Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower

Not only am I from south of Buffalo from a tiny town in Western New York… my parents first met and lived together in downtown Buffalo in the heart of where the inspiration for this recipe comes from. Buffalo cauliflower instead of Buffalo wings. While I haven’t eaten meat or a chicken wing since I was maybe 17 or 18, the buffalo flavor is signature in my hom...

Lentil Mushroom Ragu

Ragu is traditionally a thick meat-based tomato sauce. Italian origins. Very traditional. Enjoyed with pasta and / or bread. While I would never try to say that either lentils or mushrooms can replace meat in one foul swoop, they do the trick for me in this recipe (and many others). Think lentil “neatballs”… lentil loaf… both or which may have mushrooms.. Mu...

Aloo Gobi Matar

I love Indian food. I love Asian food. I love potatoes… I love Indian spices… and they’re really not as intimidating (at least on a basic level) than you might think. Fresh is just so much better, always. There are so many frozen or canned versions of Indian dishes out there, and while they can be okay in a pinch and I sometimes even add alongside loads of f...

Lentil Veggie Peanut Noodles

Peanut Noodles are basically my number one (or at least in my top 10) go-to “lazy” comfort foods. I make some version of this at home almost once a week… at minimum probably twice a month. The first time I tried it with red lentils was a wonderful day. Other legumes like garbanzo beans are also delicious. Whatever you’ve got on hand really. But I’m going to ...

Dare I Say the freaking Best Beet Burgers!!

“The beet is the most intense of vegetables… the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon” - Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume A good veggie burger is (I think) so important to have in your recipe toolbox. AND stocked in your freezer for those lazy rainy days! There are basically a million and one (and then some) ways you can go with veggie burgers. Grain free, mus...

Chana Saag

With a simple spice collection, some basic pantry staples, a few standard veggies, and about 30 minutes or less… you can have this delicious chana saag. Make it for dinner, lunch, or prep ahead of time to have ready for later in the week. If you’re solo, you’ll definitely have leftovers for future enjoyment. Yay happy belly and quick nourishment for your fut...

SIMPLICITY IN PASTA: Black Bean Spaghetti, Sauteed Mushrooms, and Garlic Broccoli Rabe

So, I haven’t really told *too many folks this yet… but I am going to Naples, Italy in about a week to visit lots of beautiful friends and do some very needed mega heart healing and soul filling… it’s my first ever trip to Italy and is relatively impromptu... although you could also say it’s a very long time coming. My mom is full Italian. That is the majori...