Friday, May 4, 2018

Winter Ruby Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced arugula
1 cup seeded and chopped small sweet salad peppers (I used 1/2 cup red bell pepper, 1/2 cup peppadews)
1 cup thinly sliced basil
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 red grapefruit, peeled, sectioned, and chopped
2/3 cup Pomegranate Dressing (below) (I only used 1/3 cup)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently.  Let stand 10 minutes and serve.

Pomegranate Dressing
1/3 cup avocado oil (I used olive oil)
1 shallot, minced
1/3 cup pomegranate juice (I used orange juice)
1 tsp. honey
1/8 tsp. sea salt

Combine all ingredients and whisk well to emulsify.  Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.  Makes about 2/3 cup.

(Such amazing flavor!  Refreshing and delightful.)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas

  • (recipe from

1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
6 oz. baby spinach or baby kale
Two 15 oz. cans chickpeas
1 red onion, diced
2 yellow bell peppers, diced
2 sweet potatoes, diced into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
7 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. minced ginger
2 heaping Tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. salt
30 oz. can crushed tomatoes
15 oz. can light coconut milk

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, carrots, and bell peppers. Sauté for 8 minutes, stirring often until the onions are translucent.

Add in the rest of your ingredients.

Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender.

(OMG!  So delicious!)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Green Harissa Sauce

(recipe from

1 packed cup flat leaf parsley leaves
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup mint leaves
2 medium cloves garlic
Juice from half a lemon
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

Place all ingredients except the olive oil into a blender and blend until smooth.  While the blender is running, slowly add the oil until incorporated.

(Delicious and easy sauce.  Can be used with noodles, zucchini noodles, any veggies.)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Bourbon Cocktail with Apple Cider, Lemon, and Maple Syrup

(recipe from Edible Maine magazine)

2 ounces bourbon
2 ounces cider
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce maple syrup
Lemon peel for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add the bourbon, maple syrup, and lemon juice.  Give it a good shake.  Pour into an old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes and top with the cider.  Give it a stir and finish with a lemon peel.

(Made for Sage and I around Thanksgiving 2017.  Cheers!)

Monday, April 2, 2018

Grapefruit Hot Toddy

(recipe from Thug Kitchen)

2 cups water
2 bags black tea
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice (about 1 grapefruit) [I used bottled juice]
2 shots bourbon
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks

Bring the water to a boil on the stove with a kettle or whateverthefuck else you use.  In a large measuring glass or heat-safe pitcher add the grapefruit juice, bourbon, maple syrup, and the cinnamon sticks.  When the water is boiling, pour it into the pitcher, add the tea bags, and cover that motherfucker to keep it warm while the flavors mix.  Let the tea steep for 3 minutes.  Take out the tea bags and cinnamon sticks and serve that shit immediately.

Vegan Date Nut Bread

(recipe from Food 52)

1 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates, chopped into small pieces (heaping)
2 cups boiling water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2/3 cup organic cane sugar
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp. flax meal mixed with 3 Tbsp. warm water and allowed to thicken for a few minutes (I used egg replacer)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F.  Pour the boiling water over the dates and allow them to sit for at least ten minutes.

As the dates soak, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and sugar.

Whisk together the vinegar and almond milk vigorously, till frothy.  Add the coconut oil and flax meal/water mixture.  Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ones until just mixed.  Drain and fold in the dates, along with the walnuts.  Add a splash of almond milk if the mixture is too dry.

Pour batter into a 9x5-inch baking pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Millet Soup

(recipe from May All Be Fed: Diet For A New World by John Robbins)

3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup millet
1/2 small cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
1 rib celery, with leaves, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
3 green onions, with tops, finely chopped
2 cups soy milk (I used almond milk)
3 Tbsp. tamari
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes, optional

Put the stock and millet into a large pot.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cover, and cook for 12 minutes.

Stir in the cauliflower, carrot, celery, garlic, rosemary, thyme, basil, and pepper and return to a simmer.  Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are almost tender, about 8 minutes.

Stir in the mushrooms and green onions, cover, and simmer until the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the soy milk, tamari, and yeast flakes, and bring just to a simmer.  Serve immediately.

(This is a delightful and easy to make soup!  I recommend adding spinach also at the end with the mushrooms and onions - makes it more colorful.  This soup keeps well in the fridge for several days.)