Sweet Potato Spaghetti With Tangy Yogurt Sauce & Chives

sweet potato spaghetti

Sweet potatoes seem to be taking over my apartment lately thanks to the abundance of them that appear in my CSA each week. So, when I finally had a night in and a chance to get creative with my dinner, I turned to the ol’ orange potato. I stared at the bowl of them on my kitchen table and pondered what I could do with them aside from roasting, baking, or mashing. Then, a stroke of laziness came over me and I thought seriously about just making some pasta. But through this laziness came a stroke of inspiration. Continue reading →

Quinoa & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cilantro, Scallions and Lime

brussels sprout quinoa salad (1 of 2)

I had a craving for brussels sprouts but I didn’t want to just sauté them with shallots and lemon as I often do. I was racking my brain for inspiration when my eyes landed on a bunch of fresh cilantro sitting to the left of the brussels sprouts at my local market. To the right were some scallions. With a the addition of a little lime, this was exactly the kind of refreshing dish I was in the mood for, so I decided to throw some quinoa into the mix to make it a proper meal. Continue reading →

Mashed Squash with Cardamom, Honey & Cashew Cream

vegan mashed squash

As excited as I was to roast my first leg of lamb the other night, I still wanted to eat my veggies. We received an adorable baby acorn squash with our CSA and still had a butternut squash laying around from a previous veggie box so we roasted them both and decided to make a nice mash as a side for our lamb. Since the cashew cream worked so nicely in the vegan risotto I recently made, I decided to try adding it to this mash in place of butter. I always love the flavor of cardamom in the winter and thought it would go nicely with the orange flavor in the lamb so I mixed some into the squash along with some honey and mashed it all together. Continue reading →

Orange, Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb

While most of the recipes on this blog are vegetarian or vegan, I do consider myself a part-time carnivore. It has just been some time since I’ve cooked any meat. That all changed last week when I had a hankering for some lamb. I don’t know what brought on this craving but it was strong and I spent a few days dreaming about it and then one night, my roommate asked me if I wanted to cook dinner with her and at the mention of lamb, she was on board. Continue reading →

Vegan Risotto With Roasted Pumpkin

A few weeks ago I had an incredible vegan meal at a little spot right around the corner from my old stomping grounds in the West Village. I was equally excited to be dining in the old hood as I was to be sharing a meal with some of my favorite people. The delicious food was a bonus and served as a little inspiration in my own kitchen. My friend had raved about Blossom for some time so I decided it was finally time to see what all of the fuss was about. Among a table of unique cocktails, pizza that you would never know was vegan, and many other knock your socks off dishes, stood my favorite plate of the night – their vegan risotto. A few weeks later, I decided it was time to attempt making the vegan risotto myself. Continue reading →

Chimichurri Roasted Potatoes & Yellow Beets With Yogurt Sauce

Growing up in Miami, I was exposed the the delicious world of chimichurri at a young age. It was often on the menu when my parents and I would go out to eat and my mom would occasionally top off her delicious grilled skirt steak with it. The sweetness of the skirt steak always balanced out so nicely with this tangy, refreshing herb sauce. Continue reading →

White Beans In Tomato Sauce With Greek Yogurt

White Beans in Tomato Sauce with Greek Yogurt

A few weeks ago, I returned from one of the best vacations of my life. I traveled to Italy for my friend’s wedding. Not just any friend, but my very first friend. Nicole and I have known each other since we were babies and she is also the person who kickstarted my love for healthy eating and cooking. In fact, she is the reason this blog is called Sprout & Pea. When I began this blog, I thought it would be fun to collaborate with Nicole and so the two of us came up with the name Sprout & Pea in honor of knowing each other since we were sprouts and peas. Nicole’s fashion career since took off and her time did not permit for blogging, so I continued with Sprout & Pea on my own, but Nicole’s influence has been with me every step of the way. It was magical to see my very first friend get married to such a wonderful man on the most beautiful island in Italy. Continue reading →

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict these days. It’s become an incredible source for discovering new recipes and recently I came across quite a few different pins for vegan cookie dough- needless to say, my curiosity was piqued. On the same night that my friend came over for a veggie pasta cooking lesson, I decided that I would also throw this super simple sweet snack into the mix, both to prove to her how easy it can be to make dessert, and to curb my chocolate craving. Continue reading →

Quinoa Linguine with Roasted Summer Vegetables & Fresh Basil

Quinoa Linguine with Roasted Summer Vegetables & Basil

Recently, my friend Caitlin asked me if I would give her a little cooking lesson, and since there’s nothing that I love more than cooking with friends and watching their eyes widen as ingredients fuse together, I jumped at the opportunity. We had just received our latest CSA box and it was filled with summer squash that I was itching to cook with. I wanted to keep this meal simple so after some searching, I decided on a Martha Stewart recipe that I came across for roasted summer vegetables and basil over pasta. Continue reading →

Potato Salad With Garlic Scape & Hazelnut Pesto

Admittedly, I made this recipe quite a few weeks ago. I took a little break from the ol’ blog to travel to a place that I am now very much in love with, Italy. More on the magical city of Rome and a beautiful island called Ponza in a post to follow. Before heading over to Europe, I received my next CSA box from Lancaster and amongst a box of beautiful greens and veggies all familiar to me, were a bunch of garlic scapes. I love this CSA for the new plants that it consistently introduces me to. Continue reading →