What are your “must have” spices? Every home cook has certain spices, or seasonings, that they always reach for. These are the dried spices, or spice blends, that absolutely have to be in their pantry in order for them to create meals. I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered that I had many dried spices that I’ve only used once or twice. They aren’t spices that I routinely reach for, and many were purchased simply because I wanted to try a recipe that called for them. As I separated these spices, hoping to find them new homes where […]
Ceviche Tostadas are one of my favorite things, but being vegan for a month means I can’t have fish. Fortunately, I had already come up with a recipe for cauliflower ceviche which was liked by everyone in the family. Granted, Baker’s Man complained that I shouldn’t call it ceviche because there was no fish or shrimp in the recipe. I solved that problem when I prepared these Ceviche Tostadas by telling him that we were having tostadas with cauliflower salad on top. He willingly ate them without complaint because there was no expectation of seafood in the mix. I call […]
Cauliflower Ceviche was inspired by the green grocer who comes to my work. I was telling him that I was eating vegan for a month, and he asked if I had ever made ceviche with cauliflower. Of course, I was intrigued by the idea, and asked him for details. All of the suggested ingredients were vegetables that I really enjoyed, so I decided to give Cauliflower Ceviche a try. The final result wasn’t like traditional ceviche, or even my cheater’s ceviche, but Cauliflower Ceviche was delicious in it’s own right. Baker’s Man, however, claimed “This is not ceviche. Where’s the […]
Southwestern Couscous Salad was born out the the necessity to create a vegan salad to take to work for lunch. I realize that traditional southwestern cuisine doesn’t contain couscous, but I made use of what I had on hand. I had wanted to make a more traditional couscous salad that contained garbanzo beans, and a lemon dressing, but the only recipe that I knew contained feta cheese which is definitely not a vegan food option. I considered what I could use as a vegan substitute for the cheese, but I couldn’t find anything in the house that would be an […]
Fajita potatoes weren’t something I intended to make, but in a moment of desperation as I tried to figure out what to make for our vegan dinner, I realized I had everything it took to make fajitas. Instead of using meat, I would use russet potatoes, and since I’m in love with sheet pan dinners, I decided to make my potato fajitas in the oven. This recipe was inspired by two recipes that I recently read. One was for sweet potato fajitas and the other was for oven baked easy chicken fajitas. I didn’t have any sweet potatoes, and we […]
I love that this meal is cooked in the oven in only one pan. I love that it cooks for 1 hour without requiring any of my attention. I love that it calls for leg quarters because they are usually the most inexpensive cut of chicken, so this recipe helps our family stick to our grocery budget. The best part is that it’s a delicious and family friendly meal, too.
Shrimp cooked in a delicious garlic butter sauce is sure to become a family favorite. This is a fast, easy, and flavorful way to prepare and serve shrimp. The sauce is great for dipping tortillas. It’s one of Baker’s Man’s favorite meals, and I’m sure it will become a favorite in your family, too.
This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake. When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans. With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different. I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the illusion that this dish was more complicated to prepare, but there’s a minimum of chopping required for the recipe. The entire dish can be assembled in about 10 minutes. Many variations of this salad are […]
I could call this recipe semi-homemade, but I think someone else has already pretty much claimed that description, so I chose faux. While the word means fake or phony and definitely describes the method used to achieve my “home-made” salsa, it does not describe the healthy ingredients that can be found inside this simple recipe. This recipe was something I learned before I had children, a time when I rarely cooked. I knew how to cook, but I wasn’t really interested in cooking. I had to think too much about it, so I resisted cooking. In fact, take out was […]