02 May 2022: Vegan Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Sometimes I feel like I don’t make enough use of my Instant Pot. However, whenever we make a bean-based dish calling for dried beans, I absolutely know that going back to the “old ways” of prepping dried beans has been made infinitely more easy since Instant Pots and pressure cooking came back into vogue. This…

16 Feb. 2022: Sweet Potato, Squash & Black Bean Enchilada

You know you’re in for something special when the head note on a recipe starts out like this There are two kinds of people in this world: people who like enchiladas and people who have no f-ing* taste. Which are you? a) *sorry Mom and b) Thug Kitchen (now Bad Manners), the Official Cookbook (2014)….

28 Jan. 2022: Spiced Chickpea Tacos with Cilantro Pesto

One of the improvements I’ve been trying to implement in 2022 is an increase in plant-based cooking. That’s lead to the discovery of Nisha Vora’s recipes on Rainbow Plant Life. This one was a definite winner because not only is it tasty and plant-based, as promised it was a 20-minute vegan meal. Twenty-minutes? Yes! Spiced…

10 Jan 2022: Vegan Instant Pot White Bean Stew

A goal for 2022 is to incorporate more vegan cooking into our rotation and to use our Instant Pot more frequently. This stew, billed as a “dump-and-go” was creamy and delicious and, most importantly easy to assemble. The only trick was remembering to soak the dried beans before cooking. Here’s where I skipped the direction…

29 November 2021: Dairy- and Egg-Free Molasses Cookies

Now that we’ve passed Thanksgiving, the Holiday Baking season has begun in earnest in our kitchen. As our granddaughter has an egg allergy, we are always on the hunt for egg-free recipes and this one from Kelly Rudnicki, author of The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book, was a hit. In addition to the usual ball…

08 Sep 2021: Roasted Tomato & White Bean Stew

It’s not quite Autumn here in New England, but students are back to their school routines, the University is once again alive with students, and the leaves along the Merrimack River have begun to lose that summer green. Even though the temperatures are still in the 80s, it feels like Fall. And so, yesterday I…

04 Aug 2021: Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes

Sometimes, we just need some old fashioned comfort foods. In this case, a Sloppy Joe was a reminder of school lunches and dinners at home. In my memory, the topping was always made with ground beef, which we don’t really eat any longer, so when I found this bean-based recipe on Simple Fit Vegan, I…

08 February 2021: Vegan Garlic Pasta with Broccoli Rabe

Vegan Garlic Pasta with Broccoli Rabe Recently, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of vegan recipes created by Vaishali on Holy Cow Vegan’s website. In trying to eat more plant based foods, this website has some wonderfully creative recipe takes on old and new favorites. This week’s shared recipe came together quickly – a good thing…

12 January 2021: Vegan Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Since our COVID isolation, Adrien and I have been sharing cooking duties more frequently. For us, it’s a fun way to cook together or to be on your own. The Chef comes up with the meal and the sous chef either assists or enjoys an adult beverage. Guess which was my role? This recipe was…

01 August 2020: One-Bowl Vegan Zucchini Bread

Because we’ve received a really (really, really) large amount of zucchini, I’ve developed a new appreciation for gardeners and the creative recipes so many people share to help use up zucchini crops. We’ve had some delicious muffins (thanks Joanne Chang-Meyers) and today, we baked this delicious and moist Vegan Zucchini Bread recipe from the website…