Salad Dressing & Mayo Roundup

The best part of a salad is the dressing…and the best part of a sandwich is the mayo!

1. Creamy Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette. I love this dressing. And of course, I am so proud of that homegrown lettuce!


2. Green Goddess. Sooooo good!

3. Creamy Parsley. Wowza. That’s a lot of parsley.


4. Creamy Honee Mustard Dressing. What a great find. Bee Free Honee made from apples!


5. Caesar Salad Dressing. I make this dressing all the time and not just for Caesar salad!


6. Miso Tahini Dressing. Any day of the week on any salad.

IMG_34897. Balsamic Lime Vinaigrette. Balsamic + Lime = Delicious!


8. Avocado Dressing. Nothing more to say.


9. Homemade Crunchy Croutons. Bonus! Great addition to any salad.


10. Mayo. Nut based or oil based. You choose. Both great.


Cashew Mayonnaise


Grapeseed Mayonnaise


Side Dish Roundup

Loving this post. Sides sometimes make it as a main dish in my house.

1. Green Beans. Red peppers. Crushed red pepper flakes. Another one of my husband’s faves.


2. Roasted Cauliflower. The best way to make cauliflower is to roast it and then add extra good stuff.

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce & Date Syrup

Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins & Toasted Almonds

3. Cabbage. I love cabbage. So versatile and underused.

Bubbles & Squeak

Sautéed Cabbage with Green Peas

4. Spaghetti Squash Sauté. Shallots and garlic.

5. Vegetable Chips. These are parsnip chips. Blue potatoes, jerusalem artichokes and carrots are great too!


Parnsnip Chips

6. Ramps. The in vegetable.


7. Kasha Varnishkes. Classic.

8. Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Chive Dipping Sauce. Potatoes dipped in sauce made with chives, parsley and spinach. Awesome!

9. Beer Batter Onion Rings. Or this could be an appetizer. A party pleaser.

10. Spinach. Two ways.


Creamy Spinach & Leeks

Greek Spinach and Rice 

11. Moroccan Saffron Squash Couscous. Cumin, coriander, and cinnamon!


12. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shallots, Green Apples and Toasted Hazelnuts. A great fall recipe.


Dessert Roundup: Brownies & Bars

Dessert roundup part two. More favorites.

1. Easy Vegan Brownies. My basic, go to brownie.


2. Brownies Topped with Pretzels & Homemade Caramel Sauce. A more dense brownie than #1. Necessary to hold up to this incredibly decadent sauce.

IMG_46233. Chocolate Chip Brownies (Secret Ingredient: Butternut Squash). A great way to use extra butternut squash or a fun way to get squash into little people’s mouths!


4. Raw Brownie Cubes. Same flavor, different procedure. Super healthy.

5. Banana Chocolate Chunk Blondies. Blondies! And they are oil free.

6. Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Blondies. Different recipe than #6 and wow, those macadamia nuts!

7. Caramel Crunch Bars. I make these after I make #2.

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8. Chewy Crispy Truffle Bars. Love these. Great for a travel snack.


9. Homemade Granola Bars. In 5 easy steps.

10. Almond-Date-Chocolate Chip Squares. My sister calls these beauties “pretend candy.”

11. Chocolate Almond Truffles. Roll in shredded coconut for a lovely variation.



12. Salty Pretzel Chocolate Bark. So much fun to make and eat. I also love this blueberry toasted almond chocolate bark.


Dessert Roundup: Cakes, Pies & Treats

Desserts. The best part of the meal. The cakes are standard. I make them all of the time to rave reviews. Note: my basic frosting recipe was recently blown away by my new frosting recipe which you can find in the Darth Vader cake post. It is spectacular and will the be the base of any color frosting we decide to make in the future.

1. Luke’s Angel Cake. A basic white cake recipe for cakes and cupcakes. Top with different color frosting or glazes like lemon and mint.

Bundt Cake with Glaze


The Darth Vader Cake


St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

Pink Love Cupcakes

2. The Chocolate Cake Formula. Just like with the white cake in #1, this is my go to chocolate cake that takes the form of cake, cupcakes and molds.

3. Miniature Fruitcakes. These were my mother in law’s signature Christmas cakes. Mini, full of flavor, homemade candied lemon and orange peel, and childhood memories that will continue into the next generation.

