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dinner: chana masala

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being veggie

I took an Indian Food cooking class with Chaya Rao a couple of years back and have had so much more confidence in this realm since then. Chana Masala has become a staple around here. I’m not sure how authentic my version is, but I think it’s getting closer and closer every time I make it. Finally adding the amchoor powder made a huge difference and if I can learn to balance the heat as well as I can in […]

dinner: grilled veggies & tofu

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DSCN3594, a photo by a_neelee on Flickr. We flipped our comal to it’s griddle side this evening and did a quick stovetop grilling of veggies. Broccoli and carrots went on plain. The tofu got a quick press and dip in a soy-ginger-sesame marinade. Noodles were boiled and voila… a quickie grilled dinner without a bit of the outdoors. Grilled Tofu 1 package of firm or extra-firm tofu 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp brown sugar […]

vegetarian recipe: fideo seco

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Fideos are a household staple for Latin-American families across the country and it rivals a pressure-cooked pot of beans in ease. Growing up, we ate my mom’s variation of the dish that was affectionately referred to as sopita. Her “little soup” consisted of noodles in a tomato-chicken broth and we would slurp it up on weekdays when life was too busy for the slow-simmered stews that we loved. What I’ve been making lately is a […]

recipe: steam-fried eggs

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Feliz Año Nuevo! Just a quick post to show one of our most-favorite breakfasts in the whole wide world – steam-fried eggs with black beans and homemade salsa. If you’ve already got beans and salsa in the fridge, it’s a super-quick whip-up that even I can manage before my first cup of coffee.

another one for the beach | weekend getaway menu

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being veggie / vegetarian meal plans

We are off to the beach to celebrate our daughter’s birthday in a couple of days so we have lots of packing and prepping on the mind. There are bathing suits, sand-related “stuff”, books, kites, binoculars, more books, games and all sorts of other knick-knacks that have the beach stash growing. The only thing left to grapple with is the food! Vegetarian restaurants in Corpus Christi are hard to come by. Eating out will be […]

her kitchen, too

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cooking with kids

Our daughter has been quite the cook the past few weeks. She’s been baking, taking on dinner, lunch and has in the past couple of weeks hit what I think is a gigantic milestone – cooking at the stove. I want to say that she’s cooked more dinners than I have in the past few days! She made Vegetarian Stir-Fried Rice from Honest Pretzels* a couple of days ago and it was quite yummy. A […]

quickie dinner for lazy days

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Our days, as of late, are oozing into “lazy day” territory with pajamas well into noon. The 4:00 hunger pangs have been catching me by surprise and at that point its quick and easy or eating out. So… We’ve been doing some really basic dinners that consist of a grain, a bean and a vegetable. I try to keep cooked beans (black, chickpeas) stocked in the fridge, but yesterday I was totally unprepared. I went […]

recipe: stovetop granola

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Discovering that I can make granola on the stovetop was one of my biggest AHA kitchen moments ever. Turning the oven on in the insanity that is the Texas summer is nearly impossible, but granola is a household staple that we can’t really manage most weeks without. It’s super-easy, doesn’t get the house all hot and lends itself to mid-stream corrections and alterations should you find that you have a handful of walnuts or want to […]