spring has sprung in LA! after a pretty cold and wet winter (i heard it was the chilliest one in over 100 years), we’re back in warmer temps, and sunnier days. nothing not to love. i found myself craving lighter meals that still offer a bit of warmth at the end of the day like this rice. while it’s super spring-y, it still provides you that pleasant cozy vibe for the beginnings of spring. if i remember back to living in nyc (i can’t believe it’s almost been 2 years since we moved to LA!), i can imagine the chives just starting to sprout up in our little garden in brooklyn, or the ever so tiny buds beginning to show themselves on the branches of our crab apple tree. here in southern california you can get pretty much any seasonal vegetable year round, which, while wonderful, is still confusing to me and my sense of what others are experiencing across the country.

i was at my favorite neighborhood market, cookbook, the other day. they had artichokes, cauliflower, snap peas, every kind of fresh herb, and a big bowl filled with pea shoot bouquets. it’s times like these that the excitement of picking out what’s calling to you, bring it home, and cooking up a meal on the fly. that’s what this dish was.

a meal on the fly that just happens to be something lovely enough to share here. i’m a sucker for a garlic & herb situation, and i’m always on the lookout to make cauliflower rice more palatable. so this dish combines great flavor, but also a super easy technique for making really tasty cauliflower rice. the result is a flavor you know and love mixed with a side of health - win, win!

so what’s the technique that takes a gritty, riced cauliflower to one that’s supple and actually rice-like? butter! every time i’ve made cauli rice in the past, i’ve sautéed in olive oil. and while i’m sure it might taste ok for most people, i always felt there was something missing. the (vegan) butter makes everything more luscious and full of flavor, something olive oil just can’t offer here. i also used about 2 tablespoons more of water to steam the cauliflower than i have in the past, which made a huge difference in its texture. the addition of both them here makes this cauliflower rice a bit more next-level 👌🏼


garlicky, herbed cauliflower rice w/ pea shoots | gf & v

  • i like serving this on the side of cooked fish or chicken (although it would be lovely with any animal protein), i also think adding cooked, marinated lentils or chickpeas would be a great addition for a plant-based version.

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| serves 4-6 as a side |

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into medium-sized florets

  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter (i use miyoko’s brand)

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/2 cup chopped herbs (i used an equal amount of chives and parsley)

  • salt & fresh pepper

  • 5-6 radishes, sliced thin on a mandolin or with a knife

  • 1-2 cup pea shoots, microgreens, chopped baby spinach, etc.

  • squeeze of lemon juice


  1. start by ricing your cauliflower. in a food processor fitted with a metal “s” blade, or in an upright blender, rice the cauliflower florets in batches, blitzing them just until they reach small rice-sized pieces (over-blitzing will result in cauliflower mush, so be on the lookout). set the cauli rice aside.

  2. heat a large rimmed saute pan over medium heat, once hot. add the vegan butter. once it’s melted and bubbly, add the garlic and stir, cooking the garlic until fragrant; about 1 minute. add the cauliflower rice and the water, stir, cover, and turn the heat down to medium-low. let the cauliflower rice cook 6-7 minutes, until the water has evaporated and the cauli rice is tender but not overly mushy. remove from heat and add salt and pepper, to taste.

  3. throw in the sliced radishes, pea shoots (or whatever tender green you’re using), and squeeze everything with a splash of lemon juice. toss it all together, taste and add more salt/pepper, or lemon juice if need be. serve immediately.

more spring recipes:

sweet pea oven risotto w/ garlicky pea shoots

sweet pea oven risotto w/ garlicky pea shoots


we’re just gonna start with the news, because i’m so excited to finally share it with you! 🎉WE’RE HAVING A BABY!🎉 baby love #2 is on the way, and HE(!!!) is due late this summer!! another little guy will be making us a family of 4 (5, if you’re like us, and count your pup as a child) and while initially i was in a state of shock at the thought of another boy, i am so excited at the idea of he and amesy being best little buds. we thought for sure that it was a girl. i had it all figured out that between both of our immediate families, the siblings have been girl/boy. this will be the first on either side where there are 2 boys. so it just goes to show that genetics only go so far, i suppose.

