Beef stew with vegetables

This stew turned out exceptionally well, if I do say so myself! I chose the perfect cut of meat, and happened to grab just the right bottle of wine from the cupboard – a Tisdale Shiraz. With no year on the label, I assume it’s a cheap bottle – which generally is better for cooking. … Read more

Meatless Chili-Lime Fajitas

Okay, so Meatless Fajitas are just peppers and onions – LOL. But the flavor profile is kind of fajita-ish, and exceptionally delicious – if I do say so myself! The longer you cook the jalapeno, the more of its heat it’ll lose. So to control the heat in the dish, just vary the time you … Read more

Parsnip, Sweet Potato & Apple bake

This is super-tasty as a main dish when you’re on a fruit-and-veggie fast, or as a side dish alongside pork roast, steak or chicken cutlets when you’re not. 4 medium parsnips 1 honey crisp apple 1 medium sweet potato 1/2 a small sweet onion, coarsely chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 T olive oil salt & … Read more

Raw spinach manicotti

I learned to make this dish at a raw food “cooking” class I took one summer in Chicago, in the Ukranian Village neighborhood. I’ve since served it as an appetizer at many dinner parties and family gatherings (after tweaking it a bit to make it my own), and it’s received RAVE reviews. Several people have … Read more

[Video] Raw Kale, Lentil & Cashew salad

Lentils and cashews do magical things when combined – and the backdrop of raw kale makes this salad a delicious and oh-so-healthy vegetarian meal. Simple directions (watch video for complete directions): Boil lentils. Chop cashews. Massage kale with a bit of sea salt to masticate it. Combine everything in a bowl with a bit of … Read more

Mediterranean Vegetables with Quinoa

What makes this dish special is the hint of lime – delicious! And like so many vegetarian dishes, the secret is to start with the highest quality vegetables. If you don’t have quinoa on hand, it also works well with cous cous. (but that wouldn’t be gluten-free) The particular combination of vegetables I’ve listed gives … Read more

Tofu Pesto Lasagne

This dish is a wonderful vegetarian alternative to the classic Italian dish. You can use rice noodles for a gluten-free option. And if you don’t feel like fussing with lasagne, you can mix the filling together with rotini noodles for a delicious casserole. This also works great as single-serving options, in smaller pans. Makes 4 … Read more

Lentil-Stuffed Peppers

These hearty peppers were a huge hit at a recent dinner party I hosted, where several of my guests were decidedly apprehensive that I was serving a vegetarian meal. Don’t let the Indian seasoning profile scare you either – the spices just give them a nice robust flavor, nothing that will taste “weird” or “foreign” … Read more