Chocolate Chia Pudding–for Breakfast!

A new post just hit the Dogpound blog! Chocolate chia pudding. Vegan, packed full of nutrients and healthy goodies and, of course, CHOCOLATE. The perfect quick and easy breakfast treat. Make the night before and let set in the fridge. Perfect before a workout to provide a boost of energy, or even just because we…

Vegetarian Mujadara with a Fried Egg

Who wouldn’t want to fill up on a warm, comforting bowl of rice and lentils? Nothing hits the spot on a cold day like cozy and somewhat spicy food. This recipe was adapted from several I have seen, although my favorite was posted on The Kitchn (perhaps my favorite website dedicated to all things cooking)….

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“Don’t Let Snow Days Become Slow Days” fitness article published with Downtown Magazine NYC

Wild Mushroom and Champagne Tart

This recipe makes a great holiday appetizer, or vegetarian main course. Just substitute vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. You can use either fresh or dried mushrooms, homemade or store bought puff pastry, goat cheese or your favorite strong flavored cheese, champagne or white wine–the recipe is very adaptable. Recipe: Assorted mushrooms (I used a…

Mini Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookies

The name is kind of a mouthful, I know, but man are they amazing cookies. Crunchy, sticky, peanut buttery, chocolatey, with a toasted marshmallow flavor–it is hard to wait for the molten marshmallow to cool enough to eat them. The story behind the recipe is sort of funny… When I was a kid, I spent…

Homemade Lamb Stock

One of the habits I picked up after working in the restaurant business is freezing all of my food scraps to use in stocks. Onion pieces and skins, carrot ends and peels, celery leaves and stalks, as well as other miscellaneous vegetable parts go straight into a freezer bag where they will remain until I…

Sprouted Black Bean and Lamb Chili

This chili is a delicious and lean meal that is simple to prepare and packs a huge protein punch. You can either use dried beans that have been soaked and sprouted, or to simplify, low sodium canned beans will work wonderfully. To make it vegan or vegetarian, omit the lamb and use vegetable stock. Sprouted…

5 Disappointing Things in the Media This Week…

….that have me worried for society. 1. The negative reactions to Netflix offering unlimited time off for new parents. What the heck, people? If you don’t work for Netflix, and you don’t want them to have so much time off, too bad. If you do, and you don’t want to take that much time off,…

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Sometimes I have a night where all I want is a giant plate of veggies and ranch dressing. The veggies can be simple, just carrots and celery, or gourmet (check out this gorgeous crudite centerpiece by Martha Stewart). Whatever veggies you fancy, this is a yummy way to dress them. Vegan Ranch Dressing 1 cup…

Weeds: Out of Context

Behind the shed is a wild and disorganized mess. Or… A treasure trove. It really depends on the context. March is a verdant time here in Southern California. Everything is growing green, the winds are blowing, we may even get some rain (unlikely). Weed season is upon us. For lawn aficionados and meticulous gardeners, this…

Art of Smoothies

Smoothies are a staple in our household. They are super quick and easy to make, there are endless possibilities for ingredients, and the best part? I can make them one handed. Let me explain. I am incredibly fortunate to be in the position to stay at home with my baby boy. Being with him brings…