Category Archives: vegan

Meatless Mondays: Pesto Zucchini Pasta Salad with Green Beans and Potatoes

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Time to channel our inner vegans and vegetarians and talk meatless! Yesterday, I was honored to be part of Hoboken Girl‘s first “Hoboken Girl Social.” I’ll do a separate post with pictures on that, but in a nutshell – it was an event designed to bring a bunch of cool girls living in Hoboken together for a night of wine, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and a makeup tutorial by Dina’s Cosmetics and cooking demo by yours truly! During my demo, I gave away samples (in cute little clamshaw boxes that I DIYd with sticker ingredient labels) of a pesto zucchini pasta salad. I’m a crafty lady, let me tell you.

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Meatless Mondays: Inspiralized Vegetable Lo-Mein

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For me, Chinese cuisine is right up there with Italian and Mexican! I don’t even want to know how they make those amazing sauces they slather on their noodles and meats. I’ve never had the opportunity to visit China, but I’d love to go – not only for the food (they eat everything!), but for the architecture, the history, and the culture. In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for Travel & Leisure magazine and the Inspiralized kitchen.

My favorite Chinese dish has to be lo-mein. Besides pizza, this is the only food that tastes better cold. After a brutal week, there’s nothing much more enjoyable than plopping down on the couch, ordering lo-mein and leaving leftovers in the fridge for lunch the next day. I promise my life is more exciting than that depiction, but – yum!

Unfortunately, I tend to limit my noodle intake for the sake of my waistline. It’s easy to polish off a large container! Thankfully, I’ve got a solution: Inspiralize! Yes, that’s right – although I haven’t featured one on here yet, the spiralizer is perfect for making noodle dishes. Just make sure you always peel your vegetables before spiralizing them to create that soft and slimy noodle texture. With this recipe, I’ve used yellow squash instead of zucchini, I like the texture and color better – it reminds me more of the real deal.

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Wow Your 4th of July Guests with this Pasta-less Zucchini Pasta Salad

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If you don’t know already, tomorrow is the 4th of July! Whether you’re hosting a July 4th party or going to one, I have the perfect item for your menu: pasta-less pasta salad. Imagine the look on your friends’ faces! Don’t be predictable and bring a bottle of wine or a box of cookies – bring zucchini pasta! My mother always taught me never to go to a party empty handed. It’s definitely life advice that I’ll be passing down to my children someday (those lucky little nuggets!)

Pasta salad is one of my favorites. My grandmother makes a mouth-wateringly good pasta salad with tuna, celery and macaroni. I don’t know why it’s SO good, but it is. You know what I don’t love about it? That I can’t eat it guiltlessly (because I have to eat a huge bowl of it -it’s so good!)

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Meatless Monday: Sesame Ginger Peanut Noodles with Edamame, Kale and Almonds

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DISCLAIMER: The posts for the next two days aren’t going to have the BEST photography – but starting Wednesday, it’ll be a whole new ballgame, so stay tuned!

Talk about a low calorie version of a high calorie favorite! Maybe it’s just me, but peanut noodles are absolutely wonderful. Peanut butter is savory and sweet at the same time and has such a yummy texture and goes well with anything – bread, fruit, chocolate and now, cucumber noodles! Although cucumbers don’t offer as much nutritionally as zucchinis, they are still great for you and the perfect consistency for replacing noodles. The peanut butter gives a creaminess to the sauce, but if you REALLY want to cut the cals, leave the peanut butter out – you’ll get a watery sauce, but it’s still super delicious! Best part…. no cooking involved!

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Battle Alfredo: Cashew vs. Cauliflower

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If you follow me on Facebook, you would recognize the title of this post. To truly become Inspiralized, you need to not only rid your pantries of boxed pasta, but you need to pay special attention to the sauces you put on top of these veggie noodles. Of course, if you’re not as calorie conscious and just want to get more vegetables into your diet or eat more creatively, feel free to smother your zucchini noodles in a creamy alfredo, tomato sauce, or carbonara! You’ll still be eating pretty guiltlessly.

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