Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Winter Skillet Lasagna

1 butternut squash, 3 cups cubed 
1 onion, diced 
3-4 minced garlic cloves 
Italian seasoning 
4 dry lasagna noodles 
14-oz (1½ cups) marinara sauce

Tofu Ricotta 
15-oz extra-firm tofu, drained 
¼ cup nutritional yeast 
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning 
1 tsp fresh lemon juice 
¼ tsp garlic powder 
¼ tsp onion powder

Tofu Ricotta

  1. Press tofu for 20 minutes. 
  2. Crumble tofu with your hands. 
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients, plus salt & pepper to taste.

Winter Skillet Lasagna

  1. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. 
  2. Add butternut squash and several shakes of Italian seasoning, plus salt and pepper. 
  3. Cover and simmer until butternut is just fork-tender, adding water as needed. 
  4. Once butternut squash is tender, break lasagna noodles into thirds and lay on top OR crumble noodles and sprinkle over top. 
  5. Add marinara sauce on top, then cover and bring to a boil. 
  6. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until noodles are fully cooked, about 10 minutes. (If noodles starts to dry out, add water. If you crumbled the pasta, stir occasionally as the noodles cook). 
  7. Divide equally among 4 bowls and top with Tofu Ricotta.


  • Serves 4
  • Per serving: 402 calories, 11.5g fat, 57.2g carbs, 11g fiber, 14.2g sugars, 22.7g protein

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Anti-Vampire Soup

This served two VERY LARGE portions for me.

2 cups cooked chickpeas (1 can, drained)
garlic powder (optional)
1 head garlic
2 cups (16-oz) veg broth
½ diced small onion
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 diced potato
¾ cup (6-oz) soy or almond milk
crackers {60 calories per serving}

To Roast Chickpeas:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  3. Spread chickpeas in an even layer and sprinkle with garlic powder. 
  4. Bake until crispy and golden, about 10-15 minutes.

To Roast Garlic:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. 
  2. Peel away all loose, papery, outer layers, leaving the head intact and cloves connected. 
  3. Trim ¼-inch off the top of the head to expose cloves. 
  4. Wrap entire bulb in foil and bake 20-35 mins, or until center clove is completely soft. 
  5. Let cool.

To Prepare Soup:

  1. Peel and mince roasted garlic. Set aside. 
  2. Sauté onions until translucent. 
  3. Add broth, cauliflower, and potatoes. 
  4. Cover and bring to a boil. 
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are very tender, 15-20 minutes. 
  6. Transfer half of the soup to a blender with roasted garlic and puree until creamy OR use an immersion blender. 
  7. Add milk as necessary to thin out. 
  8. Season with salt and pepper. 
  9. Spoon into bowls and top with garlic roasted chickpeas.
  10. Serve warm with crackers.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Snickers Bar Oatmeal

Super yum! You need to plan the night ahead so that you can freeze the tablespoon of agave. 

½ cup dry rolled oats 
3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp vanilla almond milk 
2 Tbsp cocoa powder 
1 Tbsp agave nectar FROZEN 
1 Tbsp peanuts 


  1. Bring water to a boil. 
  2. Stir in oats and cook until you have oatmeal at the consistency you prefer. 
  3. Turn off heat and stir in a splash or two of milk to cream it up. 
  4. Add cocoa powder, stirring to combine. 
  5. Transfer to your serving bowl and swirl in frozen agave nectar. 
  6. Top with peanuts and serve.


  • Serves 1
  • Per serving: 296 calories, 9g fat, 51.3g carbs, 9.3g fiber, 16g sugars, 9.8g protein

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Baked Beans

Tis the season for baked beans. This can be made as a main meal or it can be a side. They'd be great to bring to a potluck.

1 tube prepared polenta, cubed (optional) 
1 onion, diced 
2-3 minced garlic cloves 
1 cup dry white beans 
1 cup dry kidney beans
1/4 cup water 
2 Tbsp ketchup 
1/4 cup molasses (not blackstrap) 
2 Tbsp soy sauce 
2-4 Tbsp pure maple syrup 

Optional if using polenta: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking  sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Bake cubed polenta for 10 mins. No need to flip. 

