The simple deliciousness of oven roasted garlic. If you haven't tried it, do it now, your garlic bread will never be the same. Simply take a whole globe of garlic, cut off one end, (I usually cut off the one with the pointy tip) exposing the garlic inside. Peel away most of the garlic "paper", but just leave enough so it holds it together. Wrap tightly in foil, no oil or additions are needed. Roast in 425 degree oven for 45-60 min. Uncover, let cool enough so you can handle, then simply squeeze and the delicious roasted garlic comes right out ready to spread on your toast or add to dishes. Whenever I bake a casserole or something, I try to put one of these in the oven so I have it when I want it. You can store it for several days in the refrigerator... but mine never lasts that long. Enjoy.
One of my favorites and so easy to make. http://cookingwithmaryplantbased.weebly.com/curry-rice-with-vegetables.html
Yep, I grew that! I get such satisfaction growing my own food. I just started gardening in Florida last year, and this is my first winter harvest and it is sooo exciting. I used to garden back in Ohio 20 years ago, but gardening here in the Sunshine State is quite different. I think I'll make a stir fry tonight with the broccoli I harvested, serve it up with some other veggies, rice and peanut sauce. Yum, nothing tastes better than fresh whole food!
Today I celebrate my 2 year anniversary of going plant based. By far, the healthiest decision I have ever made! I have learned so much along the way, and continue learning new things every day. Plants for the win! Now what to make for my celebration dinner tonight??
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, my friends. The big day is almost here. The shopping is almost complete, but I still have a lot of wrapping to do. Now I'm planning my holiday menu. My plant based offerings this year will include my Apple Mushroom Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy, Vegetable Wellington, Green Bean Casserole, and Baked Pears for dessert. I know many people who are new to eating this way find the holidays quite difficult. My suggestion if you are going to someone elses home is to take a few vegan dishes of your own. You will likely find out that they are a hit even with the omnivores in your life. Eating a plant based diet can really be delicious. Have a blessed holiday, and enjoy this special time with your friends and family.
Happy Thanksgiving! I made too much like usual, but so enjoyed the time together with my family. Along with a few more complicated dishes I took to my sons family gathering today, I took along this very simple side dish of oven roasted vegetables, after baking them for about an hour covered, I coated them in a glaze I made out of maple syrup, teriyaki sauce, orange juice, and a pinch of cinnamon, and baked uncovered for another 15 min, they were so good. I will be making them often. Click here for full recipe.
We arrived home last week after spending 5 days in the Smoky Mountains. Great fun for us. However the whole time we ate all of our meals out, not one home cooked meal. I think I still did pretty good. Some helpful tips while on vacation are to try and find buffet restaurants, big salad bars are my favorite, Golden Corral you can always find good veggies, Chinese restaurants and buffets come in a close second. They always have steamed rice, veggies, usually a salad, and if you are lucky some veg sushi. And a choice that may seem odd is steak houses. They always have the best baked potatoes and salads, and can usually accommodate you with some veggies on the side. My husband is not plant based although he usually eats quite healthy. But we can always find something we both like to eat at places like this. While on the road, I like to stop at Subway Restaurants for a quick bite on the run, I get the veggie delight on Italian bread with the avocado spread.... delish. But, it felt good to be back home in my kitchen again, and now I'm ready to cook!
I wanted to invite you all to join a couple groups that I manage on facebook. My main group where I share many of my recipes from this site is "Cooking with Mary, Whole Food, Plant Based":
And another public interactive group I recently started called "Beans and Greens".
I think it really helps to meet and talk to others that are living the plant based or vegan lifestyle. You learn so much. Enjoy!
My favorite time of the year is fall. Okay, it's not the same here in Florida as it was where I grew up in mid Ohio, but I still love it. Here it means we are out of the 90's and finally hit temps in the 80's but I'm good with that. Regardless, it means time for some fall cooking. So this week, I purchased some acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and a mini pumpkin. I will be cooking them all up in various dishes. Oh, and butternut squash is growing well in the garden right now which is very exciting as it is my first time growing it. Love this time of year. And before you know it the holidays will be here! Happy Fall Everyone!
I am a food hoarder. There! I admitted it, and I feel so much better. They say that's the first step, you know.... Lol. Well, It's the one thing I feel I can splurge on with no guilt. When I food shop, I check labels, so I really know what I am buying. There is nothing worse than getting home and realizing something you bought is not vegan. I have been doing this for just long enough to know some items will go in the shopping cart every week or I may run short. And if there is a Buy one, Get one Free sale... I am all over that! Time to stock up!! My cupboards are pretty much always stocked full, and the freezer crammed full. (not quite so organized there) So what are the items I look for every week and make sure I'm not running low on? Here is the short list and not necessarily in this order.
Non dairy milk, unsweetened
Beans, All kinds
So, if the Apocalypse hits tomorrow, I for one am ready.. at least food wise. :)
It has been a busy summer and now it is coming to an end. Kids started back to school today. It is still brutally hot here in Florida, but that will start to cool off in the next month. So what will I be making for the Labor Day end of summer picnic? Well, I like to stick with many of the traditional favorites "veganized" of course. I will be making Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Fruit Salad, Vegetable Kabobs, and a Garbanzo Burger with all the toppings. What are you having?
I get asked this all the time, so I put together a little video of my favorites... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shH0o1mMyIE
Okay, who doesn't love potatoes, pasta, corn, and beans? I know I do. I guess that makes me a starchivore. Anywhere, Any time. I can't get enough. People always ask me what do I eat when they find out I do not eat meat, dairy, or eggs. It took me a while to figure it out, but I find that if I am eating a full meal with sides, I center everything around a starch, like mashed potatoes, or beans, pasta, etc... Serve it up with a side salad, some steamed veggies, and I am good to go. More often, my main meal is a dish such as pasta and veggies, or soups, and such that I can mix my veggies right in with the starch. I love one pot meals.