Easy Vegetarian Curry Cuisine


Sometimes what you need for cooking inspiration at home is a good meal out. After eating at Everest on Grand, all I could think about was Indian food, so I decided to whip up a little curry. The only thing this Vegetarian Times recipe for Curried Potatoes with Cauliflower and Peas was missing was the tofu, so I added some on the side (not pictured). For meat eaters, consider adding some roasted...

Lotta Lentils Soup


I love making soup. It’s a great way to use up odds and ends in the refrigerator or pantry, and warm you up on cool evenings. And since I rarely follow a recipe, each one is always different. This batch of lentil soup was ready in less than an hour and has fed me for a week: Here’s how I did it: 3 TBS olive oil 1 small onion, diced 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 stalks of celery, sliced...

Crustless Quiches


This recipe is great for those times when the cupboards are bare. Using the most basic ingredients, Crustless Broccoli-Cheddar Quiches from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food collection is a great recipe for breakfast, lunch or even a light dinner. Very easily halved or doubled, it’s also a great recipe for experimenting! Try substituting different cheeses and vegetables, I used frozen...

Fast Vietnamese Noodle Salad


Some weeks there is less healthy cooking in my life than I like to admit, this was one of those weeks. Fortunately, the one meal that I made was worth sharing! Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Chickpeas and Rainbow Carrots from Vegetarian Times: This gluten-free, vegan recipe is a cold noodle salad. After the cold blast of fall air we’d just had, I wanted something hot, hot, hot for dinner...

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars


This recipe is for all of the peanut butter lovers out there! Move this to the top of your list IMMEDIATELY. Better yet, stop whatever you’re doing and bake a batch right now! Peanut butter is one of my favorite things in the whole world and this treat gives me even more reason to love it. I made these for a family get-together and part of me regretted leaving the plate of them behind. They...

Real Simple Chickpea Pasta


This quick dinner recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes, who could ask for more after a busy day? My version was even quicker because I made a single serving for myself with gluten-free ramen noodles that cook in 4 minutes. Real Simple’s Chickpea Pasta with Almonds and Parmesan is easy to customize for any taste: Here’s how they do it: 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves garlic...

Campfire Flavor: Foil Packets


This recipe is for all the campers out there, whether your version of camping is in the wilderness or in your backyard. This is a favorite meal for the fire pit and you won’t have any dishes to wash when you’re done! Foil packet dinners (aka Hobo Packets) are popular with campers not only because they are so easy but because they are so flavorful. Have everyone make their own and...

Rhubarb Cupcakes


A week of blog posts celebrating my birthday wouldn’t be complete without something cake-related, so I give you a very Minnesotan treat:  Rhubarb Cupcakes. This recipe comes from Taste of Home and was made from rhubarb picked in my own backyard, but according to the recipe works with frozen rhubarb just as well. While I can eat rhubarb straight from the garden, The Husband is not a big fan...

Killer Broccoli


When @cleverkate recommended this recipe, I was a little skeptical. It looked delicious, but isn’t most roasted broccoli great? Well, she was absolutely right – this recipe is killer. The Amateur Gourmet says that this is the most popular post on his blog and how can we be surprised? The recipe comes from culinary goddess extraordinaire, The Barefoot Contessa – Ina Garten. Oh...

The Day of the Domestic Diva


Sometimes a day goes so well that a girl feels like a domestic diva. Once a year the stars align in my life to create the perfect atmosphere of enthusiasm, productivity and can-do attitude. This is something that can’t be planned for or anticipated, it comes unexpectedly and must be obeyed because you never know when it will happen again. This freak occurrence happened over the weekend and...

Let’s Get Curried Away!


I have always had a bit of a crush on Jamie Oliver. Not only does he have a great accent, but he works globally to educate people on food and healthy diets. What’s not to like about that? Well, if you need another reason, he gave us this week’s recipe: Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Chickpea and Spinach Curry is fast and full of flavor, it’s also a pantry favorite of mine. It...

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas


When I eat an entire pan of enchiladas myself, I know that I have to share the recipe. Not only did I eat the entire pan myself, but I was actually sad to see the last one gone – that’s not how I usually feel after days of eating the same thing over and over again. Trust me, these are goooooooood. Gina’s Skinny Taste recipe for Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas took...

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Writer, freelancer, and believer in magic living in Minneapolis. In my free time, I love reading, exploring the great outdoors, and experimenting in the kitchen.

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