Vegetarian and Vegan recipes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

No bake chocolate peanut butter bites

Tempt your sweet tooth and grab some energy with these chocolate peanut butter bites. FALL!! My favorite time of the year~  I can almost smell all of the new aromas that are sure to come from my kitchen during the next few months.  I just love the tastes that go into my recipe creations during…

Slow Cooker Spicy Minestrone Soup

This slow cooker spicy minestrone soup is the perfect meal for a cold winter's night.

Heat up your winter nights with this slow cooker spicy minestrone soup. Winter is my favorite time to try out new crock pot recipes.  My husband and daughter like it year round, but I’ve always been a “soup in the winter” kind of gal.  This recipe for slow cooker spicy minestrone soup is perfect for…

Sweet Corn and Coconut Pudding

Sweet corn and coconut pudding

This recipe for Sweet Corn and Coconut Pudding is the perfect summer time treat. My friend Regina, from Molly Mel, is a regular contributor of recipes to my website.  I love Regina’s blog, and especially today, because of both this amazing recipe and the gorgeous pictures of her peonies in bloom. They put mine to shame!…

Red Pepper and Toasted Pine Nut Hummus

Red pepper and pine nut hummus

This Red Pepper and Toasted Pine Nut Hummus makes a great party appetizer that is very heart healthy. Whenever I used to go to pot luck type parties and someone brought hummus, I turned my nose up at it. For some unknown reason, I thought that hummus appealed only to die hard vegans and vegetarians and…

Stove-top Granola – Great Alternative to Store Bought

stovetop granola

Make Your Own Stovetop Granola. One of my favorite breakfast choices is granola.  I have tried just about every brand of it and generally like them all. But most store bought granolas have extra chemicals and I would rather not each processed food.  Making your own is a good choice if you feel this way…

Amish Food is the Epitome of Real Home Style Cooking

Amish cooking

A look into Amish Food. The Amish people are found in the United States in several rural areas, but primarily around Ohio and Pennsylvania, and also in smaller numbers in Ontario, Canada. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is home to about 16,000 Amish people and is in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch area. Traditional Amish food is…

25 Delicious Ways to Use Zucchini and Summer Squash

25 ways to use zucchini and summer squash

25 Ways to use Zucchini What is not to love about zucchini? It is a super easy to grow vegetable, especially for beginning gardeners, is prolific, is low in calories and tastes great. But by the end of the growing season, you are likely to have bucket loads of it and the neighbors will be…

Slimmed Down Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Slimmed Down Broccoli Cheddar soup

Enjoy a Crisp winter night with a big bowl of Broccoli Cheddar Soup. There is nothing quite like a big bowl of creamy soup on a cold winter’s night.  This slimmed down broccoli cheddar soup is rich and delicious but without the calories of a full cream soup.  Yet the flavor will make you think…

Roasted Root Veggies with Maple Cinnamon

Roasted Root Vegetables with Maple Cinnamon

Printable Recipe:  Roasted Root Veggies with  Maple Cinnamon These roasted root vegetables use maple syrup and orange juice as well as cinnamon and ground cloves to give the dish a wonderful level of taste. We served them for Christmas dinner but they are easy enough to share all year round. Start by poreheating your oven…

Ziti Pasta with Asparagus & Mushrooms

Ziti Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus

Printable Recipe:  Ziti Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms My daughter visited for the Christmas holidays this year and she is a vegan. We were planning on having ham for Christmas dinner, and she could not eat this, so I wanted some tasty side dishes that she could enjoy.   This recipe for Ziti Pasta with Asparagus…

Cream Cheese Tomato & spring onion Appetizers

Tomato and spring onion crudites

Printable Recipe:  Cream Cheese Tomato & spring onion Appetizers These cream cheese Tomato and spring onion appetizers were another big hit at my Christmas party this year. What I liked best about them, is that the mixture kept its consistency well and did not make the crackers soggy, so they could be made a little…

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe from The Gardening Cook. Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1 stick of Earth Balance Buttery Spread sticks 3 Tbsp of dark cocoa 1/2 cup of Vanilla lite Soy Milk 1/2 cup of peanut butter 1/4 cup of slivered almonds 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)  

Date Bars with Maple Sugar

Recipe from The Gardening Cook. Ingredients 1-3/4 cups finely chopped pitted dates 3/4 cup water 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour 1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking) 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup earth Balance buttery spread Cooking spray

