• Healthy Salads and Sides,  Main Courses,  Sides

    Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Salad

    I have fallen in LOVE with this salad! Fresh spinach, juicy strawberries, creamy goats’ cheese, and crunchy almonds – a classic combination. But what makes this Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Salad unique? THE DRESSING! This Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese recipe uses an incredibly delicious sesame seed dressing that I was introduced to by my dearest sister-in-law Jess! I love salad dressing as much as the next person – duh. But often its not worth the calorie count for me. So many delicious dressings are extremely heavy and full of saturated fats. Sure, your salad may start out healthy – but once you glob on 300 calories¬† of creamy caesar, you…

  • Healthy Salads and Sides,  Sides

    Sweet Hot Honey Carrots

    For a long time, I legitimately hated cooked carrots. They were just never very good! I always thought they came out way too mushy, or awkwardly mushy on the outside but hard on the inside… bleh. It wasn’t until I was served cooked carrots at a restaurant (one of our favorites here in Columbus) that I realized how delicious cooked carrots could really be. These Sweet Hot Honey Carrots prove that cooked carrots can and are delicious (when cooked correctly) – not to mention they look great on your plate! What is hot honey? Hot honey is chili-pepper infused honey. I first had hot honey at one of our favorite…

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    Orzo with Mushrooms and Onions

    It is SO COLD OUTSIDE! I can’t believe that winter only officially started last month… I’m already dreaming of summer. But anyway, while we are in winter, might as well make the best of it! I love warm pastas in the winter. It is definitely not good for my waistline – but they are just so comforting! This Orzo with Mushrooms and Onions is so utterly simple, yet so delicious. My mom always made it growing up, and although this isn’t her exact recipe – it still gives me all the feels! Even Jake likes it… I REPEAT – even JAKE likes it! And he doesn’t even like mushrooms. So…

  • Sides

    Easy Cheesy Orzo

    EASY CHEESY ORZO! You are going to LOVE this new side. Its easy. Its cheesy. And its orzo… so you know its going to be good. My mom always made orzo growing up – but I have met a lot of people who have never had it. For those of you that don’t know, orzo is like the perfect little baby pasta. Every spoonful is loaded with noodles, therefore whatever sauce you use to dress your orzo will pack a huge flavor punch in your final dish. Risotto is one of my favorite dishes – its creamy, rich and delicious. But homemade risotto is time consuming to make and requires…

  • Sides

    25 Last Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    Thanksgiving Turkey? Pshhhh – EVERYONE knows that Thanksgiving is really all about those sides. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts, green bean casserole – can you say yum? I am usually all about trying to get fresh greens and veggies into my diet, but Thanksgiving is surely the one day of the year that I let that go. Your Thanksgiving plate just might be the most PRIME real estate that you have ever had your hands on. Choosing the correct foods to fill it – woof, big decisions! (Kidding, but also not kidding…) Struggling to find that perfect last minute side dish for this year? Search no further!…

  • This Caprese Pasta Salad is easy and perfect - Al dente orzo, creamy mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, and fresh basil all tossed with a light vinaigrette. | NOMaste Kitchen
    Healthy Salads and Sides,  Sides

    Caprese Pasta Salad

    I love a good pasta salad. Loaded with veggies and cheese, it is the perfect side to any potluck or barbecue. Top with some fresh herbs – MWA! Delicioso. This Caprese Pasta Salad is so easy yet so delicious. Al dente orzo, creamy mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, and fresh basil all tossed with a light vinaigrette. Better yet? It stores wonderfully! So you can make a big batch and enjoy for multiple nights in a row! Alright – time for me to get up on my soap box. I am not a HUGE fan of dressing. Actually, I’ll take that back. I love dressing! But, its not very healthy. So I…

  • Healthy Main Courses,  Healthy Salads and Sides,  Main Courses,  Sides,  Snacks

    Camembert and Peach Toast with Balsamic Glaze

    I have been really into trying new and fun toasts lately. It is definitely not just me though – toast is trending. Sweet potato toast, avocado toast, nut butter toast – its all so delicious and fun! This Camembert and Peach Toast with Balsamic Glaze is no different – Creamy camembert, juicy peach, and fresh basil make for a taste bud blasting combination – drizzle with balsamic glaze and you’ve got straight up perfection. You can enjoy this Camembert and Peach Toast fresh or baked. With fresh toast, you can enjoy the juicy, bright taste of that cute babe peach. With baked toast, your camembert is going to get all…

  • This Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce might just be the most incredible thing you have ever tasted. Drizzle over fresh veggies, shrimp, tofu, cardboard... wait what? | NOMaste Kitchen
    Healthy Salads and Sides,  Healthy Snacks,  Sides,  Snacks

    Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

    Do you love peanut butter? Do you love Asian-inspired recipes? This Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce is for you. It literally tastes good on anything. Seriously. I haven’t tried eating it with cardboard yet, but I am sure it would be delicious. Just kidding – but for real, as good as cardboard could taste – you would experience it with this sauce. I try to eat vegetables as much as possible – but, I don’t always crave raw veggies. That was until I started making this Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce. Zucchini noodles, shredded carrots, red cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, red peppers – you name it, this sauce makes it taste even more…

  • Summertime = Grilling season! There is nothing better! Being outside, enjoying the sunshine, and eating fresh food. Everything tastes better on the grill! Check out these 72 amazingly EASY Grilling Recipes this summer! | NOMaste Kitchen
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    72 EASY Grilling Recipes

    SUMMER IS A COMING! WAHOO! I am SO thrilled. Jake and I just got are backyard fully landscaped – how adult are we? And it looks awesome. I should have taken a before and after picture, but of course I did not. Oh well. Summer time means getting outside, enjoying the sunshine, and of course eating fresh food! This weekend we are turning on the grill for the first time this season and my brain is BUZZING with ideas. Chicken, veggies, burgers, pizza – there are so many amazing foods that can be made on the grill! I just can’t keep them all straight! Hence, the creation of this roundup:…

  • Healthy Salads and Sides,  Sides

    Roasted Cuban Zucchini

    I love me some fresh grilled veggies in the summer time! Especially veggies like zucchini, squash and eggplant. They become so tender and delicious, you almost forget that you are eating a vegetable! This recipe for Roasted Cuban Zucchini is PERFECT for summer – whether you love to grill or prefer the oven, you can make this incredibly flavorful dish in no time at all. Inspired by some traditional Cuban spices, this recipe is packed with flavor. Paprika, chili powder, and cumin are definitely the headlining stars – but don’t forget about Cotija cheese, cilantro or lime because they also play key roles! Confession: I didn’t realize how AMAZING Cotija…