Friday, December 3, 2010


One food item I am wild about is kombu seaweed. Whether I am preparing rice, soup, oatmeal, or any other boiled food; I add about an inch of it to every inch of boiling water that I am using.

Now the reasons for my madness. According to "The Kind Life", they "are considered tumor inhibitors, and researchers at both McGill University and the FDA have found that alginate present naturally binds and discharges radioactive materials such as strontium 90 and cadmium from the body. They are also aniti-inflammatory, antiviral, reduce blood pressure and make for truly badass skin, hair, and nails."

What other reasons do you need? Add some kombu to your diet today!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Not so vegan "eggie cakes"

So this one is a total throwback to my childhood. I have been told that my grandfather used to make it for my dad and then my parents made it for me. I like it because its warm and sweet and has all the memories of being a kid wrapped up in it. Also I love real maple syrup on breakfast.

Basically you make pancake batter (however you like it). Then you are put it in a hot greased pan (we grease with coconut oil these days for pancakes). The secret is leaving a hole in the middle for the egg to be placed into. You let the pancake cook for a few minutes and then add the egg when the pancake is almost ready to be flipped. This gives the egg just enough time to settle and you don't burn the pancake. Then you flip the egg and cook for another two or three minutes, depending on how brown you like your eggie cakes.

Add earth balance and maple syrup and watch your family and yourself smile!

On this lovely day I was feeling extra inspired and I also made home-fries. For these I typically boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes. Then I chop them into bite sizes and add them to a pan of caramelized onions. They cook for about 15 minutes more and then are served hot with ketchup!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fresh Rolls

These babies are some of my favorite foods. I first had them at a Thai restaurant and since there is no place to get them around here, I have had to start making them (a familiar story for me). The first step is to make the rice noodles. They are made similarly to regular pasta. They need a bit of olive oil in the boiling water and they need constant stirring. They usually take anywhere from 5-8 minutes to get soft enough to remove from the heat. Then you want to let them cool completely.

The next step is to chop your veggies! You can use whatever you like in these...I use green cabbage, hearts of palm, cilantro, red pepper, avocado, baked tofu, cucumber, and carrots. If I don't have one (or many of these) I just use what is on hand.

The rice paper rolls need to be made now. I boil a little bit of water and then pour some of the boiling water into a pie pan. I use a pie pan because it fits the size of the rice paper. The rice paper only needs to be soaked in the hot water for about a minute and then it softens up enough to be folded and used.

I then put the softened rice paper roll on a plate and begin placing ingredients in the middle of it. You don't want to add too much food or else it won't close properly, but unlike nori these rice papers will stretch and are very forgiving. The way I fold them is by folding down the top, then each side then the bottom. Now you've done it!

I also make my own peanut sauce to dip these into. The ingredients are as follows:

1/4 cup peanut butter
A few tablespoons rice wine vinegar
A few tablespoons soy sauce
A few teaspoons toasted sesame oil
Maple sugar to taste

Sometimes I need to add coconut milk or water to this to make it the right consistency. Again it is all up to you!

Also this peanut sauce makes an excellent salad dressing!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

We are back!

I am starting to cook again and everyone in the house is happier for it. Gone are the days of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and nachos. I never thought I'd hear my husband be glad for no more nachos, but he is! In honor of the world series we have been eating some veggie burgers with fries. I use Brio brand foccacia for the bun and then grill up the Wildwood brand tofu burgers, add some Veganase, ketchup, avocado, red onion, tomato and lettuce and you are in for a real treat. A-MA-ZING! The fries we have been buying are organic frozen Alexia crinkle cut style. It is great to be eating like a normal person again!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cooking on hold

I have to report that lately the only thing we are eating for dinner is cereal and jam sandwiches. The reason for this is that I am pregnant and cannot stomach cooking. All smells are repulsive to me, even my good smelling Eminence lotion. Well hopefully it will pass and I will again be able to create masterpieces in my kitchen. Until then, eat well and often!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chocolate peanut butter cups

Ok, enough with being so healthy, lets have some fun! Yesterday I was craving something salty sweet and delicious and this recipe from Alicia Silverstones' "The Kind Life" foot the bill perfectly.


