Vegetarian Lentil Loaf with Tomato Glaze

Vegetarian Lentil Loaf with Tomato GlazeMeatloaf was my favorite meal as a kid, especially mom’s recipe.  I would even help out in the kitchen to get some of mom’s meatloaf!  When I turned to a mostly vegetarian diet, I didn’t expect any kind of loaf in my future.  Meat imitations often times fail.  They simply don’t, and won’t, taste like the real thing.  I was hesitant to try a loaf recipe, however, my love for lentils has grown exponentially in the last few years.  I decided to give a lentil loaf a try and we found another keeper for the rotation!  My vegetarian lentil loaf with tomato glaze tastes nothing like meat (and shouldn’t), but is delicious on it’s own accord. It’s hearty, wholesome, and healthy! Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Toasted Pecan Whole Wheat Ravioli

Butternut Squash and Toasted Pecan Whole Wheat RavioliLast year for Christmas, I asked for a set of ravioli stamps. The filling options with ravioli are endless, which gives me ample opportunity to get creative in the kitchen! Well, as luck turns out it took me a whole year to get around to trying them out.  This butternut squash and toasted pecan whole wheat ravioli is wholesome and healthy way to start off your new year! Continue reading

Zucchini Corn and Bean Enchiladas

Zucchini Corn and Bean EnchiladasHappy New Year everyone!  This is my first post of the new year, and I’m so excited to share my plans for the year.  As I shared in my best of 2016 post, I recently made a move into a house where I have lots of space.  Now that I have space, I’m very excited to be able to establish a large garden.   Last year I joined a CSA because I knew I wouldn’t get a garden planted in time.  I did get to grow a few plants, but this year I want to see the garden expand with lots of vegetables, including some spring and fall crops.  One of my favorite veggies to grow is zucchini, which is the inspiration for today’s recipe.  Zucchini corn and bean enchiladas are simple and easy, especially if you have zucchini growing in your garden. Continue reading

My weight loss story

My weight loss storyCollege.  That is where my weight loss story starts. I was an athletic young person and never had weight issues before pizza and beer became the only 2 food groups I knew.  My mom tried to teach me to eat my vegetables (Thanks Mom!). However, those first few years out of the house, I didn’t always make good food choices.  Caught up in the college life, exercise was simply something I didn’t make time for as well. Continue reading

Top 10 Recipes of 2016

Top 10 Recipes of 2016Hello Reader Family!

2016 has been a great year and I want to celebrate it by sharing the most popular, top 10 recipes of 2016!  This is the first full calendar year that the blog has been up!  I highlighted most of the changes I have made here on the blog in June, when I completed my first full year of blogging!  Continue reading

Super Fast Vegetarian White Chili

Super fast Vegetarian White ChiliThe first time I had white chili, I was being a judge in a chili cook off.  I was in love from first bite!  White chili doesn’t have the typical flavors of chili that use things like chili powder. Instead the green chili flavor is strong, which I love. This super fast vegetarian white chili recipe is quicker to make than most chili recipes.  This recipe uses store bought salsa, making it really fast to throw together, which is always a plus! Continue reading

Moroccan Sweet Potato Millet Bowl

moraccan Sweet potato millet-bowl-with-parsley-chickpeas-and-rasinsThis is the perfect time of year to enjoy sweet potatoes.  They are so cheap at the store that I somehow ended up with a whole fridge drawer full!  Oops.  Oh well.  At least I love to eat them and they are easy to incorporate into many dishes.  This moroccan sweet potato millet bowl is great for serving a crowd because it will accommodate many diets.  It is both vegan, and gluten free. Also, the warming spices are perfect on cold winter days! Continue reading

One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac

one-pot-vegetarian-chili-macMy three bean chili recipe is an absolute favorite at my house!  When ever I make a batch of chili, I always hoard some leftovers in the freezer for other meals.  What, I just love chili!  This one pot vegetarian chili mac recipe reminds me a lot of my classic chili, and therefore is anther favorite that would get hoarded… if there were ever any leftovers! Continue reading

Smoked Trout Fish Cakes

Smoked Trout Fish CakesIn the past few weeks, I have been surrounded by the joy of friends and family.  As I sit down to write this post, with my friends and family in mind, I am realizing how quickly the holidays are approaching!! I like to over prepare for food events, with lots of research to find the best options for picky eaters, and special diets alike.  I may not have any menu plans dreamed up yet, but at least I know my families leftovers will go to good use in today’s recipe, smoked trout fish cakes. Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta Plate with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

meditteranean-pasta-plateEvery year when summer rolls around, I can’t wait for the fresh produce to start filling my plate.  However when fall gets here, I seem to have a hard time giving up summer.  I love fall vegetables, like butternut squash, but I’m just not over summer yet… Even though it’s almost the end of September.  This Mediterranean Pasta Plate with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is fresh and fast!  It’s a great way to use the tomatoes and cucumber that I’m still getting in my CSA! Continue reading