Quinoa, Mushrooms and Broccoli Two Ways

Aldi is my jam. On weeks when I’m trying to keep the grocery bill low and avoid buying unnecessary extra ingredients for specific dishes, I pretty much just hit up the Aldi produce section with zero plan. Then I throw meals together with what is already in my pantry (see Spicy Tomato Fajita Vegetables Inspired By My…

Shakshouka-Style Eggs with Red Onion, Sweet Peas and Balsamic

Man, it is FRIGID in Illinois these days. So I’m pretty into all things hot and saucy and soupy at the moment. And these shakshouka-style eggs totally did the trick with red onion, yellow pepper and sweet peas along with extra crushed red pepper… fresh and warming all at the same time. Had this for…

Spicy Tomato Fajita Vegetables Inspired By My Empty Pantry

If you’re at all like me, you spent a scary amount of money over the holidays. Travel, presents, two kinds of cheese AND French baguette for your vegetarian stuffing because why do meat eaters get to have all the fun… Maybe that one is just me. Anyway, I’m feeling pretty broke in the aftermath of…

Cumin Spiced Lentil Burgers 

I’ve been so hungry lately! It’s like I’m subconsciously trying to fatten up before I go traveling. Those of you who cook a lot and don’t eat out much will understand the anxiety of going hungry while on the road. I carry provisional snacks at all times. Totally unnecessary most of the time, but I…

Basil, Chile and Garlic Vinegar

One day I found a book in a used book store on small-batch preserving, and it was only $10 so I thought, hell yes, fun with jam and pickling. Turns out there’s a bunch of recipes in the back for making specialty vinegars. When you shove salad in your mouth every day like I do,…