Avocado & Sweetcorn Salad

Short and sweet! This dish is light in texture and flavor that is easy to make, a one pot meal, can be made ahead of time, and healthyyyy! Bonus: gluten free (depending on the grain), sugar free and… great for those who have fussy diets and nutritional needs! It is especially refreshing on a hot…

What to Do with Beet Stems

Yesterday I made a couple of beet dishes from “Vegetables Illustrated” and they tasted absolutely AMAZING! I don’t like to throw food to waste if I know I can turn them into something tasty and healthy. There’s a guilt voice in my head that says, ” we can turn that into something”, which applies to…

Pistou sauce with grilled vegetables

Christ is risen! Grilling season is amongst us and that calls for fresh summer produce springing up and marinades. One of the things that excites me for the summer season is fresh herbs, especially basil and rosemary. I don’t usually travel during the summer so these herbs transport me to Italy by taste. This recipe…

What’s for dinner tonight? Vegan Fettucine Alfredo

Hello my dear ones! Christo Anesti! Krystus zmartwychstal! Christ is risen! Great Lent and Pascha has past and we are now in Bright Week. This is my first Orthodox Christian Easter season — all I can say is I am adjusting to these feelings that come up for me. The 49 days leading up to…

What I Eat On A Fasting Day

Kalispera, my dear ones! Kalispera! Lately, I have been in a “Greek” mood. My husband is Greek, my nouna is Greek, and my spiritual father is Greek! Many dear Greek friends around me! My husband and I often dream and talk about having a cafe on one of the islands in Greece. I am someone…

Kale

Kale is a great plant based source for calcium, iodine, protein, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. It is a calcium rich food. Excellent source for vitamin A. Good source of alpha-linolenic acid (found in omega 3s). All greens (chlorophyll rich) foods contain alpha-linolenic acid in their chlorophylllasts. Great dietary option to add for heart…

Lettuces, In General

Season: spring – autumn Function: cooling Weight: light – medium Volume: moderate – loud  

Leeks

Season: autumn – spring Taste: sweet Botanical relatives: chives, garlic, onions, shallots Weight: light – medium Volume: quiet Techniques: boil, braise, fry, grill, roast, steam Tips: add early in cooking process I have a fond memory of leeks. The last time I visited my homeland, Poland,  I was about 6 years old. I have vague…

Fiddlehead Ferns

Season: spring Taste: bitter Weight: medium Volume: moderate loud techniques/tips: always serve cooked: blanch, boil, saute, steam  

Cauliflower

Season: autumn – winter Taste: astringent Botanical relatives: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi Function: cooling Weight: medium volume : moderate Techniques: boil, braise, deep-fry, gratin, puree, raw, roast, saute, simmer, steam The second top-middle photo is pizza crust…made of CAULIFLOWER! Buffalo ‘Cauliflower’ wings! BBQ Cauliflower! Mashed Cauliflower! Roasted Cauliflower! WOW! The endless…