Foodie Penpals – June

While reading another blog that I follow back in May, I found out about a Foodie Penpals program.  I was very intrigued, so I signed up to participate in June.  On the 5th of the month you are sent a list showing your penpal pairing via email. You send a package to a different person…

Creamy Vegan Ice Cream

As temperatures  rise well past 100 degrees here in Texas, the kids and I yearn for some ice cream. We’ve tried making vegan (non-dairy) ice cream ourselves before, all resulting in icy weird textures. After reading some recipes online and experimenting some myself, I have found a great recipe for delicious creamy vegan ice cream!!!…

Sunflowers to eat, anyone?

We all know about people (and a lot of other animals) eating sunflower seeds, but did you know that you can eat sunflower greens or baby sunflower sprouts? We didn’t know this until the other day when we got a bag of organic sunflower greens in our local co-op share. (We recently joined an organic…

Muffaletta Salad

Full of flavor and a light dinner for summer! Ingredients 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup olive juice from can 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1/2 cup diced black…

White Bean Italian Soup

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning 2 tablespoons ground cumin 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons chili powder 3 tablespoons flour 2 (15-ounce cans) cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained 1 bunch (about 1 pound)…

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower

Delicious dinner! The cauliflower has a great nutty flavor to it when it’s roasted. Ingredients: Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 head cauliflower (about 2 1/2 pounds), cored and broken into small florets 1 medium red onion, halved and cut into thin wedges 5 garlic cloves, peeled and halved 1/4 cup olive oil 12 ounces…

Garden Vegetable Noodle Casserole

Super simple and fast week night dinner, full of flavor!!!   Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves chopped 2 cups chopped tomato 1/2 teaspoon crushed basil 2 teaspoons capers (optional) 1 can (14.5 oz.) vegetable broth 1 bag (16 oz.) Wide Egg Noodles 2

Super Veggie Lentil Taco “Meat”

This was a really good recipe! We didn’t miss the meat at all. You can easily add your favorite taco seasoning to this recipe instead of using the spices below. Ingredients: 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed and picked over 1 medium yellow onion, diced 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 large bell pepper, chopped (any…

Simple vegan cupcakes with frosting

These cupcakes were yummy but the frosting came out a little thin.  I will have to try to figure out what I did wrong and correct it.   Ingredients: Cupcakes 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 cups almond milk 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking…