Late Summer Okra Pilaf with Coconut Bacon

Late Summer Okra Pilaf with Coconut Bacon

This easy rice bowl dinner is made up of fresh, in-season okra tossed with a bold and savory, cayenne-infused rice pilaf then topped with a sweet and smoky homemade coconut bacon. And while you can have this ready and on the table in 30 minutes, it…

Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Lime Rice Bowls

Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Lime Rice Bowls

In addition to being a quick and easy, this healthy dinner or lunch is also: Colorful Tasty Satisfying Protein-packed Budget friendly On the table in about 30-40 minutes. And this whole meal is easier than it looks. It’s basically three steps: Roast the potatoes, cook the…

Lemon Orzo and Rice Pilaf

Lemon Orzo and Rice Pilaf

Orzo pasta and rice simmered in a lemony dill-seasoned broth and topped with fresh parsley. This quick and easy recipe begins with cooking the orzo, rice, and garlic together, then adding the broth. As it simmers, your kitchen will be filled with the absolutely delicious…

Vegan Smoked Gouda Risotto with Spinach and Mushrooms

Vegan Smoked Gouda Risotto with Spinach and Mushrooms

Rich, creamy, smoky, and beautiful spinach risotto topped with herbed mushrooms and parmesan makes for a deliciously easy and elegant dinner at home. This is good stuff. Something about the smokiness of the gouda makes me think of autumn even though it’s like 100 degrees…

Vegan Thanksgiving Wellington

Vegan Thanksgiving Wellington

Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday! I love all the planning and prep, decorating and buildup to a day of food and festivities with the family, especially since it’s so rare to have older kids all home at the same time. I first served made…

Vegan Red Curry Quinoa Salad

Vegan Red Curry Quinoa Salad

Who says Salad Night has to be all about lettuce? Not me! If I’m going to make a meal out of a salad, it needs to be substantial and filling! This Red Curry Quinoa Salad fits both of those requirements. And it’s super easy. Begin…

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Simple and subtle… this easy rice offers the perfect complement to bigger, bolder flavors such as those found in hearty and spicy enchiladas or fajitas. Most  recently, I served this rice alongside tacos dressed with a robust sauce of chipotle chiles and adobo seasoning and…

French-Style Baguette

French-Style Baguette

Though I usually go the easier route and just pick up baguettes in the bakery, occasionally I do enjoy baking the bread from scratch. If you’ve never made your own French bread, I recommend giving it a shot. It’s really very simple! All it takes…

Vegan Red Beans & Dirty Rice with Collard Greens

Vegan Red Beans & Dirty Rice with Collard Greens

Today is all about the distinctly delicious flavor of Cajun Country! Packed with good-for-you ingredients, this version of a Louisiana classic side dish is hearty enough to stand on it’s own as an an entree. For a touch of sweetness to complement the fiery flavor,…

Wild Rice and Garbanzo Bean Soup

Wild Rice and Garbanzo Bean Soup

It’s been wonderfully dreary and rainy here lately.  Normally, this alone is enough to get me craving a hot bowl of soup but, add in the fact that I’m fighting a stubborn cold that just won’t go away, and it’s pretty much guaranteed there’s going…