What I've Been Making Lately...

arugula, fennel, and nectarine salad on fancy white plate
August 12, 2019

Summer Nectarine and Arugula Salad with Lemon-White Balsamic Vinaigrette

This refreshing summer salad is extra delicious and colorful with fresh basil, fresh mint, sweet baby tomatoes, and nectarines!
Raw and grilled zucchini salad with fresh mint and lemon
August 4, 2019

Raw and Grilled Zucchini Salad with Fresh Mint & Lemon

This colorful summer salad goes perfectly with almost any Italian or French menu. Fresh mint and parsley give it an extra fresh taste, and pine nuts give it a nice crunch. Hope you give it a try!
June 16, 2019

Caponata (Sicilian-style summer vegetables)

Caponata is the perfect dish to make when eggplant, tomatoes, and fresh basil are in season! Serve as a side dish or appetizer at your next gathering!
Photo of pistachio and rose petal coconut ice cream
May 21, 2019

Pistachio and Rose Petal Coconut Ice Cream (vegan, GF)

Pistachio and rose petal coconut ice cream is a sweet and cooling, non-dairy, and the perfect ending to a spicy Thai or Indian meal!


My name is Rachel Zierzow. I am a certified natural foods chef, culinary instructor for over ten years, healthy living expert, recipe writer, and nature lover. I've spent over ten years working to help people find their best health through eating well. I'm on a mission to help people create balance and health in their life even when it's filled with daily challenges.

Italian Chickpea Soup with Fusilli Pasta

Italian chickpea soup with fusilli pasta is a nourishing, delicious, one-pot meal that kids and adults love. This recipe is plant-based and easy to make gluten-free by using a gluten-free variety of pasta.

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Homemade Chickpeas

Homemade chickpeas are a must for making hummus, chickpea soup, or anything else you love to make with chickpeas. I like to make chickpeas in

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