Tahini & Date Milkshake {Vegan}


This holiday weekend has been about balance.  After a fun night out on Friday, Saturday was spent on cleaning and (unfinished) home improvement projects.  Yesterday we got up just after 6:00am so I could run my first half marathon of the year.  It was slow (1:50:20) and exceedingly painful, but … Continue reading

Steak & Kimchi Summer Rolls


From a long string of vegan recipes to bacon followed by steak.  That’s how it goes here in the Messy Kitchen because, well… that’s how we eat!  Don’t these Summer rolls look delectable?  I’ve been wanting to make them for some time now, but just now made the plunge.  Let’s be … Continue reading

Cuban Frittata with Bacon & Plantains {Paleo}


It’s always nice to have ideas on hand of things you can make when you find out last minute you’re going to be serving a crowd.  In this particular instance, I needed something I could make that wouldn’t require a store trip beyond our corner market.  After a quick assessment … Continue reading

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake


Last week I volunteered to make a birthday treat to celebrate one of my coworkers.  I’m still getting to know folks, but I was tipped off that she likes peanut butter and chocolate.  “And she’s a vegan?” you’re probably assuming.  Well, actually no, and obviously neither am I.  This just happened … Continue reading

Jerk Shrimp with Crispy Plantain Noodles {Paleo}


After eating beautiful paleo meals for five days, I was feeling extremely good by the end of the week.  My tummy was feeling happy (and flat). Then Saturday happened. I’m pretty sure the healthiest thing I ate all day was a plate of shredded lettuce topped with taco meat and a few pieces … Continue reading

Chocolate Covered Coffee Cream Bars {Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)


I have always been a sucker for frozen desserts.  In my memory, the summers of my youth were spent making daily trips to Piazza with my grandparents and walking around the lake to the market to pick up a pint of sorbet after a couple of goes on the rope swing. … Continue reading

Hummus Gazpacho: a New Twist on an Old Classic


Gazpacho is a refreshing and healthy summer treat that pleases most palettes, as it’s vegan and gluten-free (unless you throw bread in it, Analucian style!)  When made with fresh ingredients and seasoned just right, gazpacho really hits the spot.  However, there are other times when I think it needs a little sumthin’ … Continue reading

In true passed-down-from-Ethiopian-mamas fashion


I must admit I had absolutely no knowledge of Ethiopian food before moving to D.C.  To be completely honest, back then when I thought about food in the context of Ethiopia, it was hunger that first came to mind not cuisine (and I think it’s important not to forget that hunger and … Continue reading

Not a Vegan But I Cook Like One: Raw Vegan Collard Green Wraps


The best part about raw food is that it won’t get cold while I take a zillion pictures of it.  Well, I suppose that’s just one of many perks. It also makes my belly happy, as my four year old cousin Patrick would say.  Although to be fair, I think … Continue reading

The Annual Mother’s Day Feast Tradition Continues


Aside from Thanksgiving, I think Mother’s Day has been the holiday that I’ve most consistently cooked a special, multi-course meal.  Or I should say prepared, rather, as this Mother’s Day the meal was all raw and vegan (with the exception of some toasted chickpeas) in honor of all the animal mamas … Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Dream Bars {Leftovers Club}


What percent of Americans do you think know what rhubarb is?  Judging by husband and the clerk at the grocery store, that number is low.  (Scientific method at work right there, folks). To be fair, you don’t see rhubarb all too often.  The long red stalks are a seasonal and sometimes rare find … Continue reading

A Fat but Fast Weekend in Philly: Cheese Steaks & A New PR


This weekend I went up to Philly for a girls weekend and to run the Broad Street Run, the largest 10-mile road race in the U.S.  With over 40,000 people, this. race. was. huge.  Seriously, it makes the Cherry Blossom look like a jog with a couple of your friends. … Continue reading

Vegan Tempeh Stir-Fry with Sweet Potatoes, Peppers and Brussels Sprouts


I’m shocked to say it, but I’ve actually really been missing school this week.  I guess it’s a sign I’m in the right program when I get one week off after two back-to-back accelerated courses, and I already miss it.  Health Communications starts next week, which is one of the courses … Continue reading

Cheesy Cabbage Noodle Turkey Lasagna


I have lots of recipes to share with you!  Last week was a busy one as I scrambled to finish up my first semester of grad school.  It’s always stressful when nearly 50% of your grade is determined in the final week, but I managed to just barely get an ‘A’ in … Continue reading

Who Cares if Chipotle Delivers? You Can Make Spicy Fish Burrito Bowls at Home!


