Summer Salads and Sides: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

I wish I had the olive toned complexion of a Greek or the shiny dark hair of the Lebanese. But mostly, I just wish I could eat and cook Mediterranean food every day of my life.  (Maybe with a sprinkling of sushi and Thai food every once in a while, just to mix it up.)  But in general, Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite!  The flavors and colors make my stomach growl and my eyes grow wide. Ya’ll, I eat far less meat these days than I have in the past, and there are some sad-sad vegetarian options and alternatives out there.  In my opinion, Mediterranean cuisine has the best…

Father’s Day and Hashbrowns

I was probably 16 or 17 before we ever actually celebrated father’s day.  Not because I didn’t have a father.  I do!  A great one! He wasn’t absent in mid-June each year by coincidence.  Every summer is the commercial salmon fishing season in Alaska.  So, it was just the nature of his industry.  His dad was in the seafood world, and his brother is too.  My dad would leave in mid-May for southeast Alaska and we all would follow as soon as school let out at the end of June.  We would return at the end of August and my dad would come home in Mid-september.  As a young kid,…

One Bowl Wonder: Vegan Coconut Veggie Curry

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! Maybe the name of the series name should be changed to “one pot wonder” in this case, since everything is technically thrown into a pot – rather than a bowl – to simmer away.  Either way, this is a simple, healthy, easy to make dinner that can easily be improvised based on what veggies you have on hand. I know its not a secret,…

Southwestern Chipotle Sweet Potato Noodle Salad

If the 80s there were acid wash jeans, leg warmers, and shoulder pads.  The 90s had hair crimpers, frosted tips, and breadmakers.  And today, we have……the spiralizer. Well, who knows what we will look back on and say “What were we thinking about?,” but I am betting that spiralized vegetable noodles and the spiralizers that create them will at least be on the list as diets become increasingly health conscience.  My attitude with friends as with vegetables is the same:  “The more the merrier.”  Its certainly not a bad thing, so I am not ready to lump them in the same category as hammer pants and boy bands. And also,…
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