1/2 cup Earth Balance butter (I use the one with olive oil because I'm not down with canola)
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted)
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs or 10 graham cracker squares
1/4 cup maple sugar or other granulated sweetener
1 cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips
1/4 cup soy, rice, or nut milk (I used unsweetened vanilla hemp milk)
1/4 cup chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts

1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. (If You Care makes unbleached liners made from recycled paper.) Set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
3. Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar and mix well.
4. Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin cups.
5. Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
6. Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture.
7. Top with chopped nuts.
8. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

You will be amazed at how these little morsels melt in your mouth and leave you craving for more!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fairy Pockets

I have always wanted to use phyllo dough for something. I remember watching my mom make spanakopita and marveling at how when used correctly simple flour and oil could create something so divinely flakey and delicate. Well the time has come for me to try my hand at it. I found a recipe from the cookbook "The Candle Cafe" and then changed it according to what was in my refrigerator.

First I thawed the phyllo for about 3 hours in the fridge. I assembled the filling during that time too. The filling consisted of baked tofu, baked sweet potato, crimini mushrooms and finely chopped basil from the garden. I preheated my oven to 350 and tried to work quickly because I know how delicate phyllo can be. I first folded the phyllo lengthwise and then brushed olive oil on it. Then I put the ingredients in the middle of the sheet - about 1/4 cup total. Then I pulled all corners of the sheet together to form a little pocket. I then baked them for about 19 minutes and TA DA...I've successfully used phyllo.

If my mom was alive she would be so proud! My little girl didn't care for them until I named then "fairy pockets" then she was on them like white on rice! Oh and of course we dipped them in Sues organics sauces-tahini and brewers feast! YUMMY!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

A new product I love!!!

So I am back, and so is my camera! Hurrah for being a finder of things. So lately I have been kind of obsessed with this new product at our local natural foods store. Its called "Sues Organics". Sue lives in our neighboring town of Redway and is making some amazing sauces and dips. She has four different varieties and so far I have picked up only one type-its called "Nutritional Feast". I have been making pasta, putting tons of Sues sauce on it, and then cutting up all sorts of raw veggies, red bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, peas, and carrots to the mix. It is very good, especially served cold. One of the best parts of this meal is that you make it and then you are set for more cooking! Even though I love cooking I do love a good leftover meal, and this is it. Another meal that has been a staple in our house these days is Tabbouleh . I have been using Bob's Red Mill whole grain bulgar and it tastes so healthy and yummy. I found this recipe online and have been using it with great success.

I hope everyone is having a cool and delicious summer!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lost Camera

I have no camera right now! Boo Hoo.....Hopefully I'll find it soon and begin posting again. Until then....enjoy summer, we sure are!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Searching for a simple salad

I really wanted a fresh salad today for lunch and the homemade salad dressing was begging to dress something. I first washed and chopped some delicious homegrown (not by me, but a friend) greenleaf lettuce. I added to that some cool cucumber, savory red onion, crunchy pecans, sensational cilantro, roasted beets, a tablespoon of flax meal and some sweetened dried cranberries. I really really love SALAD! I think I'll remake this to accompany our dinner too.

11 Reasons to love Summer

We are so excited for summer! The weather is sweet and so are these delicious blueberries that were bought by me at our Friday farmers market today. They come from Honeydew, more than an hour away. I'm sure they will be gone by Sunday, but we will savor every bite!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Breakfast for dinner

Tonight we had a family favorite, pancakes for dinner. There was a twist however and that twist was chocolate. Brace yourself for one of the best recipes for pancakes EVER!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup buckwheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sweetened chocolate almond milk (we use almond breeze brand--its the bomb!)
1 cup sweetened chocolate milk
4 Tbsp safflower oil
2 Tbsp flax meal mixed with 6 Tbsp warm water (this is what I use to substitute two eggs, it works great!)
A few squares Paul Newman dark chocolate 55% cacao chopped into tiny pieces

I mix together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients and then combine the two. We use a cast iron pan with coconut oil to fry the bad boys up and what you have is a dreamy dinner for three! Upon finishing cooking I add Earth Balance and pure maple syrup.

Hope you enjoyed the weekend!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


It came to me tonight while gorging myself on juicy artichokes grown down the street from me, that artichokes are like the ribs of vegetables. When you eat them you use your hands and get very messy. There is a sense of being a truly savage animal while ripping apart something with your teeth. They were truly delicious. I had them with some veganase chiplote dressing. I covet the recipe for that dressing. They include it with the taco salad at our local natural foods store. I will be experimenting and I will find out what is in it!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Vegan raw cheesecake

After purchasing some Earth Cafe vegan raw cheesecake I was determined to figure out how to do it myself. I think my first attempt turned out pretty well and my mother in law said it was the best cheesecake she had ever had-vegan or otherwise. Here is the recipe and a picture....Enjoy!

