Fruit & Cheese Platter Ideas

I’ve really got a thing for healthy grazing platters, especially since I’m trying to eat better while I attempt to do multiple things at once. A while back, I posted about an easy-to-make veggie platter with figs and melon, and although a vegetable-based platter is nice, this time I wanted refreshing fruit to be the…

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Pizza Dough

Like a taco salad, pizza is the kind of thing that you can dress up anyway you want. It is a clean slate onto which you can build a slice of perfection to your own personal taste. It was especially helpful this past ‘Mostly Vegan Monday’, because I had on hand, olives, farmer’s market spinach,…

Taco Salad Basics

It seems like I tend to have small flashes of culinary brilliance on Mostly Vegan Mondays, and today was no exception to that. I am finding more and more, that having a lot of vegetables on hand really saves the day when Monday rolls around. One of our new neighbors gave us a bag of…

Golden Veggie Burgers

This is the perfect recipe to kick-off my Mostly Vegan Mondays campaign.¬†These colorful beauties are called¬†“Golden Veggie Burgers” because they’re made with golden beets and turmeric. They not only look vibrant, they also taste fabulous and really pack a nutritious punch. My inspiration started with this veggie burger recipe from a lovely blog called Cooking…

Encore: Revenge of the “Vedge”

You just can’t keep me away from the cookbook, “Vedge”, by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Everything I make from it is so dang flavorful and unique that I feel like a culinary rock star. In my search for recipes for this cookbook challenge, I found so many great ones, that it was hard to…

Cookbook Challenge: “The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook” Part 2

After such a successful first recipe, I had a hard time picking something that I thought would capture my enthusiasm. It seems funny to me now, that out of everything in this cookbook, I decided to pick a very normal, popular baked item. Somehow, I had envisioned myself trying something more indulgent or out-of-left-field, like…

Cookbook Challenge: “Steam Cuisine” Part 2

Recipe number two from the Steam Cuisine cookbook by Marina Filipelli was one of the most simple, yet easy, dinners I have ever put together. My choice for this was the Tofu with Spring Onions, Ginger and Ponzu Sauce. The sauce for the tofu is what really makes the dish and gives it a light…

Cookbook Challenge: “Vedge” Part 2

Lucky for me I have been good about selecting recipes at random for this project, as they have, for the most part, turned out quite well. The second recipe from the cookbook Vedge was as equally amazing as the first. I selected the Oyster Mushroom and Corn Chowder recipe so I could use my favorite…

Cookbook Challenge: “Vedge”

This next cookbook, “Vedge”, was selected based upon what type of ingredients I had on hand, as I was stuck at home for several rainy days in a row and didn’t want to venture out. I picked this book up at the thrift store in Volcano and thought that it looked interesting because it is…

Curried Manapua Minis

This Lunar New Year I made these little gems to go with my baked, salt-crusted fish and green tea noodles. I enjoy using my bamboo steamer basket for many things because it’s super easy and it’s a great way to cut down on using oil in my cooking. The funny thing is, I started making…