Friday, December 31, 2010

Vegan Johnny Marzetti

The photo doesn't do it justice - this dish was fantastic - lentils, pasta, TVP and veggies - keeper! This recipe....

Monday, December 27, 2010

Home for the Holidays!

Fantastic trip home, didn't realize how much I needed it. Re-connecting with family is re-connecting with oneself on a very deep, primitive level. Miss my grandmother very much, yet I saw and felt her in her siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vegan Pasta Bake

Made usual adjustments not to add oil..... from this recipe:

Sunday, December 12, 2010


This one had the "old standby" sauce, roma tomato slices, green pepper, onion & shitake mushrooms & kale sauteed in red wine, and a little basil & oregano. Was wonderful!

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Chorizo"-Kale-Barley Saute with Cannellini Beans

Veganized from this recipe
Delicious! And much healthier than the original version!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pumpkin & Black Bean Casserole

Yeah, it might not sound appealing, but it's somehow genius. I subbed 2 small butternut squashes for the pumpkin. Recipe here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Humble Meal

Cleaning out the fridge and off the counters, roasted some leftover veggies.....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fav Recipe - VEGANized!

November 16th 2008, I asked my wonderful friend - for some assistance in veganizing one of my favorite recipes - cheese & shrimp stuffed poblano peppers with red pepper sauce - he suggested the idea to substitute mushrooms for the shrimp to achieve the same mouth-feel & texture and that I could use a faux cheese sauce of my choice. At that time, I was so new to vegan cooking and was learning so much that I put this aside.
Until today.....
I had leftover cheese sauce from my last pizza. And I did use the mushrooms, along with some Gardein chick'n scallopini filets. 

An old favorite, back in action - absolutely wonderful!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Garlic mashed potatos, green bean casserole, corn pudding & seitan holiday roast, (used leftover broth for gravy base) pecan pie and pumpkin nut pie.... wonderful Thanksgiving, wonderful family - truly blessed.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Another Pizza

This one was awesome - another experimental topping....

Full Moon Rising

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Quick Pizza

Had leftover sauce from making quesadillas the other night (from this recipe)  grabbed a convenient, pre-made crust, sliced some tomatoes, onion, pepper, jalapeno and tossed in the oven.... easy, fast, tasty...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Buddha's Happy Belly of Curried Lentils, Cauliflower & Tomatoes

From this recipe with the oil omitted, used sherry to saute garlic, green onions & spices. Wonderful! And easy.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Acorn Squash - Roasted

Super easy - scoop out seeds, cut into chunks, add seasonings (I used salt, pepper, chili powder) and roast at 450 until tender.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scrambled Tofu

No oil, no unnecessary fat. No eggs, no unnecessary cholesterol. Delicious! (Tofu, tumeric, onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper, tomatoes, pepperoncini, pinto beans, sourdough toast)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mexi Pizza

Awesome!!! Shocking main ingredients in the sauce topping.....
Veggies were - spinach, slices of roma tomatoes, chopped jalapeno, pinto beans and corn....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Parsley eater (and peppers and tomatoes).
He's been gently relocated elsewhere and sternly told that he is not welcome back.

Baked Curried Brown Rice & Lentil Pilaf

Friday, October 15, 2010


The pot 'o gold is somewhere in the Atlantic....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Roasted Taters, Shrooms & Onions

Roasted at 450 with Braggs - Good simple food with salad (mix of baby lettuces, romaine, carrots, sunflower seeds avacado with white basalmic)....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Forever Friends

Brian & Stephanie Kontur's wedding was awesome! Entirely too much fun was had!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Spicy Tofu with Peppers & Cashews

One of my all-time favorites. Recipe here. Served over mashed yukon potatoes with carmelized shallots, garlic & red onion....

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Polenta Lasagna

In a valiant effort to finish off the leftover "cheese sauce" from aforementioned pizza, I turned to a all-time favorite (also one of my sister's favorites) Recipe here - Substituted spinach for the kale, added some green pepper, jalapeno and tomatoes (using up leftovers) in with the onion & mushrooms - wonderful!

Shish Kabob's Catch of the Day

I intervened. Birdie will live. No chance Shish will adopt vegan lifestyle, huh?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Polenta Fries

I went to google "polenta lasagna" to use up leftover cheese sauce & veggies and the auto-fill brought up a polenta fries search - certainly couldn't turn that down! Became inspired and used this recipe and used a marinara dipping sauce - easy! I didn't use the vegetable peeler as the recipe suggested, rather cut half moon shapes... Surprising texture - crisp, chewy on outside and creamy on the inside....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday Night Pizza

Tried out a new crust I picked up at the organic store in Grandy, NC (too chewy for my liking). Also tried a extremely top secret sauce topping that was very good - very creamy and rich and smooth, the ingredients for it were super healthy as well as the veggies on the pizza and the grains in the crust...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

100% Homemade Pizza

Made the dough Thursday (got side-tracked by Earl, delayed the pie), used another "top secret" non-dairy cheese-like sauce, roma tomatoes, onions, shitake mushrooms sauteed in sherry, garlic, oregano, and then the following were from my container garden - basil, jalapeno and bell peppers, so cool!
The sauce was smooth and creamy - great texture - extremely healthy ingredients in it as well as the rest of the pizza.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Blueberry-Banana Bread

Love recipes from pantry items and spoiling produce! This recipe...