Vegan Tacos with Mashed Sweet Potato

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Vegan Tacos with Mashed Sweet Potato Serves 6 18 corn tortillas canola oil for frying 1 large Japanese sweet potato, peeled and cubed 1/4 cup almond milk 1 can black beans 2 carrots, cubed 1 green pepper, diced into small chunks 1 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper cilantro, finely chopped green onion, cut into 2-inch [...]

Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon, Cucumber and Feta

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  It’s summer again in Los Angeles.  After a cooling spell of a week in the 60s, we are back to 80 degree weather in April.  So what better time to bring out a recipe my wife found on Pinterest she has wanted to try.  The combination of fresh lemon juice, cucumbers and one of [...]

Kale Pasta Bake

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I love macaroni and cheese.  There are a lot of variations on it and I’m always interested in trying something a little different.  Here is one without cheese. So technically it’s really not a macaroni and cheese. It’s more of a macaroni noodle and vegan bechamel, but that doesn’t sound as good. I’ve made bechamel [...]

Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a recipe from the kitchen. Sadly 2014 hasn’t been the year of focusing much on my blog as I planned. Perhaps this first post of 2014 will change that and get me back on track as there is so much going on as we are getting ready for the [...]

Thai Grilled Chicken with Chile Sauce

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  Thai Grilled Chicken Serves 4 1 whole chicken, cut and skinned 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 tablespoon ginger, minced 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 1/2 teaspoon brown rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon tumeric Chile Sauce 1 cup of dried red chile peppers 3/4 cup [...]

Butternut Squash Vegetable Wraps

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  Pasadena is nuts on New Year’s Eve and I’m not just talking about the night.  All day long the city is taken over with preparations for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl.  We decided for a second year to venture to the insanity next to the Rose Bowl where all of the Michigan State [...]

A Simple Pot Roast on Christmas Day

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Slow cooking is one of the best ways to enjoy a home cooked after a busy day.  This busy day was Christmas here in Los Angeles where it was a crisp 80 degrees outside.  So we needed something comforting and cozy after opening gifts and sledding. Sledding? Yes, sledding. See we decided to get into [...]

Coconut Rice with Butternut Squash

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    Coconut Rice with Butternut Squash Serve 4-6 2 cups rice 4 cups water 1 butternut squash, cubed 3 tablespoons coconut yogurt ¼ teaspoon coriander ¼ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon cumin Cut up the butternut squash into bite size cubes and place in a single layer in two vacuum seal packages. Cook for 90 [...]

Lentil and Feta Spinach Salad

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  There are a few go to dishes I have when making a quick lunch or needing something for a picnic or potluck.  This dish is one of those go to options. It only take about 30 minutes to prepare and most important it tastes great.  The dijon vinaigrette adds a lot of flavor that [...]

Adding Some Activity to Time Outs

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So our latest parental attempt at trying to reduce the battle royal that is brotherhood is to do the Bart Simpson Chalkboard thing.  Write the behavior you will no longer do multiple times. With no chalkboard in our home, a scrap piece of paper works good enough. It remains to be scene if this is effective; [...]