Farro & Spinach Power Bowl with Chicken, Roasted Red Peppers, Feta and Avocado Tahini Cream


The Washington Post recently ran an interesting piece rethinking salad.  They argue that for all the resources that go into growing lettuce, it provides pathetically few nutrients or calories.  Essentially, it uses a significant amount of land, water and fuel while doing very little to feed people. I thought they made a … Continue reading

Mexican Style Cornbread Panzanella


“I like these new beefed up salads you’ve been making.” That was Courtney’s response to panzanella, which would more accurately described as “breaded up.”  Panzanella is a Tuscan dish, traditionally composed of stale bread, tomatoes and onions and dressed in oil and vinegar.  This is a very non-traditional panzanella, incorporating corn … Continue reading

Girls’ Night In: A Tapas Feast at La Casa de Laurita

The resulting tapas feast!

Saturday night I had a craving for Spanish food.  This isn’t particularly unusual, seeing as manchego with olives and a Spanish tortilla are comfort food for me in a way that mac and cheese never has been.  I had a date to catch up with Laura who was happy to eat … Continue reading

Pesto Potato & Green Bean Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives and Chickpeas


Potatoes are treated like the ugly stepchild in our household.  Hubby won’t touch them with a ten foot pole unless they’re sliced thin and heavily fried and or/covered in cheese… basically, he can’t know it’s potato.  And honestly, I don’t feel much more positively about them.  Sweet potatoes are awesome, … Continue reading

Belga Café Beer Dinner: Het Anker Brewery


Last week, we were excited to finally try Belga Café’s monthly beer dinner.  While I used to be somewhat of a regular, I haven’t been to Belga since they stopped doing the 1/2 priced mussel pot & no corkage fee combo that was clearly too good to be true.  However I’ve … Continue reading

Grainless Tahini & Date Cookies {Vegan}


Oh man, where have I been!  Well, I started a new job last week, which I’m really excited about.  My day job now also involves talking and thinking about food all day, so assuming at least one of my dreams is about food, that puts me at 20 hours of … Continue reading

Paleo Summer Squash Fritters


These summer squash fritters were somewhat of a happy accident.  Perhaps not the recipe itself, but that they came to be in the first place. I’d planned to make shredded sweet potato hash browns to serve with our burgers, but when I went to fetch the sweet potato I found … Continue reading

Cucumber Noodle Greek Salad with Tahini Glazed Chicken


I take a great deal of pride in my ability to make something awesome using only the ingredients on hand.  People have often told me I should go on “Chopped,” but I’m afraid my cooking style involves too much cussing, cutting and burning myself to be appropriate for national T.V.  Regardless, … Continue reading

Lighthouse @ Prequel: Lobster, Burgers and FRIES, oh my!


A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for a central spot for a lady friend and I to catch up over a glass of wine and discovered 4th Floor Wine Bar.  We were among only a handful of people there on a Tuesday night, but you can’t beat half-priced … Continue reading

Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad with Almonds, Raisins and Bacon in a Maple Tahini Vinaigrette


Believe it or not, sometimes even I struggle to decide what to do with the ingredients in my fridge.  I wrote a whole post on amazing things to do with cauliflower, but this purple cauliflower was so pretty I wanted to use it in a way we’d fully enjoy it’s … Continue reading

Zoodles Alla Puttanesca


First let’s start with a couple of definitions: Zoodles: Zucchini + Noodles.  A healthy, low-carb and gluten-free alternative to spaghetti. Alla puttanesca: Translates roughly to “in the garbage style” or “in the whore’s style” in Italian.  A tangy, salty pasta dish invented in the mid-20th century that incorporates ingredients typical of Southern … Continue reading

Paleo Pizza Frittata (Whole30 Friendly)


Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at supper time… except ditch the bagel.  Who needs those empty calories?  We’re talking pizza frittata here, packed with veggies and topped with pepperoni.  This is a delicious protein-packed way to start or end your day! Paleo Pizza Frittata Adapted from … Continue reading

