Easy Savory Falafel Waffles

Savory Falafel Waffles

Falafel in waffle form for the new year

For me, the best part of falafel is the crispy outsides, so I figured I could make these in waffle form and increase the crispiness – times 1,000.

These are a win, and I will be making them a lot in the New Year – not just for Meatless Mondays. I like them slathered with a Greek or Aussie yoghurt. We are currently obsessed with Noosa at our house, just FYI.

These would be great frozen and then heated in your toaster for a quick meatless meal any day of the week.

The ore veggies, the better, I say!

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Cilantro Veggie Curry with Veggie Sauce

Nothing but goodness in this all-veggie curry with veggie sauce, plus extra veggies.

Cilantro Veggie Curry

Cilantro Veggie Curry with Veggie Sauce, plus extra veggies with veggies on top.


This is the perfect warm, mildly spicy dish for January, as it fits into just about ANY health-conscious approach to eating you can think of. It’s vegetarian. It’s vegan. It’s gluten and dairy-free. It fits with paleo, Whole 30, and all other manner of dietary reset plans. Even if your only resolution was to eat more vegetables, period, this fits the bill and then some. Bottom line, it’s absolutely packed with vegetables and vegetables only, save for the spices and broth – the sauce itself is made from pureed veggies that are incorporated into the dish itself.  You cannot go astray with this one.

I fist discovered a version of this in Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat, and have been tinkering with it for years. My latest additions are golden beets and cilantro, plus a touch of turmeric, all of which brighten the dish up. This iteration isn’t terribly spicy – you could certainly add more cayenne if you like, or more heat in another form. Add it to your meal in any of the aforementioned approaches. …

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Stuffed Kale Rolls

Meet the new Cabbage Rolls. Only with Kale.

Stuffed Kale Rolls

The New Cabbage Rolls have arrived. AKA Kale Rolls.

Remember cabbage rolls? So popular in the 1970’s when I was a kid. These rolls were so popular, they even appeared on our school lunch menus. And, surprisingly, they were Good!

Now all of that yummy, comforting goodness has gone 21st century: Kale Rolls. They are just as good as cabbage rolls, with more flavor because of the kale.

You do have to blanch the kale first to soften it, and then these can be prepared the very same way that you prepare cabbage rolls. I like to use a pilaf recipe with fruit and nuts, and then I tossed in some crumbled goat cheese for tartness and creaminess. The combo of flavors and textures is heavenly here.

And, if you need a festive meatless  holiday dinner for the vegetarians at your table, these fit the bill perfectly. Perfec t for a Meatless  Monday holiday meal.

Happy, happy Holidays to you!

– posted by Donna

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Sweet Potato Crust Vegetarian Quiche Cups

Sweet potato quiche cups

Crispy Sweet Potatoes make a fabulous crust!

Some folks might like these little quiche cups because they are grain free and gluten free. Some because they are vegetarian and make a great Meatless Monday treat. Some folks are looking for whole food recipes. As for me, I just make them becasue they’re delicious.

Thin strips of sweet potatoes make delicious, crispy crusts for these fall flavored quiche cups. You can serve them for breakfast or as a breakfast for dinner treat.

You just oil the muffin tins and place thin strips inside, patting down to form the crusts. Then, you spray the tops of the strips with oil and bake for a few minutes to give the crust a head start. Then, you’re off!

These little gems would be so pretty on a platter to feed a crowd, so if a holiday breakfast is in your future, try these flavorful and comforting mini quiches to please a crowd.

– posted by Donna

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Spiderweb Pizza with Black Olive Spiders

Pizza all dressed up for Halloween!

Spiderweb Pizza

Black olive spiders on a spiderweb pizza.

One easy, fun and festive way to let your food “dress up” for Halloween: Spiderweb Pizza.

With apologies to all y’all who dislike cutesy food, I share this Halloween pizza because, well, it’s just too cute not to share.

I have been making black olive spiders for 30 years – and turning my deviled eggs into spider eggs. So, why not add spider olives to pizza? I asked myself. Turns out, there’s no reason.

For each spider olive, you will need one jumbo olive and one medium olive. CUt the jumbo olive into thin lengthwise slices for use as the spider’s legs. Then, cut the medium olive into halves lengthwise to form the body of the spiders. Annnndd . . . that’s it. Just add these beauties to individual pizzas and turn your easy pizza dinner into a Halloween party!

For the spider web, there are lots of choices: sour cream, cream cheese or Greek yoghurt all work well. You could also use string cheese and use thin pieces of the cheese to form the web. Easy – peasy, I promise!

Happy Hauntings, All!

Spider Pizza

Pizza – all dressed up for Halloween

Other Halloween Pizzas:

Creepy Halloween Pizzas, Katrina’s Kitchen
Ghostly Halloween Pizzas, Foodista
Halloween Pizza, Kelly Bakes

– posted by Donna

Pumpkin-Shaped Pumpkin Mini-Quiches

More pumpkin goods! An easy, dairy-free autumn breakfast or savory snack.

