Olive and Pearl's

Roasted Carrot, Avocado and Chickpea Cucumber Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Side Dishes, Vegan

Between working all day on set, eating catered craft services, eating out at restaurants in new cities, and generally having a grand ol’ exploratory summer, I’ve been feeling as of late that it’s time to get back to some healthy routines. What makes summer so great is that relaxed state of mind; I say yes to more, lighten up on the weekday scheduling, and worry less about going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. It’s freeing to listen to that child inside of you and…read more

Peach, Hazelnut, and Mint Summer Salad

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Earlier this week I met the Dalai Lama. It gives me chills just to write that sentence! Fortunately for moi, a friend of mine has a friend who is friends with the holiness himself (thank peas for degrees of separation) and I got to actually shake his hand. Then I got to thinking; in consideration of his lifelong work being that of spreading love and kindness, the physical manifestation of this through hand-holding and embracing, could he be the singular person who has physically touched the most other human beings…read more

Springy Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Basil Hemp Seed Dressing

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Uncategorized, Vegan

I was afraid that I’d posted too many cauliflower recipes. But then I thought, to heck with it, it’s delicious and I would happily eat cauliflower everyday for the rest of my years! Then I realized I really haven’t posted many recipes with cauliflower in them at all. So here were are, mas coliflor, and my love of it.  There are so many brightly colored crops on display this time of year at the farmer’s market. The beauty of them instigates a battle between what I see and smell, and…read more

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl with Papaya, Seeds, and Dandelion Greens

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Greens, Vegan

Our family likes fun. A lot of it. And since we are only able to get together every once in a while, the fun compacts into a big, loud, clump of love that leaves me saddened by their departure. And with a bit of a hangover. My mother and her brother flew in to Los Angeles for the weekend to see their kids (my cousin and I) and to frolick about in the beautiful weather. We dined out, laid by the pool, cooked, shopped for new books and purses, engaged…read more

The Best Ever Kale Salad – With Pea Mash, Avocado, Grapes, and Pistachios

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan

I’m not one to use words like, “best” and “ever” lightly. For that matter, nor am I one to utilize kale in a manner that does not best serve it’s magical abilities. I think I’ve done it here. I just spent this past weekend with Pearlie and our parents in San Francisco for our fair mother’s birthday. We held hands and frolicked through Fort Mason’s Art Market, oogling over whimsical paintings and guffawing at a few of Andy Warhol’s polaroids. We shared a fresh pea and fava bean mash salad…read more

Tomatoes Galore Kale Salad with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Side Dishes, Uncategorized, Vegan

I was recently told that I may be eating too much kale. It took a lot out of me to type that sentence up there. I feel a near-religious reverence for kale. Too much? How could I be consuming too much? As it turns out, consuming excessive amounts of any cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, and cabbage) can cause hypothyroidism. Those with iodine deficiencies are at highest risk, however. There are chemical components found in kale that can compete with iodine for uptake by the thyroid, causing competition…read more

Sneaky Greens Week – Power Pancake

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Greens, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

We’re calling this sucker sneaky. Not menacing bandit-creeping-through-your-window-in-the-dead-of-night sneaky, but one-and-only-sister-surprising-you-with-a-huge-birthday-party-of-all-of-your-favorite-people-and-face-painting-and-miniature-horses sneaky. The good kind. Any extra kale that creeps in throughout the day is always a good thing. If you can recall back to our Summer Smoothie post, kale is a superfood. The kind of food that helps to prevent disease. The kind of food that might inspire Shakespeare to pen a few verses (had he eaten some of it and survived up to our foodie-freak modern day). It contains heaps of antioxidants, vitamin K, fiber, iron, and calcium….read more

Quick Lentil Herb Salad

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Make Ahead, Vegan

We love ingredients that are good for you. Ingredients that fuel, sustain, satisfy, and heal your body. While mostly anything from the earth (save for poisonous mushrooms and a few other breeds of foliage) should be the bulk of what we feed ourselves with, there are a few foods that simply better than others. Sent to us from Edesia, the Roman Goddess of Feasting herself, superfoods are nutrient – dense, glorious, and meant to be consumed in abundance. All posturing, soap-boxing and mythological jokes aside, a superfood is one that is…read more

Tamarind Chickpea and Greens Curry

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Side Dishes, Vegan

  The oldest “fun fact” there is, but nevertheless true, it is amazing how closely tied our sense of smell is to our memories. Vindaloo and masala were all my family and I ate during a week-long trip to London a few years back. It was the first time that I had been introduced to Indian Cuisine, and I badly needed to make up for lost time. Pearlie, the padres and I sat in the same booth of a basement restaurant night after night on that trip. It was our…read more

Beluga Lentil, Broccoli and Brussel Sprout Salad

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan

When I was a wee lad, (girls are lads too, right?) I loved brussel sprouts. I saw nothing wrong with their miniature, cabbage-like way. Then on one fateful day my older sister announced her great and profound dislike of this cruciferous veggie. Right then and there it was over between us. The trash compactor screeched open in victory as my brussels careened and bobbed off of my plate. Luckily for me, my sister, and the sprouts, I grew a mind of my own and she changed hers. Since then brussel…read more