Tofu-Vegetable Soup


What you’ll need:

4 C water

1 Tbsp vegetable bullion

1/4 C mild yellow miso

3 garlic cloves

1 Tbsp ponzu sauce (or soy sauce)

1 Tsp-Tbsp of chili paste, depending in how spicy you want it add as little or as much as you like

1 package of firm tofu pressed for an hour to remove excess water and cut into cubes

2 heads if broccoli florets

1/2 head of napa cabbage cleaned and chopped

10 shiitake mushrooms cut in half

1 red jalepeno deveined and chopped finely

2 bunches of green onions chopped

Sprouts (garnish)

Red pepper flakes (garnish)

What you’ll do:

In a large wok combine water, bullion, garlic, miso, chili paste and ponzu

Bring to a boil

Add broccoli, cabbage, tofu and jalepeno

Cook for about 5 minutes at a reduced heat

Add green onions

Cook for an additional minute

Serve immediately

Garnish with sprouts and red pepper flakes


Peach-Raspberry Jam


What you’ll need:

2 C fresh raspberries washed

2 C fresh peaches peeled and chopped (about 4 peaches)

1/2 Lemon

1 1/2 C cane sugar

1 packet of pectin

5 canning jars for jelly

What you’ll do:

Combine raspberries and peaches in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher, for smoother jelly combine in a food processor

In a separate bowl combine sugar and pectin

Add sugar mixture to fruit

Add juice from the lemon and combine thoroughly

Spoon into jars

Let sit for a few hours at room temperature then transfer to freezer and keep for up to one year or refrigerate for up to 3 weeks


Linguine with clams


What you need:

1 pound of clams

1 pound of shrimp (cleaned and cooked)

1 crate of button mushrooms sliced

1 package of whole wheat linguine

1 shallot

1 bunch of fresh chives

1 small carton if heavy whipping cream

2 C vegetable stock

3 Garlic cloves minced

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp flour divided

Sea salt to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

Scrub the clams until they’re clean

Place the clams into warm water and add the Tbsp of flour

Let them sit in the flour for about 10 minutes until they start opening

Take them out of the flour mixture and place then directly into a pot of boiling water( 1/4 C) (I use veggie stock to add flavor)

Steam for 3-4 minutes

Any clams that didn’t open discard

Set clams aside

In a medium sauce pan melt the butter and add the garlic

Cook for 1-2 minutes

Add vegetable stock

Bring to a boil

Add whipping cream

Add chives

Add shallots

Add Tbsp flour

Stir continuously over medium heat until it starts to thicken about 20 minutes

Add mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes

In a large pot bring water to a boil

Add the linguine

Cook for 7 montes

Strain thoroughly

In a large bowl add linguini, sauce, clams and shrimp

Combine thoroughly


Sweet Rustic Tomato Sauce with Spinach Noodles


What you’ll need:
1 package of spinach linguine
1 Tbsp olive oil
6-7 cherry tomatoes halved
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 white onion chopped
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 handful spinach
1/4 C water
1/4 C red wine vinegar
1/4 C agave maple syrup
1 Tsp sea salt
1 Tsp black pepper
1/2 Tsp cayenne pepper
Fresh basil, thyme (whatever you have on hand)
Goat cheese (optional)

What you’ll do:
Over medium heat in a large skillet heat oil, garlic and onions

Cook for about 5 minutes until onions are softened

Add diced tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, vinegar, syrup, water, basil, sea salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

Stir thoroughly

Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes

In a large pot bring 6 C of water to a boil

Add linguine and cook for 4-5 minutes or according to instructions on the package

Strain and immediately add olive oil to help prevent the noodles from sticking

Once sauce has thickened add to noodles

Top with more fresh herbs if desired and add goat cheese (optional)


Chili-Lime Veggie Noodles {vegan + gluten free}


What you’ll need:
1 package of brown rice noodles
1 bunch scallions
1 small package of chopped button mushrooms
1 large red bell pepper de-veined, seeded and chopped
1 small head of green or red cabbage chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 avocado sliced thinly
1/4 bunch cilantro chopped finely

Chili-Lime Sauce
1/4 C red wine
3 Tbsp chili garlic paste
1 Tbsp agave
2 Tbsp tamari
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tsp lime zest
1 Tsp Red pepper flakes (optional)
2 Tsp garlic salt

