Very Cheesy Vegan Ziti

It’s recipe time again!  I always look forward to these weeks because they stir my creativity in the kitchen, and I’m excited to share the results with you.  This week, I’ve prepared a dish that I’ve been considering since late last year!  I have been hesitant (maybe lacking confidence) because it’s the veganization of aContinue reading “Very Cheesy Vegan Ziti”

Kitchen-Crafted Broth

I recently had a conversation with a member of my climbing gym’s staff about making broth.  (Yes, I’ll talk about food & nutrition with anyone!)  His version, which calls for fresh vegetables, sounded delicious.  My recipe is a bit different, using leftover pieces of veggies collected & frozen over a period of months.  And IContinue reading “Kitchen-Crafted Broth”

Quick & Easy Monsoon Pasta

Rain is falling steadily outside and has been for hours.  The temperature has dropped about 15 degrees since it started and I’m certain there’s a touch of Fall in the air.  It’s time for a simple but warm & filling pasta dish. I came up with this formula years ago. The inspiration came from aContinue reading “Quick & Easy Monsoon Pasta”

Taste of Summer Wraps

Summertime heat can be searing in Arizona, even in the mountains of the northern part of the state.  Our intense sun makes me want to hike earlier in the day, have extra fluids at the ready at all times, and use the stove less!  The idea for these super-simple wraps came about on one ofContinue reading “Taste of Summer Wraps”

Healing Made Simple

I recently listened to a podcast in which Dr. Zach Bush, an MD specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care, was interviewed.  The subject was healing the mind, body, & spirit, and Dr. Bush, who is also well-versed on the role of soil and water ecosystems in human genomics, addressed it with his typicalContinue reading “Healing Made Simple”

Spring Salad with Roasted Veggies and Tahini Sauce

One of the few restaurants that we frequent is Pita Jungle. The menu isn’t completely vegan, but includes a few delicious items that are. This recipe is inspired by their Wood-Fired Vegetable Salad, which is my go-to grab-and-go when my day is running long and I’m too tired to cook. My version is simple toContinue reading “Spring Salad with Roasted Veggies and Tahini Sauce”

The Science Behind Eating the Rainbow

You may have heard the phrase eat the rainbow many times.  And you might have realized that it’s referring to the varied colors of fresh fruits & vegetables.  But have you heard an explanation of why it’s beneficial to adopt this strategy?   In his book Conscious Eating, Dr. Gabriel Cousens writes the color ofContinue reading “The Science Behind Eating the Rainbow”

Smoky Mixed Bean Burgers

You may remember me saying in a post a while back that veggie burgers are my favorite thing to cook.  That’s because homemade is always better than store-bought, and I have found a number of fun ways to prepare them.  This recipe combines ingredients from 3 of my favorites. It’s quick and absolutely delicious!  TheContinue reading “Smoky Mixed Bean Burgers”

Cozy Roasted Veggie Polenta

I first tried polenta in a swanky little restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale.  The small, uniform pieces had been baked and grilled, then topped with sautéed wild mushrooms.  It was delicious.  That was years ago, and I have prepared this staple from Northern Italy many times in a variety of cuisinesContinue reading “Cozy Roasted Veggie Polenta”

Curried Winter Vegetables

I learned to make this dish during my travels.  It was at a hostel in Moab, Utah, where I first had a Thai curry so tasty that I decided I had to learn to make it myself.  It took me several attempts, but I managed to create one that hit all the right notes.  MyContinue reading “Curried Winter Vegetables”