Succotash with Chive Mashed Potatoes

Succotash with Chive Mashed Potatoes

“Sufferin Succotash”, I grew up hearing Yosemite Sam and Sylvester say that phrase. I knew that succotash involved corn and a few other ingredients but I never really gave it much thought until the other day when the grandkids and I were watching some silly You Tube videos and heard it again. I did a little research and found that succotash is a dish served down south and in the New England states as a tradition at Thanksgiving. It mostly...

 

Curried Quinoa Stuffed Pumpkins

I found some adorable little Gold Nugget squash this week at the market. They were about the size of a softball and I immediately thought how cute they would be served stuffed with all kinds of yummy things. I finally settled on curried quinoa because if you know me you know that spice trumps sweet every time. One of my favorite curry dishes is made with cauliflower, potato, onion and peas. That sounded like it would be great with some pumpkin mixed...

 
Chopped Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing

Chopped Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing

I absolutely love my food processor and my magic bullet but the kitchen tool I use most often is my hand chopper.  Which is saying a lot since I use my magic bullet every single morning to make my daughter a smoothie for breakfast.  Honestly though I use my hand chopped for just about every meal I make.  Anytime a recipe calls for chopped or diced veggies I whip it out.  Chopped nuts and chocolate chips for cookies and baked goods - hand...

 

Porcupine Bites

I’m not gonna lie.  Eating a healthy plant-based diet is HARD!  So so so many of the ‘vegan’ products on the market are filled with artificial sugars, tons of chemicals and a buttload of processed ingredients.  Coming up with a tasty and healthy meal for dinner has never been so hard.  I know it will just take time to get used to this lifestyle as it does whenever you start a new journey but I feel out of my league and slightly...

 

Crunchy Burger Patties

I’ve never been a big meat eater.  Veggies have always been more of my thing.  But when we decided to switch to a plant-based diet I kept thinking about all the meals that I would be giving up.  Burgers, lasagna, sweet and sour chicken, omelets, etc.  There was definitely a voice in the back of my head questioning whether or not we could really do this.  Then I took a bite of these burgers and I never heard from that voice again!  Best....

 
Zucchini and Rice Terrine

Zucchini and Rice Terrine

I woke up a few days ago feeling ‘chef-y’. Yes, I often dream about food or I should say cooking food. Maybe I shouldn’t watch ‘Chopped’ before going to bed.  Anyway, I wanted to make something different so I went searching through my list of possible blog recipes and came across Tian De Courgettes or Zucchini and Rice Terrine. A terrine is ”A meat, fish, or vegetable mixture that has been cooked or otherwise...

 

Sloppy Tofu

I have eaten a vegetarian diet for a couple of years now. A couple of months ago I started adding some chicken here and there into my diet thinking I needed more protein since I was working out harder running up and down the ‘hills’ here in California. I’m not sure why I chose adding chicken rather than other protein sources but I have experienced some problems resulting from this and I regret making this change and have gone...

 

Lentil Vegetable Stew

I guess I’m in a ‘hearty’ food phase. Lately hearty food is all I want to eat. You would think I was a bear getting ready to hibernate! What can I say? I’m just craving ‘stick to your ribs’ food and spicy is my mantra (right after peace, love and joy) so spicy lentils it is. This soup/stew is great for freezing in single servings so you can have a quick meal on hand for those days when there just isn’t...

 

Chickpea Stew

There is something about turning the calendar page over to September that makes me think “hearty” food. Warm, spicy and filling stew but not heavy or loaded down with calories. It’s so good and good for you. I have been eating this stew all week long with Pumpkin Cornbread and I’ve been in an autumnal heaven. Kristy Ingredients: 1 pound dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans), washed 6 cups water 1 tsp salt or to taste 1 tbsp extra...

 
Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo

Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo

It’s September and most schools have begun a new year of learning. Are you feeling the time crunch yet? Work, school, after school activities. When is there time to make a good healthy dinner? This recipe is made for a busy family. Everything goes in the slow cooker and is ready when you get home. You can make it as spicy or as lightly seasoned as you like. So, drive that car pool, cheer on your child at their soccer game, squeeze in time...