Grilled Fennel and Portobello Tamales with Orange Tomatillo Salsa

Grilled Fennel and Portobello Tamales with Orange Tomatillo Salsa

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in entrées, Latin American, Recipes | No Comments

I’m kind of a Mexican food snob. I can’t help it. Born and raised in San Diego, I was a mere 30 minutes from the Mexican border. Aside from actually being IN Mexico, does it get any better? Nope. But ever since I became vegan, I have longed for some damn good Mexican food….something that ...

Yellow Squash Involtini with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil and Pickled Red Onions

Yellow Squash Involtini with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil and Pickled Red Onions

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in appetizers, entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Pickled red onions are an awesome addition to this dish. Along with the red pepper coulis, they help to create a more complex flavor. If you think about it, the addition of pickled red onion isn’t THAT strange considering that ratatouille is sometimes served with involtini and it has a slightly sour, pickled flavor to ...

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in entrées, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

I love me some fungus! Mushrooms have become an important part of my vegan diet since they have so many wonderful health benefits. About 1/3 of their dry weight is protein and they’re a great source of b vitamins and minerals. Mushrooms are also a sustainable food, seeing as they can be grown in large ...

Roasted Eggplant and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Fresh Basil Pesto

Roasted Eggplant and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Fresh Basil Pesto

Posted by on Aug 7, 2011 in entrées, Fusion, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

Since tomatoes are in season and I have been waiting all year for these amazing heirloom varieties, I’m posting another tomato recipe. I went to the Urbana Farmers Market this morning and found some gorgeous heirlooms along with a few varieties of eggplant. I can’t even tell you how much I love farmers markets. I ...

Sweet & Savory Stuffed Peppers

Sweet & Savory Stuffed Peppers

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in American, entrées, Fusion, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

To celebrate the 4th of July I decided to forego the BBQ this year and try something new. For some reason stuffed peppers popped into my head. I headed out to Pontious Farm early in the day to see what I could find. Slim pickens right now, but I did find some beautiful red currants (the ...

Vegan Pad Thai

Vegan Pad Thai

Posted by on Jun 4, 2011 in entrées, Recipes, Thai | No Comments

I love me some pad thai! Hopefully this will satisfy your cravings the way it did mine! It takes a few hours to make, so plan ahead! You can always make the sauce in advance, as well as soak the noodles. This will cut the cooking time significantly. Pad Thai Sauce: 2 cups tamarind juice ...

Vegan Pizza

Vegan Pizza

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in entrées, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean that you can’t have some kick-ass pizza! Especially if you’re using Daiya cheese, which I’ve found is THE BEST alternative to cheese because it actually melts and tastes awesome. Here’s how I made my pizza: Dough Ingredients: 1 1/2 packets of Active Dry Yeast 1 tbsp fine grain sugar ...

Butternut Squash Risotto with Fried Sage Leaves

Butternut Squash Risotto with Fried Sage Leaves

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Ah, the dreaded risotto. I avoided it for years, picturing Gordon Ramsay screaming in my face about how much I suck. But I have overcome my fear, and have learned that risotto doesn’t have to be as difficult as one might think. As long as you understand a few basic steps and why you are ...

Spanakopita with Kalamata Olives and Toasted Pine Nuts

Spanakopita with Kalamata Olives and Toasted Pine Nuts

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in entrées, Greek, Recipes | One Comment

This has to be one of my favorite dishes. I love Greek flavors. I also love anything that gives my hemoglobin a nice little boost (the blood bank told me I have excellent hemoglobin levels so it must be working!) Spinach will do that for ya! Spanakopita is basically a spinach pie, traditionally filled with ...

Hobo Stephen’s Nightmare

Hobo Stephen’s Nightmare

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in American, entrées, Recipes, soups | 2 Comments

When the temperature drops to 15 degrees, all I want to do is curl up on the couch with my dog Izzy (aka The Wiggle Worm) and eat a big bowl of chili. There may be some reality tv involved… But, if you have a delicate constitution (i.e. a pungent butt trumpet) then you may ...