The Crust:
For the nuts and dates you only need to soak them in hot water for 15 minutes or so.
1 cup raw cashews soaked
1 cup pecans soaked
1 cup almonds soaked
5-10 dates depending on how sweet you like your crust
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3 Tbsp flax meal (just to health it up a bit)

Pulse in food processor until it has a texture you can easily form into a springform pan.

Clean our food processor and then begin the inside of the cake.
The meat of one Thai young coconut
1 can coconut milk
juice of two lemons
1/2 cup cashews (soaked for about 15 minutes)
6 large strawberries (or whatever fruit you want your cheesecake to have in it)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup brown rice syrup (might not be 100% raw, but neither am I)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Pulse in food processor until throughly mixed.
Pour into your crust and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve cold and enjoy your raw vegan cheesecake!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I accidentally erased all the comments on the page. Sorry to the people coming back for an answer to their questions. Please ask again and I will respond. Until then, take a look at this yummy treat-we grew it!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Coconut popsicles

My friend Rebecca reminded me that she needed the recipe for these delicious ice cream alternatives so here they are for all the world to enjoy!

2 cans native forest coconut milk (The only brand that I know of that doesn't use BPA in their cans)
5-7 pitted dates that have been soaked in hot water for 5 minutes to soften them
large spoonful of nut butter (we make a combination of cashew, almond & pecan)
1 Tbsp of vanilla
dash of maple syrup (optional)
3 Tbsp cacao (also optional, if you wanted to make a chocolaty batch-usually I make half chocolate, half regular)

Put all ingredients into the blender and throughly mix. Place mixture into popsicle maker of your choice, freeze overnight and enjoy!

We also REALLY enjoy this mixture when it has been in the refrigerator overnight. It makes a very think whipped cream consistency that is really good as a dip for rice crispy treats, fruit, or anything else you can think of.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

We love pizza!!!

Another pizza hit for me! I made pesto and then layered fresh pineapple, artichoke hearts, grilled onions, and sundried tomato on top of Brio Bread and paired it with a delicious spinach salad complete with cucumbers and strawberries. On the salad was one of my famous dressings. Here is a loose recipe for it.

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp hemp oil
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
A squirt of maple syrup
A squirt of mustard
As much garlic as you like, we are crazy about the stuff so I add 7-8 cloves chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste

Hope you like it!

Monday, June 7, 2010


One of my new favorite products is by the amazing vegan athlete named Brendan Brazier. I wrote about his great garlic oregano yam fries on the previous post. He formulated this amazing powder that is mixed with water or added to a smoothie. It contains all sorts of good things including; maca, chorella, pea protein, hemp protein, brown rice protein, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. Also it tastes REALLY good! I find that its a great snack anytime I am hungry but just wanting something light and nourishing.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Garlic Oregano Yam Oven Fries

I made these tonight and darn it, my camera did not have batteries. You should really make them for yourself tonight though, they are THAT good! Its from the book "Thrive" by Brendan Brazier. He is an amazing vegan athlete who is one of my new heros!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Chop the following ingredients together:

2 cloves garlic (I used about 7, but thats just me)
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp oregano (I didn't have any-left it out and it came out fine)
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tbsp basil

Chop 2 medium yams into fry shape, or any other shape that floats your boat.

Coat the pieces with the mixture and bake on a cookie sheet that has been coated in coconut oil.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes, more if needed. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Peanut butter rice crispy treats with chocolate chips!!!

Another winning dessert from Alicia Silverstones "The Kind Life". Imagine rice crispy treats with peanut butter minus the questionable marshmallows. This is an amazing treat that I can only make once in a while-otherwise we can't control ourselves around here!

1 box brown rice crisps cereal (or rice puffs)
1 1/2 cups brown rice syrup (or honey, or agave, or whatever liquid sweetener you desire)
fine sea salt
3/4 cup almond butter (again, feel free to substitute any nut butter you like, we use a combo of almond, pecan, cashew & peanut because we can't decide!)
1/2 cup nondairy chocolate chips

Pour rice cereal into a big bowl. Heat syrup and nut butters together with a pinch of sea salt. When the syrup & nut butter liquifies pour over the rice cereal and mix well with a spoon. Once the mixture has cooled a bit add the chocolate chips (which aren't totally necessary, but add alot of pizzaz!) and stir. Then you push press the mixture into a 9 inch by 13 inch baking dish and wait for it to be ready-which it is right away, gotta love that instant gratification!


