Roasted Garlic

  Garlic…Need I say more? If a recipe calls for 2 cloves, I double it. You can never have enough in my opinion! The problem when adding to roasted vegetable dishes is that it tends to burn if you mince or slice. Roasting a whole bulb is fine if you intend on using the whole…

Baked Tofu

Baked tofu….a great addition to just about any dish.   I don’t own a tofu press. I guess I haven’t found the need to purchase one yet. I place the block of tofu (make sure it’s the extra firm kind) between two small cutting boards or plates and set a cast iron pan (or something…

Homemade Vegetable Stock

  It’s crazy when I think about how much vegetable stock I use in the winter making soups and stews. The amount of money spent on store bought stock is ridiculous! And, the extra ingredients like oil and ‘natural’ flavors are unnecessary. Making your own from discarded vegetable scraps is so easy. Save your scraps…

Egg Replacement

Don’t forget to save your aquafaba!! I usually buy dried garbanzo beans in bulk, rehydrating when needed. We eat a lot of these beans, so it really is more economical. But, there are times when canned beans are just quicker. When I do use canned garbanzo beans, I always save the liquid, pouring into 2…

Roasted Cauliflower

I have always wanted to roast a whole head of cauliflower. I’ve had this before at various restaurants, but have never tried it at home. Such an easy thing to do, I am kicking myself for not trying it sooner!! I brushed the cauliflower head with a mixture of olive oil, minced garlic, turmeric, sea…

Smashed Potatoes

Smashed potatoes. So easy and SO tasty! I rubbed baby potatoes with olive oil and roasted @ 400 for 30-40 minutes, turning half way.  Potatoes are done when you can pierce with a knife.  I smashed with a potato masher (you can also use a glass or mug).  Top with a drizzle of olive oil,…

Chickpea Cassoulet

Chickpea Cassoulet is the perfect dish on these chilly fall days. 2 sweet potatoes diced 1 onion diced 3-4 cloves garlic minced 2 c chickpeas (rinsed/drained) 1 bunch kale (or other leafy green) chopped Olive oil Sea salt and pepper Roast sweet potatoes, onion and garlic with 1-2 T olive oil, sea salt and pepper…

Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Roasting cabbage definitely enhances the flavor of an average stir fry.  Slice cabbage into 1/2 inch steaks and brush each side with a mixture of olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt and pepper.  Roast cabbage steaks at 425 for about 30 minutes, flipping half way thru.  I sautéed vegetables with olive oil, minced garlic, minced…

Enchilada Prep

Why roll tortillas when you can layer them.  I get so frustrated when tortillas tear while trying to make enchiladas.  Brown rice tortillas are impossible to work with.  Instead of stuffing and rolling each tortilla, I layer them as you would lasagna.  Problem solved and just as delicious!! I started with a combo of green…

Buying in Bulk

Restocking the shelves again! I always buy in bulk when possible.  The cost savings are so worth it.  Buying pre boxed or bagged items in smaller quantities really adds up.  The packaging and labeling costs are unreal.  One of my neighborhood stores uses large ziplock bags instead of the cheap plastic ones with twist ties…

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Squares

Yumminess in every bite!! Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Squares 2 1/2 c gluten free flour 1 c coconut sugar 2 c rolled oats 1 c shredded coconut 1 t sea salt 1 t xanthum gum 1 1/2 t baking soda 1/2 t baking powder 1 c mini chocolate chips (I like the Enjoy Life chocolate chips) 1…

Kitchen Sink Salad

At least once a week I make a kitchen sink salad.  Why do I call it that??  Because pretty much everything goes into this salad but the kitchen sink.  It’s a great way to use up greens, herbs, chopped veggies, quinoa, beans,etc. Since my garden is working overtime, I picked red/green lettuce, baby kale, spinach…