2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

If you’re trying to eat organic then you may be surprised to know you don’t always have to. Every year the Environmental Working Group tests a wide variety of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce for levels of pesticides and publish their findings in two easy-to-understand lists: the Dirty Dozen (highest levels of pesticides) and Clean Fifteen (lowest levels.) Getting familiar with the Clean Fifteen can help us all to save a few dollars... Read More

Paleo Cacao Shake

I thought to call this a chocolate protein shake, but I really hate when recipes add protein in the title because it usually means it has a large amount of artificial protein powder. Here all the protein is from natural sources like spinach, egg, avocado, and raw cacao, so it digests easily and is plenty to get you going before a vigorous workout. Then I thought to call this a breakfast shake because I love to enjoy it in the morning, but this recipe... Read More

Brown Sugar and Black Tea Roll-out Cookies

I don’t usually make roll-out cookies because, well, they as just so plain.  But I’ve been seeing so many fun-shaped cookies around the blogs that I started itching to make a batch myself, especially when I was inspired by Smitten Kitchen‘s Nutmeg Maple Butter Cookies.  So I raided my cupboards to find the dregs of a bag of brown sugar and regular organic sugar.  I sat down to stare at them and brainstorm with my cup of tea... Read More

Simple Green Garlic Soup

When people see green garlic for the first time they usually seem so perplexed, asking things like, “What do I do with it?”  Well it’s not too much different than regular garlic, in fact if you let it dry it will become the type of garlic you find in the grocery store.  It’s a bit more plump and moist so you can use some layers of the less papery skin, as well as the green stalk and leaves.  As long as it’s not too... Read More

veggie pot pie

i used to be obsessed with chicken pot pies when i was younger, the small microwavable kind.  now that i’m all grown up and can make them for myself, i prefer to enjoy a slice of a full-sized pie, piled high with tasty veggies in a savory gravy sauce, surrounded by a crispy homemade crust with spices baked right in.  i packed this dish with lots of rich, deep, savory flavors – from cumin, black pepper, liquid aminos and a bit of red... Read More

Vegan Baked Spinach and Pasta with a Creamy Roasted Garlic Sauce

I started playing around the silken tofu a while ago.  It works well as an egg replacement in baked goods or egg dishes.  But it also makes a thick, creamy sauce when blended, like in my recipe for vegan sour cream. Recently, I’ve been brainstorming ways to turn tofu into a creamy pasta sauce and the result was surprisingly simple.  It just takes a little roasted garlic, some olive oil and salt!  The rich, sweet flavor of the roasted... Read More

spinach asparagus quiche

when i bought a bunch of baby asparagus at the farmers’ market last week, i started brainstorming how i would cook it.  for some reason the idea of an “asparagus pie” popped into my head, and when i started to think of what that would mean it became clear it would be a quiche. quiches are easier to make vegan than you would think.  with a little bit of blended silken tofu for texture, liquid aminos and nutritional yeast for taste,... Read More

hemp pesto

there are two basic ways to make pesto. one is to use parmesan cheese, which was my taste preference before i went vegan. the other way is to use a type of nut–often pine nuts but i’ve heard of walnuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds used. lately i’ve been cooking with and learning about the health benefits of hemp seeds. they are packed with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and a good helping of vitamin A to boot. plus they... Read More