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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    Junk Food Flip

    Tuesdays at 9pmET on Cooking Channel

    Meat On The Side Cookbook

    Food Network Star

    Nikki Dinki on Food Network Star Season 9!! Click here for pics, clips and more from the show


    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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    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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    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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    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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    Pumpkin Polenta with Brussels Sprouts + Sausage



    My husband is always a good sport when it comes to being my go-to taste tester.






    He eats random meals made up of four totally different things--recipes I tested earlier that day. 



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    Banana Piña Colada Ice Cream



    As the weather warms up you can’t help but think about ice cream.





    However, you also can’t help but think about the fact that soon you'll be wearing bikinis and tank tops…oh my!



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    Marshmallow Oreo Brownies



    I’m not a huge baker, so I have found an easy formula to create new recipes that are just plain delicious and highly addictive.





    Here it is: take three things you love AND SMASH THEM TOGETHER!!



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    Asparagus Edamame + Scallop Linguine with Spicy Breadcrumbs



    Asparagus season is finally here!





    It's also that perfect time in New York City when you’re no longer bundled up head to toe, but you're not so hot that it feels like the city is actually radiating heat.



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    Caramelized Lemon Pasta



    My mother-in-law loves lemons.





    If I’m trying to get in good with her, all I have to do is whip up a dish that includes a burst of lemon and I’m in the running for Favorite Daughter-in-Law. 



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    Tomato + Cheddar Sandwich with Lemon Aioli



    When I’m not making lunch at home, I try to find simple, well-crafted, veggie-focused foods to pick up that almost make me feel like I've made them myself.





    One of my favorite go-to sandwiches is a delicious tomato and cheddar number from a local sandwich place.


    Besides the main ingredients, it includes a little mayo, some crunchy greens, and great bread.



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