Baked Veggie Samosas

This was my first time making samosas. It was very easy, especially using the puff pastry sheets. I have not yet tried to make the dough by hand.  All three of my kids (ages 9 to 4 yrs old) liked these and wanted more. I think next time I will add some carrot and maybe…

Add A little Character To Your Garden

I was recently in Home Depot looking at veggie and herb plants when I saw a display about Growums. It’s a  ebsite from Bonnie Plants, that makes gardening fun and educational for kids. There are games and videos. Check it out!  http://www.growums.com/ They also have a fundraising program for schools and organizations. Available in six different…

Life Changing

These are some great life changing documentaries about the food we eat in the USA. It’s part of why we started to rethink what we ate and made some big lifestyle changes. Food Inc.: This film touches on the politics of food production, farming, obesity and disease in our 21st-century diet. Food Fight: Foodie celebs…

DIY Recycled Bird Feeder

I was sitting this morning and watching all of the birds in the backyard and decided to see what I could find in the the recycling bin to make a new bird feeder. Supplies: Milk or juice carton with twist off lid ( I used almond milk carton) Small dowel or stick (I used a…

Veggie Burger

Ingredients: 2 ounces olive oil 3 tablespoons diced red onion 2 tablespoons diced red bell peppers 1 teaspoon diced jalapeno 1 1/2 tablespoons diced garlic 4 ounces black beans, drained 4 ounces chickpeas, drained 4 ounces white beans, drained 6 ounces rolled oats 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon red chili…

Self-Frosting Peanut Butter Cupcakes (VEGAN)

Peanut Butter Cupcakes: 2/3 cup plain soymilk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons flax seeds 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda…

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus

Ingredients: 16 ounces chickpeas  (I prefer to use dried and soak them over night instead of canned) 6 ounces roasted red bell peppers  (I use the jarred peppers) 1 jalapeno, seeded, diced 4 cloves of  garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon ground cumin 3 tablespoons chopped onion 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive…

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Have you seen the recent high fructose corn syrup commercials?? These commercials are two spots that are at the center of an  campaign by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) in an effort to give high-fructose corn syrup — public enemy no. 1 to many healthy-eating advocates — an image makeover. In one ad, a mother…

My pets make my breakfast

My pets make my breakfast One day I had a crazy idea with three purposes. They were to eliminate factory farm eggs from our house , to teach my three kids about the eggs that we loved to eat for breakfast and to have some new pets. My first job was to convince, Amanda, my…

Homemade Marshmallows

Ingredients: Vegetable oil, for brushing 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons) 3 cups granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar   Directions: Brush a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with oil. Line with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang…

Pavlova

Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 4 large egg whites, room temperature 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 kiwis, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced crosswise 2 cups fresh berries of your choice Directions Preheat oven to 200, with rack in center….

Baked Falafel

Ingredients 2 cups dried chickpeas, picked through and rinsed 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 small onion, coarsely chopped 6 garlic cloves, smashed 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and ground 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 handfuls fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves coarsely chopped 1 handful fresh cilantro, leaves coarsely…