Thermos Oatmeal

thermos oatmeal

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” “People are idiots, Leslie.” –Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson, Parks & Rec I love breakfast. I love the food (pancakes? coffee? eggs?) and I also cannot function without a solid meal to start the day. That’s why shortcuts like this […]

Mustard-Roasted Turnips

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables. Quality time spent with some high heat in the oven transforms bitter, bland or even wilted vegetables into tender, slightly sweet and caramelized versions of themselves. In the case of turnips, the peppery roots become milder, soft and even a little crisp during roasting. The mustard […]

Kumquat & Ginger Oatmeal

kumquat ginger oatmeal

This is the first follow-up recipe from a New Food Friday–see the previous post for a quick overview on kumquats including where to get them, how to store them and some other ideas for using them. Almost as soon as I tasted my first kumquat I started thinking about ways I could use this sweet […]

Rainbow “Buddha Bowls”

This recipe was the result of a failed grocery store excursion. In anticipation of upcoming holiday feasting, I wanted to make something healthy, and this lovely “Buddha bowl” from Minimalist Baker caught my eye. You already know I’m a fan of roasted vegetables, but I usually just mix them all together. I was intrigued by […]

Bulgur Salad

A grain salad makes a great cold lunch in the summer. Here's a recipe for an easy bulgur salad, which you can use as a template for other grain salads.

Grain salads are one of my favorite summer lunches to take to work. You can make them in huge batches and eat them all week, stuffed full of whatever produce happens to be available. They’re cool and refreshing on a hot day, and you don’t have to jockey for time at the microwave. Plus, it’s […]

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

This fall salad incorporates roasted root vegetables, squash seeds, brown rice, spinach and a balsamic reduction. Feel free to mix and match with what's on hand!

I’m not sure where the inspiration for this salad came from, because until I made it I was pretty sure I didn’t like beets. I’ve tried the pickled kind at salad bars several times over the years, but just can’t not think about how much they taste like dirt. I’m happy to report that the […]

Tomato Soup

We ate the soup with grilled cheese and some homemade dill pickles (the cucumbers also came from aCSA box).

This summer I signed up for a CSA delivery from a local farm called Rice Family Harvest. Every week I get a box of goodies, and every week it’s a surprise. (It doesn’t have to be a complete mystery, though–you can request specific items and purchase additional things to add to your box. I just […]

Vegetarian Peanut Curry

This vegetarian curry is an easy way to get your Thai fix.

Paul’s out of town this weekend, so that means I get to eat whatever I want! I’ll try not to be too jubilant. Really, he eats almost everything I put in front of him, few questions asked. But there are a couple of foods he just doesn’t care for, so I avoid cooking them when […]

Vegan Paella

I didn't have a paella pan, so I used my stainless steel Cuisinart skillet.

I found this gem while browsing for vegan recipes on Pinterest last week. The original comes from Hannah Kaminsky at BitterSweet. Check out her post for the story behind the paella and some seriously mouth-watering photos. I made a few adaptations to the recipe but more or less stuck to the original, so this is […]

Roasted Vegetables & Grain

This is one of the first dishes I started experimenting with when I became interested in VB6. Roasting is one of the easiest (and tastiest!) ways to prepare vegetables. Toss them with some interesting seasonings and a whole grain, and you’ve got a tasty vegan lunch or dinner. I always include onions and garlic when […]