Sweet + Spicy

standard April 14, 2013 Leave a response

I’ve been on a serious salad kick this week. The warm weather plus the delicious variety of veggies now appearing in our CSA delivery makes me just pile whatever I can on a bed of lettuce and call it a meal.

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Also, my meat and potatoes husband has decided to try out the paleo diet. So instead of making one meal and adding meat to his, we’re now all out making two meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thankfully, he’s completely taking charge of his meal plan, shopping, prepping, and cooking, so all I have to suffer through is the bacon smell in the morning. And I no longer have to consider what he will eat when I make our meals. I can make whatever I feel like. So salad it is.


This was by far the best idea for a salad topper I’ve ever had. I made blueberry chia syrup about a month ago, and there was about a tablespoon left stuck to a jar in the fridge that I figured needed to be eaten or tossed. So I thought why not combine my go-to chickpea marinade to the jar and see what happened. My only regret is it didn’t make more.


Spring Salad with Blueberry Chili Balsamic Tempeh

Serves 1.

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  • 1/4 block tempeh, sliced in half
  • 1 T blueberry syrup, jam, or mashed fresh berries
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1 T + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming, or chili powder
  • 2 cups spinach, mixed greens, or butter lettuce
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/2 c snap peas
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 T dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place tempeh slices in a shallow dish and microwave or steam briefly to soften.
  2. Whisk together blueberry syrup, 1 T balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp olive oil, cinnamon, Arizona Dreaming, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over tempeh, turning to coat. Let sit and marinate for 30 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  3. Heat a small nonstick pan over medium heat. Add tempeh and marinade to pan. Cook, watching closely, until marinade thickens around tempeh, and slices are browned.
  4. Wash and tear lettuce into pieces in a salad bowl.
  5. Dice veggies and avocado and add to lettuce with cranberries.
  6. Combine 1 T balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 T olive oil, mustard, and a dash of salt and pepper together in a jar. Seal and shake well to combine. Toss with salad.
  7. Top with warm tempeh and serve.

Perfect Vegan Pancakes

standard August 28, 2010 Leave a response

Dinners this week were each a big cooking FAIL. Except maybe the polenta pizza. The husband did not like it but the company we had over did – so maybe a half-success?

This is the first Saturday in a while where I have not had plans all day. And I was craving pancakes, so after my run, green monster, and shower, I made something I knew would come out right!

I’ve made these pancakes 4 or 5 times and they are EASY and PERFECT each time. This morning I contemplated mixing up a batch of the dry ingredients so next time I can just add the almond milk and go. These definitely made me feel better after my unsuccessful attempts at food during the week.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Berries (and Chocolate!)

Adapted from Vegetarian Times, May-June 2010


  • 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c buckwheat flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 3 T sucanat
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 c almond milk (or any non-dairy milk) + an extra Tbsp or two
  • coconut oil for cooking
  • Toppings of choice


  1. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and coat evenly with coconut oil.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Add almond milk 1/2 cup at a time. Once batter is mixed you may need to whisk in another tablespoon if it is still too thick.
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto skillet/griddle. Add any mix-ins of choice (I recommend blueberries, the husband recommends chocolate chips).
  5. Flip when ready. Cook about another minute and plate. Top with desired toppings.

The combination of the buckwheat and the fruit is delicious.  Especially when eaten outside. 🙂

Now it’s time for meal planning for next week and then an attempt at buckwheat granola bars!