Simple Pea Salad

Simple Pea Salad

Pea salad is my favorite way to eat peas.   The first time I tried pea salad was at a buffet.  My companion told me it was “delicious,” so I reluctantly tried it.  I’m not a big fan of peas.  We ate them often when I was a child, so they aren’t my favorite vegetable unless raw.  My opinion changed when I tried pea salad, and I spent the next few weeks perfecting the recipe until I believed that my pea salad was perfect.    Baker’s Man and a few other friends, and members of the family, agreed. What will you need […]

Vegetable Kabobs

Vegetable Kabobs (Or is it Kebab?)

Vegetable kabobs are something that I’ve made before, but it wasn’t something I ever really considered as an entrée prior to beginning our 30 days of vegan.  I’ve made veggie kabobs before, but usually as an accompaniment to a meat entree.   As the month progressed, and we had some warmer days, I longed to make dinner on the grill.  The only problem was that I wasn’t  quite sure where to begin.  One obvious choice was to just grill a bunch of vegetables, but I wasn’t sure that Sue Chef,  Bus Boy, and Food Critic would be on board unless […]

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

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 […]

Vegan Tuna Salad

Fishless Tuna Salad (Vegan)

Fishless Tuna Salad tastes just like the real thing.  In fact, one of my friends argued with me and insisted that this recipe wasn’t vegan. She was adamant that I was cheating, and she didn’t relent until I showed her the empty can.  We love tuna around here, so figuring out how to make a good tasting vegan version of fishless tuna salad was very important. For this recipe, I used a can of Loma Linda Blue Fishless Tuna that I picked up at the vegetarian market in preparation for our 30 days of vegan adventure.  I was impressed by […]

Cauliflower Ceviche

Cauliflower Ceviche (Vegan)

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 […]

Broccoli Salad

Bacon and Broccoli Salad

This delicious Broccoli Salad is very simple to prepare, and it’s loaded with flavors.  It’s a perfect side dish for grilled meats, and it’s a great alternative to potato or macaroni salad.  Once you taste Broccoli Salad, you will wonder why you would ever want to eat any other salad.  It’s that good, or maybe, I’m just really in love with it. 

Black eyed pea salad, or Texas caviar, is a delicious and healthier side for your barbecue.

Texas Caviar

A few years ago, Texas caviar could be found in the salad section of every grocery store and free standing deli in our area.  I don’t remember exactly how the stuff from the different delis was made, and I was planning on buying some in an attempt to reverse engineer it.  Unfortunately,  I noticed that it’s not in the deli cases anymore.  Since I was working through my 30 days of beans, I decided to try my hand at recreating the recipe.  The only things I knew with any certainty was that it contained black eyed peas along with chopped […]

three bean salad featured photo

Three Bean Salad

The first time I ate three bean salad was in a restaurant on a family vacation.  The next time I encountered it was on a salad bar in a pizza parlor.  Stores sell it in jars and cans, but I have never tried to make it myself until today.  Probably, the best way to make this salad would be to cook the beans from scratch, but I wanted to make this as simple as possible. The only real work that was needed was to thinly slice some red onion and bell pepper.  We used half of a small-medium red onion.  […]

taco bean soup topped with a scattering of green onion

Chipotle Taco Bean Soup

I first learned of this recipe while I was at a party at a friend’s house.  She had requested that each guest bring something to contribute toward the meal.  The young woman who brought the soup course brought a pot filled with beans, corn, and meat that was reminiscent of a pot of chili.   She explained that this soup was made with whatever combination of southwest vegetables you choose and a package of taco seasoning.  She said that her family often left out the meat and just added extra vegetables. On that night, she served the soup plain, but shared […]