What you’ll do:
Cook noodles according to package (bring a large pot of water to a boil, add noodles, cook 5 minutes)

Drain water and add a drizzle of olive oil to help prevent noodles from sticking together

Set aside

In a small bowl combine all ingredients for Chili-Lime sauce and set aside

In a large skillet add olive oil and all veggies and cook for about 5 minutes until slightly softened

Add noodles and sauce

Combine thoroughly

Cook an additional 2-3 minutes until heated all the way through

Plate one serving at a time, add 2-3 slices of avocado and sprinkle with cilantro


Open face mashed potato sandwich


What you’ll need:

1 batch of vegan gravy (see earlier post)

5-6 red potatoes washed and quartered

1 C unsweetened flax milk (soy milk or rice milk would work also)

1 sprig of fresh rosemary

2 Tbsp vegan butter

Fresh ground pepper to taste

2 cloves of garlic chopped finely (optional, I don’t think it’s necessary if making the vegan gravy)

Sea salt to taste

Green onions chopped finely (white/light green parts only)

Bread of choice cut into medium slices ( I used kalamata olive bread)

Red pepper flakes (garnish)

What you’ll do:

Place quartered potatoes in boiling water and boil until soft

Drain all excess water

Add soy milk and mash

Add butter and mash again

Add rosemary, salt and pepper

Stir in green onions

Assemble sandwich by placing bread on a plate, add potatoes then top with gravy

Garnish with parsley and red pepper flake

I also baked the corn in the husk for 45 minutes directly on the oven rack at 350


Vegan Gravy


What you’ll need:

2 1/2 C water
1 veggie bullion cube
1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tsp onion powder
1 Tsp crushed red pepper flake
1/2 Tsp sea salt
1 Tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/3 C flour (I use unbleached all purpose)
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 clove of garlic chopped finely
1 Tbsp vegan butter (optional)
1 Tsp dried parsley (more for garnish if wanted)

What you’ll do:

In a medium sauce pan mix all ingredients but the flour and bring to a boil

Slowly stir in flour with a whisk

Bring back to a boil

Reduce heat and simmer over low for 10-15 minutes

If desired add chopped tempeh and cook until heated thoroughly


Whole wheat pasta with butternut squash sauce


What you’ll need:
1 batch of light fried eggplant(see previous post)

1 package of whole wheat pasta (I used whole wheat linguine)

1 package of fresh sage

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 butternut squash peeled and chopped into small cubes

2 garlic cloves chopped

1 Tsp red pepper flakes

1 yellow onion chopped

1 vegetable bullion cube

2 C water

1 Tsp agave nectar

Sea salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium

Add sage and cook until crispy 2-3 minutes

Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil

Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper

Set aside

In the same skillet add the garlic, squash, onion and red pepper(you can leave out red pepper if you don’t like spicy foods)

Cook 10 minutes until soft

Add bullion cube and water

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes

While that is reducing cook pasta according to directions on the box

Strain, sprinkle with olive oil to help pasta from sticking to each other

Using an Emerson blender roughly blend the squash mixture, taste and add sea salt if needed

Add agave and lightly blend again

Add pasta to skillet and mix thoroughly

Put pasta on a plate, add fried sage and baby eggplant


Homemade green enchilada sauce

Homemade green enchilada sauce

What you need:

1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 Green bell pepper
1/2 Yellow onion (chopped)
2 Garlic cloves (or pre diced garlic)
2 Vine ripened tomatoes
1 Cup vegetable stock
1/2 Bunch of fresh cilantro (chopped)
1 Jalepeno (chopped)
2 TSP sea salt (or to taste)
1 TSP ground black pepper
1 TSP Chili powder
1 TSP turmeric powder

What you’ll do:

In a medium skillet add the olive oil, onion, bell pepper, jalepeno and all seasoning and cook over medium until soft or about 4-5 minutes

Add chopped tomatoes, stock and cilantro

Continue simmering over medium, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes until tomatoes have broken down

Pour mixture into a blender and puree (be careful with hot liquid when blending!!)


You could use this recipe as a chip dip also (I would add a bit of lime juice in that case)