mango slaw with crispy chickpeas

I never felt one way or the other about coleslaw. There it sat at class picnics or family barbecues — the store-bought kind, inevitably, wilting somewhat in the July sun, no one quite sure who brought it and no one quite sure what to do with the leftovers at the end of the afternoon. I…

falafel & kale bowl + the best ever sauce

Attention, dear readers! This is the 100th post to be published on the Sprout Diaries, which feels like a milestone worth celebrating. And what better way to celebrate than with my all-time favorite food? (I know that “all-time favorite” is a big statement, but when it comes to expressing my love of falafel, there’s no…

roasted spaghetti squash with kale

Listen now to the story of spaghetti squash. In the early 20th century, the brilliantly yellow, oblong vegetable we now know as spaghetti squash (or vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash or squaghetti, if you’re into portmanteaus) made its timid debut on the American produce scene. As is often the case with prodigies, the spaghetti squash was not immediately understood nor accepted…

mediterranean pasta salad

Funny how time moves fast and slow. Seen one way, this winter has been one of the longest in memory. Even though New Yorkers really can’t complain compared to the Arctic freeze Midwesterners have endured since January, it hasn’t exactly been a walk in Central Park here, either. The smattering of blue-skied, jean-jacket days that…

lentil chickpea soup

It’s a strange experience, to be abroad on a major national holiday such as Thanksgiving. Here in Corsica, there were no cartoon turkeys or Pilgrims adorning elementary school classrooms, no cans of pumpkin puree or cranberry sauce flying off the grocery store shelves, no television sets buzzing with the Patriots tackling the Jets. Thursday passed…

curried quinoa with roasted cauliflower

I live in a house of six girls. Six food-savvy, taste-conscious girls who can whip up some candied walnuts, bananas foster, or a darn good casserole anytime you please, but six girls on a just-graduated-college-sized budget nonetheless. The result, then, is this: our house’s spice cupboard is far from shabby–we have the essentials and then…

chickpea & purslane salad

So I guess you could say I’m on this kick of trying green things I’ve never heard of (see fiddlehead ferns). Maybe it’s some post-graduation void I’m trying to fill, some thirst for adventure that I’m finding hard to satisfy within this town that is home, yes, but oh so familiar. Who knows why, but…