people the opportunity to get into a real NYC kitchen. I do not create my food in a commercial kitchen, I have minimal counter space and I make due with the space I have. I LOVE my apartment and my kitchen. It was one of the first things that stood out to me. I at least have cabinets and I get to create yummy things as a result. I think having people in my kitchen to see what I work with gives them a little relief. Like, hello, I’m a real person, this is real life and I’m not going to magically pull out an already made version of a dish we are putting together. That’s not how it works.

One of the awesome menus I put together, legit, took no time at all. People were amazed at how easy this meal came together, how delicious and how the flavors developed with minimal ingredients. I’m all about that life.

This menu included: easy braised greens, roasted veggies AND the piece de resistance: cauliflower “couscous” with tart cherries, pepitas and a tangy, light honey lemon sauce.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp {SF, GF, V}

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than summer fruit…

Seriously just wait until watermelon is officially back in season (I’m already partaking…but you know when it’s at it’s best, it’s well…it’s best. DUH).

Right now I’m enjoying the short strawberry season here in NYC. And once you try a fresh seasonal local strawberry, there ain’t nothing else like it. It is THAT good.

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And if you know anything about fresh strawberries, they do not last very long (besides the instant snacking), they are super delicate. So I when I brought home two pints of these sexy thangs and had a few stalks of rhubarb, I thought why the heck not.

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Sweet Potato + Black Bean Casserole {Heaven in your mouth}

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I must really really love myself. I made the bold decision to do a 21-day sugar detox. But wait. “G, don’t you already treat your body so good and don’t eat many sweets or use sweeteners?” This is true. Really true. Still…sometimes our bodies just need a break and need us to switch things up a bit.

See now this is no ordinary detox. I’m not eating BREAD or grains or my favorite fruits. I AM THE QUEEN OF AVOCADO TOAST! And I love rice. So this is no ordinary cleanse and this also means no pineapple or berries but I can have sour/pungent fruits (grapefruit or green apples- this tricks yo brain into thinking you’re having a sweet treat and lays those desires for sweets to rest).

It’s a ton of juggling but really an opportunity for me to train my palate and give my body a nice break. And when the poops are good, and the energy feels good, it’s aalllll good man.

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