Gingered Carrot Bisque with Crispy Garlic Quinoa

Vegan Gingered Carrot Bisque from the new Food52 Cookbook - topped with a heaping serving of crispy garlic quinoa

I've tried to make the perfect carrot ginger soup for years. But every time I try it comes out either way too bland, way too strong or way too carroty. Don't get me wrong, I know I'm making a carrot soup, but I don't want it to taste like I'm drinking a straight up glass of carrot juice. It needs some depth in the flavor. Something that brings out the sweetness of the carrots and makes my mouth … [Read more...]

Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili - made in a slow cooker! | recipe on

Well it's time my friends. Time to turn on the slow cooker. Time to pull out those chunky sweaters from the back of the closet. And time to cozy up to a big bowl of chili. Because apparently there's some sort of hurricane coming towards the East Coast right  now and it's makin' things pretty darn miserable out there. A hurricane? really? Yep, it's definitely chili time. There's nothing that … [Read more...]

Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew

Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew (vegan + gluten-free) - the perfect way to end our winter season

This is it. My farewell to winter dish. It’s a rich and hearty stew that might just be the one of the easiest recipes ever. It only takes a few minutes to prepare - you simply throw everything in the pot and let it bubble away on the stove while you snuggle up on the couch with a warm cup of tea. Just let the aromas of tomatoes waft through your house until you’re ready to eat. Then fill your … [Read more...]

Ginger-Scallion Egg Drop Zucchini Noodle Soup

Ginger Scallion Zucchini Noodle Soup - healthy, vegetarian + paleo!

Today I’ve got something really special to share with you - and it involves my love of spiralizing. If you’ve never heard of a spiralizer before, you’re in for a treat. A spiralizer - only one of the best kitchen tools ever invented - is a nifty little contraption that magically turns vegetables into noodles. Yes, noodles. Like long, gorgeous, spaghetti. Except they’re vegetables. See? I’m … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup


Pulling out the slow cooker on a Monday morning is pretty much my favorite thing. Especially in the dead of winter when all I want for dinner is something warm and comforting. It helps that the recipes you tend to make in slow cookers are just that: warm and comforting. Like this vegetarian split pea soup. It's soothing. It's nourishing. It's everything that you want a slow cooker meal to … [Read more...]

Healing Holiday Soup


Tomorrow is the big day! It's my first official day of being self-employed. Holy crap. This is really happening. I can't believe it. Friday was my last day with my full-time job and tomorrow is the start of Alyssa, the full-time food blogger (you can read more about the decision here). The whole situation feels kind of unreal. Like it's happening to someone else and I'm just watching from … [Read more...]

Three Alarm Vegetarian Quinoa Chili


It's official. It's winter and I'm freezing my tooshy off. And umm hello... this happens every year, it's not like I should be surprised or anything. But it's inevitable. I'm super excited when fall comes because I can break out the boots, chunky sweaters and scarves, and then .5 seconds later, it's snowing, the temperatures are below freezing, my fingers are numb, and I'm wrapped up in a … [Read more...]

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup


I made a discovery when making this soup that I seriously can't wait to share with you. You see, when it comes to creamy soups (and smoothies for that matter), I'm very particular about the texture. I like them thick and I like them ultra smooth. Thankfully, my blender totally does the job, leaving no lumps behind, but when you're making "cream of" anything soups and you're not using heavy cream, … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Quinoa Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes made with Quinoa

Did you know that I think I’ve only had Sloppy Joes three times in my whole life? Well no, why would you? It's not like we've spent a lot of time talking about them before. In fact, Sloppy Joes have had very little impact on my life, I've never really thought about them before, and yet here we are. About to talk about the outrageously delicious dinner we had the other night. And yes, it 100% … [Read more...]

Creamy Coconut & Mushroom Quinoa Soup

For the longest time, I thought coconut and mushrooms was a weird flavor combination. I'm so comfortable using mushrooms in Italian dishes (my Italian side of the family grew up in the mushroom business), that cooking with coconut just sounded way too bizarre. But then I fell in love with Thai food - especially the soups. My two favorites are Tom Yum, which is a sweet and sour soup that is … [Read more...]