Loaded with chick peas, peppers and celery, this curry is warm and fresh all at once. I like to serve it with coconut basmati rice, and pan roasted baby bok choy! Continue reading “Chickpea Curry”
Sweet potatoes are a big part of my whole foods plant based (WFPB) diet, and this dish is incredibly easy, truly delicious, and loaded with lots of healthy vegetables. My three year old can’t get enough, which makes it a true win-win dish!
Continue reading “Sweet Potato Taco Bake”
Not only do I love making things for my girls, but it is important to me to try and give a handmade gift every year for Christmas.
This year, I made a play stove for my older daughter, who is 2 1/2 years old. She is really in to play cooking right now, as well as helping us in the kitchen when we cook, so I knew she would love this gift.
The canning season is winding down here in Woodford, leaving behind a wonderful assortment of canned goods! Our pantry is a rainbow of beautifully preserved fruits, vegetables, jams and broths. Continue reading “2017 Pantry Stock-Up”
A little before my second daughter was born, my husband and I enjoyed a night out, dining at a local bistro. The menu is a French-Mediterranean fusion, serving up a delicious arrangement of dishes that often feature less popular, more unique ingredients. It’s one of those restaurants that we really enjoy eating at, because there is always some new dish or technique that we then try to replicate at home.
One of the tapas that we loved was a plate of stewed lentils, served alongside crispy slices of chorizo with thin slices of garlic. It was savory, warm, and we cleared the plate all the way down to mopping up the broth with bread. It was simple, but a new idea for cooking lentils – one of my all time favorite foods – and I knew I would have to try and make this at home.
After some quick research to help select the best Spanish-inspired spices for my dish, I played around in the kitchen a few times, and finally came up with this recipe. Each time I cooked it, I naturally progressed from the fancier, restaurant-matching presentation, to that one-pot cooking style I love so much (it’s just so much easier!).
This recipe is perfect for those cold days ahead, a warm, stick-to-your-ribs type meal that leaves you full and happy. Since the bulk of your protein and calories is plant-based, that wonderfully full feeling comes without the nap-inducing effect that can accompany a meat-heavy dish.
Yields: 4 servings
1 cup of brown lentils
1 white onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, diced
2 chorizo sausage links (4″)
2 bay leaves
1 bunch of collard greens
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
Salt & pepper, to taste
1) Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or other large pan (one that has a lid). Add the onion and garlic, sauté until onions are translucent. Add smoked paprika, cook about one minute more, then add 1-cup of water. Mix well, then remove from pot and pour in blender. Blend to a paste and set aside.
2) In same pan, add a little more olive oil, cook thinly sliced chorizo until crispy, remove and set aside. Add carrots and cook until starting to soften. Add lentils, bay leaves, chopped collard greens, 3 cups of water and the paste. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer 45-minutes.
3) Add cooked chorizo, salt and pepper to taste and 1tsp. Smoked paprika if desired (this will increase the smoke and heat, so leave out otherwise.) Serve immediately with toasted ciabatta bread.
Barter and trade is probably my favorite method acquiring goods and services. I love how simple it is, and often rewarding, trading one item or lending a hand in exchange for something you need or want!
This spiced bourbon apple butter wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for trading. My husband listed some paving bricks online for free that we didn’t need, but wanted gone as son as possible, and the woman who took them brought us a big container of apples, picked from her own trees! How sweet!
One adorable crafting project that I’ve seen plenty of on the internet are “quiet books”, also called “busy books”. These cute little books are usually made from felt or fabric, and are designed with lots of quiet activities, intended to keep your little one occupied – and most importantly quiet – when needed. Continue reading “Quiet Activity Book for Toddlers”
I’ve always loved reading – as a child I voraciously read through summer reading lists, checked out full book-bags every library visit, and was never happier than when I had something to read. To this day, I still have a decent sized home library, which I do my best to maintain and keep full of books we actually enjoy and use, versus hoarding them as I used to do. Continue reading “Favorite Homesteading Books”
Thanksgiving is my favorite of the major holidays. I love it because it’s so simple, despite what the retail world has been implementing with the craziness of the shopping that follows it. There is no form of commercialism – no gift giving, cards, candy, filled baskets, none of that nonsense! It’s just family and food. Continue reading “Cranberry Wild Rice with Pine Nuts”