Union Square Greenmarket Salad

unsqgreenmarket saladNothing makes me happier than wandering around a farmers market on a weekend morning. The smell of fresh flowers and vegetables, talking to the farmers who grew and brought their goodness to us in the city, discovering new kinds of greens, dreaming up a menu for dinner that night… it’s heaven. And it’s exactly what B and I did this past Saturday at the Union Square Greenmarket. It feels good to support the local farmers and it feels even better to put all that fresh food in your belly.

The salad we created (pictured above): boston lettuce, radish sprouts (which had quite a spicy bite to ‘em!), heirloom tomatoes and shaved asparagus on top. I tossed it all with two colors of sesame seeds, some chili flakes, lemon and olive oil. Simple perfection.

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Reboot with Joe: How I Improved My Rheumatoid Arthritis

joe the juicer screengrabThe healing power of food is something very close to my heart  so I’m honored to share this post that I wrote for Joe the Juicer and his amazing Reboot community. They asked me to explain how eating healthy (specifically more fruits and vegetables) has helped improve my rheumatoid arthritis. It’s done a lot more than that, too, and I know Joe and all the people he’s inspired feel the same. You can read the full story here.

a tie-dyed father’s day: spiralized cucumber salad with mango watermelon chili and lime

spiralized cucumber salad with mango watermelon chili and limeJust two more days til Father’s Day and if you’re scrambling, trying to figure out what to make, you should give this spiralized salad a whirl. It’s healthy, it’s sweet with a kick of spice, and it’s super easy to make because it’s not an exact recipe. Want more watermelon? Toss it in. Want more sesame seeds? Knock yourself out.

I’ve become obsessed with my spiralizer because vegetables morph into these fun-to-eat noodles in seconds and the best part: you look so fancy for it. Spiralizing is the best way to get some oohs and aahs from the crowd, when you really you did nothing to deserve ‘em (except read this blog).

Mom will love it cause it’s healthy and she of course wants dad to eat more fruit and vegetables. Dad will love it cause you made it. *cue the awwwwwws*

Spiralized Cucumber Salad with Mango, Watermelon, Chili, and Lime

SERVES TWO-FOUR

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers, spiralized
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1/4lb watermelon, chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • small handful of mint leaves, chopped thin
  • dash of sesame seeds
  • chili powder, to taste
  • juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the chili powder and lime in a bowl.
  2. Dust with sesame seeds and chili powder, to taste.
  3. Toss with lime juice and serve.

A Recipe From Jamie Stelter | www.thetvdinner.com

a tie-dyed father’s day: BBQ shrimp and pineapple skewers

pineapple for skewersIt’s supposed to be in the 80′s and sunny on Sunday for Father’s Day (at least here in New York): perfect BBQ weather. And since it’s gonna be pretty steamy, you want something light, right? And since everyone wants their dad to eat healthy, how about these shrimp and pineapple skewers. They’re spicy and sweet, and so much better than the same ‘ol hot dogs and hamburgers.

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Orange Is The New Paleo

Orange Is The New Paleo MAIN PICWe’re having a party! One of my most favorite shows, Orange Is The New Black, is back on Netflix tomorrow and in honor of reuniting with Piper, Taystee, Crazy Eyes and the rest of the Litchfield inmates I put together an orange Paleo feast for your binging pleasure. You may feel guilty about watching 13 straight hours of TV on the interwebs, but you won’t feel any regret from these snacks.

Why Paleo? It’s how I’ve been eating these last few weeks as part of a new experiment with my rheumatoid arthritis… more on that coming soon. Now to the recipes!

First, preheat the oven for some baked sweet potato fries.

When you flip them halfway through (after about 20 minutes), toss the carrots in to roast and get your yogurt dip ready.

Last but not least cut up some more carrots, some mango and juice some lemons for a delicious mango carrot lemonade.

Once you’re done eating, break out the nail polish for an on-theme mani. No party is complete without one. Here are 5 OITNB-tastic picks:

  • Chanel: LA Sunset
  • Chanel: Orange Fizz
  • Givenchy: Mandarine Bolero
  • Essie: Roarrrrange
  • Nars: Ethno Run Left

Happy binging! (And please, no spoilers.)

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“inspiralized” zucchini noodles with braised fennel, tomato + beans

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closeup shot of zucchini noodles with braised fennel, tomato and beans!I have a new obsession: my spiralizer. I’ve only had it for about a month and I’ve already gotten every penny’s worth of its $39.99 price tag. Just ask Brian what I’ve made for dinner 4 of the last 5 times and he’ll tell you: zucchini noodles and ______ (fill in the blank with whatever other vegetable and/or protein I have in the fridge).

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