4. Chocolate Chip Fig Banana Cake. A Valentine’s Day must. All of the main ingredients are aphrodisiacs.


5. Pecan Pie. I am the most loved family member at the annual Thanksgiving reunion. Trust me, this should be in your repertoire.


6. Chocolate Pudding Pie. Luscious.


7. Doughnuts. I still can’t believe these beauties come out of my kitchen. (A) They are baked. (B) Three words: freshly grated nutmeg.

8. Freezer Fudge. Want this now.


9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Homemade perfection.

10. Caramel Maca White Chocolate Cups. Superfood. Super snack.

11. Super Power Cubes. Cacao+ Maca + Goji = Super Power.

12. Marshmallow Rice Crispy Treats. Loved by young and old! And fun to make.


Pudding & Parfait Roundup

I love pudding. And it is great when layered into a parfait. Here are a few ideas.

1. Chia Seed Pudding. This can be made with any vegan milk. Add a tablespoon of raw cacao powder for a chocolate-y version! Great with bananas and strawberries.

2. Chocolate Pudding. It’s really chocolate avocado. Need I say more?

3. Avocado Banana Pudding. Avocado + Banana = Heaven in a Bowl.

4. Brown Rice Pudding. This is what to make with leftover rice.

5. Maple Coconut Cashew Pudding Parfait. Any excuse to use The Coco Jack and eat granola.


6. Red, White & Blue Parfaits. Strawberries and raspberries (red), bananas and vanilla cashew cream (white), and blueberries (blue, the only blue food!)


7. Chocolate Mousse Vanilla Creme Parfait. Secret ingredient chocolate mousse: butternut squash!



Breakfast Roundup

A perfect Saturday morning post. Breakfast! Can be made for lunch and dinner too! Pancakes, tofu scramble, french toast, bacon, oatmeal…

1. Buckwheat Pancakes. Basic, chocolate, nuts!


Daily Buckwheat Pancakes

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Pancakes

Toasted Macadamia Nut Buckwheat Pancakes

2. Almond Pulp Pancakes. A great way to use the pulp when making nut milk.


3. Spelt Pancakes. A big winner around here.


4. Butternut Squash Rosemary Pancakes. A great way to use butternut squash.

5. Tofu Scramble. My go to scramble: spinach, onions, and turmeric. Oil free or not.


6. Mexican Tofu Scramble. Onions, zucchini, cumin, freshly squeezed lime and cilantro! Super flavorful and crunchy.

7. French Toast. So good.

8. Tempeh Bacon. Holy bacon!

9. Hash Browns. The best side dish there is.


10. Oatmeal. My husband says that I make the best oatmeal.



11. Coconut Yogurt. Homemade is best. Eat with fruit and The Ultimate Granola.


12. Vanilla Apricot Preserves. Nothing better to spread on toast.

13. Blueberry Blintzes. An old favorite veganized. And soooo good!

14. Matzo Brei. Saving the best for last. A year round favorite thanks for Nava Atlas!



Pasta Roundup

Pasta. My favorite food group! I love tossing fantastic ingredients together to make delicious meals. It is really just a matter of being creative with ingredients you like to eat.

1. Pasta Puttanesca. My husband’s favorite.


2. Eggplant Parmesan & Spaghetti. My take on eggplant parm.

3. Aglio & Olio. If you love garlic and red pepper flakes.


4. Fettuccine Alfredo. Decadent.

5. Sicilian Pasta. Cauliflower is the star. Miso is the supporting actor.

6. Lasagna. Basic or vegetable. A little bit of work to put together but a crowd pleasing show stopper. Mix the same basic ingredients together with ziti noodles and you have baked ziti.

The Best Lasagna We Ever Had

The Village Lasagna

7. Stuffed Shells. Another crowd pleaser. Spinach or butternut squash.


Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Roasted Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

8. Gnocchi. Homemade and freaking fantastic!

9. Spaghetti with Shredded Brussels Sprouts, Carrots & Crispy Capers. Looks gorgeous. Tastes even better. And so easy to make!


10. Pasta & Artichokes. My signature artichoke dish.

11. Spaghetti O’s. My version of one of my favorite things to eat when I was young. I actually loved that stuff out of the can. Didn’t you?

