Meatless Monday: Vegetable Pasties

When I lived in Australia, vegetable pasties were a favorite take-out food. We would have them with everything from a serving of fries, to a plate of vegetables or salad, or simply serve them with tomato sauce for dipping. They are one of the foods I had been missing most since moving overseas, so it encouraged me to start making them at home.The ones we have are generally individual hand-held pies, which are shaped like a half circle, however, I find this way, which looks similar to a Stromboli, to be much quicker and easier to do. It's also perfect for serving for family dinner, or when home entertaining. Guests can take as much (or as little) as they like, and the recipe below makes three. So if you don't use them all, freeze them for later, just remember to reheat in the oven as … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Vegan Summer Recipes

Vegan sometimes gets a bad reputation for not standing up to it's competitors. Today is the day we get proved wrong. These are the ultimate vegan summer recipes that will rock your taste buds!We have everything from appetizers to desserts. All vegan. All delicious! Perfect for summer! Won't you give these vegan summer recipes a try? Appetizers1/Corn, Avocado and Blueberry Kale Salad from Vanilla & Spice 2/Grilled Avocado Hummus from What Jew Wanna Eat 3/Thai Lettuce Wraps with Basil from The Recipe Renovator 4/Garden Fresh Gazpacho from Wine & GlueMain Dishes5/Veggie 'Meatballs' from Diethood 6/Pineapple Rum Beans from Healthy Slow Cooking 7/Sesame Noodles from Cupcakes & Kale Chips 8/Chick-quin Sandwich from Spabettie 9/Pasta with Cilantro Jalapeno … [Read more...]

Homemade Pizza Dough

Summer is here and its time to start thinking of easy dinner recipes.  I don't know about you, but we seem to be busier during the summer months.  I am always on the lookout for quick and easy meals for our family.  One of our absolute favorites is homemade pizza.  Its easy to make, the kids are able to help in the kitchen and its perfect for a lazy summer evening.The great thing about homemade pizza is you can add any toppings you want to make it your own.  We love lots of veggies on our pizzas, but maybe you're a meat lover.  Once you have the basic pizza dough recipe down you are able to create any type of pizza you and your family can dream up. To make your basic pizza dough you will need:1 package yeast 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon … [Read more...]

Spring Split Pea Soup Recipe

The colors of spring are poking through.  In the still chilly early days of the season, a hearty soup still makes a great meal or starter.  Split Pea soup brings the green of spring to your table and is a perfect way to use any leftover ham from a holiday meal.Even better, because peas do not require overnight soaking, you can be sitting down to a delicious bowl of soup in less than 90 minutes.This recipe is adapted slightly from this posting on Food.com.  The addition of milk (or a little heavy cream if that’s what is in your fridge) brightens the color.What you’ll need to make Spring Split Pea Soup:1 tablespoon olive oil 2  small to medium onions, chopped salt ¼  - ½ tsp ground pepper red pepper flakes (optional) 4 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 bay leaf 1 … [Read more...]

Creative Vegetable Dishes

If you have been to a farmer's market lately you may have noticed the vibrant colors that some of the vegetables such as carrots, radishes, and swiss chard come in.  Not to forget the different varieties of potatoes and onions.  These beautiful colors alone make for creative vegetable dishes, but I'm going to show you even more ideas for whether you are entertaining at home, encouraging children to try new foods, or enjoying a meal with your family.  The standard meat and three veggie meal is no more with these simple tips. Mashed Potato BarPeel and dice potatoes, then boil in a large pot of water until tender.  Once cooked drain the water, and mash the potatoes with milk and butter until creamy.  Divide the mashed potatoes between ramekins, this makes it easy to pop dishes into the … [Read more...]

Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers

It's grilling time! Summer is here and it's time to get some easy grilled recipes in your repertoire, like these grilled peanut butter chicken skewers. Kids will love to eat dinner from a stick with the dip-able peanut sauce to go along side it, too!The ease of simply placing the skewers in the chicken strips, setting on the grill and whipping up the peanut sauce, is almost too good to be true! Adding some zucchini and squash to the grill really rounds out the meal.Happy grilling!Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken Skewersadapted from Tracey's Culinary AdventuresIngredients1 pound chicken strips 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup water 3 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, … [Read more...]