Simple Vegetable Spring Rolls

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Isn’t it nice when something that seems intimidating turns out to be super simple? Turns out that if you can chop vegetables and roll a burrito, you can make spring rolls.  This is actually a “clean out the fridge” recipe in disguise.  That lonely carrot and half a head of cabbage?  They’ll go perfectly here.  Just chop your vegetables into similar sizes (I used the length of my tofu as a marker and went ahead and matched that), and roll them into these spring rolls.  We used some leftover peanut sauce from a spicy peanut noodle recipe earlier in the … Continue reading

Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

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Some foods inspire an instant an intense reaction.  No one “kind of likes” chia seeds.  With chia seeds, and certainly chia drinks like the Synergy or Mama Chia drink, the love/hate reaction is instantaneous.  My camp describes these drinks as “refreshing” and “delicious.”  The other camp might choose words like “slimy” and “disgusting.”  Chia seeds are slimy in liquid, but that doesn’t put me off them in the slightest.  If you land solidly in the “slimy” and “disgusting” camp, then this is NOT the dessert for you.  Might I point you towards my mini molten chocolate cakes instead? Chia seeds … Continue reading

Kale Coconut Salad

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When you move to California (having never even visited before), you falsely feel like you have some sense of the place.  TV and movies promise palm trees, sunshine, and surfers.  While I knew I was moving to Northern California and not San Diego, I was still surprised our first morning here (in August no less), that I needed to pull on a sweatshirt to go search out a local coffee shop.  I always find myself explaining to friends and relatives back home that my part of California is usually always 67 degrees.  Even in August.  Even in November. So this … Continue reading

Olive Oil Granola

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When Melissa Clark writes about something, it sticks in my brain.  I received “In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite” two Christmases ago, and promptly read it cover to cover.  “In the Kitchen” seamlessly weaves stories and recipes together to create a cookbook that you can enjoy as a novel if you prefer.  Her Olive Oil Granola has been lodged permanently in the back of my brain since that first reading.  I only recently started making my own granola, with this simple granola recipe.  When that experiment turned out so well, the olive oil granola memory started shoving its way … Continue reading

Lemon Snowcap Beans and Stars Soup

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Another week, another soup recipe.  Soup is so convenient for a packed lunch, easy to load with vegetables and protein, and so satisfying when heated up.  This recipe even uses tiny star pasta, though you can use any kind of tiny pasta if you can’t find stars. Rainbow Swiss chard just makes me smile.  I remember the first time I saw it at the Union Square farmers’ market in Cambridge.  I barely knew what it was, and I certainly didn’t know what to do with it, but I bought it anyways because the pinks and reds and yellows of the … Continue reading

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Kale

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Soup making is the perfect activity for a weekend afternoon.  Very little conscious thought is required for a simple soup, and you can putter around, reading or cleaning while keeping the soup on the back burner.  My black bean soup might seem to have a very long cooking time, but it slowly simmers away in the time it takes to clean our two bedroom apartment.  Or watch a few episodes of Downton Abbey.  You know, however you choose to spend a Sunday afternoon. I love bringing soup for lunch throughout the week, though at work I’ll liberate some goldfish from … Continue reading

Cranberry, Pear and Wheat Berry Breakfast

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I have just a handful of weekday breakfasts that I make over and over again.  Lately my green ginger limeade has been my breakfast of choice, since it doesn’t feel a bit like winter right now..  Normally during the winter I crave a warm start to the date and alternate between oatmeal with bananas and almond butter and this delicious wheat berry breakfast.  I first saw this wheat berry breakfast bowl on 101 Cookbooks more than two years ago.  While I’ve made Heidi’s more elaborate version for company or weekend breakfasts on a number of occasions, I use this super … Continue reading

Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Homemade granola bars are quickly becoming a household staple.  I haven’t bought a Larabar in more than month!  The Coconut Cream Larabar is my favorite though, and that coconut flavor, plus the memory of Clif’s Chocolate Coconut bar inspired these granola bars. I piped some melted dark chocolate on top of these bars, but you could easily leave that out (there’s chocolate in the bars), or just pour melted chocolate on the top of the bars and let it cool into a thin layer. The recipe does call for a 1/4 cup of coconut milk, and I know it can … Continue reading

Purple Cabbage, Tofu, and Bok Choy Bowl with Ginger Lime Dressing

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Sometimes you build a whole meal around a single ingredient.  In this case, I came home with the purple cabbage and everything else fell into place.  I loved the colors in this dish.  The greens and the purples made me smile, and the crispy tofu melted into a perfectly soft center. I bought the purple cabbage at the farmers’ market because I thought it was so cute (I like cute vegetables the best), and then I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I sautéed some tofu. Threw together some and ginger-lime dressing and mixed it all together with something … Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

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While reading Cate’s blog last week, I saw her link to Branny’s Souper Bowl and knew I had to participate.  For every entry Branny gets, she’s donating to the ASPCA, which is a cause dear to my heart.  All of our pets, both from my childhood and the crazy fuzzies who keep us company today have been rescues of some sort.  This little munchkin didn’t even weigh 2 pounds yet when we brought her home from the shelter.  I almost named her 15 instead of Abby because she weighed just 1lb 15 oz.  I love all our cats, but this … Continue reading