Roasted Beets, Watercress and Apple Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Anita Appetizer, Dairy Free, Fruits, Gluten Free, Greens, Paleo, Salad, Vegetables, Vegetarian, What's Cooking 8 Comments

Have you ever had times when you’re drawn to a particular vegetable or fruit. It’s an odd feeling, but I occasionally get immense cravings for a particular item; like for instance last Spring, I couldn’t have enough peaches. Well, for the last couple of months, I never leave a market without beets. I use them in juicing, with carrots and …

Forbidden Rice Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Anita Dairy Free, Entrée, Fruits, Gluten Free, Grains, Kids Eat Here, Salad, Vegetables, What's Cooking 3 Comments

 This is one of my favorite salads, inspired by one that I occasionally eat at Whole Foods Fairfax when visiting family. And while theirs is Asian inspired, mine relies on the sweetness of the pineapples and peppers with a hint of sherry vinegar and some agave nectar. It’s simple, flavorful and filling. And more importantly, when I have an upcoming …

Aromatic Grilled Halloumi and Watermelon Sandwich

Anita Appetizer, Cheeses, Fruits, Sandwiches, What's Cooking 1 Comment

It’s been so hot and humid here lately, and I’m craving a refreshing light lunch. Halloumi is probably my favorite Cypriot cheese, and has been adopted by the entire levantine region. It’s a hard, somewhat salty cheese and has a high melting point, which makes it a good grill candidate. During the neon-colored 80’s, my family lived in Limassol, Cyprus. …