I’ve been holding on to this black bean crust pizza recipe for over 2 years. I’m sorry. I don’t know why I didn’t share it sooner. I guess it was my little secret recipe. This gluten-free pizza bursting with savory flavor, texture, and healthy goodness.
I can’t wait to fall in love with the warmer weather, blossoming trees, and longer days this Spring! Though it’s still cold in NYC, I’m pretending it’s 70° outside. My apartment is sunny, my house plants are healthy, and my meals are vibrant and full of color. I’m embracing the season on my plate!
I really love to eat and cook! But to be honest I don’t like spending a lot to time in the kitchen cooking for myself. I tend to munch on avocado toast (recipe below), quick and delicious salads, roast veggie dishes, Buddha bowls, and leftovers from my work as a vegan personal chef. For vegan snacks I love stove-top popcorn, fresh seasonal fruit, healthy cookies, green juices, and raw desserts. YUM!
Since I’m often asked, “Jenné, what do you eat everyday?”, I decided to make a video to show you. I hope you find it helpful, and that it gives you an honest glimpse into the eating habits of a healthy and happy vegan woman
New Orleans is one of the few cities I’ve visited that feels like home the moment my feet touch the ground. If I believed in past lives, I would think that I had lived there before. I am a Claiborne, and lord knows there’s a lot of Claiborne blood in those parts.
I’m in love with so many aspects of New Orleans—the accents of the natives, the many types of music, the food, the homes from Bywater to Uptown, the French Quarter, the heat and humidity, the spooky fog that creeps in at night, the history, and the visible invisible that is the soul of that city.
When I first started cooking my goal was to learn how to make healthy food (read: vegetables) taste good. I had grown up a very picky child, who would only eat vegetables if they were smothered in a flavorful sweet and salty sauce. My favorite meals were turkey hot dogs and baked beans, candied yams, and meaty rigatoni with kid-friendly tomato sauce. In college I knew I needed to clean up my diet and start eating vegetables, but I didn’t believe they could be enjoyed on their own, and so I discovered spices. Over the years I’ve learned how to enhance and complement the taste of fresh vegetables, legumes, and grains using blends of spices, herbs, and other flavor agents like miso.
These days I’m a full fledged fan of veggies, and I even like them in their most simple un-spiced form. However, my love of spices persists, and below are my current favorites. As a simple eater (my daily meals consist of veggies and legumes thrown together in 4 minutes) I find that spices add variety and excitement into my meals. I can have the same quinoa, steamed veggies, and lentils for 3 days in a row, but by switching up the spices it becomes a different dish each day. I explore this a little in my “Meal in the Life” video series too:)
Anyways, let’s get into the spices and recipes that go along with them.
I’d love to hear from you too! What are your favorite spices, and how do you like to use them? Recipes and ideas are always welcome