Pumpkin Mini-Bundt Quiches

Pumpkin Mini-Bundt Quiches

Pumpkin in both shape and content. You could just as easily bake these mini-quiches in regular muffin tins if you don’t have one of these snazzy numbers, and they’d be just as tasty a savory fall breakfast or snack. But if you want to add a little extra seasonal flair, I loved how the quasi-pumpkin shapes turned out. Totally dairy-free, and if you omit the pretzel stick garnishes for stems, paleo as well.  …

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IFBC 2014: Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plant-Based Diets

Reflections on #IFBC Seattle and the foundations of our food.

Marinated Veg

Marinated Veggie Salad Jars (click through for the recipe!)


As predicted and expected, we had a grand time at IFBC in Seattle last weekend. The surroundings, the conversation, the company, the food samplings, and yes, the swag. I always walk away from a conference recharged and refreshed, and this was no exception.

Out of many thought-provoking and entertaining sessions, one of the most engaging was the first, with Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg,  two of today’s most renowned food writers who shared their inspiring story with warmth, wisdom and humor. I’ve been a fan for many years, and started using the seasoning guidelines tucked away in the back of my dog-eared, stained and scribbled-upon copy of Culinary Artistry long before they came out with the gloriously exponential expansion of that idea, The Flavor Bible. (Forgive me for sounding like a bit of a hipster.  How did the hipster burn his tongue? He drank his coffee before it was cool.)

Page has just come out with the Vegetarian Flavor Bible, the ebook of which was generously given to attendees to peruse (I can totally vouch for its excellence), and the last part of their presentation was devoted to talking about the potential health benefits of a plant-based diet, with emphasis on veganism – and certainly many have found great results from this approach. Being people who are passionate about all kinds of food and many approaches to health, including those for whom a vegan diet might be detrimental to their health, there was of course some online conversation among attendees; for just a moment, you could sense the #ifbc Twitter stream shifting uncomfortably in its seat.

And then we headed into the beef butchering demo. #ironyorjustuncannyjuxtaposition #thingsyoucantmakeup  …

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Zucchini Petals Frittata Recipe

Don’t you just love zucchini season?

Zucchini Frittata Recipe

Pretty zucchini petals top a luscious frittata

I am one of those strange people who loves zucchini season – for more than just zucchini bread. I love it in so many things – and I look forward each year to when it is abundant and cheap!

As proof that I love zucchini, I have made it in many, many creative forms: I have made zucchini rolled into a one pot meal, turned into savory s’mores, baked in ramekins with eggs, made into salsa verde, and stirred into zucchini crudo salad.

My latest zucchini fest involves a skillet and eggs: a frittata. Instead of just dicing it and stirring it into the egg mixture, I decided to try a more attractive way of using the zucchini – it turned out so pretty – sort of an edible breakfast centerpiece. The zucchini slices look just like flower petals arranged artistically.

You need an 8 to 10 inch non-stick skillet for this recipe – I used an 8 inch, and the frittata puffed up to the top and was the perfect thickness.

This is an easy, quick dinner with just a few ingredients – yet pretty enough to impress friends and neighbors. A summer staple at our house, for sure!

– posted by Donna

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Rocket Man Pizza

 Never tried an arugula-topped pizza? 

Arugula, ricotta, chevre, and feta + garlic, lemon and thyme vinaigrette, topped with toasted hazelnuts = Rocket Man Pizza (with gluten-free crust from Bob’s Red Mill)

I’m sure Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland has many other delicious pizza offerings and other excellent far, but I wouldn’t know. Ever since encountering their “Rocket Man” pizza (rocket as in the UK name for arugula), I haven’t been able to bring myself to order anything else. It’s arugula tossed in a lemon-thyme (a long, long thyme?) vinaigrette, atop a bed of ricotta, chevre and mozzarella, sprinkled with feta and toasted hazelnuts as a final flourish.

I had the chance to hang with Donna and the family this weekend, and in an early celebration of my daughter’s 6th birthday, we had a pizza party with a variety of pies; some pre-made, some make-your-own. I’ve been wanting to try an approximation of HUB’s Rocket Man for a while now, so this was the perfect excuse to give it a shot. …

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Caulicannon: Irish Comfort Food – minus the carbs

A low-carb, nutrient-packed version of the Irish comfort food classic for St. Patrick’s Day.

Caulicannon: The Irish Comfort Classic made low-carb.

This is certainly a last-minute entry for the St Patrick’s Day recipe bonanza that’s blown up the foodblogosphere all week, but the brainstorm just hit me yesterday and it would be remiss of me not to share it with you posthaste. I was hanging out on Pinterest with my morning coffee as per usual, thinking how lovely a nice bowl of creamy, starchy colcannon would be. Wait a minute, I’ve come to love cauliflower rice, why not use cauliflower mash as the foundation of a low-carb colcannon?

All on its own, I do generally prefer either ricing cauliflower or roasting it,  rather than the pureed version that can be substituted for potatoes, but in this instance, it really hits the spot. My only regret is not doubling the recipe so I’d have more leftovers.

Slainte to all!…

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