Meat On The Side Cookbook

Meet Nikki

I am a chef, TV host, cookbook author, blogger, radio host, professional voice over artist and terrace gardener. I cook mostly "Meat on the Side" which makes veggies the star of the plate. 

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    Monday
    Sep262016

    Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

     

     

    Cauliflower is definitely having its moment in the sun.

     

     

     

     

     

    One of the reasons it’s so popular is that everyone is churning out cauliflower crust pizzas--and loving how tasty an all-veggie crust can be!

     

     

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    Monday
    Sep262016

    Zucchini Salsa

     

     

    Recently I was honored to appear on the Food Network television show The Kitchen.

     

    The show includes five amazing co-hosts who introduce viewers to a bunch of awesome recipes, cocktails, and crafts.

     

     

     

     

    Before showing up, I knew I had to bring my A-game—and a recipe that would make people sit up and listen.

     

     

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    Cucumber Chips

     

     

    Currently, I have one measly cucumber in the garden.

     

     

    Due to some bug problems and a bit of an overcrowding situation in my center planter box, Mr. Cucumber isn't quite thriving.

     

     

       

     

     

    However, in the past--and definitely at the farmers market--there is usually a cucumber explosion this time of year.

     

     

     

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    Monday
    Aug152016

    PB + J + P + C

       

     

     

    I've been on a kick lately--changing up classic dishes by adding more veggies to them.

     

    You know, making them much more "Meat On the Side"-esque.

     

     

     

     

    But when I started messing with one of the most classic lunch foods ever--peanut butter and jelly (PB + J), no one liked it...at ALL! 

     

    I posted a pic of my PB + J + P + C a little while back on social media and let's just say you guys had something (not too pretty) to say about it.

     

     

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    Wednesday
    Aug102016

    Cucumber Sub

             

     

    Gluten-free is definitely trending--and for good reason.

     

     

      

     

     

    Of course there are some people who simply can’t have gluten, but there are also many who are realizing that eating less gluten and carbs helps them feel and look their best.

     

     

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    Monday
    Aug082016

    Pickled Strawberry Flatbread

     

     

    Someone recently pointed out to me that I tend to weave fruits into my savory dishes more than the average person.

     

     

     

     

    I never really thought about it, but I guess they're right.

     

    It's just that sometimes when I'm thinking about what a dish needs to make it really delicious, pears, blackberries--or in this case--strawberries, just seem like the perfect adds.

     

     

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    Monday
    Aug012016

    Feta-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

     

     

     

    When I have a summer dinner party I love to serve foods I've grown in my garden.

     

     

     

     

    But at my last party there was barely a veggie to be found. The only things ripe-for-the-pickin' were a couple of cherry tomatoes.

     

     

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    Monday
    Jul252016

    Edamame Salsa

      

     

     

    A life without salsa would be a sad life indeed.

     

         

     

     

    A week or so ago, I had a dinner party--and served three different types of salsa throughout the meal.

     

     

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    Monday
    Jul182016

    Zucchini + Prosciutto Caprese

     

     

    Having a garden in the middle of New York City is one of my great joys in life.

     

    Even with a newborn baby I was able to plant over 80 different vegetable, fruit, and flower plants this year.

     

     

          

     

     

    It took me a bit longer than last year, and much of it was done in 30 minute intervals--interspersed with me running away to help the little lady put her pacifier back in her mouth. 

     

     

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    Monday
    Jun272016

    Caramelized Sweet Potato + Crispy Kale Pizza

     

     

    Kale chips are all the rave (they have been for a while now!)--and for good reason.

     

     

     

     

     

    The crispiness you can get from kale is amazing, and the texture and flavor are addicting.

     

     

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