Russian Green Beans and Beef (Vegan)

This is a hearty fall dish that combines a variety of savory flavors, including cinnamon and cumin.


3 cloves garlic, finely minced
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp dried parsley
1 lb vegan hamburger
12 oz diced tomatoes
12 oz green beans
salt to taste
feta cheese (optional)


Over medium heat, brown hamburger. Add spices, tomatoes and green beans. Cover and cook until beans are tender about 8 minutes. Garnish with feta cheese.

Serve over rice or pilaf

Turmeric Stir Fry and Lemon Crusted Tofu

Always on the look out for new foods, we recently found Wildcrafted Natural Organic Turmeric Paste at our local grocery store, so last night we made turmeric stir fry with lemon crusted tofu and it was delicious!  We used a cast iron wok, adding in some extra minerals into our already healthy meal!


Chop 2 cups organic broccoli, 1 cup carrots, 1 onion and any other veggie you desire

Cut super firm tofu into thin-medium slices and coat in gluten free flour and gluten free panko crumbs

Deep fry the tofu in avocado oil (or oil of your choice), turn over when brown

Fry veggies for approximately 5-7 minutes

Boil rice noodles for 5 minutes, add into wok with veggies, stir fry for extra 2 minutes and serve

Dipping Sauce

Veganaise – 1/2 cup, add a squeeze of lemon and some dried dill seasoning

Serve and enjoy!




Heavenly Horchata

Being a cinnamon lover and valuing the nutritional and medicinal properties of the spice, I was delighted recently when I found Horchata in my local grocery store.  I had never had the drink before but love rice milk, cinnamon and vanilla, so knew I had to try it.

The drink tastes great on its own but I added in herbal coffee for a twist.  You can make your own Horchata from scratch, but I cheated and used the box mix (below):


Add 8-16 ounces of Rice Dream Brand Horchata

I cup crushed or chopped ice

Lightly mix or blend in a blender

Pour 1-3 shots of coffee or Herbal coffee over the top

Drink up!




Spicy Slum Pickles

Want to spice up everyday refrigerator pickles with something spicy?  Try our spicy slum pickles!


8 oz miniature cucumbers, halved

2 cloves garlic coarsely chopped

½ inch ginger, sliced into thin medallions

1/8-¼ tsp whole black peppercorns

¼ tsp turmeric

½ tsp dry dill

¼ tsp cardamom

1 tsp salt

1 tsp granulated sugar

½ vinegar

½ water to cover

To Make combine ingredients in a jar, and refrigerate for at least two days. Enjoy!

Blueberry Grilled Cheese

Today was a creative day in the kitchen.  We wanted to explore some new flavors and recipes and came up with a blueberry grilled cheese sandwich.  Yummy!

All the ingredients are vegan and gluten free but you can always substitute any of the ingredients to create your own specialty sandwich.


2 Slice of Simple Kneads sourdough bread

3 slices of Daiya Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 cup of frozen (thawed) or fresh organic blueberries (I cooked the frozen blueberries and vinegar prior to grilling)

Dash of balsamic vinegar

Handfull of mixed greens


Butter the bread (vegan butter).  Mix the blueberries and balsamic vinegar and mash into a chunky paste.  Place bread slice in a pan, layer with cheese, greens and blueberry sauce.  Top with sliced bread and grill.

Its a tasty, tangy modern take on the old grilled cheese.   I’ll continue to experiment with this one.

British Foods

Having lived in England for over 12 years, I originally did not like the taste of Marmite, but eventually fell in love with the distinct flavor and found that it made a wonderful vegan french onion soup that tasted even better than the beef broth version and was healthier with lots of vitamin B.  Here is a new twist on an old recipe!

2 Large Onions (1 Yellow and 1 White) thinly sliced
2 or 3 TBSP Marmite or desired amount
Add 6 cups of water or desired amount or vegetable stock
French Baguette or 2 slices of bread
Pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to soup pan
Cook over medium flame or heat for 30 minute until it begins to boil
Pour into bowl, add chopped bread pieces or a slice of french bagette
Top with shredded vegan mozzarella cheese


Spud Soup

1A way to brighten up dark winter days is to make a huge pot of homemade organic potato soup.  It warms both the body and soul.  Below is my recipe for organic vegan potato soup.  This recipe is simple and can easily be adjusted to add any other spices or flavorings.


  • 8-10 organic potatoes
  • 1 organic medium yellow onion
  • 1 box organic vegetable broth
  • 3 cups organic soy milk
  • 3 Tablespoon vegan butter
  • Gluten free table crackers
  • 1 or 2 chunks of vegan cheddar cheese
  • dash of salt
  • pepper
  1. Peel and chop potatoes and onion into small pieces.
  2. Empty box of vegetable broth into pan, heat to a boil.
  3. Add potatoes and onion, salt and pepper, bring to slow boil.
  4. Add soy milk and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Crush gluten free crackers on top
  6. Add Cheddar cheese chunks
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Enjoy!

Kick Your Butt Greens!

Need a good kick in the butt?  For a fast healthy energy boost, try this organic green smoothie!

Kick Your Butt Greens Recipe:

1 handful of kale, spinach, or any green that you fancy
2 large stalks of celery
1 large carrot
1 apple
1 tablespoon almond butter or any nut butter
1 tablespoon cold pressed coconut oil
Add some water (depending on consistency desired)

Fill your blender and juice up!  You can drink the smoothie throughout the day for a good kick in the butt nutritious energy boost!

Mustard Ramen Noodles

I was bored with the range of choice for ramen noodles, and being vegan, I decided to experiment and came up with a tasty version of mustard ramen noodles.  Cheap and easy!


  • 1 package any type of ramen noodle (Toss out flavor packet or save for another time.)
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard (Use any type of mustard, dill is one of my favorites.)
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh parsley (You can use any herb or dried will work!)


  • Cook noodles as instructed on packet
  • Drain water in sieve
  • Place noodles in bowl, add mustard and herbs
  • Stir and eat!

Ramen noodles don’t have to be boring!