To make beans:

  1. Cook beans using Instant Pot. Drain and rinse.
  2. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. 
  3. Add beans, water ketchup, molasses, soy sauce, and maple syrup. 
  4. Bring to a boil. 
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until liquid reduces, about 20 minutes. 
  6. Once beans are done, divide equally among 4 bowls. 
  7. Optional: Top with polenta cubes or gently mix in.


  • Serves 4 (if as entree)
  • You can sub  1 can each white beans and kidney beans.
  • Pictured with a side of green beans.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another version of these same whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

3/4 cup sugar 
3/4 cup packed brown sugar 
1 cup Earth Balance (2 sticks), softened 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 cup applesauce
2 cups whole wheat flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 pkg (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 375.  
  2. Mix sugars, butter, vanilla, and egg in large bowl.  
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.  
  4. Stir in chocolate chip cookies.  
  5. Form 1-2" balls of dough and drop about 2” apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.  
  6. Bake approximately 10 min or until light brown. 
  7. Cool slightly until you can remove from sheet without disturbing cookie shape; remove from cookie sheet.  
  8. Cool on wire rack.            


  • Makes ~3 dozen. 
  • Prep: 10 min           
  • Total: 20 min 
  • You may want to use less than the entire package of chocolate chips.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cinnamon Buns

"Land of Nod" Cinnamon Buns. My daughter made these several times over her high school years to bring to classes as snacks and treats. They were always popular.

20 Frozen Dough Rolls
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vanilla instant pudding
1-2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 - 1/2 cup melted butter


  1. Spray a 10" Bundt pan withi cooking spray.
  2. Add frozen rolls.
  3. Sprinkle with brown sugar, pudding powder, and cinnamon.
  4. Pour melted butter over everything.
  5. Cover with a damp tea cloth, and leave out at room temperature overnight.
  6. When ready in the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Remove cloth, put the Bundt pan with rolls in the oven.
  8. Bake 25 minutes.
  9. Let sit 5 minutes, and invert on a plate.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Paradise Breakfast Burritos

I decided to make my own breakfast burritos based upon the Sin City Breakfast Tacos. We still make "crispies" and our own fried potatoes for other things on occasion. Paradise Breakfast Burritos have fresh-made tortillas and are vegan. Paradise would also be someone else making them for you and cleaning them up, or at least it's paradise when you share them.

1 cup whole wheat flour + additional to form
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup water

corn tortillas, sliced into strips

canola oil
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 large tomato, diced
1 medium white onion, diced
30 oz tofu, pressed and crumbled
1 tsp turmeric
2-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast

  1. Mix all the tortilla ingredients together in a bowl until combined in a large ball. Add a tad more water if the dough is too dry. 
  2. Divide into 4 smaller balls. Use additional flour on your hands to keep the dough from sticking to them.
  3. Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and place the first ball on it.
  4. Flatten the ball using your hand.
  5. Then use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a thin circle, about 6-8" in diameter.
  6. Heat a large pan over high heat. Once hot, place first tortilla in the pan. Watch for it to puff up, about a minute or so. Using tongs or heat-resistant fingers, flip the tortilla. Watch for more puffing.
  7. Remove from pan.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 for all balls.

  1. In the same pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a nonstick pan on medium heat.
  2. Fry the corn tortilla strips until crispy. 
  3. Put aside on a plate lined with a paper towel. 


  1. To the same pan, add 2 more tablespoons of oil and heat (if necessary).
  2. Fry the potatoes until soft but not crispy.
  3. Add salt and pepper. 
  4. Scoop the potatoes to a plate lined with a paper towel. 
  5. If necessary, add 2 more tablespoons of oil to the same pan and heat.
  6. Add onion and tomato, and cook until onions are translucent.
  7. Add crumbled tofu, turmeric, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stir to combine well, then continue to cook over medium-high heat until thoroughly warm.
Paradise Burritos
  1. Combine crispies, 1/4 fried potatoes, and 1/4 tofu mixture on a fresh tortilla. 
  2. Fold in half for a soft taco or wrap for a burrito.


  • Serves 4.
  • Approximately, 370 calories per serving.
  • Tortilla recipe adapted from Hurry the Food Up.
  • For the filling, you can make any Tofu Scramble you like.