Pita Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I used to cater small parties, and almost every single time, I would make homemade pita chips with roasted red pepper hummus.  It’s a great snack item to have on the table because the ingredients are fresh and wholesome, so you don’t have to feel guilty about stuffing your face.  In fact, I got used to watching guests chatting away while hovering around this bowl of chips and dip. Read more

Autumn Vegetable Stew with Cheese Toasts

I guarantee you will be rubbing your satisfied belly and smiling after a bowlful of Autumn vegetable stew with crispy chewy cheese toasts.  Because, let’s be real people, this is just like an awesome grown up cousin of grilled cheese and tomato soup… and who doesn’t like that?  Not only is this a good recipe to have in mind for meatless Mondays, but it’s a great way to get rid of some of your vegetables about to call it quits in your fridge.  It’s so flexible that you can basically throw in anything you want and it will work.   Read more

A Healthy Halloween Party

Last year I posted an entry on how to make Halloween cupcakes using marshmallows and boxed cake mix.  My cupcakes were featured on Kokoliving Magazine and since then, have been popular on Pinterest, so if you’re in the mood for sweets, go check that recipe out as well.  When I was a kid, Halloween was so much fun.  Every year, a bunch of us would gather at my friend’s house and have a pre trick-or-treating party that included mulled hot apple cider and healthy snacks.  I think my friend’s mom knew that we’d all be hyped up with candy anyways, so she made sure to serve us good things like cheese, carrot sticks, and grapes.   Read more

Savory Salami Chopped Salad

I love me a light, fresh, and healthy salad any day. Check out my jicama, fennel, and green apple slaw or watch our orange and honey steak salad video. But there are those moments when you want a salad to feel hearty and satisfying too, right? No? Is it just me? Anyways, you may have seen my video blog about my dinner at Pizzeria Mozza with my friends. At Mario Batali’s new restaurant in Newport Beach, we dined on delicious pizzas, but also this amazing salami-laden zesty salad, called “Nancy’s Chopped Salad.” It was truly an eye-opener.   Read more