Roasted Broccoli Salad with Pickled Shallots + A Bit of News

I've had the idea for this recipe swimming around in my head for a while. Does that ever happen to anyone else? I think it started after I had a charred broccoli salad a few weeks back. The salad combined smokey broccoli and pickled kohlrabi and it was one of the best flavor combinations I've tasted in a long while. The bright tang of the pickled kohlrabi cut right through the deep smokey flavor of the broccoli perfectly. There were other components to the salad, but they were mostly supporting roles in the overall scheme. If you're in the Houston area, and want to try this awesome salad, you can get it at Coltivare.


A Bit of Val Day Inspiration

I had a post planned for you today, but then I fell asleep for about 4 hours when I got home from work. Oops. Since there is a holiday coming up this weekend that some of you may actually celebrate, I figured I would dig through the archives and give you some tasty inspiration. So basically I am trying to make up for my lack of posting by distracting you with other food. Sound good? Good.

Here's some sweet inspiration for your Val Day, or for your regular ole weekend or any other day without hearts, cutesy cards, and an insane amount of pink things (click photos for the recipe link): 


Polenta Bowls with Peppery Veggie Saute

When someone finds out I eat a vegan diet, the first question is almost always, "what do you eat?". It is either asked in a genuine, truth-seeking tone, or one of complete shock that implies that surely I cannot survive without meat let alone all other animal products. It's rather comical but I am always willing to have a discussion about what I eat and especially ready to address the most common concerns about protein sources, etc. etc. If the person who asked the question is willing to stand there long enough, I'm relatively certain I could talk their ear off. In case you have not figured it out already, food is totally my jam!


Cocoa Strawberry Smoothie

So it's currently 70 degrees and sunny out. In the middle of January. I guess I need to get used to this wonky Houston weather again. Since it's been much warmer the last couple of days, my body has been craving smoothies again. Even though I love smoothies, I have a hard time enjoying them in the dead of winter. Perhaps it's instinctual. My body senses cold weather and immediately craves warm, comforting foods. And the second it warms up, I want smoothies and fresh, raw foods.

Since it has become my latest favorite, I thought I would share this super simple smoothie with you. I actually borrowed the idea from a smoothie I frequently order when I'm at Whole Foods. I've tweaked it a bit to my liking, adding some hemp hearts for a dose of protein a medjool date instead of agave for a touch of sweetness. The flavor is sort of like a chocolate covered strawberry and it has a super creamy consistency thanks to the avocado.