Black bean, sweet potato, and corn hash

This recipe came together using food I usually keep on hand in my pantry, fridge, and freezer. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and savory as well as refreshing thanks to the lime and cilantro. It’s vegan and gluten-free It’s high in protein and fiber as well. I sometimes eat this as a meal, but it can easily be served over your favorite rice or … Continue reading Black bean, sweet potato, and corn hash

Cuban Congri – Rice and Black Beans

This dish goes by a few different names, depending on which part of Cuba your family came from, but in my household we always called it congri. Congri is one of the few Cuban specialties that is traditionally vegan, although some restaurants add pork fat, so always ask and check. This dish, where you cook the beans and the rice together, results in a greyish rice … Continue reading Cuban Congri – Rice and Black Beans

Vegan Cornbread Muffins

I love cornbread with holiday meals, and I especially love them with chili. This is a very standard recipe that I got from an old Good Housekeeping cookbook and experimented with egg and dairy alternatives until I felt like I got it just right. The reason I chose light tasting olive oil for this recipe is because it helps the edges crisp so that the … Continue reading Vegan Cornbread Muffins

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Mushrooms are one of those truly divisive ingredients in the culinary world. People tend to love them… or hate them with such a passion they won’t allow them to touch their plate because they believe they’re so icky and gross. I absolutely adore mushrooms, and I feel kinda bad for those that don’t appreciate them for the delectable, nutritious earth fruit that they are. As I’ve mentioned before, … Continue reading Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Vegetable Paella

Paella for those of you that do not know is a centuries old recipe that originated in Spain which typically includes many meats (often seafood), rice, vegetables and seasonings cooked in a large cast iron skillet over an open flame. It’s a one pot meal, similar to Jumbalaya and arroz con pollo. Paella is a traditional Cuban favorite served on special occasions and family get-togethers. In fact … Continue reading Vegetable Paella

Better than Box Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

Original Recipe Stove Top Mac N Cheese by Alton Brown This recipe beats the pants off of any box type macaroni and cheese out there. You know the stuff that uses powdered cheese and looks like an unnatural orange goo when it’s cooked?  Yes, that stuff; that if you’re like me you ate a lot of when you were a kid. In fact, we ate … Continue reading Better than Box Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

Spanish Rice

Inspired by recipe in The Art of Vegetarian Cookery by Betty Wason Eating out while vegetarian is almost always filled with trepidation and anxiety. I hate inadvertently making a big deal out of my eating habits. I hate the vapid, deer in the headlights look I sometimes get from food service professionals when I ask, do you know if the (insert dish name here) has any … Continue reading Spanish Rice

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

My SO said to warn you that this recipe should never be served for a first date. Also, these mashed potatoes will ward off any local vampires. The garlic flavor is strong with this one. And that’s just how I like it. Consider yourself warned. I almost always make this for Thanksgiving as it pairs deliciously with my Tofurky. But don’t feel like you only … Continue reading Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

This is a very simple, easy recipe that looks great on the plate and smells absolutely delicious while it’s cooking. Who doesn’t love roasted potatoes? This dish pairs well with just about anything; I like to serve it with brown rice and red quinoa and a Quorn cranberry and goat cheese chik’n cutlet. It also works great for holiday meals since it is basically comfort food. … Continue reading Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

Brown rice and red quinoa

This dish adds a little crunch and a lot of iron to any plate. For those looking to replace white rice, this is a nutty and flavorful alternative. Serve it as a side with anything. It’s very filling and fulfilling. 4-6 servings Ingredients: 1 C Vegetable Stock 1 1/4 C Water 3/4 C Brown rice 1/4 C Red quinoa (rinsed) 1/3 C chopped dry roasted almonds … Continue reading Brown rice and red quinoa