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 […]
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 […]
Vegan Steak Chili is another one of those improbable vegan recipes, yet here we are in the midst of our 30 day of vegan, and I’m writing this recipe. I love chili, and today was a very cold day. The weather can’t seem to make up its mind around here. Chili is one of the hearty soup type recipes that my family can agree on, so we decided to make a vegan chili, and because we had the meat substitute, we made a vegan chili with “steak” pieces.
Vegan Steak and Potato Foil Pouches is not a typo, though it is a strange name for a recipe post. This all began when Bus Boy asked me if I could make garlic steak and potato foil packs for dinner. I told him they weren’t vegan, and he politely asked me if I could please, Please, PLEASE, make them vegan. How could I refuse my firstborn? I had to make them vegan for him. How hard could it be? Aside from the steak, this recipe was already vegan. I just had to find a steak substitute. It took a couple of […]
This recipe for Chili con Carne with Beans is a simple and easy way to make a pot of chili that uses canned roast beef in place of the usual hamburger. It’s simple, delicious, and loaded with flavor. Because this recipe uses a large number of canned ingredients, it’s on the table in about 35 minutes.
You may be asking yourself why I have a vegetable soup listed during my 30 days of beans. If you’ve looked at the photo, you’re probably thinking that you don’t see any beans in the soup, and you’re right. There are no beans added to the soup, but the broth it is made from is that quart of ham and bean broth I saved from the pressure cooker pinto beans and ham. Bean broth is, after all, a vegetable broth, isn’t it. In this case, it’s a vegetable (bean) and bone broth. You know that I don’t like things […]