Filed under Vegetarian / Meatless Meals

Southwestern Bean Salad

Southwestern Bean Salad

Today I have another great summery side dish to share which was inspired by a recipe in the Williams-Sonoma Grill Master Cookbook. First I prepared a homemade Pico de Gallo, which included chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt and pepper. In another bowl, I combined two kinds of beans – black and kidney … Continue reading

Blackened Salmon and Spinach Ravioli Bake

Blackened Salmon and Spinach Ravioli Bake

Last week I found myself searching for a side dish recipe to accompany the salmon I had planned for dinner that night. Blackened Salmon Actually, let me pause and tell you more about the salmon cooking method that is such a staple in my kitchen. Typically I purchase frozen wild Alaska salmon filets for this … Continue reading

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Chickpeas

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Chickpeas

I love a dinner made of whole foods! I tried roasting chickpeas for the first time last week, using Not A Leaf’s recipe and method, involving seasoning with brown sugar and lots of garam masala. They turned out great! Smoky, spicy, and sweet, as promised. Also for dinner, I made Martha Stewart’s Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs, … Continue reading

Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas

Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas

I’m feeling self-indulgent today, so I think I’ll fill out this food survey that I found before I tell you about these enchiladas. Food Faves Survey: McDonald’s, Burger King, In-n-Out? McDonald’s. I worked there part-time for three years as a teenager. Nowadays I only allow myself to eat there a couple times per year. (Last … Continue reading

Speedy Three-Bean Salad from OSG

Speedy Three-Bean Salad from OSG

Hey guys, how you doin’? Buckwheat’s doing well. Thriving, clearly. Keeping nice ‘n’ chunky as winter wears on. Gosh I love Ann Arbor squirrels. Mervin, well, Mervin’s has seen better days. He is a fighter. Me? Well, I’m doing quite well. Spent some time with the fam this weekend, and celebrated my dad’s birthday, which … Continue reading

Thai Butternut Soup from Cooking Light

Thai Butternut Soup from Cooking Light

I’m not really sure how authentically Thai this recipe is, but I do know it tastes pretty dang awesome. I remember my first experience with Thai cuisine. It was on my honeymoon, at the tender age of 22. The huz and I stayed at a Sandals resort in Jamaica which featured a “private island,” accessible … Continue reading

Miso-Vegetable Soup

Miso-Vegetable Soup

Cooking with miso has been on my culinary to-do list for some time now. I nearly caved and purchased some miso last November when I prepared a batch of amazing “Rich Chicken Soup.” Instead, for that recipe I combined miso broth with chicken stock, rather than adding miso to chicken stock as the recipe intended. … Continue reading

Wild Rice Pilaf with Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts

Wild Rice Pilaf with Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts

Today I have a veggie-filled recipe to share! We’re talking Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, red bell pepper, onion, and tomatoes. All in ONE highly nutritious dish. Most of those veggies were sautéed before adding sherry and tomato paste to the mixture. (Remember, I told you that sherry would come in handy!) Then, it’s time … Continue reading