this pregnancy has been pretty good to me so far. my first trimester was all nausea all the time, but aside from that it was quite easy. and i’m so grateful. i never shared this before, but during my first trimester with amesy i was put on bed rest for about 6 weeks. i had a subchorionic hemorrhage, which is essentially an active bleed in the gestational sac. it was quite sizable and the bedrest was to prevent the hemorrhage from rupturing. it was probably the scariest thing i have ever gone through, but thank goodness amesy made it out of that first trimester, and i went on to have a very healthy pregnancy after that. needless to say, this time around i was was convinced it would happen again (apparently it’s common to have it again if you’ve had it before), but luckily we made it through this first trimester with zero sign of any bleed.

with all the worry of the first trimester aside, my mind is feeling a bit more at peace. we’re beginning to plan some things, some for baby, but mostly for amesy. i’m trying to think of everything i can to make this as easy a transition for him. which has translated to him moving into a big boy bed, starting the beginnings of potty training, and all that fun stuff! but in all honesty, i worried about so much in my pregnancy with amesy, that this time around i’m really just trying to take it all in stride, and just grateful for every day that i get to carry and care for this babe.

so where am i going with all this? and why am i celebrating this news with roasted veg? basically because i haven’t been able to stomach roasted anything for close to 3 months, and i’m finally able to enjoy roasted veggies once again. and more than that, i paired my favorite medley of fresh veg with my ultimate go-to (pregnant or not): dairy-free tahini yogurt. it’s the kind of sauce that you want to pour over everything, sop up with any scrap of bread you can find, or just eat it with a spoon. it’s that good. and if you’re on the other side of the world where it’s still hot and you have a plethora of tomatoes and cucumbers you could make this version that i posted the other day on instagram. like i said, the possibilities are endless with this sauce.

wishing you all a beautiful week ahead!

sumac-roasted veggies w/ tahini yogurt | v & gf

you could use this sauce in so many applications, but my favorite for this time of year is to brighten up roasted winter vegetables. there’s a good bit of punch and tang in the sauce, so it’s the perfect thing enliven winter meals (especially late winter meals). i used baby potatoes, red onion, and a mix of broccoli and romanesco, but feel free to use your preferred assortment of vegetable, you really can’t go wrong.

here are my favorite brands of dairy free yogurt to use here:

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| serves 4 |

tahini yogurt

  • 1/3 cup tahini

  • 3/4 cup plant-based unsweetened plain yogurt (preferably greek-style)

  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane

  • salt

  • water to thin

sumac-roasted veggies

  • 1 lb. new potatoes or fingerling potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided

  • 3 teaspoons ground sumac

  • salt & fresh ground pepper

  • 1 head broccoli or romanesco (or 1/2 broccoli, half romanesco), cut into bite size pieces

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

  • crumbled vegan feta or mozzarella, to top


  1. make the tahini-yogurt. in a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, garlic, a few pinches salt, a few grinds of pepper, and 1 tablespoon water. taste and add more lemon juice, salt, and water if needed. (if you’re looking to smear the bowl with the yogurt sauce, then i would suggest not adding as much water, you want it thick enough for it not to run down the sides of the bowl.) pour the sauce into a lidded jar or container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

  2. roast the veggies. preheat oven to 400°F, and line baking sheet with parchment paper. in a large mixing bowl, combine the potatoes and onions with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons sumac, and a fat pinches of salt. toss together until everything is even combined. spread the veggies out evenly into the baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes (the potatoes will be lightly golden). while the potatoes and onion are cooking, add the broccoli or romanesco to your mixing bowl, and add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons sumac, and another good pinch of salt. toss it all together until combined. pull the potatoes from the oven, and add the broccoli (or romanesco) to the tray. roast for another 8-10 minutes, until the broccoli (or romanesco) is tender; and the potatoes and onions are lightly browned and edges are crisp.

  3. let the veggies cool slightly while you prepare your bowl. if you’re smearing your bowl with sauce (alternatively, you could serve the roasted veggies with a side of sauce), add half the sauce to a large shallow bowl, and use a large spoon to spread the sauce into the bottom and sides of the bowl,. add the veggies to the center. top with the chopped mint, chopped parsley, and crumbled vegan cheese (if using).

