Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs

This vegetarian twist on the classic Swedish meatballs is a wonderful alternative that still hits all the flavor high-notes of the original. Meaty mushrooms and protein-rich lentils form the base of these meatless meatballs, which pair deliciously with creamy mashed potatoes, bright cucumber salad, and rich mushroom gravy. 

Homemade Pasta

There’s nothing more delicious than a big bowl of homemade pasta. Don’t let the bit of extra effort deter you; while time-consuming, homemade pasta is not difficult to make. With a little practice, it’ll become your new go-to for entertaining, special occasions, and getting any little ones involved in the kitchen. The dough comes together in just a few minutes, then after a quick rest, you’re ready to press it and cut it into whatever pasta shapes you like. You can even turn this same recipe into homemade ravioli (you’ll find simple tutorials online).

Strawberry Frosé

This frosty, boozy treat is just the thing to keep you cool this summer. Like your favorite childhood slushy, but with a grownup twist, this recipe blends frozen rosé wine with frozen strawberries for the ultimate in cool cocktails. Blend up a big batch for your Memorial Day Weekend celebrations- you’ll be the hit of the party!

Recipe Video: Super Food Green Smoothie with Workout Hotel

I had the pleasure of filming this video with Karen Vizueta of Workout Hotel at the YouTube studios in NYC. Karen is a fantastic workout instructor who teaches some of my favorite workout classes, and has an awesome YouTube channel with videos that are perfect for squeezing in at at home workout. This Super Food Green Smoothie is packed with nutrition, and an excellent way to start your day. Its also toddler friendly, and a great way to sneak a bunch of healthy ingredients into picky kids. Just omit the matcha powder for any little ones- they have enough energy as is!

Mexican Corn & Black Bean Lettuce Wraps with Guacamole

This vegan spin on classic Mexican ingredients tastes every bit as delicious as the traditional chips and dip combination with a double dose of healthy fruit and vegetables. Crunchy and fresh romaine lettuce acts as the perfect scoop for a satisfying blend of protein and fiber-rich beans, sweet corn, hydrating cucumbers, and antioxidant-packed bell peppers and tomatoes. 

The healthy monounsaturated fats in simple guacamole recipe aid your body’s absorption of all the nutrients from the vegetables. Serve any leftovers with rice and grilled vegetables or meat, or layer them between tortillas with cheese for a delicious quesadilla.

Frosted Watermelon Cake {perfect for a 1st birthday party}

Its hard to believe, but our little guy is turning two in a few short months. For Holden’s 1st birthday party last June, I made this Frosted Watermelon Cake. He hadn’t had many sweets at that point, and this worked out to be the perfect first foray into dessert. Super simple to prepare and comprising very few ingredients, this faux cake makes for excellent photos, and you don’t need to feel bad when you dump the remainder after your wild one year old goes to town on it (as they will!). For a dairy free option, you can whip the cream that rises to the top of a can of refrigerated full fat coconut milk. Feel free to decorate with whatever berries or citrus you like, and have some backup cake for the celebrating adults!

Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki

Souvlaki has been a culinary favorite in Greece since ancient times. Homer makes mention of a meat and bread recipe resembling souvlaki, and there are also later references to street vendors selling souvlaki with pita in Constantinople during the Byzantine era. Today, this delicious combination remains just as popular. Often eaten on the street or taken home to enjoy, you can easily duplicate this recipe, and even make it a bit healthier, by cooking it yourself at home. Packed with filling protein from the chicken, calcium from the yogurt, and a bounty of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber from the vegetables, this recipe is a nutritional homerun and a fast family favorite.

Recipe Video with Workout Hotel

A few weeks ago I met up with Karen Vizueta of Workout Hotel to film some healthy recipe videos at the YouTube studios in NYC. Karen is a fantastic workout instructor who teaches some of my favorite workout classes, and has an awesome YouTube channel with videos that are perfect for squeezing in at at home workout. We collaborated on a few recipes that are protein packed, plant based, and make for a great pre or post workout snack. These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Balls are a favorite in our family, and a big hit with Holden. Stay tuned for more recipe videos with Karen, and be sure to check out her workouts!

Grilled Shrimp with Chimichurri Sauce

A mainstay in Argentinian cuisine, chimichurri sauce is as versatile as it is delicious. Full of bright, punchy flavors, this sauce pairs beautifully with the classic Argentinian beef, and also works flawlessly with seafood and shellfish.

