Tag Archives: vegetables

chile-garlic potatoes and cauliflower with turmeric

26 Oct

cauliflower potato curryI recently rediscovered my love of cauliflower. My only memory of it as a child is a microwaved head, smothered in Velveeta cheese product — certainly not something I would eat now as a food-conscious adult. So I’ll admit I overlooked this vegetable for many years.

Mild, delicately crunchy, and a little bit sweet and nutty, cauliflower makes a delicious addition to many dishes. Not only is it delicious, but like most vegetables, it is full of amazing nutrients and health benefits. A cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower has been linked to a decrease in the risk of: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer. The link to various cancers is because of cauliflower’s effect on three major body systems. Continue reading

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pizza is delicious even without cheese

19 May
delicious cheese-free pizza

It even makes great leftovers!

I’ll admit that there are a few food items I really miss since going dairy-free. Namely: nachos, cheesy fries, and pizza. And let’s face it – vegan cheese substitutes are disgusting. So what’s a girl to do when she wants a date night with her man, some pizza, and Netflix? Enter vegan pizza.

I was not optimistic. The man was downright skeptical (mostly of the beans). Pizza without cheese just seemed impossible. And yet, what we pulled out of the oven was not only dairy-free, but delicious! I am sold, and the man liked it too. Pizza and movie night is restored!

Here is the recipe. Please note that although the pizza only needs to cook for 15 minutes, the dough requires almost an hour and a half of rising time. Continue reading

miso soup… with substance!

28 Mar

miso vegetable soupI love miso soup. I always order it at sushi restaurants, but I often crave a little more substance beyond the tiny tofu cubes and chopped green onions. So I decided to make a very robust miso soup with noodles and veggies.

Unsurprisingly, miso is also very good for you. A valuable source of protein and B12 for vegans and vegetarians, miso is a fermented soy paste that also supplies trace minerals such as copper, manganese and zinc. Miso helps to support a healthy immune system, bones and blood vessels, and has even been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer. Yay miso!

So here’s the recipe. I used a hodgepodge of veggies based on what I got in my weekly CSA delivery, so feel free to substitute as you see fit. Continue reading

christmas kohlslaw

25 Dec

kohlrabi carrot apple coleslawThis holiday, we are celebrating in fine New Mexico fashion; beer, burritos, chips, guacamole and salsa at a get-together with friends. My contributions to this event: guacamole and kohlrabi coleslaw.

I really love the variety of local produce we find during autumn and winter; squash, apples, eggplants, pecans, and the curious-looking kohlrabi. This relative of the cabbage family is crisp, mild-tasting, and rich in vitamin C, calcium, folic acid and potassium. It is commonly eaten in Kashmir and other parts of Northern India, but can be grown just about anywhere with a mild climate.

I decided to put kohlrabi into a slightly sweet and very refreshing raw coleslaw to preserve its nutrients. Enjoy! Continue reading

comfort food

17 Nov
green chile chicken soup

the best comfort on a cold day

Winter begins to gnash its icy teeth at our doors again. Though we enjoy 320+ days of sunshine per year here in southern NM, heavy grey clouds shroud the Organ Mountains on stormy winter days. A mournful wind hurries yellow leaves through quiet streets, and the crisp morning greets me with its steamy breath. And I, like many people this time of year, crave comfort food. Continue reading

Indian food Bonanza!

10 Nov
delicious indian cuisine

provided via creative commons by flickr user "artfulblogger"

I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post. Life interrupts, sometimes.

BUT, I have still been cooking and continuing my dairy-free lifestyle. I have entirely eliminated dairy products from my diet. No dairy-based seasonings, no nonfat dry milk in my breads. My digestion has stabilized and my allergies have diminished significantly. Moreover, when I occasionally indulge in a cheesy hors d’oeuvre, I pay the price immediately. Done. No dairy.

It’s harder than one might think to live without eating dairy products. I don’t eat out much, and have explored new cooking options at home. My current preoccupation: Indian food. Continue reading

lebanese lentils and wild rice

20 Jul
onions, tomatoes, lentils, rice

My lunch today - yum!

Here is another high-protein, high-fiber, 100% vegan dish that is delicious. I made it this week and have been munching on it for lunches/dinners. It is good both cold and hot, and keeps for a week or more in the refrigerator. It’s a great main dish or side dish, and is really flavorful! Enjoy! Continue reading

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