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Spicy Noodle Salad

So much for my resolution to get back in my kitchen. In order for this to actually happen, I would have to be somewhat close to my kitchen, which has not been the case as of late. Traveling for work, vacation, and generally being busy, while all good problems to have, has made it difficult for me to get to my happy place. I have found a few moments here and there to start to some spring cleaning in my cabinets, and found some doozies (bulk items packaged over a year ago. Whoops.), which I promptly tossed out. Now that there is less clutter, when I do find an open space in my schedule, I will be able to enjoy it rather than searching through long forgotten pasta, beans and canned items.

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Vegan Almond Pancakes

Pancakes for breakfast remind me of weekends when I was a child – after a slumber party with friends my mom would always make us pancakes in the morning. When I was really young I remember my dad taking “pancake shape requests” – I would always ask for the number “100” and sure enough he would make it. I loved having this sweet breakfast item and often chose this over eggs. As I got older I started to change a bit and enjoy the more savory breakfast foods. Now-a-days my breakfast options are often limited to tofu scrambles or oatmeal, however, when Pancakes, Waffles or French Toast are a Vegan option I am known to get my fill. Read more

Banana Walnut Pancakes

I’ve been dying for pancakes recently. I have no idea why, because normally, I’m a total egg person for breakfast. Without fail, I will order an omelet, a skillet, a scramble, whatever contains eggs and sounds good at the moment. Since trying to avoid gluten, I have found myself eyeing all those starchy breakfast items when out to brunch. The pancakes, waffles and crepes always seem to catch my attention in a way they have never done before… so when the chance came for us to face off this week, I wanted pancakes and nothing else!
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Tomato & Pesto Tofu Scramble

There are no Vegan substitutions for eggs. Sure you can find egg substitutions for your Vegan Baking needs, however, when creating a dish where egg’s are the star of the show, such as Scrambled Eggs, a faux egg just doesn’t exist. Our next best Vegan option is the incredible, versatile, TOFU! Read more

Spicy Tomato & Avocado Gazpacho

Whelp. I was enjoying my summer, but this week, I am not. Sitting directly next to my AC and gulping down insane amounts of lemon water, has gotten a bit old. My fruit consumption has gone up by about 245% and I don’t want to be anywhere near my kitchen, unless it’s to stand in front of my fridge with the doors open until the ‘door open alarm’ starts to go off. Cooking anything seems like an epicly hot chore, so when I can make a meal in under 10 minutes and there is no heat required, I’m all in.

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Coconut Chicken Curry

Spring, where the heck are you??? We’ve been waiting patiently, looking out our windows, and not seeing any tulips pop up or buds on trees starting to appear… Please explain yourself, as we are all very curious to find out what your deal is. Seriously.

Seeing as Winter is never leaving, this past Sunday was a chilly one. I, intentionally, went out to run errands in a light jacket. Hoping my outer wear would influence the temperature, which it didn’t, and I re-triggered my cold symptoms. Lucky for me, Susan and I had discussed making curry for our face off this week. A warm and spicy curry, filled with lots of veggies would be just the thing to make me feel better. That, and a Theraflu.

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Hummus Face Off

I’m a firm believer in DIY food. Things made at home just taste better and are, for the most part, less expensive than buying it pre-made in the store. For example, hummus. Making it at home allows you to have so much more control over the flavor, the texture, and allows you to experiment with different types of ingredients…and that is what Susan and I did for our Hummus Face Off. Read more

Hot Giardiniera Hummus

I love all things pickled and giardiniera is one of those pickled items that is a great accompaniment to sandwiches or salads…I’ve even added it to my pasta sauce before to give it a little kick. Giardiniera is an Italian or Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil. Read more

Vegan Wellington

For our friends Thanksgiving celebration, as well as Christmas Eve with my family, I provided most (if not all) of the Vegan food. One item in particular was very popular with even the meat eaters; it was my Vegan Wellington.  This is a great winter recipe being warm, flavorful and filling.  I served this as the Vegan main course along with other sides, however it even works as an all-in-one meal. Read more

Chipotle Turkey Chili (and a lesson in beans)

If you take away anything from this blog, is please be sure to cook your beans. Seriously.

I should have known this. I should have done this. But the truth was, I thought I could take a short cut, and that the beans I soaked over night would cook in the chili and would be done by the time we were all ready to eat. That wasn’t the case. Not in the least.

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Roasted Veggies and Pesto Pasta Salad

When I was younger, my favorite thing to have for dinner was pasta covered in butter and Parmesan cheese. Not much has changed since then, because I tend to make a big pot of pasta whenever I’m craving comfort food. Read more

Kale & Avocado Salad

First, let me apologize for the not so pretty picture… I took this at my desk at work, and wasn’t thinking at the time it would be on the blog… But decided to post it anyways because it’s one of my favorite items in the Whole Foods prepared food section. Filled with lots of nutritious veggies, I can never pass up getting some when I see it… Read more

Oasis Cafe

With my last week of working in the loop looming, I knew I had to get my fill of my favorite lunch spots, and Oasis was at the top of my list. Located in the back of a jewelry store on Wabash and Washington (yes, a jewelry store), it’s really easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. Read more

The Good Fat Salad

When I come home late from working out, I am always craving something really filling, but don’t want to undo all the work I’ve done! So, putting a bunch of ingredients that contain healthy fats in a salad is a prefect way to fill up and to keep from snacking after dinner.  Read more

Dilled Tofu Wrap

When Morgan told me she was going to make a salmon wrap for lunch during one of our Whole Foods trips, I have to admit I was slightly jealous. She trotted off to the fish counter and I suddenly found myself craving cream cheese, dill and capers. As a pescetarian years ago I would quite often enjoy lox and cream cheese with all the fixins’, which ended up being my inspiration for this wrap. Read more