Category Archives: Recipes

Veggie Grill

Vegan doesn’t have to be boring, and Veggie Grill serves up plant-based comfort food that is both delicious and budget-friendly.  When I was first introduced to this restaurant, a few years ago in Los Angeles, it was love at first bite…

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Honey, I’m HOME!!!  What’s for dinner???

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All Hail Kale Salad with Blackened Tempeh and a side of Mac-n-Cheese, that’s what!!!

Although I have tried other items on Veggie Grill’s extensive menu, the All Hail Kale Salad is my absolute favorite.  I love it so much that I searched far and wide for a recipe, so that I could “bring the party to my house.”  Fortunately for me, I am not alone in my addiction.  I found recipes here, here, and here.  And who couldn’t use another great salad recipe in their arsenal?!?!

The West Hollywood Veggie Grill holds a special place in my heart, so that’s where I get my “fix.”  That said, this casual contemporary eatery continues to expand.  For other locations check here.

Viva Veggie Grill and ALL HAIL KALE!

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Getaway

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When my husband goes away on business, I hold it down at home until he returns.  Recently, I took a few trips of my own, sans children, and the tables were turned.  So, what happens when it’s Mom’s turn to travel?  Like many busy mothers, I tend to be more in-tune with the day-to-day operations and details of our household, so I plan ahead.  Here are some things that I do to make a clean getaway:

1.  Stock up on food, so that Dad doesn’t have to shop with active kids after a busy work week…YIKES!

2.  Batch cook 2 – 3 meals like pasta, casseroles, soups, and stews that they can heat and eat.  And don’t forget the cookies!

3.  Prepare school lunches in advance by pre-bagging the non-perishables for each day.

4.  Use disposable dishes and cutlery temporarily.  There are eco-friendly options like World Centric.

5.  Clean the house and laundry, so that everyone has clothes to wear and I don’t return to a dirty home.

6.  Run errands to the gas station, bank, dry cleaner, and post office to help eliminate the need for extra stops in my absence.

7.  Leave gardening instructions to maintain the fruits (and veggies) of my labor.

8.  Pre-select outfits for the kids, and hang them accordingly in the closet, to take the guesswork out of getting dressed.

9.  Plan the kids’ activities and entertainment, such as play dates, sports, and dining out with Dad.

10. Choose low maintenance hairstyles for the kids: a fresh haircut for my son, and simple braids/twists/ponytails for my daughter.

These suggestions are based on my experience in preparing for my recent travels.  My husband always appreciates my efforts to make his time at home with our kids go smoothly while I’m gone.  Whether it’s business-related, a girlfriend getaway, or a family matter, it helps to have a plan in place for your next trip.  Feel free to share your favorite tips for a clean getaway in the comments section.

Bon Voyage!

 

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

Until recently, I only blended chia seeds into my smoothies.  When I tried chia seed pudding for the first time at True Food Kitchen, I was instantly hooked.  After polishing off my bowl, I grilled the staff for their recipe.  They gave me a short list of ingredients (coconut cream, bananas, brown sugar, vanilla, sea salt, chia seeds), but no specific quantities.  However, everyone assured me that it was easy to make.  Still, I searched for recipes to try until I found a formula that worked for me.  Since it closely resembled the dessert that I enjoyed at TFK, I customized this recipe.  Here are the results:

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You get a lot of nutritional bang for your buck with this ancient super food.  Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and protein.  And who doesn’t want a healthy heart, better digestion, beautiful skin, gorgeous hair, and great nails?  Enjoy!

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I love to bake, and one of my favorite childhood memories is making chocolate chip cookies with my mom.  Since changing my diet and lifestyle, I have learned to bake vegan and gluten-free versions for my family.  Vegan author and recipe creator, Dreena Burton, has satisfied the Toll House cookie cravings of many with this signature recipe,  and I am also a fan.  For a gluten-free option, I substitute  Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour and Xanthan Gum; and I adhere to her baking and cooling time recommendations to prevent drying.  I usually double the recipe and make the cookies small to medium-sized, in order to make 2 dozen.  Recently, I’ve been using coconut oil in the recipe, which adds an interesting twist.  These cookies are a sweet staple in our household.  Viva la Dreena!

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