Yesterday it was announced that Chipotle will be partnering with Postmates to deliver in 67 cities across the U.S. Taco Bell will soon be following suit.  Based on my Facebook feed (a very scientific polling system), it seems that this news came with a great deal of excitement among our generation. … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Apricots and Almonds


It’s getting a bit late in the season for slow cooker recipes.  In fact as I was walking back from the organic market where I had gone to buy dried apricots, I smelled the air and wished I’d also bought a steak to throw on the grill instead.  By the time … Continue reading

The Rock Would Approve: Honey Porter Glazed Cod Fillets


When I think “cod” I generally think fish and chips.  Apparently when Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson thinks about cod, he thinks breakfast lunch and dinner.  The internet was abuzz last week about just how much cod the Rock eats. It was ironic timing that my friend Jeanette posted this humerous … Continue reading

Baked Avocado Chicken Parmigiana & the Inaugural Cherry Blossom 9.5 Miler


So you’re thinking, “wait a minute… I’ve been running the Cherry Blossom for years!” (or alternatively, you might be thinking “I don’t care about running… hurry up and tell me about that ridiculously delicious looking chicken!” That’s fair, but you’re going to have to be patient.)  Yes, perhaps you have, but … Continue reading

Our Newest Regular: Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers (Paleo & Gluten-Free)


I’ve told you before how rarely I made a recipe twice.  I would estimate that less than 30% of my recipes get invited back to the Messy Kitchen- and many of them I actually really like!  There are just so many recipes in the big blue sea.  What I will … Continue reading

Confessions of a Homebrewer’s Wife + Spent Grain Falafel Salad


Often times I’ve said to folks “my husband and I brew beer.”  Let’s be real.  The truth of the matter is that I often request certain beers.  Occasionally I stir.  Sometimes I pick up forgotten necessaries once the brewing is in process.  Other times you’ll even find me helping to … Continue reading

The Start of Race Season & Sweet Ginger Shrimp with Dill and Quinoa


I ran my first race of the season yesterday afternoon, only because a snow storm gave me a temporary pardon on the Georgetown 10-miler a couple weeks back.  It’s a good thing it did, because I don’t think I would have been ready to run back-to-back ten milers (one on … Continue reading

Chipotle-Glazed Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes


With little time on my hands these days, having something I can easily pop in the microwave is key. That way I can eat at my desk and avoid spending unnecessary money in the cafeteria… or at Sweet Green, which I will admit I’ve been frequently as of late.  When … Continue reading

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Shrimp and Dill {Cookbook Club}


I finally let myself have a bit of a life this weekend, which was a nice change of pace.  I’m still struggling to find the grad school balance between reading everything, reading only what I need to read to get a good grade, and reading enough to get a good … Continue reading

13 Ways You’ve Never Thought to Use Cauliflower


Let’s be honest, cauliflower isn’t the sexiest food on the planet.  In fact, I didn’t eat if for years after an STD slideshow presented to our 7th grade Sex Ed class.  True story.  Between that and the poor condom’d banana, they just about toppled the food pyramid! Cauliflower shouldn’t be … Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Pomegranate Thai Chicken Enchiladas


Anyone else notice that I seem to have a “Christmas color” theme going on here in the Messy Kitchen?  Seriously, the last three recipes I’ve shared have been red and green!  This particular one has been filed away under the “must make” category for far too long.  It’s even been … Continue reading

Beetroot Crust Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Caramelized Beets, Goat Cheese and Kale


I know I’ve been M.I.A. lately, but the unfortunate reality is that when I get really busy, the blog is one of the first things to go.  Whereas in the past my “busyness” has been self-induced by a tendency toward overcommitment and social butterfly syndrome, having started the second course … Continue reading

Just Beet It! Smokey Beet Burger with Creamy Blue Cheese Spread


One of the most meaningful takeaways from the Intro to Nutrition class I just completed was just how significantly diet affects every single chronic disease that Americans are suffering from at ever increasing rates.  The resulting socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes are far more serious than most realize or care to acknowledge. … Continue reading

Paleo Spaghetti Squash Hawaiian Pizza Pie


When I saw this I knew I had to make it, given my childhood history with Hawaiian pizza and my current obsession with spaghetti squash.  And honestly, it was pretty good, but didn’t excite me the way that little pile of ham and pineapple did as a kid.  But then again, … Continue reading

Spiced Turkey Lasagna with Butternut Squash Noodles (+Beware of Mandolines!)


