Happy Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

Beyond Meatballs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Onion GravyThis is one of my favorite culinary “holidays”. Cook something bold and pungent day is the brainchild of Thomas and Ruth Roy (1). Cooking something strong and deliciously stinky is really a great way add pizzazz to a cold and dreary November night. It is also a great way to get your culinary creativity flowing as we roll into the holidays. Continue reading

Black Bean and Quinoa Tofu Scramble

black bean and quinoa tofu scrambleAlmost every plant-based blog, cookbook and YouTube cooking channel has a recipe for tofu scramble – now it’s my turn. Tofu scramble is one of those dishes that is a staple for breakfast in my house, but it doesn’t have to be boring. For this recipe, I used black beans and quinoa to add more protein and substance, then spiced it up with a pinch of cayenne pepper and topped it with salsa to give it a little southwest flair.  Continue reading

Fiesta Taco Salad

Picture of Fiesta Taco SaladIt is no secret, or if it is, the secret is out…I love Mexican food. Growing up in Southern California not only influenced my love for Mexican food but it influenced the way I cook. This is one of my favorite recipes – Fiesta Taco Salad. Most people are familiar with the fast food version of the taco salad…this is a healthier version. First of all, it is not served in the deep fired flour shell, which saves you about 400 calories with half of those calories coming from fat. Continue reading

Meatless Monday – Baja Baked Potato Taquitos

Baja baked potato taquitosHappy Meatless Monday! I have always been a big fan of cultural street foods. Growing up in Southern California, my friends and I would cross the boarder into Baja Mexico to go surfing, hang out at the beach and eat at the taco stands. One of my favorite little Tijuana taco stands made these amazing potato tacos. They were crispy on the outside with a fluffy potato filling Continue reading

Touchdown! Meatless options for game day

Photo of Field Roast Game Day SpreadSeattle, WA – Forbes Magazine recently called high-end vegan foods the top culinary trend coming out of 2013. Commercials during this past weekend’s championship football games also brought plant-based diets to the forefront of consumers’ attention with the mention of quinoa, kale and other veggie favorites being served at tailgate parties. Continue reading