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April Fool’s Day Brown-E Surprise

Who doesn’t love a laugh? April Fool’s Day, April 1st, is the perfect day to revel in the silliness of life. My 6 year old is particularly keen on the idea of April Fools, and any chance he can get to “trick his Daddy.”  So last year we fooled him pretty good with a Brown-E Surprise.  My son had a lot of fun with the whole thing: the planning, execution, …Read More

Vegan Teriyaki Cabbage Rolls

There are some dishes that, although they vary with the specifics, can be found all around the world. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are one of those dishes.  The basics are usually the same – meat, grain, and seasonings, wrapped in a cabbage leaf, cooked (baked, boiled, or steamed), and then served with a sauce. Most people are familiar with the Polish version which is served with a tomato sauce; but in …Read More

Shaved Brussel Sprout and Lentil Salad

Writing this recipe is almost too hard to do.  Looking at these pictures, my stomach is literally growling and my taste buds are salivating.  I am enviously walking down my own memory lane remembering all the different tastes this brussel sprout and lentil salad had.  I made it for a dinner gathering recently, and ended up eating the leftovers for days…and here I am still wanting more! (You know a …Read More

Couscous Slaw Salad

Israeli couscous, or pearl couscous as it is also called, is a larger scale semolina grain that cooks more like traditional pasta than its petite cousin.  Regular couscous is made by adding hot water to the grains, removing from heat and covering for 5 minutes, fluff and you’re done.  Israeli couscous is cooked on the stove in boiling water for at least 10 minutes, or until all the water is …Read More

My Favorite Snack/Light Lunch

My favorite little bite is mashed avocado and fresh salsa piled on top of a crunchy rice cake…it just can’t be beat!  With the week I’m having, you can believe these have been on the menu, more than once.  My boys have been home with snow days on end; throwing my normal daily schedule/blogging into a tailspin. (Finally they went back to school on Tuesday!!!!)  For the past two days, …Read More

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sometimes we want something fast and easy for dinner and sometimes we are looking for something a little more special; these stuffed squashes are a little bit of both!  Quinoa is a super healthy grain that is fast and easy to cook. It’s gluten free, kosher, and full of protein for those who are vegetarian – talk about being a crowd pleaser!  I’ve mixed in tasty vegetables, nuts for texture and …Read More