12. Caesar Salad Pasta. Unexpected.


13. Lemon Cream Spaghetti with Mushrooms. Soooo creamy and delicious.


14. Vegetable LoMein. So easy to make at home and so yum.

15. Pad Thai. The best pad thai in town.

16. Spaghetti Squash Primavera. Ok, not technically pasta. But spaghetti spaghetti works well too!


Pesto Roundup

Pesto can be any combination of herbs and nuts. I am sure that is heresy to some people, but I like to be creative. Spread pesto on toast, mix it into a tofu scramble, toss it with pasta or spread it on pizza. Freeze whatever you have leftover for pesto all year round!

1. Basic Pesto. Nothing like fresh basil from the garden.


2. Ligurian Pasta. Pesto with pasta and potatoes. What is there not to love?

3. Basil Mint Pesto. A dollop on soup goes a long way to add superb flavor.

IMG_04144. Pistachio Mint Pesto. Use on pasta or on a sandwich.

IMG_09835. Garlicky Almond Basil Pesto. Another Valentine’s Day dish.


6. Garlic Scape Pesto. Keep an eye out for garlic scapes in the springtime and then hoard it!

Arugula Garlic Scape Pesto & Roasted Potato Pizza

Garlic Scape Pesto & Spaghetti 

7. Broccoli Walnut Pesto. A creative, kid friendly pesto.

8. Roasted Red Pepper Pesto. Not traditional at all. Totally delicious.

9. Spinach Pistachio Nut Pesto. The shaved macadamia nut on top is such a great addition.

10. Green Pea Pesto. Why not?


Risotto Roundup


Risotto is a fantastic dish that is made with arborio rice. Prepared with patience, risotto is a creamy, hearty dish that can be served as a side or a main. Any combination of vegetables and toppings work. It just takes some imagination, in terms of ingredients, but the process is always the same.

1. Saffron Risotto. This may be my all time best meal. We love the aroma of the saffron; it is fresh, fragrant and almost elusive. Topped with Tofu Milanese and a fresh arugula salad, as a meal, it really can’t be beat!

Blue Plate Special #15: Tofu Milanese & Saffron Risotto

2. Mushroom and Green Pea Risotto. This is an ode to a frozen side dish my mother used to make us when we were little girls. I just love the combo of mushrooms and green peas!


3. Butternut Squash Risotto. A great way to use part of a big butternut squash. Paired with those crispy shallots, it is an out of this world, score-one-for-the-vegan’s kind of meal.

Butternut Squash Risotto Topped with Crispy Shallots


Quinoa Roundup

Quinoa. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! There are so many ways to prepare this super star grain/protein. Start with quinoa. Add lots of vegetables, nuts and/or seeds, fresh herbs, and a great dressing. Present as a stand alone dish, a side dish, or a stuffing. Also great to add into salads and soups.

1. Quinoa Stuffed Avocados. The stuffing is quinoa, corn, peas, onions, toasted almonds and avocado dressing.

2. Quinoa Salad Topped with Avocado, Radishes & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. Why add peas to this combination of ingredients? To quote my friend Sophie, “This goes great with that!”


3. Quinoa with Spring Garlic & Shallots. Plain and just beautiful.


4. Winter Quinoa Pilaf. Brussels sprouts and pistachios.

5. Colorful Quinoa Pilaf. Onions, carrots and zucchini.

6. Quinoa with Corn, Black Beans & Avocado Dressing. A great dish on taco night.

7. Broccoli Salad with Quinoa, Scallions & Roasted Cashews. A flavorful way to serve broccoli.


8. Quinoa with Roasted Cauliflower, Toasted Pine Nuts Dressed with Balsamic Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette. It’s all about the dressing!


9. Red-Yellow-Green Quinoa Salad. Red pepper. Yellow corn. Green chives. Colorful!

10. Greek Inspired Quinoa Salad. Cucumber, scallions and artichoke hearts.

11. Roasted Squash with Sunny Apple Quinoa Salad. With onions, carrots, leeks, apples and sunflower seeds.

12. Mint Quinoa Pilaf. Fresh mint and scallions.

13. Green, Corn & Summer. Just a simple presentation with quinoa as the centerpiece.


14. Croquettes. I love all of these little guys and many of the dishes on this roundup could be turned into a croquette.


 Quinoa Corn Croquettes


Quinoa-Chickpea-Leek Croquettes 

Sunny Millet Pilaf Croquettes *
* I know millet is not quinoa but I could have used quinoa in these croquettes.
Or millet could be used in place of quinoa in any of the dishes in this roundup.

15. Sweet Vanilla Quinoa. A totally different way to use quinoa.