One of our only fine dining places here in SoHum is called "The Groves". It is also a winery and has some divine wine. The only main dish I can get there is pasta with mushrooms, asparagus and truffle oil. It is very subtle and delicious, especially as leftovers the next day. Here I paired it with a delicious and classic avocado sandwich with lettuce from our very own deck garden!

Monday, May 17, 2010


I am currently doing the P90X program with my husband and I have been loving it. We are on week eight of the twelve week program. We always enjoy Tony Horton's silly comments and he seems to know when to encourage you to "bring it!". Tony is the brainchild of P90X and also the leader of the group, or the "band" as he calls it! To my surprise and delight I just found out that Tony Horton is a vegetarian. He is also in his fifties! What a STUD!!! This gives me so much joy! He is in such amazing shape and has done it without eating meat-now if he would just give up the dairy-I guess I can't expect that, but a girl can dream. If you don't know what P90X is, I encourage you to look into it, it might just give you the results you have been looking for.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sushi Catering anyone???

If anyone around the So Hum area is having an event and they want sushi at it, I am your girl. I recently catered a friends birthday party because she loves my vegan sushi so much she wanted all her friends to try it. It was a huge success and I am ready for more! I can customize your rolls to your desires and guarantee your taste buds will be singing a happy song at the end of the day!

A spring delight

A few weeks back we were eating ALOT of asparagus. Now I am finally getting a chance to blog about it. First off, in order to enjoy asparagus it is common knowledge that one needs a mayonnaise like substance to dip into. Being a veganish lady I use Veganase. I like to add a bunch of chopped garlic to it to make an aioli sauce. For this meal I also cooked up some quinoa (a vegan girls best friend...full of protein and vitamins and minerals). When the quinoa was done cooking I added chopped basil and dried cranberries to it. I also served this meal with fresh salad and homemade dressing. On the side we had sweet potatoes with the customary Earth Balance. I love cooking and eating this way!!!

Kale Chips

I have been hearing all about how you can bake Kale and make it taste like potato chips. Well I just had to try this bag from our local natural foods store the other day. It took all of about 7 minutes for the hubby and I to scarf down this entire seven dollar treat. Naturally now I have to start making it. The ones I bought are dehydrated and since I don't have a dehydrator I plan on removing the hard inner part of the kale and baking them at 300 degrees until crispy. I am going to try and recreate the taste of these and so I plan on putting cashews, lemon juice, miso, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, habanero powder, garlic powder, and salt into the food processor and then coating my kale with it before putting it into the oven. I will report later on how they taste, in the meantime ... maybe you should try something new today too! I am just so inspired by all of the vegan food blogs I see. Just yesterday I found this cool one called It was so fun to read all about all of the food being cooked in other kitchens by other people that looks so good to me. I hope I can inspire with my blog as I am constantly encouraged and motived by different blogs I see.


We are on another taco kick. We love the sprouted corn tortillas by "Food for Life". I coat each side in Earth Balance and then with my cast iron pan I fry them until they are soft, only takes a few minutes on each side. In the meantime I cook up some refried or black beans (usually from Eden brand, I'm not soaking my own these days) and some brown rice or barley. When those things are done cooking I put the beans, rice, chopped green cabbage, avocado, corn, and cilantro on top of each tortilla. The result is just fantastic! We also ate yams with earth balance one night with these and it was SOOO GOOD!!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ravioli's and things

Yummy, Rising Moon has a vegan ravioli with butternut squash in it and my whole family likes it. Its a good thing when everyone eats the same thing, less work for me! Tonight we ate it with red sauce (organic bottled stuff, I added pureed sweet potatoes to it to spice it up a bit) and with homemade pesto. We also dined on steamed broccoli with Earth Balance and a salad with beets, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, cucumbers and pecans. I also made a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic, strawberry jam and a dash of salt and pepper. A divine meal was had by all. Even my dad who ribbed me mercilessly about my new vegan eating. I know he means no harm though, its just very different from how most people have been taught. I am grateful that I have educated myself and that I know I am doing the best thing for me. Each to their own in this world.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fruity French Lentils

I have been away on a vacation....I know I have been neglecting my blog, but thats all over now. I was so excited to come home and cook some of my own food. Its not easy getting good vegan food in strange little towns like Gilroy and Prunedale. We were also in Santa Cruz and it was a paradise of good vegan food. I grew up there and was excited to eat at some of my favorite places, nothing is as good as home though! The first meal I made when I came home last night was a dish I found in "The Kind Life". Its called fruity french lentils.

