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Rice Pilaf With Almonds (Gluten Free)

Rice Pilaf with Almonds (Gluten Free) | emilylevenson.com

Did you know that rice is more than just a way to get more soy sauce (or tamari) into your face? Yep. It can be made into things like mujadara, spanish rice and rice pilaf. I especially love rice pilaf with almonds, and I love it even more when it’s gluten free, dairy free, and nightshade free.  Pinterest is good for a lot of things; finding recipes, getting inspiration for what to cook, and finding a whole lotta craft ideas for toddlers. It’s also been good for showing me a glaring gaping hole in my menu planning prowess. Seriously hard to believe, I know. I realized a few weeks ago that...

Tomato, Cucumber, and Chickpea Salad

Tomato, Cucumber, and Chickpea Salad | emilylevenson.com

This tomato, cucumber, and chickpea salad is a light summer salad that packs a flavorful punch. Serve with your favorite protein or on top of a bed of lettuce. Either way, your taste buds will thank you. A few weeks ago, I decided it would be a really good idea to try adding tomatoes back into my diet. I have a really hard time watching other people enjoy those juicy red jewels in the summertime and felt like I needed to know once and for all how they were making me feel. So I bought a pint of grape tomatoes and plotted how I was going to enjoy them. And then...

Balsamic Vegetable Kebobs

Vegetable Kebobs with Balsamic and Herbs

I’ve been wanting to grill up some veggies for weeks now. In fact, they’ve been on the menu for about a month, with something happening each time to prevent it from actually happening. Things like the zucchini going bad. Or the tomatoes and peppers being used in another recipe. And each time I realize what’s happening, it’s too late. But not this week. THIS week, I planned ahead. I actually had it on the menu in the beginning of the week, so that the veggies couldn’t be used for anything else. I made sure to stock up on a bounty of veggies; mushrooms (for The Hubster), peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, summer...

Sauteed Asparagus

Sautéed Asparagus | Emily Levenson

Growing up, I was never a huge fan of asparagus. It always seemed to look and smell funny to me. And then, of course, there is the whole “it changes the way your pee smells” thing. That was enough for me to pass on it at the dinner table… But then I got older, and a bit wiser. And I also got slammed with a ton of food intolerances, taking away the safety net of my favorite vegetables. I needed to expand my horizons, and quickly. Or I was going to be eating the same two foods on a daily basis. Since The Hubster loved asparagus, I figured it was...

Amazing (Dairy-Free) Mashed Potatoes

Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

I have a thing for mashed potatoes. I have always had a thing for mashed potatoes. Much to My Mama’s chagrin, that used to entail potato flakes and cardboard tasting mashed potatoes from a box. It wasn’t until much later (i.e.—after graduate school) that I realized how stinkin’ easy it was to make them from scratch. Boxed potatoes BE DAMNED. As much as I love mashed potatoes, I always kind of winged it when it came to a recipe. Adding a few potatoes here, a glob of butter or Earth Balance there, and a splash of whatever milk we had on hand. Not this time. This time, I wrote it...