Creamy Pasta with White Bean Sauce

This recipe is inspired by a Bon Appetit recipe I saw a few weeks ago that looked like a delicious and dairy free way to achieve a creamy pasta sauce, using the cheap and hearty white bean. I love that this recipe doesn’t involve blending or any fancy tools or ingredients. Anyone can make this…

Pan Fried Polenta Gnocchi

I’m always trying to find new ways to cook old favorites. This was an experiment to turn creamy polenta into crispy bite-sized gnocchi. It was a summer’s evening and we ate on our balcony, so these photos show my plate al fresco! It takes a little forethought since your polenta has to be room temperature…

Curry Lentil and Sweet Potato Patties

Summertime is arriving! It cannot come soon enough. My favorite season always makes me want burgers and dogs and all types of barbecue goodness. This curry veggie patty helped curb that craving, and was a new flavor take on the ubiquitous veggie burger! This patty is made with cooked green lentils and sweet potatoes, mashed…

Rustic Artichoke & Kale Farro Salad

Farro has become one of our go-to grains these days, due to its fluffy texture and great nutritional value. Besides having a lovely nutty flavor, it is high in protein, fiber, and lots of vitamins and minerals! It’s a great alternative to plain ol’ rice, and works really well paired with artichokes and kale in…

Raspberry Apricot Baked Oatmeal

I came across an exciting flavor of jam in the store, Bonne Maman‘s Apricot Raspberry preserves, and it insired me to make baked oatmeal with those fun flavors. I’ve made a fresh blueberry version before (see here) but this recipe takes baked oatmeal to a whole new level of flavor. Apricot and raspberry are two…

Creamed Spinach

A question from non-vegans considering veganism is usually, will I ever get to eat something creamy again if I give up dairy? The answer is: yes! This recipe uses softened (soaked) cashews to make a creamy sauce that turns a bag of spinach into something much more delicious and special. Creamed spinach is a simple side…

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Lemon + garlic + basil is like the trio of the heavens. I am *hands down* always in the mood for these flavors, and always will be. All three are super bright, fresh, and vibrant. Whenever I want a light pasta dish that tickles the taste buds, I head to lemon/garlic/basil town and call it…

Balsamic Rainbow Chard

I absolutely love a bit of color in my food. For some reason, I feel like it heightens the other senses and makes everything smell and taste that much better. Rainbow chard is one of the most beautiful and colorful vegetables there is (hence the name!). It dulls a little when cooked, but it still…

Easy Taco Salad

Taco Salad — all the same goods, deconstructed! Just a different way to eat one our favorites, and one that is so easy to assemble. It took me 10 minutes to make dinner, which for some reason is a quality I still appreciate even though we have all the time in the world these days…

Strawberry Granita

Refreshing and fruity: two of my favorite adjectives when describing a dessert. They definitely apply to this Strawberry Granita, which is a type of homemade water ice made from fruit. Granita is originally from Italy, where it is typically made from lemons and their juice. We made ours with fresh strawberries, citrus juice, and sugar,…