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Zucchini Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Zucchini Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Continuing from yesterday’s “less carb-y” recipe theme, here is another recently discovered favorite: zucchini noodles! Zucchini noodles can be made a number of ways.  In the beginning, I would julienne the zucchini into long strips all by hand.  It took me a year to discover there were actual kitchen gadgets designed to make life easier and I haven’t … Continue reading

Mushroom, Kale, and Quinoa Enchiladas

I may be a little late to the kale craze, but keep in mind, I have been living in Asia for the last few years!  The whole “organic” and “farm-to-table” concept in Asia seemed to only really take off maybe three years ago.  When I first moved to Hong Kong in 2014, there were only a couple organic food and vegetable-focused … Continue reading

Whole Roasted Artichokes

On one of my trips back to the Bay Area, I was tasked with cooking dinner for my parents and sister.  I planned to make a Simple Roast Chicken and was looking for some vegetables to serve as a side dish.  I picked up a colorful assortment of cherry tomatoes, asparagus, and baby potatoes from Trader Joe’s when I … Continue reading

Smoked Paprika Aubergine Mint Salad

Here is another delicious salad featuring grilled vegetables to add to the favorites list!  This is the first recipe I have tried from Maria Elia’s cookbook The Modern Vegetarian: Food Adventures for the Contemporary Palate.  I had purchased the book about a year ago from a cute little bookshop dedicated to cookery in Melbourne called Books for Cooks. … Continue reading

Grilled Antipasto Ribbon Salad

When it comes to preparing vegetables to cook, my modius operandi is to toss them with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I typically will roast them in the oven because it requires the least amount of attention (see my Roasted Vegetable Salad), but if I am feeling a bit more ambitious, grilling … Continue reading

Portobello Pizza

My friend’s mom (Mama G!) whips up these tasty Portobello Pizzas in just 30 minutes, and they are so simple and flavorful.  Plus, the no-carb vegetarian pizza idea is quite ideal for those looking for a healthy appetizer or snack.  I didn’t list the actual ingredient measurements as they will vary based on the size … Continue reading

Sheba Lounge and Restaurant, CA

Sheba Lounge and Restaurant Chef: Netsanet and Israel Alemayehu Cuisine: Ethiopian Neighborhood: Fillmore Price: all dishes $15 or under Phone: 415-440-7414 Address: 1419 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 Hours: Fri-Sat Dinner 5pm-11pm, Lounge 5pm-2am; Sun-Thurs Dinner 5pm-10pm, Lounge 5pm-1am; Happy Hour Sun-Thurs 11pm-1am First of all, I love love love Ethiopian cuisine. To some, … Continue reading

Steamed Tofu with Enoki Mushrooms

I have seen fresh enoki mushrooms at the store many times, and on an impulse, I decided to buy a package, even though I had no idea what to do with them at first.  Called enokitake in Japanese, these long, thin white mushrooms are commonly found in East Asian cuisines (Japan, China, Korea), particularly in … Continue reading

Ubuntu, Napa, CA

Taking a break from cooking to catch up on restaurant reviews… Ubuntu Chef: Aaron London Cuisine: Vegetarian Neighborhood: Napa downtown Price: $50 with food and wine Attire: Casual Phone: (707) 251-5656 Address: 1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559 Ubuntu, a philosophy of humans’ interrelations that emphasizes generosity, sharing, and community, originated in the Zulu tribes … Continue reading