Grilled Zucchini Black Bean and Corn Tacos

Grilled Zucchini Black Bean and Corn TacosTacos have always been a food staple of mine.  Before I started blogging, tacos only came in one form, traditional.  The kind with a classical taco seasoning.  This Lentil Pecan Taco is my current day version of that traditional taco.  After watching many other fantastic bloggers play with the idea of what a taco should be, I have ventured out and found many more uses for tacos.  This grilled zucchini black bean and corn tacos recipe is a summertime favorite! Continue reading

Brown Sugar Salmon and Roasted Potatoes with Maple Mustard Dill Sauce

Brown Sugar Salmon and Roasted Potatoes with Maple Mustard Dill SauceFish and potatoes are a classic combination that is tried and true.  However, to make it an outstanding meal, the seasonings need to be spot on.  I tried this recipe three times before I got the combination of seasonings just right.  It is a simple dish, but the flavors are bold and meld well together.  Brown sugar salmon and roasted potatoes with maple mustard dill sauce was an easy dinner that I put together on my flame-less grill.   Continue reading

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

Homemade Blueberry Chia Seed JamI dislike grocery shopping when the store is really busy.  There are people all over the place, you can never weave your way through the aisles. It just takes longer, and well, I get impatient.  I find myself buzzing around just wanting to get the heck out of dodge, and inevitably I will forget to buy something that is on my list.  This blueberry chia seed jam came to the rescue on one of those days, when I forgot to buy jam at the store.  It is so easy to put together, and I always have all the ingredients on hand! Continue reading

Tempeh Gyros with Cucumber Tzatziki

Tempeh Gyros with TzatzikiWhen I first started trying meatless meals, I loved tofu, and disliked tempeh.  There are lots of folks out there that don’t like tofu, but I wasn’t never one of them.  Tempeh has taken some time for me to figure out how to prepare properly.  Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake that has a unique flavor, unlike tofu which must be flavored.    The nutty flavor of tempeh works well in these tempeh gyros with cucumber tzatziki.  This recipes has completely changed my mind on tempeh! Continue reading

Grilled Bagels with Dill Cream Cheese Spread

Dilled Cream Cheese Smoked trout grilled baglesThere are some days that are simply meant for grilling.  Those days when you want nothing more than to sit on the patio, sip a cold beverage, and enjoy some time in the sunshine.  You also don’t want to fuss around with lots of prep, so simple is the name of the game.  Try these grilled bagels with dill cream cheese spread.  I top mine with smoked trout to make it even more smokey and filling! Continue reading

Black Bean Beet Enchiladas

Black Bean Beet Enchiladas with Sour CreamAlright so, this is not a traditional way to use beets.  However, I am not a traditional girl, either.  At home, we have been loving quick Mexican inspired food this  summer, and these black bean beet enchiladas were no different.  This recipe uses the whole beet, the root and the greens!  Check out the variations section if your beets didn’t come with the greens. Continue reading

Beer Battered String Bean Fries

Beer Battered String Bean FriesLast week I was poking around on my pinterest account finding and sharing ideas for recipes.  I came across a recipe for crunchy green bean fries that were coated in panko bread crumbs.  In the past, I have tried something similar with asparagus, and it’s not so easy.  Panko does not stick well to skinny vegetables, but it sticks very well to your fingers!  When I picked up my CSA this week and saw that I had string beans to use, I just knew I had to try and make a fantastic fries recipe!  The seasoning is just right on these beer battered string bean fries! Continue reading

Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop Sauce

Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop SauceIf you have been a reader for very long, you have probably picked up on the fact that I love to eat smoked foods.  Which is sort-of different for someone that doesn’t eat meat (besides fish anyway).  I put this smoked tofu recipe into lots of dishes.  I love smoked trout, and use it in everything from salads, dip, sushi, and savory pancakes.  Well, here is another food I like to put on the smoker.  Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop Sauce will blow your socks off! Continue reading

Zucchini Burgers with Quick Pickles

Zucchini Burgers with Quick Pickles 2Right now I have a large bowl of zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, and cucumber sitting in my kitchen.  It’s a true sign of summer.  Ample fresh produce requires me to be on my toes with recipe ideas, so that none of it will go to waste. The best recipe will use multiple pieces of produce, two birds one stone kind-of thing.   This Zucchini Burgers with Quick Pickles recipe was delicious, simple and the burgers freeze well so you can make extra for later! Continue reading

Carrot Top Pesto Ravioli with Grilled Carrots

Carrot Top Pesto Ravioli with grilled baby carrotsMost of us have heard the daunting numbers and statistics about food waste.  The bottom line is that there is too much food that doesn’t get utilized.  However, each of us can control the food waste that comes out of our own kitchens.  When you buy carrots from the grocery store, their green tops have already been removed, but when you find them locally at a farmers market or in a CSA, often times they come with their greens.  This carrot top pesto ravioli with grilled carrots is an awesome way to utilize the entire carrot plant! Continue reading