A few minutes is all it takes to whip up this easy garlicky vegetable lo mein recipe! This is a great quick takeaway “copycat” recipe for weeknight meals.
This recipe is once again, courtesy of my recipe club. Recipe club is one of my few social outings each month, and the one meal I can count on eating without cutting food for tiny humans, and these things are a Big Deal right now. I also get to cook based on a theme someone else chooses, which is nice. Well, except for this recipe because I was the hostess and I picked the theme… childhood favorites. (more…)
This easy slow cooker chickpea curry is a perfect, economical vegetarian dinner recipe!
I am a lazy cook when it comes to feeding myself. Times when the Godfather travels for work, I eat a lot of eggs, oatmeal, salad, and slow cooker dishes. Things that are easy to prepare, and use a minimal number of dishes. Before little ones, I would often make a large slow cooker dish, like this slow cooker chickpea curry, at the beginning of his trip and eat that the rest of the trip. Now that I have people to cook for even when he’s gone, I don’t do this quite as often, but still make a few favorites for the family from time to time. (more…)
Forget the can and make a childhood classic at home! This vegetarian alphabet soup recipe is easy to follow and definitely qualifies as comfort food!
Sometimes, life just falls into place in a funny way at the grocery store. One minute, you’re casually perusing the pasta aisle, and the next, you’re sprinting to the produce section to load up on fresh tomatoes because you *have* to make soup immediately. What happened, you ask? I spied a bag of alphabet pasta! How could I not get excited about alphabet pasta? Even though I actually wasn’t a fan of the canned alphabet soup as a kid, I do love fun pasta shapes, and we all know a homemade alphabet soup is going to be amazing. (more…)
Make your afternoon (or morning) protein smoothie exciting using fresh flavors and seasonal ingredients from the farmer’s market or your garden. This peach basil protein smoothie is a new favorite for this fitness-loving foodie!
I ran into a girlfriend at the gym this morning, and the topic of working came up thanks to an article we’re reading for book club this month. It’s a good read if you have a little time. Several points in the article really struck a chord with me, especially as someone who has always been ambitious and values a career, but not at the expense of my family. The author recognizes this and discusses the misconceptions about women like me – those trying to have it all – when we choose to step back or take alternative career paths (like entrepreneurship).
One which I found particularly upsetting is the assumption that we “lack motivation and the dedication to get things done.” Darlings, I may not work in an office with billable hours, but my work day starts before dawn most mornings and often doesn’t end until 11 at night. It’s punctuated by play dates, time at the gym, and the occasional tantrum, but anyone will tell you I’m ever present at “the office”, weekends included. I make time for family, absolutely, but am far from unmotivated when it comes to a professional life.
How does this have any relation to today’s recipe? This is relevant because not all days are sprinkle-coated, chocolate-drizzled sunshine, and when I’m pushing to meet a deadline, or we have to get an early start to the morning so I can squeeze in the day’s work and family obligations, I turn to easy yet nutritious recipes like a peach basil protein smoothie, to keep me going. A recipe equally at home in the carpool or commuter lane. (more…)
Where’s the beef? You don’t need it when you make these amazing vegetarian mushroom burgers! The patty is made of mushrooms, and when topped with caramelized onions and a garlic aioli, it’s burger heaven!!!
If you want to encourage someone to eat vegetables, start with mushrooms. At least, this was the case with the Godfather. He wasn’t a big vegetable eater when we started dating, so as we got serious, I needed to expand his palate a bit in that department. One of the easiest ways to do that was to start cooking with mushrooms. He already enjoyed mushroom Swiss burgers, so I knew mushrooms were a good place to start. I started putting them into stir fry and pasta dishes, and they’re a regular item in our crisper. Nevertheless, you can imagine my surprise when my husband, who makes an ah-mazing beef burger (recipe posting in the next few weeks), came to me one day and said, “I’d like to make a burger with a mushroom patty. Not just a portobello mushroom cap with burger toppings, but an actual patty made out of mushrooms.” I was of course, curious, and totally excited, and that’s how these vegetarian mushroom burgers came to be. It took exactly 1 bite for them to earn a place on our “favorite burger list.” (more…)