Posts in the category: Whole 30

Everything Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

There’s nothing like a good weekend. This last one was extra good because my sister-in-law Bethany was in town and we ate kimchi fried rice, Jeni’s ice cream and she taste-tested a new kale salad recipe for me. We celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday and after all of that food, we decided to take a Barre workout class together. I woke up the next day a little sore, but that’s a crazy good workout. I wish I had a batch of these everything roasted pumpkin seeds to share with her, too. If you love everything bagels or everything focaccia or everything anything, these seeds… Continue reading

Apple + Blueberry + Beet Smoothie

Apple + Blueberry + Beet Smoothie Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

A childhood friend of mine recently moved to metro Detroit and we made a lunch date to celebrate. We had the best chat, the kind you can only have with someone you’ve known since you were 6 years old. She showed me around her new house, talked about her kids, husband and remodeling plans. It’s sometimes funny to think of us as adults. Even though we have mortgages, jobs and husbands. During lunch I remember when we got glamour shots, the time I let her sister cut my hair and swimming in her pool. It made my heart happy to spend time… Continue reading

Basil Pesto in a Molcajete

Basil Pesto in a Molcajete Recipe // Dula Notes

I really try not to purchase kitchen tools that can’t be used regularly. My ice cream maker attachment was an exception and my mandolin was another. A mandolin that I can’t quite figure out how to use. The molcajete, though, was said to be the way to perfect pesto and now I have to agree. The consistency is different and to my surprise, a step above pesto made in a food processor. Don’t get me wrong, pesto in all its forms is good, but I think you should try it in a molcajete sometime. There’s something beautiful about manually creating… Continue reading

Grilled Baba Ghanoush

Grilled Baba Ghanoush Recipe // Dula Notes

Sometimes you want to change up your dip game and this easy baba ghanoush is a nice change of pace. It has the same flavors as you find in hummus, but it’s lighter from the use of eggplant instead of chickpeas. You can dip your favorite vegetables and crackers in it or you can spread it on lavash and top with raw or roasted veggies for a veggie wrap. It makes a party-size amount, which is great if you’re having people over or plan on using it for lunches for the week. Feel free to cut the recipe is half… Continue reading

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad Recipe // Dula Notes

Until I moved to the east side of Michigan, I had no idea what fattoush was. Middle eastern restaurants are very popular around here and I remember the first time Marc’s family took me to one. It was a whole new experience with fast middle eastern music, draped fabric everywhere and new-to-me food. With a little help while ordering, I became a fan of the fresh and flavorful food pretty quickly. Fattoush and tabouli salad with tangy lemon dressing is usually the first course with as much fresh pita and garlic sauce or hummus as you can handle. The warm… Continue reading

Vegan Taco Collard Wraps

Vegan Taco Collard Wrap Recipe // Dula Notes

People have strong feelings for tacos. Taco love is almost universal, right? If you told me you didn’t like tacos, I’d be a little suspicious.  We’ve tried our fair share of tacos and they’ve never disappointed. Whether it’s the rich tacos at the El Guapo food truck, exotic tacos at Roast’s happy hour, the fresh tacos at Mas Tacos in Nashville, our favorite local spot Miguel’s or any taco anywhere in California, they all make us happy. I have tasted wonderful vegan tacos, but I’d never made a vegan taco at home. I was a little nervous, but the combination of… Continue reading

Cod with Spicy Tumeric Coconut Sauce

Cod with Spicy Tumeric Coconut Sauce from Dula Notes

I expect so much out of my food. I want it to be healthy, quick, pretty, inexpensive, flavorful and if it can make as few dirty dishes as possible, extra bonus points. Yeesh, I’m demanding. Sometimes all of those boxes get ticked, though, and I can happily enjoy dinner knowing I got exactly what I wanted. If you’re as demanding of your food as me, here is one of those dishes that has it all. It also happens to be gluten-free and dairy-free. I added tumeric for its beautiful warm yellow color and its anti-inflammation properties. This one-skillet meal is… Continue reading

One Skillet Garlic Sage Roast Chicken and Crispy Fingerling Potatoes

Sometimes getting dinner on the table during the week is a struggle. Especially when the sky is dark when I drive home from work and I’m craving something warm and satisfying. This one-skillet roast chicken is perfect for when you want a cozy meal with very little effort. If you’ve never made a whole chicken before, don’t let it intimidate you. Turn on the oven as soon as you walk in the door and then prepare your chicken with what you have on-hand. Soon the smell of roast chicken will fill the air and that few minutes of prep time… Continue reading

Roasted Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa

Don’t you just love tomatillos? If not, allow me to tell you why I do. They’re unusual, but pretty with their bright green skin and paper-like husks. I guess they come in other colors, too, and I’d like to collect them all; especially purple. They add a nice tart freshness to soups and sauces. I think I was a little scared to purchase them at first, but then they showed up in my CSA box last year. I was forced to make friends with tomatillos and I’m glad about that. This creamy salsa is a good example of what makes… Continue reading

Pineapple Peachy Green Smoothie

While in college, I would sometimes go to the big mall that was about 25 minutes from my parents’ house. That seems like nothing now, but we lived in a smallish city where everything was about 10 minutes away. I couldn’t always afford to buy something during those unpaid teaching assistant and full-time class load days, but I used to indulge in a pineapple peach smoothie at the big mall. I’d park on the upper parking deck, the entrance closest to that smoothie place. I could grab my smoothie and browse at the Gap around the corner or take the… Continue reading