Gluten-Free Banana Nut Bread

Gluten-Free Banana Nut Bread

For years and years I've been making my old fashioned banana bread which is naturally vegan but not gluten free. Recently, with whole wheat flour unavailable and just a bag of almond flour in my pantry, I remade the recipe to include nutrient-rich chia seed and flaxseed meal in place of wheat germ and almond and oat flours in place of whole wheat. You just need 3 ripe bananas and 3 bowls for mixing, a loaf pan, a…GO TO RECIPE …

Delicious Dal

Delicious Dal

Whether the days are shorter and the air cool and moist, or they’re long and full of sunshine and warmth, a dose of Dal always serves to nourish the soul from the inside out. Made from the rare red lentil and steeped in ginger, garlic, curry powder, turmeric and chili powder, its flavor nourishes like no other creating a heat in the belly and in the heart. This recipes evolved from Daily Dal in the Green Kitchen cookbook,…GO TO RECIPE …

Soup of the Day

Soup of the Day

Soup is great in the summer and great in the winter. It warms the belly and feeds the soul with good wholesome healthy yumminess. This particular soup, my current favorite, could also be called Today's Soup, a soup you decide to make today and eat today, as a reminder to live in the moment and to savour each moment, whether you are sick or well, happy or sad, energized or feeling sluggish. Today's Soup will awaken you to…GO TO RECIPE …

Pie Dough

Pie Dough

Making pie dough is a magical thing. You start with such a few basic ingredients and end up with a marvelous wonder. Many times in the past, I would get very stressed making pie dough. I was worried that the butter would get to warm, that it would clump together during preparation, or  that the dough wouldn't pull together at the end. This was all just silly because the dough would always turn out well enough. Now I…GO TO RECIPE …

Apple Pie with Crumble Top

Apple Pie with Crumble Top

Apple pie has always been a long time favorite in my family, especially once I discovered the Apple Peeler/Corer gadget by Williams Sonoma. It really should be called an apple peeler/corer/slicer because it does all this and makes the preparation a joy--so much fun and so easy! So before you make this, go online, or to your nearest William Sonoma store, and get this marvelous tool. You will thank me. Once you have it, read on and get…GO TO RECIPE …

Pumpkin Spice Pie

Pumpkin Spice Pie

What is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? First make the pie dough and partially bake the crust (see my Pie Dough recipe), then whip up the pie filling and voilà, simple and even nutritious, deliciously spiced heaven on a plate. Pumpkin gives you the added perk of knowing that you are doing your body good...pumpkin is loaded with fiber which aids with digestion, and vitamins A, E, C, K, iron and magnesium which help boost immunity and more. Enjoy!…GO TO RECIPE …

Arugula Breakfast Salad

Arugula Breakfast Salad

My favorite big breakfast these days is a poached egg or two atop this salad of yumminess. Arugula, artichokes and avocado are the three main ingredients, and I always add in shredded parmesan (or manchego) cheese and other items depending on what I have on hand and how hungry I'm feeling. If you don't have arugula available, don't fret, any leafy greens such as spinach, mixed baby greens or even watercress can fill in as a substitute. Artichoke…GO TO RECIPE …

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa

During late fall and winter as the air becomes cooler and the sun is lower in the sky, roasted vegetables offer a savory and wholesome yumminess that soothes my soul. Recently I was bringing a side dish to a casual dinner party where I knew red meat was to be the entrée, and I am trying to eat practically no red meat these days, so I concocted this red quinoa and roasted vegetable dish which is so hearty…GO TO RECIPE …

Vegan Vanilla Shake

Vegan Vanilla Shake

With my Vegan son back home from college, and his jaw wired shut from recent jaw surgery, I'm getting creative with the blender! This recipe is great, regardless of whether you are on a liquid diet or not. And, to make it non-Vegan simply use cow's milk and vanilla ice cream. But, if you've got the ingredients on hand, use them! Vegan is so good for the body and the planet. The ingredients I use are pictured below,…GO TO RECIPE …

Nectarine, Plum and Blueberry Oat Crumble

Nectarine, Plum and Blueberry Oat Crumble

I'm not much of a dessert person but I do always love a fruit crumble. Here I used the last of the late summer fruits--luscious nectarines and pluot plums along with my all time favorite, blueberries. The topping has just a hint of sweetness and a hearty oat and walnut flavor. Save room for this dessert as it is hard to have just one bite! 3 nectarines, diced 2 pluot plums, diced 6 oz.  (a little more than…GO TO RECIPE …