Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta

pasta

Tonight was another night when I needed a quick dinner.  We got home really late last night from our trip and were busy at church today, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  This pasta was finished in about 15 minutes.  The longest part of cooking this meal is waiting for the water to boil.  Even though it is quick it has tons of flavor.

 

Vegan Quinoa Curry Salad

Vegan Curry Quinoa Salad
Vegan Curry Quinoa Salad

 

I was getting ready to go out of town for a few days, so I needed to make a quick dinner in the midst of packing.  This meal is super easy to make, but is so good and nutritious.  The quinoa is packed with protein.  I served the quinoa with a collard green salad tonight, but I usually just put it over some mixed greens.  You may want to double the recipe because it makes a great lunch the next day.

 

Vegan Curry Quinoa Salad

 

Polenta Pizza

polenta

polenta

Since my daughter had her surgery she can’t eat really crunchy or hard food, but she wanted to have some veggie pizza.  I made this pizza for her with a polenta crust.  The polenta holds all the toppings really well, but it softer than a regular crust.  This is not a pizza that you can pick up to eat, but the polenta is so good with all the veggies.  I topped this pizza with tofu ricotta and lots of veggies.  The polenta crust is great with any pizza toppings that you like though.

 

 

This is great as a pizza topping, for lasagna or stuffed shells.

 

 

 

Side Dishes: Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans

Sweet Potatoes

The mashed sweet potatoes and roasted green beans are great side dishes for any meal.  They are super easy, so they are great to do during the week and they are fancy enough for a special dinner.  We eat sweet potatoes all the time, so I try to make them in different ways and this is definitely a favorite of the kids.  Mashing them is als really great for kids who may not like to try new foods.   Roasting the green beans brings out the sweetness in them that you don’t get when the beans are boiled.  This is my favorite way to have green beans now.

Money Saving Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent

With the tight budget that my family is on, I have to save money where ever I can.  I have started to make my own laundry detergent, which saves so much money.  This recipe makes 5 gallons of detergent and costs less than 3 dollars for me to make.  It is actually really easy to do and the ingredients can all be found at the grocery store.  This detergent does a great job of cleaning the cloths and leaves them with a nice clean smell.  I like to add lavender oil to mine, but you could use whatever fragrance that you like.

 

 

Laundry Detergent

Strawberry Pancakes

pancake recipe

Strawberry Pancake Recipe

This weekend my kids asked for strawberry pancakes, which I have never had before.  They were actually really good, so will be making them again.  I always use the same basic pancake recipe and then just add in whatever fruit I feel like that day.  My family’s favorite  are apple cinnamon.  Of course the kids love chocolate chip pancakes, but those are only for special days like birthdays.  This pancake recipe makes enough for 4, but I usually double it so we have some leftover for a quick breakfast during the week.

 

 

Hope everyone enjoys the Vegan Pancake Recipe!!!

Bean and Spinach Enchiladas

enchiladas

When I lived in Colorado, I became addicted to green chili sauce.  They put it on everything out there.  It usually has pork in it, so I had to come up with my own version when I became vegan.  It is a little spicy for my kids, so I usually bake the enchiladas ( or whatever I am putting it on) without the sauce and then add it to mine.

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan enchiladas!!

Fondue

fondue

 

fondue

Happy New Year!  Last night I made vegan cheese fondue for dinner and vegan chocolate fondue for dessert.  I haven’t had cheese fondue since becoming vegan and I really wanted it, so I gave it a try.  It was delicious.  The chocolate was unbelievably good and of course I ate way too much of it.  It was a great way to start a new year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy the vegan fondue!!