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Eggplant parmesan

Ingredients   1 large eggplant (1-1/2 lb.), ends trimmed, peeled and cut crosswise into 6 slices 1 tsp salt 1 egg, beaten 1 pkg. (6 oz.) Fresh Take Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Recipe Cheese Breadcrumb Mix 1 jar (24 oz.) Newman’s own marinara sauce 1/2 lb. spaghetti, uncooked

Baked Onion Rings

Baked Onion Rings from The Gardening Cook

Ingredients 1 Vidalia onion 1/3 cup of oatmeal (not instant) 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper 1/4 tsp garlic salt 1/4 tsp seasoned salt 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk 2 egg whites

Crustless Egg White Quiche with Vegetables

Crustless Egg White Quiche with Vegetables

Ingredients 8 egg whites (reserve yolks for baking later) ½ cup Whole Milk 1 clove Garlic, minced 1/4 cup diced onion Black Pepper, to taste 1 cup shredded Gruyere Cheese (about 4 oz.) 2 cups steamed Organic Baby Spinach, squeeze out excess moisture ½ cup Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, halved 4 pieces Roasted Red Peppers, sliced…

Cheesy scalloped potatoes

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

 Printable Recipe:  Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes I love scalloped potatoes.  The creamy cheese sauce gives the dish a richness that is so delicious.  Chives and nutmeg are the secret ingredients to complete the flavor profile. Every time I serve this recipe, it disappears quickly. And if you do happen to have any left, it is great…

Sauteed Mushrooms in Teriyaki Sauce

Mushrooms and Garlic in Red wine Teriyaki Sauce

Printable Recipe – Sauteed Mushrooms in Teriyaki Sauce Mushrooms are one of my favorite vegetables. They are amazingly low in calories and can be prepared so many different ways.  This recipe for Sauteed Mushrooms in Teriyaki Sauce is easy and delicious. It makes a wonderful side dish to go along with any protein choice.  The…

Stop Light Baguettes

Stop Light Baguettes

My daughter has a website too. This is one of her fresh and healthy recipes.  Be sure to head over to visit and have a look around her site! Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 Heirloom Tomatoes (Green, Yellow and Red) 1 Ripe Avocado Fresh Basil A Small Sourdough Round

Tikka Masala Curry with Canneloni Beans and Cashews

Tikka Masala Curry with Canneloni Beans and Cashews

Ingredients 2 Leeks 1 Can of Cannelloni Beans, drained 1 green zucchini sliced 1 yellow zucchini sliced 1 vidalia onion cut into chunks 1 butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into cubes 3 potatoes, cubed 1/2 cup raw cashews 3/4 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup frozen peas 1/2 cup frozen corn 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 tsp…

Vanilla and Honey Glazed Carrots

Vanilla and Honey Glazed Carrots

Printable Recipe:  Vanilla and Honey Glazed Carrots This recipe for vanilla and honey glazed carrots would make a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving buffet table this year. The recipe is very easy to do and just delicious.  The carrots are wweet and crunchy with just a hint of vanilla in the glaze. Vanilla and Honey…

Ground Beef Manicotti

Ground Beef Manicotti

This recipe for ground beef manicotti is hearty and delicious. The website also has vegetarian adaptations if you are not a meat eater. Ingredients 8 ounces of uncooked manicotti shells. 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion 3 cloves of garlic 1 pound of lean ground beef 1 tbsp each of fresh parsley, oregano, basil and…

Scalloped Potatoes

cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Printable Recipe: Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes If you are looking for a wonderful recipe for scalloped potatoes, you just cannot go wrong with this one.  It is very fast to assembled and the flavors are to die for. I first started making this recipe when I lived in Australia. It was a favorite recipe of a…

Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Printable Recipe:  Broccoli and Bacon Salad Looking for a great salad for a barbeque or pot luck supper? This broccoli and bacon salad is hard to top. The salad is so easy to make and the bacon and cheese will please even the fussiest of vegetable eaters.  I served this tonight with my Loaded baked…

Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Nut Muffins

Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins

Printable Recipe:  Vegan Banana Nut Muffins These banana nut muffins are light and delicious and contain no cow’s milk or butter so they are perfect for vegans.  But my meat eating husband loves them too.  They are full of flavor and have great texture.  You won’t believe there are no eggs in them!  You can…