Meat On The Side Cookbook

Meet Nikki

I am a chef, mom, TV host, cookbook author, blogger, professional voice over artist and terrace gardener. I cook in a way I call "Meat on the Side" which focuses on veggies, making them unique and the star of the plate. 

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sundried Tomato + Basil Grilled Cheese




    Soon enough summer will be here and we can start talking about salads and fresh veggies.





    But for now, while there is still a chill in the air, I consider a scarf as important an article of clothing as pants.


    And although spring has officially sprung, that chilly air means it's still the perfect season for grilled cheese.



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