Cilantro contains powerful detox properties, helping to chelate heavy metals from the blood. Shrimp offers a lean source of protein to keep you satiated until your next meal.

This recipe makes for easy entertaining or a quick weeknight meal. Serve over rice or grains, or pair with greens for a well-rounded meal. Save any extra chimichurri to add a welcomed punch of flavor to leftovers all week long.

Tex Mex Pasta Salad {gluten free & vegan}

This pasta salad is the perfect addition to any summer gathering. It tastes deceptively decadent, but it’s also bathing suit-friendly. Make up a big batch; it doubles easily for a large crowd, and pair it with all your favorite summer grilling recipes. It also keeps well in the fridge overnight; perfect for making in advance so you can enjoy the party.

Fig & Pesto Flatbread

This flatbread celebrates the best of spring produce, and makes a quick and delicious appetizer for impromptu entertaining. You can also easily swap in ripe heirloom tomatoes, or even thinly sliced zucchini for the figs here, or do a tasty combination of all three! Just use whatever is local and seasonal and ripe where you live. If you’re outdoors and have your grill kicking, just throw this flatbread on the grates for 6-8 minutes. Delicious!

Lemon Ginger Margaritas

I’ve never met a margarita I didn’t like. This sweet and frosty version uses a whole lemon (or lime or orange) for a zesty kick, and fresh ginger for heat and spice. Toss all the ingredients in your blender, and you’ve got a delicious cocktail faster than you can say “fiesta!”

Spring Asparagus Tart

This quick and easy asparagus tart celebrates spring with its bright, lemony flavors & fresh seasonal produce. You’ll have everyone fooled when you serve this impressive looking dish. Its deceptively simple and easy to make with just a few ingredients, yet the results are company-worthy, and perfect for your Easter celebrations!

The Best Gluten Free Pancakes

These gluten free pancakes are so delicious; you won’t even suspect they’re different from your favorite less healthy recipe. Light, fluffy, golden brown and delicious, these make the perfect lazy weekend breakfast with fresh summer fruit. Alternatively, you can make up a batch for yourself, and freeze the leftovers for a warm and healthy breakfast for weeks to come.

Black Bean & Corn Empanadas with Guacamole

This quick & easy version of empanadas makes these delicious treats totally doable in your home kitchen, without having to fuss with making your own dough. Refrigerated crescent roll dough makes the perfect buttery foundation for this delectable recipe, and saves you tons of time. Feel free to use whatever filling here you like- ground beef, shredded chicken, or roasted and diced vegetables all work seamlessly. Mash up with easy 5-minute guacamole recipe below, pull out your favorite hot sauce, and you’re in for a real fiesta!

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls

Craving a hearty bowl of pasta but don’t want to break the calorie bank? This recipe has your back. Spaghetti squash, when baked, turns into perfect low-cal noodles, making an ideal vehicle for melty cheese and meaty sauce. Make up a double batch of this recipe to freeze and enjoy when you’re short on time. For a vegetarian twist, swap the ground beef out for an equal amount of cooked lentils.

White Bean Chicken Chili

This cozy white bean chicken chili is just the thing to tide you over until the arrival of warmer spring days. Packed with spicy jalapeños, zesty lime, and savory spices, this delicious soup adds a kick to any mealtime. Make up a double batch, it saves well, freezes beautifully, and makes for amazing leftovers!

Thai Beef Noodle Bowls

This bright and zesty Thai recipe packs a ton of flavor and satisfaction into every bite. Flank steak is one of the leanest cuts of beef, lower in fat than other cuts while still being protein rich. A quick marinade and a fast sear will coax the maximum amount of flavor out of the steak, which pairs perfectly with lightly dressed rice noodles. Cilantro can help remove heavy metals from the blood, and also can balance blood sugar levels, while mint boosts digestion and basil acts as an anti-inflammatory. Gluten free, dairy free, and protein packed, this recipe caters to a wide swathe of dietary needs, making it ideal for entertaining.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

A health food these rich & fudgy bars are not, but they sure are delicious! Layers of graham cracker crust, chocolate fudge, salty peanut butter chips, and chocolate chip cookie dough bake together into a sum far better than its parts. Make a batch of these for your next get together, birthday, or bake sale and be prepared to share the recipe! For a variation on this base recipe, swap in an equal amount of your favorite candy bar chopped up, for the peanut butter chips.