1 cup lentils
2 cups water
1 inch piece of kombu
pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon strawberry fruit spread
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 cup chopped basil

Wash and rinse the lentils then bring them to a simmer for about 30 minutes. I added kombu and a little sea salt to the water.
Then rinse the lentils and rinse them with cool water. In another bowl mix together a half cup of chopped walnuts, about a cup of chopped strawberries a bit of minced basil, and some parsley if you like it-we don't love the stuff so I omitted that part. Mix the lentils into the bowl. Combine a tablespoon of strawberry fruit spread and three tablespoons orange juice. After you have mixed the OJ with the jam pour over the lentils. It is so simple and so GOOD! I also cooked up some bok choy with garlic, ginger and toasted sesame oil. To finish off the meal I made some good ole fashioned pesto and topped some Miltons crackers with that! The pesto is not so much a recipe, I just combine a few bunches of basil, some walnuts and pecans, a lot of garlic and some olive oil in the cuisinart until the mixture resembles pesto consistency.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'm a happy girl

I just made something new....from my very own brain! It starts with leftover cooked rice and barley. Then I added a few splashes of toasted sesame seed oil, some shredded green cabbage, a few pieces of chopped basil and some toasted pumpkin seeds. Then just to be different I put in a splash of mango peach juice...its a vegan paradise!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Look

Yes, I've changed the name and look of my blog. I found another "Meatless Momma" blog and I didn't want to steal her thunder. I hope you all enjoy the new digs.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Crocodile Crunch

More from the amazing Alicia Silverstone today. This delight is such an amazing experience I can forgive her for only having one spirulina recipe in her book.

I made mine with mango and bananas but you can use whatever you have lying around! Its also good as a dipping sauce for apples!

Makes 2 servings

2-3 cups of bite-size pieces of fresh fruit, such as kiwifruit, strawberries, bananas, avocados, apples, pears, or mango
2 teaspoons spirulina
1 1/2 tablespoons any nondairy milk
2 teaspoons almond butter (for this recipe, Alicia likes to use raw)
1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons shaved fresh or dried coconut
1/2 cup kamut flake cereal

Divide fruit into two serving bowls. Use a fork to stir together the spirulina and soy milk in a small glass. Add the almond butter, and mix again. Stir in the syrup and orange juice, and give it a final stir. The sauce should be smooth and neither too thick nor too runny.

Pour the sauce over the fruit, and sprinkle with the coconut and cereal. Serve immediately.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Creamy cauliflower and cashew

I am a sucker for those really rich soups, cream of this and that was always my favorite. Now that I am on the kicking dairy business I had to come up with a modified cream soup-this one is a contender for sure!

3 inch strip kombu
a couple tablespoons safflower oil
1 yellow onion chopped
6 cloves of garlic chopped
5 carrots
1 large potato
1 tablespoon vegetarian bouillon
1 head cauliflower
3/4 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons raw miso
3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Saute first four ingredients until translucent. Add chopped carrots and potatoes and six cups water and bouillon . In a separate pan, steam cauliflower until tender. Simmer soup until veggies are tender. Add cashew, miso, and most of the cauliflower. Blend together mixture and then put back in pan. Add yeast, stir and enjoy-we sure did!

Oh and the topping is toasted pumpkin seeds with chili powder, tamari and a tiny bit of liquid smoke.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tempeh BLT's

No real bacon here, only fakin' bakin' tempeh. But its amazing with some Veganase, tomato, lettuce and optional avocado. YUMMY!!!

Raw Balls

Ok, my latest addiction is a fairly healthy one. Raw and vegan balls from the cookbook "The Kind Life". Simply put, they taste like cookie dough! Who doesn't like that. In the picture I got really fancy. I made some cacao and some plain then I rolled them into combo rolls.

