Glazed Carrots and Kombu

Glazed Carrots and Kombu

So, we know how great sea vegetables are but how do we use them? This is a really simple recipe that combines a wonderful mix of flavors. The sweet honey and sesame glaze balances great with the salty kombu and tart lemon. It’s a new year, why not try a new thing like nutritious and delicious Glazed Carrots and Kombu?! Kristy Ingredients: 4 medium sized carrots, cut into uniform chunks or 1 - 1 1/2 cups baby carrots 1 piece (6 inches)...

 
Italian Style Lentil Loaf

Italian Style Lentil Loaf

This lentil loaf has got it all. It’s easy to put together, low fat but still full of flavor and nutrition. Your whole family will love it. I like to use the leftovers, if there are any, in a tossed salad (just chop it up into chunks) or as a topping on pizza (my grandchildren came up with this idea). This loaf works really well as you work towards reducing your meat intake. It’s hearty and satisfying even for a man sized appetite. Kristy Ingredients: 2...

 
Thai Soy and Nut Patties

Thai Soy and Nut Patties

We all have lots of burger recipes and why not? They are the perfect little package of yummy goodness. There are so many delicious combinations of ingredients that I never get bored making and eating them. Thai Soy and Nut Patties are one of my favorites with the spicy flavor of the Thai Chili Paste and the tanginess of the tamari roasted almonds all mixed up inside them. The outside is crispy and the inside soft and tasty. Served with Coconut Chili...

 
Coconut Chili Sauce

Coconut Chili Sauce

Now that the Thai Chili Sauce has been made it’s time to put it to good use in a flavorful sauce that I like to use to cook rice or spoon over steamed vegetables or Soy and Nut burgers. It makes ordinary rice or vegetables seem like a special treat and the Soy and Nut burgers even yummier than they are on their own. Kristy Ingredients: 1 cup unsweetened lite coconut milk 1-4 tbsp Thai Chili Paste (start with one and add more until you reach...

 
Thai Chili Paste

Thai Chili Paste

Thai food has such great flavor. The combination of ingredients sweet, sour, hot and salty bring such depth to each dish. There are no one note dishes but lovely melodies in every bite. Thai chili paste is often found in these dishes but store bought paste contains too many unhealthy ingredients and fish as well. Here is a vegan version of Thai chili paste that is easy to make. I make a batch and then freeze it in ice cube trays to have it handy...

 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar

While I don’t do ‘cheat meals’, I also don’t believe in denying myself.  If I am craving something I will come up with a way to make it using wholesome, natural foods.  Apparently my daughter and I were on the same page last week because she asked if we could make some Homemade Candy Bars.  I checked the panty to make sure I had all the ingredients and realized we didn’t have any brown rice puffs.  I made a few adjustments...

 
Chow Mei Fun (Stir Fried Noodles)

Chow Mei Fun (Stir Fried Noodles)

Asian cuisine is my most favorite.  I usually have Vegetable Stir Fry and Fried Rice at least 2 or 3 times a week.  It’s easy to make, doesn’t take long and uses only 1 pan.  When I don’t have any rice prepared and still want a quick and yummy meal I whip up this delicious noodle inspired dish.  Brown rice noodles take only a few minutes to prepare and you can add any of your favorite vegetables to make this dish your own.  Enjoy! ~Sarah Ingredients: 8...

 
Homemade Fudge Sauce

Homemade Fudge Sauce

One of my favorite holiday gifts to give out is homemade fudge.  Each year I make a couple batches of my famous Peanut Butter Fudge, pack them in pretty gift boxes and hand them out to friends and loved ones.  This year I wanted to stick with the fudge theme but keep it simple for those that don’t like peanut butter (Gasp!  I know.  Who doesn’t like PB?  Sadly, my son.).  This fudge is my family’s favorite ice cream topper....

 
Spiced Pumpkin Granola

Spiced Pumpkin Granola

I love granola.  One of my favorite snacks is our No Bake Blueberry Granola Bars.  I actually like to give these out as gifts throughout the year.  During the holidays though I like to make a more seasonal granola.  The smells that will waft out from your oven while this granola is cooking is divine.  As good as the smells are the taste is even better!  I like to place the granola in a decorative tins or even cellophane bags and give them...

 
Cinnamon Raisin Biscotti

Cinnamon Raisin Biscotti

Ah, biscotti!  The grown up version of dunking cookies in milk.  This is one of my favorite homemade gifts to give out during the holidays.  Traditionally biscotti is served with coffee but in my household it’s our favorite thing to dunk in our hot chocolate.  This recipe only makes 8-10 slices so if you’re like me and you sample a few pieces (you know, for quality assurance!), you might want to make a double batch! ~Sarah Ingredients...