Braised Apple-Plantain Brussels Sprout Breakfast Skillet


Brussels sprouts are routinely a part of breakfasts around here, but until recently they’d been a side show rather than the main attraction.  This dish changed that.  Cooked with apples, plantains and caramelized red onions, it’s just a little bit sweet.  Top with a fried egg (or two!) and serve with … Continue reading

Garlic Scape Pesto


When I pulled these little green pipes out of my CSA bag a couple weeks back, I honestly wasn’t quite sure what they were. Luckily, the lovely co-worker and pal sitting next to me used to farm and was not only able to tell me what they were (garlic scapes!), but had all … Continue reading

Jamaican Style Greens (Swiss Chard with Bacon)


When I got another bunch of Swiss chard in my CSA bag this week, I summoned all my willpower and refrained from making one of my all time favorites again and decided to seek out another delicious way to prepare the chard.  When I came across these Jamaican style greens, I thought … Continue reading

Zucchini Noodles with Sweet Italian Sausage, Mussels and Cherry Tomatoes


This is one of those recipes I looked at and said “yeah right.”  It just didn’t seem possible that it could be as good as it looked in the photos.  First of all, I have a tumultuous history with spiralizers.  As in, the last one I used ended up in … Continue reading

A Simple Picnic Treat: Rye Crostini with Fresh Radishes & Avocado Mash


I have so many awesome recipes to share with you, but sadly one of the numerous broken things in the Johannasphere is my camera.  Well, the camera seems to be alright, but I can’t attach it to my computer to upload photos.  I’ve ordered a card reader, but for the … Continue reading

Paleo Waffles with Strawberry Chia Jam & Coconut Whipped Cream


So, I had an embarrassing moment this morning when I got to spin class wearing the exact same outfit (a very brightly colored cut off Superman shirt, nonetheless) I wore to boot camp last night, only to find myself next to the very same girl.  Seriously, who would have thought that someone … Continue reading

The Science Behind Asparagus Pee + Asparagus & Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon and Poached Egg


You know those revelations that just totally rock your world and skew your entire perspective of the universe? Like when we learned the world wasn’t flat, the tooth fairy wasn’t real and that planting a Skittle in the garden doesn’t grow a package of Skittles anymore if you don’t live … Continue reading

Third Time’s the Charm: Paleo Banana Walnut Muffins {Leftovers Club}


Remember last month, when I told you about how I had to make a second batch of Leftovers Club treats at the last minute because I didn’t like how the first batch turned out?  Well, this time I’ve got even myself beat.  It took me not one, not two, but three … Continue reading

Ugly But Delicious: Flourless Double Dark Chocolate Avocado Cookies


Have you ever made something that you intended to share with a group and had it come out so unpresentable that you decided to hold off, but then when you tasted it discovered that it’s actually really delicious and you’re kind of glad you didn’t have to share it anyways? … Continue reading

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies filled with Pumpkin Cashew Butter and Drizzled with Dark Chocolate


Before I share with you some of the BEST COOKIES THAT EVER WERE you’re going to listen to me rant about something for a moment.  Can we please talk about the use of the word “slutty” as an adjective describing food? I mean, let’s back things up for a minute… … Continue reading

Paleo Breakfast Lasagna with Sausage, Spinach and Scrambled Eggs


I love breakfast.  I eat it every single day without fail, and usually a hardy one.  In fact, I remember the last time I missed breakfast: it was the day after Super Bowl Sunday and I had food poisoning.  Even then, when I finally could eat (around 7:00pm) I ate breakfast.  I like breakfast … Continue reading

Japchae (Korean Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry with Beef)


Last year at this time I was in South Korea eating my weight in kimchi and bulgogi washed down with generous amounts of soju.  While you can never recreate the food to taste as good as did did in its home country (let’s be honest, half of a meal is its environment) that never … Continue reading

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