The recipe is as follows:

1 cup walnuts/pecans/cashews
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup carob or cacao powder (optional)
3/4 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup
1 cup almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole almonds
shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

Process walnuts in food processor till coarsely ground. Add dates and pulse until well combined. Add carob powder, syrup, almond butter, vanilla and salt. Process until think and smooth. Add the almonds and pulse a few times, until combined; you want them to remain in crunchy chunks. Form the mixture into golf-ball-size-balls with your hands (I use latex gloves, it is messy!). Roll the balls in coconut and place in a sealed container in the freezer or fridge. I prefer the freezer method and the hubby likes the refrigerator way! Enjoy !!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A few meals

I have been trying lots of new things lately. Hijiki seaweed, umeboshi plums and tons of tacos. I read a book recently called "The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone. It really seemed to be right on about everything and she simply states, with tons of facts and evidence, that vegan is the way to go. I'm cutting down a lot of various animal products. I finally bought Veganase and Earth Balance too. Small changes, like adding in more seaweed (filled with calcium, and countless vitamins minerals) and pickles (great for digestion and full of enzymes-if you get the kind without sugar or vinegar) can really make a difference. The pictures show the magical non-dairy spread found only in Santa Cruz called, Annies non-dairy spread. Very strange colored (its orange from pimentos) but its just amazing. I grew up on the stuff. Mostly we have been having pitas filled with tempeh bacon, spinach, squash, hummus and annies and we are in heaven. Now on to the taco phenomenon. Not sure if its the new sprouted corn tortillas or the readily available mangos but something about this time has screamed "TACOS!!!!" We fry the tortillas in Earth Balance and then fill them with brown rice, refried beans, cabbage, avocados, mango and optional cheese for the hubby.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Old regulars

Some things we have been eating lately include, sushi (of course!) Pita pockets stuffed with goodies along side roasted beets, carrots, and garlic. Pasta (which our daughter loves!) More pitas with cole slaw and roasted delicata squash, and a favorite from one of our local restaurants takeout tamale pie with salad YUMMY!

More delicious meals

I have been busy cooking, living and playing and I have neglected my dear old blog. This month I discovered a new book "The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone. I am offically in love-with her cooking and lifestyle! She is vegan and very into macrobiotics, whole foods and traditional chinese ways (umeboshi plums, pickles, etc). I have been making tons of stuff from her book including, raw balls, chocolate pumpkin balls, lentil soup, and breakfast porridge. Unfortunately I was unable to photograph any of it. No fear, I will be making it all again and again and again!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Our favorite kind of pizza starts with Brio focaccia which is made fresh and organic in Arcata. Then I add tomato sauce (jarred kind which I add pureed sweet potatoes to), black olives, red onions, pineapple and mozzarella. For salad I went simple with leftover homemade ranch! The whole thing takes less than 20 minutes and is delicious!


My first ever crust turned out really good. Its hard to go wrong with a nine tablespoons of butter! Inside this wonderful "pie" (as we called it to our daughter) there was eggs, rice dream, kale, spinach, mushrooms, onions and of course garlic. I served it with a big green salad and homemade ranch dressing. To make the ranch I mix equal parts mayo and plain goat yogurt, then I add tons of chopped garlic, garlic powder, salt & pepper-hidden valley eat your heart out!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gigi LOVES sushi

I mean she really REALLY REALLY loves it! She asks for it almost daily and I, being an awesome mom, make it for her. I usually just put in avocado for her and a mix of sushi rice and brown rice. To make the rice really sticky I add rice vinegar, mirin, and a little bit of sucanat.


For a while now I have been gently asked by my mate to make him biscuits. I tried my hand at them and we were all pleasantly surprised. I used half white and half whole wheat flour to make it more "crunchy". Add some honey butter and jam and you got yourself a meal (at least in our house we consider that a meal). I finally got to use our Easter cookie cutters too! We had little birds, eggs, and lambs!

A Classic

Marinated tempeh, basmati rice & veggies. There really is no going wrong with this delicious, nutritious powerhouse. The marinade is equal parts maple syrup and tamari with a dash of rice vinegar. It only needs to sit for an hour, but overnight is good too! Be sure to save some to pour over your dinner (or lunch)! On the bottom picture is an extra piece of portabella mushroom that I baked the night before!

Pita Paradise

Pita pockets filled with hummus, tabbouleh, goat cheese, avocados, spinach & red onions. Accompanied by corm and more tabbouleh! Oh and the pitas are lightly toasted first. YUMMY!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Is chocolate mousse pie appropriate ?

Not all vegetarian food is no, ask me to name a favorite dessert and I will answer in a millisecond-CHOCOLATE!!! So to quench my desire for that delicious treat I have been making mousse pie.....Its fair to say that its a big hit at my house.