Posts in the category: Sides

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Memorial Day weekend was hot and humid, but I loved it. We made some tasty cheeseburgers on pretzel buns. Our gym had a special memorial day workout class and a new girl passed out! I stayed in my two favorite spots, the one under the fan for strength training and the boxing bag next to the AC unit. It’s 10 am on Tuesday and my deodorant is already failing me. I’m not used to being this warm, you guys. I need to keep emergency deodorant at work. That’s my life now. I love summer, though, and won’t want it to leave.… Continue reading

Easiest Blender Cauliflower Rice

Easiest Blender Cauliflower Rice Recipe // @nicoledula

Last June during Whole 30, I found myself poring over grain-free recipes. The diet never left me hungry, but I did miss certain textures and seriously craved comfort food. Cauliflower rice sounded odd, but fried rice for dinner sounded like a lifesaver. It turned out to be one of my favorite meals. The only problem is that making cauliflower rice is typically a real pain. Most recipes call for it to be blitz up in a food processor and I really hate cleaning my food processor. However, now I’ve discovered this blender method and YOU MUST MAKE ALL OF YOUR CAULIFLOWER… Continue reading

Napa Cabbage Slaw

Napa Cabbage Slaw Recipe // @nicoledula

This salad is famous in Marc’s family. His grandpa and grandma make it, his aunts make it, his mom and sister make it. I haven’t met a person who can resist it. It’s essentially shredded napa cabbage with toasted crunchy bits and a sweet vinaigrette. I did the unthinkable and altered the recipe a wee bit. While I love the original, I always thought the dressing was too sweet, so I kicked the sugar back by half. I also added more almonds and seeds to the crunchy bits because, as Marc reminded me, it’s the best part. I love this… Continue reading

Pickled Giardiniera

Pickled Giardiniera Recipe // @nicoledula

I used to tell Marc that buying me a smart phone would be a waste of money. How many cry-laughing emoji can we insert here? Then I distinctly remember going to an Italian market and seeing a giant jar of Nutella and thinking to myself, I would totally take a picture of this comically large jar of Nutella. Fast forward to the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010 and us waiting in line for 2-3 hours. Not because we had to have it immediately, but because we wanted to people watch and experience the line. The sun came up while… Continue reading

Vegan Roasted Autumn Panzanella Salad

Roasted Autumn Panzanella Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Sometimes you just need a hearty fall salad in your life. Now that it’s pretty chilly in Michigan and I saw snow floating in the air on Saturday (!!!) it’s ok to turn on the oven and roast things again. I roasted up some of my favorite fall veggies and combined them with kale, red onion and a punchy lemon vinaigrette. The roasted brussels sprouts and delicata squash get crisp and caramelized while the onion and the vinaigrette add a touch of acid to heighten and balance those flavors. The bread cubes act like delicious sponges, crispy on the outside, but… Continue reading

Vegetarian Taco Pasta Salad

Vegetarian Taco Pasta Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

First of all, hey! Vacation is way over and I’m back at it. Back at it plus Marc and I started kickboxing! A new studio opened up near our house and this morning we had our third class, at 5:45 am (big eyes emoji). It’s going really well. I love how I feel after class and I’m learning so much. Hopefully we can keep this going! Maybe I was still high on endorphins from last Saturday’s class, but it was the most beautiful day! It was sunny, warm and perfect for the barbecue we had planned. We invited Marc’s cousin, Chris, and… Continue reading

Marinated Summer Squash

Marinated Summer Squash Recipe // @nicoledula

Michigan cannot decide if it’s summer or fall right now with swings in temperature from 90 degrees to low 60’s and then back up to 80. That’s fine with me because I can’t decide if I’m ready to let summer go, either. I spent last weekend with my sister in law and we walked around the Ann Arbor farmers market under gray skies with our jackets on. We still saw basil, tomatoes, corn and summer squash, so I guess it’s not too crazy to share this recipe in September. I feel like many of us end up with extra zucchini or summer… Continue reading

Summer Halloumi + Melon Salad

Summer Halloumi + Melon Salad Recipe // @nicoledula #csa #vegeatarian

Ah, summer. The time of year when a salad like this is dinner and everyone is happy ’bout it. This salad is inspired by one I had at Selden Standard recently with seared halloumi, cantaloupe, fresh snap peas and radish. Fresh snap peas were hard to find last weekend and I wasn’t about to mince radishes, so I picked up what was fresh and pretty at the farmers market. Namely baby heirloom tomatoes, green beans and basil. The whole salad is drizzled with a sharp citronette to make the cantaloupe savory/sweet and the golden cheese is even better with a hit… Continue reading

CSA 2015: Week 3 + Ratatouille

CSA 2015: Week 3 // @nicoledula #csa

Before I forget, I want to tell you that I’ve made a CSA Pinterest board! I’ll be pinning recipes that match up with the kinds of fruit and vegetables I get in my share. Last weekend, I took the romaine, green onions and radishes to west Michigan and we made a huge salad with my mom’s vinaigrette dressing. It was lovely. I’ve been using the beets and beet greens in smoothies this week and I put the garlic scapes in my first ratatouille. Even though it isn’t a traditional ratatouille ingredient, I thought the scapes mixed well with the eggplant, onion,… Continue reading

Frisée Salad with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs + Week 1 of Whole 30

Frisée Salad with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs + Starting Whole 30 // @nicoledula

If you normally roll your eyes at special diets, I feel you. I’m more of an “everything in moderation” person and I try to eat balanced meals while indulging occasionally, but I was feeling like things were a little off-balance for us lately. Maybe it was all the burgers + cookies + bourbon + biscuits + hot chicken in Louisville and Nashville?? I was following along with Erica’s Whole 30 experience and her beautiful and simple meals gave me the push I needed to try it for myself. If you’ve never heard of Whole 30, the rules are here. There is a… Continue reading