Tag Archives: Vegetables

Creamy butternut squash faux-risotto

Milos, Greece

Hello Ladies,

The Man and I have been busy bees here in Milos. Lots of wedding planning to do ūüôā

I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like, but that’s only because the restaurants on the island are so hard to resist!

A couple of days ago I spotted beautiful, first-of-the-season butternut squash. As you know, I’ve tussled with the local squash before¬†but I decided to give it another go. This time, I was inspired by a risotto-like seafood dish the Man and I had in Sifnos¬†that used orzo instead of rice. I choose to make it into a whole food plant-based meal¬†by using butternut squash instead of seafood broth.

Creamy butternut squash faux risotto recipe with orzo - vegan

The result was an ultra-creamy, hearty and fine¬†dish that the Man rated as “restaurant grade” – the highest praise he ever gives out. The recipe isn’t complicated at all, although you may want to get a head start by roasting the butternut squash ahead of time.

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Light Tomato Summer Starter

Moms stuffed tomatoes (2)

Herblay, France

Hi all,

Home again after almost two months of travel: Milos, Woodstock, Ontario, Nashville, New York, Toronto and Barcelona. No wonder my suitcase is looking so shabby. It’s been more than wonderful reconnecting¬†with family¬†and friends, discovering new places and enjoying being back in familiar ones.

Beth, here is the tomato starter you asked for. To be totally honest, I haven’t made it¬†in years. ¬†After a delicious al fresco¬†dinner on a gorgeous¬†¬†summer evening in¬†Paris,¬†I tried to recreate our first course. It got a big thumbs up from everyone at the time and I¬†liked this version even better.

One good sized tomato is enough for a starter while two with a tossed herb salad makes for a tasty lunch or light supper. It is super, super easy to make.

Apologies to Ellen who hates cooked tomatoes! Try stuffing yellow peppers instead – I’m sure it would be good and you would have such pretty colours.

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A Cheater’s Potatoes and Artichokes

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Milos, Greece

Hi everyone,

It is wonderful to be back in Milos. The weather has been amazing, and we’ve been able to swim every day so far – though I have to admit that we kind of cheat and have wet suits. My recipe today is easy and delicious, full of the flavors of spring and it’s a bit of a cheat too.¬†We spend a lot of time working while we are here and grocery shopping isn’t as easy for me as at home where I can walk to the market and stores in a few¬†minutes.

If you have access to all the ingredients fresh from a market or maybe even your own garden, then for sure your roasted potatoes with artichokes will be even tastier than mine. Be prepared though to put in the time shelling peas and turning artichokes . Or take it easy and cheat my way.

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Springy Crab and Shrimp Rolls

Herblay, March 15, 2016

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Hello everyone. Here in Herblay, we have had six consecutive gorgeous days! And more to come!! Nothing like big blue skies and a warming sun to keep spirits high before it’s officially spring. In anticipation of my favourite season, I thought I’d share this recipe for spring rolls with you. You can make them ahead¬†and keep them in the fridge in plastic wrap or under a damp tea towel (a clean one please) for a few hours.

If you can get fresh crab¬†all the better but if not,¬†use good quality canned. This being¬†one of my ‘flexible’ recipes you can adapt the ingredients to what’s available and what suits your mood. The result should be fresh and light. It is very important to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to assemble.

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Mexican Inspired Soup

Vancouver, February 2016

Hello ladies!

I was craving Mexican and I didn’t want tacos, fajitas or anything requiring tortillas. So- I decided to just try and make a hearty soup using quinoa instead of rice infused by my homemade Mexican blend of spices…and the result was delicious! This makes tons- great leftovers and freezes super well.

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Tuscan bean burgers with roasted red pepper sauce

Carlsbad, California

Hello Ladies,

The Man and I have been devouring the golden California sunshine since we arrived about two weeks ago. Gorgeous, hot, brilliant, caliente sun!

It’s weird not being in my Barcelona kitchen though, and it’s taken me some time to get used to my new digs. At home my pantry is stocked with all my go-to plant-based staples, not the case over here. I also caved¬†and bought¬†a food processor… I just couldn’t live without one. I’ve been putting my new purchase to good use by making super-duper healthy whole food plant-based meals like the tuscan bean burgers I want to share with you today. This new concoction boasts a toasted focaccia enclosing a hearty cannellini bean patty, topped with a roasted red pepper sauce, slow roasted cherry tomatoes and tangy arugula. Drooling yet?

Tuscan white bean burger on focaccia

I’ll admit it, they’re a bit of work but TOTALLY worth it.

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Vegan root vegetable soup to kick your cold in the n*ts

Barcelona, Spain

Hello ladies,

The Man and I had a fabulous time in Scotland last week. The weather was, by Scottish standards, absolutely wonderful and we took full advantage of the outdoors. The food where we were staying was fantastic (not a given in that part of the world I’m told) and I had a carrot cake that defies words. Literally mind-blowing. No words.

Needless to say,¬†we were sorry to leave. Lucky me though, I got to bring home a memento of our trip… a cold. Brrrr. My head feels like it’s full of cotton and my throat is permanently dry and scratchy. I’ve already gone through one box of tissues and am tearing my way through a second one.

What’s a girl to do to feel better? Chicken soup! Except I don’t eat chicken. Instead I went out and bought delicious seasonal root vegetables and started free-styling my way to a suitable vegan substitute. The result was this delectable, warm, comforting soup that is¬†guaranteed to make you forget chicken soup all together.

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