Sunday, September 7, 2014


Source: Vegan Fire & Spice

2 TB oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 green pepper, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 hot chiles, seeded & minced
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tsp hot sauce
8 oz, seitan cut into cubes
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained & rinsed
freshly cooked rice

1. Heat 1 TB oil in large skillet; saute onion, pepper, celery, garlic, & chiles. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add juice from tomatoes, thyme, salt, cayenne, & hot sauce. Stir in tomatoes & bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, & simmer 15 minutes.
2. Heat remaining 1 TB oil in skillet; saute seitan until browned; add to tomato mixture along with kidney beans. Simmer 10 minutes. Serve over rice.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Flat Belly Smoothie

"The Greek yogurt in the recipe provides a good amount of calcium and protein, both of which can aid in weight loss. The smoothie also contains several ingredients — like blueberries — that have been shown to help diminish belly fat. If that's not enough, you also get the sweetness of pineapple, which contains an enzyme that helps ease digestion and banish bloat. You won't be able to taste the kale, which is full of fiber to prevent constipation, and there's calorie-free water to help clean you out."

1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 TB almond butter
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup kale
3/4 cup water
1 tsp chia seeds (optional).

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies


2 sticks butter, cut into chunks
7 oz. dark chocolate chips (a little less than 1 cup)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups raspberries

1. Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter in large saucepan; stir in chocolate until melted. Remove from heat & stir in brown sugar.
2. Lightly beat eggs 1 at a time, stirring into chocolate mixture 1 at a time.
3. Sift flour (in small batches) into mixture and stir.
4. Sift cocoa powder (in small batches) into mixture and stir until everything is well-blended.
5. Gently fold in 1 cup raspberries. Spread mixture into oiled 13 x 9 pan. Sprinkle remaining berries over mixture, gently pressing in.
6. Bake 30 minutes or until cooked in the middle. (will be a little gooey in the middle when done).

Indonesian Mixed Vegetable Platter with Peanut Sauce

Source: Vegetarian Times

1 TB oil
2 TB tamari
2 packs tempeh (8 oz. each)
2 cups diced red potatoes
1 cup cut green beans
2 cups cauliflower florets
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
1 cucumber, diced
1 cup mung bean sprouts

3/4 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 TB lime juice
2 TB tamari
2 TB maple syrup
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp sriracha (plus more for serving)

1 package brown rice noodles (optional)
1/2 cup crushed peanuts to top (optional)

1. Cook optional brown rice noodles according to package directions; set aside.
2. Heat oil & 2 TB tamari in skillet; add tempeh & saute 3-5 minutes until golden & crisp on most sides. Transfer to bowl & set aside.
3. Place potatoes in pot with enough water to just cover them. Bring to boil & cook 15 minutes or until tender. Drain & transfer to bowl.
4. Steam green beans & cauliflower (place on separate sides of large pot) until crisp-tender. Remove from pot & arrange on a platter or in 2 separate bowls.
5. Place tomatoes, cucumber, & spouts on a platter or in separate bowls.
6. Meanwhile, make sauce: Whisk together all ingredients in small bowl.
7. Serve vegetables & tempeh over rice noodles if desired; top with peanut sauce & crushed peanuts.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kale & White Bean Soup

Source: Quick and Easy Cooking

1 TB oil
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onion
32 oz. vegetable broth
4 cups chopped kale
19 oz. can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
14 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste

Optional toppings: Parmesan cheese & croutons

Heat oil in pot; cook carrots, celery & onion until fragrant (about 5 minutes). Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer 10 minutes.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Veggie Egg Casserole


18 eggs
Splash of skim milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
oil for frying
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 cup of fresh spinach, chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup cheese, shredded

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the 18 eggs. Add a splash of milk. Add salt and pepper to taste; stir in oregano & basil.
2. In a large skillet, saute the bell pepper and onion in a little bit of olive oil. Add in the spinach for a minute or two. 
3. Stir veggie mixture into egg mixture; fold in cheese. Pour into an oiled 13 x 9 dish.  Bake 1 hour or until the eggs are set in the middle.

Egg Bake with Green Chilies

  • Source:

  • tablespoons butter, melted
  • 10 large eggs, beaten
  • cups cottage cheese
  • cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ounce can  diced green chilies
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt to taste

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Pour into oiled 13 x 9 dish and bake until set, about 40 minutes.

Hash Brown Casserole

2 lbs refrigerated hash browns
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup melted butter
1 can (10oz) cream of potato soup
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion

1. Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl, mix together sour cream, butter, soup, salt, pepper, & onion. 
2. Fold in hash browns & 2 cups cheese until well blended. Spread into oiled 9 x 13 dish.  
3. Bake 30 minutes, remove from oven, top with remaining 1 cup cheese, and bake 15 minutes more or until browned & bubbly.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NEW Search Engine!

Now you can find recipes even easier by using the search window in the upper right corner! I hope this makes it easier to navigate the blog. As always, message me with questions!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Grilled Tofu

  • Source: Vegetarian Times

  • ~21 oz. extra-firm tofu, drained and cut lengthwise into 8 slices
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. chile paste with garlic
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbs.)
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1. Place tofu slices on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 20 minutes, pressing down occasionally with your hands to squeeze out water.

2. Arrange tofu in single layer in 13×9-inch glass baking dish. Whisk together lime juice, syrup, tamari, chile paste, garlic and pepper in small bowl. Pour over tofu. Stir to coat. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill 4 hours, or overnight.

3. Spray grill rack or pan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat. Remove tofu slices from baking dish, reserving marinade. Grill tofu slices 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until browned and crisp on the outside. 

