Simple Vegetarian Borscht

Just look at that healthy, sexy red soup!  I don’t know about you, but it screams nutritious to me!  Borscht is such a humble and underestimated soup that I want to celebrate! Borscht hails from Eastern Europe – Russia, Poland and the Ukraine, mostly – and is traditionally made with beef bone broth, giving it … Read more

Simple Green Beans Almondine

Need a green vegetable to serve and don’t have a lot of time?  This quick and easy version of green beans almondine is the answer to your prayers.  Classically, this dish requires blanching the green beans and toasting the almonds separately. Then combining it all together in a lemon butter sauce.  Well, I have skipped … Read more

Creamy Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes (Vegan)

Do you have a thing about Brussels Sprouts?  It seems to be a love-hate relationship that most people have. Either they love them or hate them.  I can go either way.  It all depends on how they are cooked, am I right?  But the thing is, they are just adorable (looking like little baby cabbages) … Read more

Homemade Vegetable Bouillon Paste

Ummmm…. look at that jar of gold!  Flavor gold, that is!  It’s a jar of concentrated vegetal flavor that is easy to make, very healthy and full of amazingness!  It will take you no more than 30 minutes, I promise (unless you are easily distracted, like me!), and will serve you well in the future … Read more

Flash-cooked Pasta Sauce with Zoodles and Why You Need a House Meal

What is a House Meal? You need at least one house meal!  Do you have one?  Or maybe two?  Having one or two recipes in your regular rotation that you can prepare at a moment’s notice when you are feeling less than inspired to cook, is critical for every home chef.  It’s a meal that … Read more

Easy Pantry Veggie Burgers

As we continue on this long stretch of pandemic cooking, many of us are not wanting to go out too often for fresh things and are cooking more from our pantry.  This is an easy, healthy veggie burger that can be customized to what you have on hand.  I have deconstructed the veggie burger for … Read more

Fun with Plants! Confidence with Plant-Based Cooking

Come into my kitchen and have fun with plants while laughing, dancing and getting to know each other. Learn new cooking skills, discover new plant-based foods and flavor principles, and expand the world of what you can do in your home kitchen—all without animal products and minimal processed oils.  And it’s not all about salads! … Read more

Indian-spiced White Bean and Lentil Soup

March is here, and spring is in the air!   I’ve been spending some time out in my yard, planting and prepping for spring. So far, I put in a tomato plant, serrano, jalapeno chilies and added marjoram to my still healthy oregano and thyme. Basil will be coming soon, as will another tomato plant, habanero … Read more

Quinoa Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers (Gluten-free)

What is the biggest problem with veggie burgers? Texture, right? Achieving the perfect patty that is firm on the outside (and doesn’t fall apart!) and tender and juicy on the inside can be a dilemma.  A lot of times they have floury fillers and binders that may work, but don’t add much nutritional value and … Read more

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas, Lemon and Greens

Depth of flavor with simple ingredients, this is a great recipe for batch cooking because it comes together pretty quickly after the squash is roasted and removed from the shell. The flavors all meld so well and the umami flavors of the olives and sun-dried tomatoes really give it depth.  I urge you to try … Read more