Mini Meatloaves

Apparently I’m on a muffin tin kick this autumn? I could be imagining it, but somehow smaller portions seem more manageable when there’s a kid to feed. He deemed these mini meatloaves “meat cupcakes” and I feel as though he couldn’t be more spot on. They’re ridiculously easy to throw together, use only one bowl,…

Quinoa Veggie Patties

Somehow, although I crave them on the regular, and almost always prefer them to a regular burger, it’s taken me 30 years to make my own veggie patties.  I really blow my mind. Quinoa Veggie Patties  Recipe adapted from sproutedkitchen.com  What you’ll need: 2 cups cooked quinoa (I always vote for red or tricolor — because of…

p[r]esto.

I love dogs.  I love Volvos.  I love sunny weather.  I love vegetables.  I LOVE pesto. Fresh and vibrant and versatile, it’s one of my favorite sauces, hands down. I’ve made some pretty stellar batches in my lifetime (based on my obviously professional opinion).  These have included spinach, basil, kale, arugula and have been paired…

Un-Bread.

One of my all-time favorite blogs, mynewroots.org, recently posted this intriguing “bread” recipe.  I make a lot of claims about things changing my life — typically, they’re true!  She made the same claim regarding this bread.  Naturally, I had to try… As you know, while I love my kitchen time, I’m NOT into the baking. …

Lentil Soup.

I love soup.  I particularly love soup of the homemade variety.  Even more so, I love soup that is EASY. Most soups are relatively easy by nature — throw a bunch of stuff in a pot with some broth and voila! This soup is definitely one of those. (Note: this is NOT a visually appetizing…

Waste Not, Want Not.

During my workout yesterday afternoon, I stumbled upon an inspiring article in my Organic Gardening magazine. The topic: a chef that doesn’t waste any part of the vegetable.  Mimicking the “nose to tail” movement — wasting no part of an animal — he aims to do the same with all of his ingredients. Needless to…

Empanada Party.

Every culture calls them something different… Calzones, hand pies, pastelitos… But no matter the name, what you’re after is dough hugging something savory.  And speaking of hugs, you’re going to want to give me a big one after you try these recipes. I thought this would be a fun family party idea — creating a…

Smoothie Operator.

There’s an art to the green smoothie.  Really, there is.  Ask anyone who’s made a bad one and they’ll tell you…there’s an art to the green smoothie. There are endless combinations — hundreds of different ways to mix and match your fruits and veggies.  I’m guessing there’s a smoothie for every mood, and then some!…

Vegan Salted Caramel Pecan Bars.

Cheryl is now [nearly] dairy free, so we’re experimenting with a ton of vegan desserts. Don’t you for a second think all the vegan about to come atcha means we’re giving up all animal products… This was my first stab at a recipe from one of our many new vegan books (thanks, ma!). I am…

First Trip to Jerusalem.

Okay, not actually. But with every bite I was nearly able to envision such a journey. Cheryl ordered us a most wonderful book, Jerusalem. I’m ashamed to say many of the spices involved in the dishes are not staples in our pantry (all this changes today). Tonight was my first go at said “Jerusalem” cuisine….

What the Pho’s for dinner?

New restaurant name?! Pho Ck-no. Okay. Down to business. I’ve been sick, as I may have mentioned in the previous post, so I’ve been craving strange, out of the ordinary things. Namely, Thai (I like Thai, I really do — but cravings for the cuisine are very, very rare). Along with this Thai craving came…