Curried Chickpea and Apple Salad

This is sort of my version of the classic curried chicken salad. I used to love those when I ate meat – if there was a curried chicken salad sandwich at a deli I would get it every time. So good. But what’s better than chicken? CHICKPEAS! My favorite food! I could just pour those…

The “I’m not a morning person” No-Prep Brekkie Bowl

Breakfast is serious business. I’m a big believer in it. But, I have to confess that I have not gotten on the smoothie train (even though they all look beautiful!) and here’s why: I’m not a morning person but I have be up to get my ass to work. So making smoothies of any sort…

Summer’s End Pasta with Balsamic Sweet Potatoes, Spinach and Walnuts

I survived vacation! It was difficult, but you know, I managed to get through through the morning beach walks, large amounts of food, and nights in the pub. Perseverance! 😉       I am now, of course, fairly jet-lagged. Which means two things: 1). I’d like my carbs with an extra topping of carbs, please…

Black Beans and Rice

Hello from Chicago O’Hare airport! I would like to take this opportunity to say how really terrible the international terminal is here. I feel like I’m surrounded by very angry people that have been waiting in a bunch of very long lines to take very long flights. Whoever thought that having one terminal where you…

Creamy Lemon and Herb Tahini Dressing

I had a bottomless bag of sesame seeds in my cupboard. I swear I use them all the time, but the bag wasn’t really getting any smaller. So I decided it was time to say goodbye to the bag of sesame seeds and free up some precious pantry real estate. And, you know, I was…

Quick and Classic Pasta Salad

Another weekend, another out-of-town wine festival for work. This time it was the Illinois State Fair, land of funnel cakes and corn dogs. Needless to say I needed to pack lots of snacks to resist temptation. (Also, thank god for the “Ethnic Village,” the only place at the fair with solid meat-free options. Samosas forever)….

Asian Sesame Vegetable Kebabs

Slap me sesame, these are my new favorite thing. I have a grill at my new house and I’ve never had one of those before, so I’m generally stoked about it (I know I just ousted myself as a city girl again). Anyway, grilling is fun! Kebabs are fun! Plus, these are colorful, easy and…

Summer Savory Toast with Avocado and Tomatoes

Toast isn’t boring! One day I want to open a cafe featuring crazy, creative toasts. I’m into it. It’s a great way to get rid of little bits of things left over. That’s how this one came about – I had a small bit of corn and beans left over from dinner the night before,…

Roasted Curried Chickpeas

I did say I was going to be back with other roasted bean recipes, since I really like them for a salty snack fix and they are so quick and easy. And quick and easy is the theme of the week, because I have been moving house (hence the absence from blogging! No kitchen!) which…

Zucchini Fritters

I’ve got another huge zuke! We went out to my boyfriend’s parents’ house on Sunday afternoon and I came back with an amazing load of freshly-picked veggies, including a zucchini even larger than my last one. That one zuke fed us both two full meals, so I am always happy to have vegetables I can…

Sweet Chili Tempeh with Vegetables

Yesterday I spent the day working at a “Cork n Pork” festival in a real small town called Sainte Marie, IL, population 243. Needless to say, the BBQ portion of the festival didn’t offer any vegan options for a hungry girl working a 17 hour day pouring wine in 95 degree heat. Luckily I never…

Cinnamon Baked Grapefruit

   Grapefruit gets a bad rap. We can all acknowledge that it’s really good for us, but for some reason we associate eating grapefruit with old ladies using tiny spoons and making weird slurping noises. Unless that’s just me. And it’s just a little boring for the first meal of the day. BUT, trust me…