Vegetarian and Vegan recipes

Pumpkin Nut Butter Energy Bites – No Bake Pick Me Up

Pumpkin nut butter energy bites

It’s time for all things pumpkin! Fall is my favorite time of the year, and I love the taste of pumpkin in recipes. Energy bites are one of my favorite snack treats and these delicious pumpkin nut butter energy bites combine pumpkin pureé with another favorite of mine – sunflower nut butter. Sunflower nut butter is…

Amish Food is the Epitome of Real Home Style Cooking

Amish family

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 very simple and something that…

How To Use Caramelized Onions

Using caramelized onions in burgers makes them taste amazing

One of my favorite ways to cook onions is to caramelize them to release a lovely sweet flavor and brown color.  It takes time but is so worth the effort.  Now that you have a pile of these tasty morsels, what do you do with them? Here are a few of my favorite ways for…

Sunflower Nut Butter Energy Bites

Dark chocolate energy bites

Looking for a healthy and super tasty treat? These tasty sunflower nut butter energy bites are the perfect after work out pick me up. They are sweetened only with medjool dates and are sinfully delicious. These little balls of chocolatey bliss are crazy delicious and are paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. They have a peanut…

How To Caramelize Onions – Tips for Success Every Time

How to Caramelized onions

Learning how to caramelize onions is a kitchen task that any cook should be able to do.  Caramelized onions taste great on so many foods, but can be a little tricky to master. These cooking tips will help you make perfect caramelized onions every time. There is nothing quite like the taste of caramelized onions.  Most…

Orange Dark Chocolate Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

Orange dark chocolate cookies

One of my favorite flavor combinations of that of orange and dark chocolate. It is bright and fresh with a decadent touch. These Orange Dark Chocolate Cookies have the addition of macadamia nuts for extra crunch and are just delicious! And best of all, the cookies are totally gluten free! Treating yourself to baked goods…

Whole30 Breakfast Bowl – Paleo Gluten Free and Vegan

Whole30 Breakfast Bowl with bananas and almonds

Trying to follow a Whole30 diet can mean that you get “egged out” for breakfast.  I love eggs as much as the next person but sometimes I just want a warm bowl of something without eggs. Can you relate?  Then try this Whole30 Breakfast Bowl.  It is a rich and filling mixture of dried fruit,…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

No bake 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 the festive season. And, of course, peanut butter and chocolate play a big part…

Slow Cooker Spicy Minestrone Soup

This slow cooker spicy minestrone soup is the perfect meal for a cold winter's night. recipesjust4u.com

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

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 didn’t make party food. But, recently I have had the opportunities to try a lot of varieties…

Stove top Granola – Great Alternative to Store Bought

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 granola has extra chemicals and I would rather not eat processed food.  Making your own is a good choice if you feel this way too.  This recipe for stove…

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

Soups make great 30 minute meals. 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 that you didn’t skimp on the cream.…

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 Appetizers with Tomato & spring onion

Tomato and spring onion crudites

These cream cheese appetizers with Tomato and spring onion were another big hit at my Christmas party this year. What I liked best easy appetizers like these, is that the mixture kept its consistency well and did not make the crackers soggy, so they could be made a little ahead of time.  The taste is…

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

Looking for a super tasty and healthy breakfast recipe? Try this egg white quiche. It has tons of flavor but is very low carb and healthy. 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…

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…

Teriyaki Sauteed Mushrooms in a Red Wine Sauce

Mushrooms and Garlic in Red wine Teriyaki Sauce

This recipe for Teriyaki Sauteed Mushrooms in a wine Sauce is easy and delicious. It will be on the table in about 15 minutes and your family will love it. Teriyaki Sauteed Mushrooms in a Wine Sauce Mushrooms are one of my favorite vegetables. They are amazingly low in calories, so nutritious, and can be…

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