Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

vegan tomato basil pasta sauce

This is my favorite recipe for pasta sauce.  I am trying to avoid the store bought kind because there is so much sugar in it, but it is so convenient.  This sauce is really quick to make because I used canned tomatoes (try to find an organic brand).  Right now I have tons of basil in my little garden, so I think I will be making this a lot.  This makes a big batch of sauce, but you can always freeze the leftovers or cut the recipe in half.




Blackberry Jam

vegan blackberry jam


Another berry recipe!  We have so many berries it is unbelievable, so I have been trying to use them in everything.  Saturday morning we even had blackberry pancakes.  Today I decided to make some jam with some of the blackberries.  The kids were really excited for it.  We usually don’t use jam or jelly just because it has so much sugar in it, but I couldn’t resist since we have such sweet fresh berries.   I don’t have a canner, so I only made enough for one jar.  You can use this same method to make jam with any berries that you like.  It will last in the fridge for about a week, but I don’t think our jam will make it that long.  I can’t wait for toast in the morning!



Please let me know what some of you favorite berry recipes are!

Berry Cobbler

vegan berry cobbler

The wild blackberries are all ripe where we live.  This was just one of the three baskets that we picked.  Needless to say we have a ton of berries already and there are a lot more to pick in the next few weeks.  After a few hours of picking, we decided to make cobbler.  Blackberry cobbler is on of my Dad’s favorite desserts, so he was super happy.  The cobbler is great as is or with vegan vanilla ice cream.

vegan berry cobbler


Strawberry Pie

vegan strawberry pie

We have a strawberry farm close to us, so for a few weeks we had tons of strawberries.  We actually bought so many that I had to freeze some because we could’t eat them all.  I made this pie to help use some of the berries and it was a delicious way to use them.  The crust was nice and flaky and was filled with fresh sweet strawberries.  I topped the pie with a little granola just to give it a little crunch.  The basic recipe for this pie actually came off the bottom of an old pie dish that my mom had.



Lentil Burgers

Vegan lentil burgers

These lentil burgers are very hearty and filling.  The lentils give the burgers a meaty flavor and add lots of protein.  They would be great done on the grill for a BBQ this summer.