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Wild Salmon W/ Pepita-Poblano Romesco Sauce by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


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i was talking to my friend the other day about diet because she was telling me about some stomach pains she had been having the past few months.  we got onto a whole topic about the various diets that are out there, some informative, and some confusing.  it made me think a lot about my journey on this (seemingly) endless search and endeavor for well-being.  and i've come to realize over the years that this looks different for each individual. everyone comes to it with their own ideas and approach, their own background and history; but something that has always mattered to me personally, was if i was going to really look down the long lens of what "well being" was, is was going to be through a very holistic approach.

by holistic, i mean taking into consideration the whole body (the mind also very much included in this).  my first undertaking was by changing my diet; removing inflammatory foods, and generally making better decisions about what i was nourishing my body with.  but over the years that changed and shifted; i would gain knowledge in certain areas about what might be affecting me, but still not feel my best.   i started to notice a giant shift however, when i found out i was pregnant.  previously i had focused solely on diet, without taking into account the substantial impact that supplements can have when taken with a nutrient-dense diet.   

postpartum, i went through a whole slew of hormonal problems, some i'm still dealing with 19 months out.  a few months after having amesy, i stopped taking my prenatal vitamins - vitamin d, magnesium, and a probiotic - because i didn't think i really needed them anymore.  i should also mention i wasn't eating my best either.  i was starting the mornings with too much sugar, drinking coffee (which has always been a negative trigger for my system), eating way too many carbs at night, and dealing with the stress of moving across the country with a tiny baby.  it wasn't until amesy was about a year old that i finally sought the help of a holistic nutritionist here in los angeles.  

because vitamin d is synthesized by the skin when exposed to the sunlight during certain times of the day and year, i thought that if i was in the sun enough my source of vitamin d would be fine.  it turns out that's not really the case, and that vitamin d aids in the absorption of calcium, which impacts your bones, muscles, and your immune system.  so from there, my nutritionist suggested a few supplements to get me back on track, vitamin d and magnesium among them.   nature made vitamin d is my everyday go-to, it's a trusted partner that's devoted to supporting a healthy and wholesome lifestyle.  consuming a nutrient rich diet, while also supplementing with vitamins plays an important role in helping me to fill any gaps in feeling my best.

this dish is a little jazzed up, but for the blog, but it's something that i eat each and every week.  i try to balance my meals with healthy fats, greens and/or veggies, and nutrient rich protein.  i tend to stick to wild salmon when i can get it.  here, it's simply roasted with some oil, and salt and pepper.  the real gem of this dish is the green romesco sauce.  it's slightly spicy because there are poblano peppers at its' base.   it's pulsed with toasted pepitas, some garlic, oil, and vinegar.  what i love about this is that you cane make the sauce ahead of time, and cook and eat throughout the week with your preferred protein and this romesco sauce.  i could even see it being a lovely compliment to grilled veggies in the summertime.  


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Roasted Salmon W/ Pepita & Poblano Romesco Sauce

  • the sauce is on the spicy side.  if you want to keep some heat, i suggest using 1 green bell pepper, and 1 poblano pepper.
  • additional protein options could be: roasted chicken, another fish fillet of your choice, cooked lentils, or cooked beans such as chickpeas.  
  • i served this salmon over some greens with sliced radish, olive oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper, but you could serve it alongside roasted veggies, any grains of your choosing, or as is.

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| 4 servings |

  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 1/2 cup parsley 
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1 pound salmon, preferably wild-caught, sockeye, or king
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, or another heat-tolerant oil

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  1. for the romesco. roast the pepper over a gas flame set to medium-low, rotating it with tongs until charred evenly - about 15 minutes (if you don't have a gas stove, you can broil it in your oven). place pepper in a boil and cover tightly with plastic wrap (this creates steam to help peel the skin).  once cool enough, cut the pepper and discard the stem and seeds, carefully peel the skin and discard.  run the peppers under water to remove any excess char; dry, and blend in a food processor with remaining ingredients.   season to taste with salt and pepper. place in a lidded jar in the refrigerator until ready to use (i like to make it a couple days in advance to let the flavors come together.)
  2. for the salmon. preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. rub salmon filet with the oil, and generously season both sides of it with salt and pepper. place the filet in a large baking dish. cook for 12-15 minutes, until the flesh is opaque, and mostly cooked through.
  4. let the salmon cool for 10 minutes.  then slice it into 4 portions and top it with the romesco sauce.

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