Quinoa Salad with Cherries, Almonds, Celery, and Pecorino Recipe

This is one of my favorite salad recipes that I don’t make very often because cherries are in season for 5 minutes a year! It follows a classic formula that I love which is a green + a grain + a seasonal fruit + a cheese + a nut or seed.  It’s simple and easy to switch up.  I usually opt for arugula with fruit since the peppery greens balance the sweetness of the fruit, but I know arugula is not everyone’s favorite and takes some getting used to for kids. I love this salad for a main course lunch or dinner or to bring to a potluck (just bring the dressing in a jar and toss with the salad right before serving.)Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of May 30, 2022

It is probably your last opportunity to take a bootcamp live with me!  I am repeating two very popular bootcamps, Back to Basics AND Meal Planning | Meal Prepping | Batch Cooking, at a time that I think is perfect.  Summer is more relaxed; people may be traveling, but there are fewer commitments, especially for kids. If you know someone who is graduating from college or getting married, either of these bootcamps would be the perfect way to start learning how to cook more at home. If YOU are still struggling cooking at home and not quite feeling your best, take my classes and let me help you! You do NOT have to attend the the classes live, but I do answer questions live during the class and have a supplemental live Q&A session immediately following which is a really valuable perk to taking the classes live. For my community, I want to share a $100 discount on both courses.  Use BB100 for the Basics course and MEAL100 for the Meal Prep course.  There are payment plans available too!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading

Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette and a Grilled Vegetable Primer

As you know, I am on a mission to get you to live your best, healthiest life.  The way I am going to do that is to help you cook more often at home with whole, minimally processed ingredients.  I am here to show you that making delicious, healthful food is easier than you think!  Recipes on my website can give you a little taste, but taking online classes and bootcamps are where the change happens quickly!  I have two bootcamps starting next week and they will change the game for you, your kids, your grandkids or anyone you care about.  Gift a course to yourself or someone else! You can follow live or on your own time.  For the Meal Prepping | Meal Planning course, use the code MEAL100 for $100 off. For Back to Basics, use the code BB100 for $100 off.  Click on the links to learn more!Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of May 23, 2022

I am offering two bootcamps live next month and they are PERFECT for new cooks, college graduates, and newlyweds especially!  Back to Basics and Meal Planning| Meal Prep are both starting live the week of May 31.  You can OF COURSE watch self-paced on your own time with no expiration date, but many people like the live Q&A feature so they can interact with me and ask specific questions.  The format is a zoom WEBINAR, which means no one sees or hears you, so you can watch in your PJ’s or your birthday suit!  If you would like to gift someone one of my bootcamps, please email Erika pamelasassistant@gmail.com and she’ll help you out!  For my online community, I always offer a $100 discount. Use code BB100 for the Basics course and MEAL100 for the Meal Prep course.  These are both life-changing courses and will 100% get anyone to be a better, more confident cook and more organized and streamlined in the kitchen!

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Charred Eggplant Salad Recipe

This is the kind of recipe that I adore. The flavors are up my alley and it’s perfect for summer entertaining which you know I love to do!  Like many recipes, but especially this one, I never make this the same way twice. I use roasted red peppers or cherry tomatoes. I swap different herbs depending on what else I have and what else I am serving. I love olives, and there are lots of kinds that work here, otherwise capers are great too. Read through the post to get some other ideas.  Not only is this delicious, it’s GOOD FOR YOU!Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of May 16, 2022

Instagram Live on Monday will be with my friend Chrissy Roth, whom I dub “Plant-based Chrissy.” We’ve done lives together before and I’m excited to have her step in for Hubs on Monday. If you take my monthly online class, your all-new May class was uploaded last week and I’ve been getting great feedback already, so make sure you watch! It’s a breakfast/brunch theme and there’s lots of great info as well as 5 all-new recipes!  Get your questions ready, because our monthly zoom is on Tuesday, May 24th at 5:00 pm PST.  You can also submit any questions to me beforehand and I can answer them during the live and then you can watch the recording!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading

Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse Recipe

I have shared with you recipes for plant-based chocolate pudding made with tofu, avocados, and sweet potatoes (in Kitchen Matters.) If you know me, you know I love chocolate any which way.  According to Dr. Andrew Weil and many others, dark chocolate is a superfood.  So to combine one superfood with another is a true WIN-WIN!  My latest obsession is aquafaba chocolate mousse, a plant-based treat which uses canned chickpea liquid as the base.  Stay with me!Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of May 9, 2022

In advance of Mother’s Day, Happy Mother’s Day to anyone who is a mother or mother-to-be!  If you are missing your mom this weekend, I am holding space in my heart for you.  I know how hard it is to lose a parent. If you need to nudge your loved ones to make you something special, check out last week’s dinner planner for some lovely and healthy-ish brunch ideas.  For my monthly online cooking class students, your May class was uploaded this week.  It is a breakfast/brunch theme!  If you want to join my fabulous cooking class community, we’d love to have you and I would love to help you be a better and healthier cook!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading