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easy veggie meatballs!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

easy veggie meatballs – not just for veg-heads

    makes about 2 dozen meatballs
  • 2 cups dried, rinsed lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp high-heat oil – coconut/sunflower/safflower
  • 2 celery stalks – chopped into 1/4-in pieces
  • 1/2 large red onion – diced
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes – I ran out of real ones!
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 cup fresh parsley – chopped

Yum! They’re so simple to enjoy. Each morsel is just a few bites, but melt in your mouth like weak knees on Valentine’s Day. I said it. V-Day. When all the world is a-flutter with chocolatey truffles and snaps of heart candy, opt for a savory experience. Make your partner (or your lovely self) a filling, hearty meal – with Italian heritage to boot. (They say the Latin-language countries are most romantic.)

lentils in the mix

These are a delightful mix of savory flavor. The heavy thyme and garlic flavors are like eating your way through an Italian market. And though it’s vegetarian, my coworker exclaimed that they actually have a meaty taste to them. (I shared them at work the next day, and they were still pretty tender and juicy. They hold together well, too!)

Always curious to cook better, I’m in the middle of a great Skillshare class by The Meatball Shop. The teacher and head chef is hilarious and has an arsenal of good tips. Check it out for free, and anywhere with a solid internet connection.

Skillshare with Dan Holzman


Vegan Chili! Mm

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

vegan chili with lime rice – hearty and pretty healthy

    makes 5 large servings!
    yummy chili
  • 1/2 large, flat red onion – 1 cup diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jar of salsa – SPICY
  • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cans of sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell peppers – diced
  • 1 green bell pepper – diced
  • 2 celery stalks – diced
  • 1 bottle of vegan stout beer
  • 1 dried adobe chile
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 lime
  • 1 sliced, ripe avocado
    lime wild rice
  • 2 cups dry rice
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lime

Here I stand, with a chili bowl in hand. As the temperature continues to drop, I draw closer and closer to the warmest device in my apartment: the stove. That thing creates wonders. God bless indoor heating, but honestly, nothing warms me up right like a steaming bowl of hearty chili, right off the stove.

reddest pepper

I’m quite the sucker for chili. Along with the flavorful spices, the ingredients do your body good. The red bell peppers pack a punch of Vitamin C, and the black beans give a great dose of fiber. Two things I know I need more of in the winter-time, what with colds and the flu going around.

The beer, although not part of the health club, is a fun addition to toss in – especially when soaked with dried adobe chile. I’ve never cooked with beer and adobe before, but it lends a darker, more complex flavor to this chili. I highly recommend it.

Smooth Guinness


Tasty Luck

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

southern black-eyed pea soup – good luck food

    serves 6 easily
  • 2 cans of black-eyed peas – 2.5 cups
  • 3 stalks of celery – 1.5 cups diced
  • 2 large carrots – 1.5 cups cups diced
  • 3 stems fresh parsley – 2.5 Tbsp diced
  • 1 medium red onion – 2 cups diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    serve with homedid cornbread

Southern dishes, how do I love thee? Well, with this sweet ‘n savory dish, it’s two things: healthy and cheap. This soup follows my two main new year’s resolutions, eat healthier and do so more inexpensively.

You look at these sweet legumes and can’t but fall in love with the dual-toned skin and soft texture.

sweet black-eyed peas

fresh veggies 'n stuff

You can feel good about eating these veggies and getting a healthy does of vegetarian protein in. I think all the flavors meld well into a slightly sweet, yet savory dish – without the traditional addition of bacon.


Vegetarian Chicken Noode Soup - good stuff

Thursday, November 29, 2012

vegetarian chicken noodle soup – holiday hangover cure

    4 servings
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 4 small garlic cloves
  • 1-in knob of ginger
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 oz of spelt or sprouted wheat pasta
  • 1/8 cup fresh parsley

Let’s face it. Thanksgiving’s rough. Everything is so tasty, and nobody judges when you scoop up thirds, fourths, and fifths. Pie for breakfast is almost mandatory.

pie pie pie

I don’t drink that much during the holidays, but dang, I do pig out. And after hearing how two of my friends caught a bad bug after Thanksgiving, it seemed right to experiment with the most basic soup we know: Chicken Noodle Soup.

fresh veggies mm


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