Vegan Blondie Bars

I love a solid baking or cooking challenge – veganizing and freeing of gluten are two that I do frequently.  With food allergies and diet preferences abundant in my circles, I have come to embrace this style of preparing food. I made these during the month of crazy-busy April.  I wrapped up a grad class,Continue reading “Vegan Blondie Bars”

Coconut Red Curry & Veggies

This simple and pleasing curried vegetable classic comes from a spurt of energy due to an Iowa warn-up.  Last week we actually had a a couple balmy, sunny days.  It was enough to give me hope for spring! It actually warmed up enough to melt almost all of the snow and go without jackets aContinue reading “Coconut Red Curry & Veggies”

Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie

I made one of these bad boys on Saturday morning – it was the perfect addition to my usual toast and peanut butter for breakfast.  The berry and banana flavors mixed with oats made it taste like a blueberry muffin in a cup.   I’ve been using the single serving cups that came with ourContinue reading “Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie”

Amaranth & Squash Casserole

This was sooooooo good.  I took a classic chicken and wild rice casserole recipe of my grandmother’s and tweaked it just a tad to get this new winter classic.  Best part?  It is gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free.  This is what I needed this week – I have the annual crud.  Moving to a new school,Continue reading “Amaranth & Squash Casserole”

Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

This soup is the perfect cure for the end of summer to beginning of fall blues.  Kind of miss the pool with the lingering hot days, but loving the cool sweatshirt nights?  Yeah, me too! I used some leftover corn on the cob to make this corn and sweet potato chowder – it’s something IContinue reading “Sweet Potato Corn Chowder”

Zucchini Curry Soup + New Floor Reveal

This post brings you more ideas on how to use the zucchini from the gardens at this time of year, plus another peek at how our house is coming along.  I have been on a long hiatus here lately, due to an overwhelming number of home projects.   A few more of the monstrous zucchinisContinue reading “Zucchini Curry Soup + New Floor Reveal”

Summer Solstice + Roasted Tofu and Peanut Noodle Salad

Oh yum oh yum.  This easy and cheap meal comes from one of my favorite magazines out there – Eating Well.  My mom requested that I make it for our summer solstice friend and family gathering on the 21st of June this year.  I served it cold, which was nice, since I made it aheadContinue reading “Summer Solstice + Roasted Tofu and Peanut Noodle Salad”

Spiced Corn on the Cob

One thing I am really looking forward to about the move back to Iowa is sweet corn.  There is nothing like sinking your teeth into fresh sweet corn on the cob.  I mourned sweet corn during the years I had braces and could not wait for the day to have them removed – the dayContinue reading “Spiced Corn on the Cob”

Ginger [sugar-free] Chocolate Cake

Yum to this cake.  This vegan cake recipe has proven to be a regular in this household.  It is so moist and fluffy without being at all complicated.  One would never know it is a vegan recipe, either.   The idea came to me whilst shopping in my favorite local health grocery store, Earth Fare.Continue reading “Ginger [sugar-free] Chocolate Cake”

{Gluten & Sugar-Free} Blackberry Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

This one has to go down in the books as one of my favorite desserts.  Ever.  I wasn’t even trying to be gluten-free, but rather experimental.  I wanted to try a few new ingredients out and this concoction worked.  I must say, I had no idea at all if it would be decent enough toContinue reading “{Gluten & Sugar-Free} Blackberry Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream”