Pumpkin Spicy Soup

In the U.S., “Pumpkin Spice” is all the rage. Americans can’t seem to get enough of Pumpkin Spice foods. But honestly, pumpkin needs the spice, because pumpkin, on it’s own, is pretty bland. It does well with a healthy dose of spice, because there isn’t much going on there without it. To save time, I…

Kidney Bean Succotash

Lima beans are my least favorite vegetable. Maybe it’s the way I’ve had them prepared? Maybe it’s because I just haven’t acquired a taste for them? If they are in front of me, I will eat them, because they are food. And in my opinion, food should never be taken for granted or wasted. But,…

Slavic Cabbage Soup

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandma. She could make delicious food out of very little. Everything was hearty. Everything used simple ingredients. Everything made you feel cared for and loved. Recipes lived in her head. She’d add a pinch of this or that. For her, cooking was visual, led by taste, and…

Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

This recipe is fast, hearty and delicious. I use prepackaged gnocchi, but you can also make your gnocchi from scratch. (If you want to make this gluten free, make gluten free vegan gnocchi!) As an additional time saver, I also have used prepackaged Swiss chard that’s already washed, chopped and ready-to-use. When this is the…

Black Bean Avocado Salsa

Black bean avocado salsa… the perfect answer for “lunch?” The crowd-pleasing homemade addition to a potluck. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed green salad. Over and over, black bean avocado salsa is my go-to, whether it is the meal, a…

Asian Almond Sesame Noodle Salad

Some people are allergic to peanuts, and some people just don’t like them. I’m one of the latter. I wanted to make an Asian Noodle Salad that did not involve peanut butter, but still had a nice nutty flavor. So here we are! This pasta salad is satisfying, and great for any time of year….

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili Verde

When I bought the ingredients for this recipe, the cashier at the grocery store commented, “Now, that’s what I call the right ratio of chiles to tomatillos.” I told him, “If you’re gonna do it, then do it.” He probably didn’t realize that I was going to cook up a vegan version of chili verde…

Beet Poke Bowl

Some of my favorite memories are in Hawaii. It is absolute paradise in every sense—rich in culture, stunningly beautiful, and loaded with amazing produce. I always feel intense gratitude for the gifts of the islands. It is an amazing place that is rich in history and tradition. Poke is a very popular traditional dish from…