I really loved this recipe.  What I don’t really love?  Mandolines.  Those things are straight-up dangerous.  Seriously, they need to come with dexterity checks and “you will at some point lose a sizable chunk of your finger” warnings.   I posted this picture on Facebook (because I obviously have no … Continue reading

Swedish Pea Soup & Pancakes (Thank God It’s Thursday!)


It’s Thursday!  In the U.S. that just means we’ve made it over the hump, the weekend is so close you can smell it.  To the Swedes?  It means pea soup and pancakes, of course! (I talked a little bit about the tradition in my Taste of Sweden post, but now I’ll … Continue reading

Pomegranate Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Whipped Tahini


This morning I have a recipe I’ve been meaning to share with you for almost as long as I’d been meaning to make it.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait. And you’re going to have to wait just a moment longer, because first I’m going to go on a little … Continue reading

Black Forest Ham and Béchamel Crepe Torte {Cookbook Club}


I should preface this post with a full disclosure: I said “this is the worst recipe I’ve ever made” no less than 60 times while making this torte.  And really, it’s right up there.  Not the final product; in that department it was a relative hit.  This recipes is just … Continue reading

Date Pecan Rosemary Cookies with Chia Seeds and Dark Chocolate Chips {Leftovers Club}


I’ve been craving some healthy cookies lately.  You know, the ones that when you bite into them, they satisfy both your sweet tooth and your taste for nuts, grains and seeds.  With Leftovers Club coming up, I figured it was a good time to make them.  Hopefully my partner Elizabeth … Continue reading

A Taste of Mérida and Madrid

Making new memories to add to the old.

And, it’s time for the next installment of “ridiculously delicious things I ate abroad.” Man do I love food. On our way to  Madrid, we stopped in Mérida to check out some Roman ruins dating back to the 2nd century B.C.  And of course to get a hearty lunch.  We decided … Continue reading

Paleo Pumpkin Tahini Sauce with Spaghetti Squash and Tahini Chicken

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I won’t be telling you much about my Superbowl snacks this year.  Not that I didn’t make any (buffalo cauliflower bites, buffalo hummus, carnitas tacos).  It just seems that I accidentally poisoned Courtney, myself, and all of our guests with said snacks.  Or we all got the stomach bug at exactly the … Continue reading

A Taste of Andalucía


Oh, Andalucía.  Land of olives,  jamón, sherry and cheese.  How I love thee.  Having grown up with my Grammy in Spain living in El Puerto de Santa María and now with Dad and Kippy having made a beautiful home in Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucía is the region of Spain I am by far the … Continue reading

Cranberry, Feta and Pecan Stuffed Chicken


The cranberry sauce is officially the last Thanksgiving leftover still standing.  Unless Courtney has something hoarded in a backpack/desk drawer/under the seat of our car.  Which wouldn’t be the first time.  But the cranberry sauce is the last that will be put to good use. Put to such very good … Continue reading

Butternut Squash & Tahini Soup (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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As I write this, the last piece of produce from my CSA sits roasting in the oven.  A small sugar pumpkin that I’ve struggled to eat because it’s just so dang cute!  Instead, it’s been sitting as a center piece on our dining room table. But tomorrow, it’s becoming part … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza

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After devouring the first slice, Courtney declared this the best thing I’ve ever made. At first I thought he was just having a moment.  That is, until he suggested that we smoke up a turkey and make a Thanksgiving feast a couple times a year just so we can make … Continue reading

Turkey and Vegetable Soup with Stuffing Dumplings

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You’ve probably heard my mantra on food waste.  If you haven’t, it goes something like this: don’t waste food.  No, but really, I hate wasting food.  So much so that when we had to get on the road first thing in the morning the day after Thanksgiving, I put the … Continue reading

Blueberry Quinoa Cornbread {Leftovers Club}

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As someone who rarely bakes, I usually look forward to Leftovers Club as an excuse to experiment with some of the many sweet confections on my evergrowing to-do list.  This time however, I found myself thinking “oh no, more sweets!”  Between Friendsgivings and Thanksgivings and holiday happy hours, having brownies or … Continue reading

A Messy Kitchen Thanksgiving – We’re Sophomores Now!

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We learned a few things hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner last year.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving last year, I found myself sitting at Shake Shack at 9:00 pm eating a pumpkin concrete after a three hour happy hour while trying to find a liquor store open to buy bourbon for the … Continue reading

Curried Tofu Salad

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I can’t stand when I’m looking for a recipe and search only to find something that is in no way a recipe.  Take curried mayo for instance.  Google it, and you get about a dozen pages with these insightful instructions: “combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons curry powder and … Continue reading