Grilled Corn Salad

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 TB Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp pepper
 1/4 tsp salt
8 ears corn (with husks)
4 TB butter, softened
2 TB snipped fresh rosemary
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
4 red bell peppers, stemmed. seeded & halved
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 small head green leaf lettuce leaves

1. For dressing, in lidded container combine olive oil, lemon juice, W. sauce, garlic, 1/2 tsp pepper, & 1/4 tsp salt. Stir & cover; refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Combine rosemary & remaining salt/pepper in small bowl.
3. Peel back husks & remove silks. Spread butter over corn. Sprinkle with rosemary mixture. Fold husks back around corn & tie with stripe of husk.
Option: remove husks and wrap in foil. During last few minutes of grilling, remove foil & place directly on grill until slightly charred.
4. Grill corn 25-30 minutes, turning once. Add red peppers to grill during the last 8-10 minutes of grilling, turning often. Cut peppers into bite-sized pieces.
5. Cut kernels from cobs into large bowl. Stir in red peppers, cheese, and dressing. Serve over a bed of lettuce leaves.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Quinoa with Grilled Vegetables

Makes 8-12 servings

3/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 cups quinoa (uncooked)
3 1/2 cups water
vegetable boullion cube
1 small red onion, cut into chunks
2 zucchini, cut into chunks
2 summer squash, cut into chunks
salt & pepper to taste
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
4 oz. feta, crumbled

1. Heat 1 TB olive oil in large pot. Add quinoa & toast 2-3 minutes. Add water & cube; bring to boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer 15 minutes. Let cool a little.
2. Meanwhile, heat grill. Place onion, zucchini, & squash in large bowl & toss with 3 TB olive oil, salt & pepper. Place in large grill basket & cook until nicely grill-marked & tender. Add to quinoa with tomatoes & toss gently.
3. In small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil & lemon juice. Add to quinoa mixture with basil, mint, & feta. Toss gently to coat.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Banana, Cran-pineapple, & Cantaloupe Cooler

Source: Vitamix

1/2 cup cantaloupe chunks
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 small banana, peeled
1/8 inch thick slice lemon with peel, seeded
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 TB honey
3/4 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grapefruit Smoothie


1 grapefruit, peeled & halved
4 frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 banana, peeled
4 oz. yogurt or 1/2 cup milk
1 TB honey
1/2 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cranapple-Orange-Pineapple smoothie

Source: Vitamix

1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 medium apple, cored
1 medium orange, peeled, halved & seeded
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Guitar Cake

From this blog (links below): 2 recipes vanilla cake (2 sheet cakes), 1 recipe chocolate buttercream frosting, 1 recipe honey cream cheese frosting (add 1 TB coco powder).

Other ingredients: Reeses Pieces, white icing, kit kat bar
Tips: Cut handle of guitar out of 1 sheet cake, base of guitar out of the other sheet cake.

Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 stick softened butter
1/3 cup honey

Place all ingredients in bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Source: Body in Balance
Makes 2 servings

1 avocado, peeled & pitted
1/4 cup unsweetened coco powder
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla

Place ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Serve chilled.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Apple, Banana, & Sweet Potato Cooler

Source: Vitamix

1 medium sweet potato, cooked & cooled
1/2 cup milk
1 small banana, peeled
1/2 medium apple, cored
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 TB honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Baked Ravioli with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Source: Favorite Brand Name Vegetarian (modified by Aimee)
Makes at least 8 servings

36 oz. bag frozen cheese ravioli
2 TB butter
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups cream
1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
1 cup shredded Asiago
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 375. Cook ravioli in large pot according to package directions. Drain well; cover & keep warm.
2. Melt butter in same large pot; add shallot & cook 3 minutes. Add cream, pumpkin, 1/2 cup Asiago, salt, nutmeg, & pepper. Cook & stir until cheese melts. Gently fold in ravioli.
3. Transfer ravioli mixture to oiled 13 x 9 baking dish. Combine remaining cheese & bread crumbs in small bowl; sprinkle evenly over dish.
4. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly & lightly browned.


Source: Vitamix

1/2 cup onion
1 tsp lemon juice
1 jalapeno, halved & seeded
1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
6 Roma tomatoes, quartered

Place ingredients in blender; pulse on & off about 5-10 times. Season with salt if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

Pineapple with Avocado or Mango Refresher

Source: Vitamix

1 1/4 cups pineapple chunks
1/2 cup avocado (pitted & peeled) or mango slices
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/8 inch-thick slice lemon with peel, seeded
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie

Source: 100 Best Smoothies & Juices

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup water
1 cup frozen blueberries

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Kale and Pear Smoothie

Source: Vitamix (slightly modified by Aimee)

1/2 cup green grapes
1/2 medium orange, peeled & seeded
1/2 medium Bartlett pear
1/2 medium banana, peeled
1 cup kale
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

Source: Vitamix

1 kiwi, peeled
1/4 medium banana, peeled
1/2 cup unsweetened strawberries
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup water or juice
1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pineapple Frosty

Source: Taste of Home

1/4 cup milk
2 cups vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup pineapple chunks
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Orange Juice Plus

Source: Vitamix

2 medium oranges, peeled, halved & seeded
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 TB honey
3/4 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blueberry Frosty

Source: Vitamix

1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1 TB honey
1 cup milk
1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Frozen Strawberry Grape Juice

Source: Vitamix

1 cup green grapes
1 cup red grapes
1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spinach Cocktail

Source: Vitamix

1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
2 fresh mint leaves
1 cup spinach leaves
1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. (Add water if using frozen pineapple).