Zucchini & Cashew “Lasagna”

Dani took the lead on this one– a dish that is intentionally vegan, keto, dairy-free…well, free of most things,  really. Like…take this lentil bolognese, but cut out the wheat pasta, and other natural carbs from the lentils. She deserves a round of applause though; it was delicious! Don’t like zucchini? Try eggplant, or maybe even large…

Chicken & Corn Soup

It’s hot outside…so hot that I can’t really come up with a unique name for this one. Regardless, it’s a pretty simple combination of chicken, corn, peppers, and a few handfuls of herbs. It’s similar to my riff on Ajiaco but without the sweet potatoes, and more chilies. It’s been a busy few weeks, but these…

Green Curry Chickpeas (Chickpea Stew #5)

I’m not fooling anyone by now– I eat a lot of chickpeas. What you can’t tell from the blog though is just how different all of these stews taste– so yeah, this may be the fifth variation of chickpea stew on the blog, but it’s a brand new experience. Trust me.

Eggplant & Cashew Sauté

Yup, you’re reading that correctly– the only spices I used this time around were salt and pepper. That’s right, no paprika, coriander, or any exotic seeds– just a handful of herbs and and some fresh produce. This may be one of the best things I’ve made all year, and it was pretty straight forward in…

Seared Rockfish | Coconut Rice | Black Garlic-Habanero Aioli

Be honest– what caught your eye in the title? Rockfish? Well, to be fair, it’s not something I usually make, so that’s fair. Coconut rice? Also an honorable mention, since it’s another novel addition to the blog (though you’ll see that I used a really simple “cheat” method this time.) Ah yes, I bet it’s…

Shiitake & Pea “Scampi”

I pretty much forgot peas existed for a while after I started eating more stir-fries that favor the pea pods and bean sprouts. Frozen peas? Well, I don’t like frozen veggies since things are in season, and I also don’t get into many fights…so there wasn’t really a need for an emergency icepack…but like many…

Seafood Penne

And just like that– the people have spoken. I’ve been working out ways to make Craving Mad more interactive, and put this week’s meal up to a vote on Instagram (@craving_mad). It was pretty close, but this one won out after four days of polling. Now, I learned that dried tomatoes go really well with…

Tom Kha Gai– Thai Chicken & Coconut Soup

I found some kaffir lime leaves at the market a few weeks ago, and decided to use them for the first time…and I wasn’t disappointed. Once you combine that intense citrus flavor with the Thai basil, coconut, and turmeric, you have the base for the perfect soup. I ended up using chicken, but I can…

Shrimp & Shitake Orzo

Make this one when you’re craving paella, but don’t have any of the right ingredients. Yup, swap the rice for orzo (technically pasta), and you’ll be on my wavelength. Want to add chicken thighs? Do it. Sure, traditional paella contains rabbit and snails… but this isn’t paella, remember? Prefer a different type of mushroom? Go for it….

Seared Pork Chop | Pickled Fennel Salad

That’s right: this week I’m just searing a pork chop…I couldn’t think of anything special to do with it, but somehow it ended up with that awesome red color, so prepare for landing. This one turned out waaay better than I expected– just because it’s so simple. In fact, the only reason I didn’t call this…