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…

Zuke Chutes! (Zucchini boats with tomato and vegan Parmesan)

Zucchini season has arrived and the entire internet is being bombarded with zucchini recipes! And I’m on the bandwagon. I had last Saturday off from selling wine at the farmers market, so I actually got to go as a customer and buy stuff! Very exciting. The zucchinis were out in full swing and one farmer…

Marinated Tofu Fajita Pita

You know, I’m just really into the marinated and baked tofu thing lately. Half because I’m working a lot and baked tofu is really versatile and easy to have on-hand when I’m not home to cook, and half because I’ve just been craving veggie sandwiches ALL the time. So, these fajita pitas are not just…

Fig, Apple and Almond Balsamic Bowl

Alright, I’m hitting you with two breakfast posts in a row to make up for my procrastination in the category. This is going to be a short one and no cooking involved because, like I said in my first brekkie post, I keep it simple in the mornings with lots of fruit and nuts. And…

Banana Peanut Butter Oat Bars

   I’m not great about breakfast. Well, I never skip it but I definitively keep things simple – toast with peanut butter and banana, or fruit bowls with nuts and granola. + Coffee. So much coffee. But both my dude and I work some weird hours and don’t like to end up buying junk on…