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.

 

 

 

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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!

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Grilled Zucchini with Garlic and Rosemary

vegan grilled zucchini

The weather is getting warm, so we have been outside grilling a lot more.  The farmer’s markets are also opening again, which I am so excited about.  I love all the fresh fruits and veggies, like this zucchini.  I also like knowing who grew the produce and that it is locally grown.  This dinner was made with some of our market finds.  I thinly sliced the zucchini and rubbed it with olive oil, fresh rosemary and finely chopped garlic.  My husband then grilled it just until it was tender and it got nice and sweet, and a little smokey.  The salad was made with lettuce and beets greens from the market.  I also added a little bit of kale that I grew.

 

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Pizza Party: Make your own Pizzas and Fruit Salad

Vegan pizza bar

Vegan Fruit Salad

My best friend just graduated from college with a degree in Civil Engineering, so we had a little party to help her celebrate her amazing accomplishment.  She worked so hard to go to school, work, and raise 4 kids.  She is so inspiring.  We ended up having a little pool party with all of our kids, so we decided to let them all make their own pizzas.  I cut the dough into individual sized pizzas and my husband grilled them.  Just use you favorite store bought pizza dough or make you own.  Then the kids put on all their favorite toppings and we put them bak on the grill to melt the cheese.  On the side we had a huge fruit salad because all the kids are fruit fanatics.  I tossed the fruit in a honey lime dressing, which gave it a little more sweetness and some tang.  This is a great party idea, especially when you are serving vegans and non-vegans together.  Everyone ends up happy!

 

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Pita Bread

vegan pita bread

I love to bake my own bread and pita is my favorite I think.  There is nothing better than the smell of warm bread coming out of the oven.  Pita takes a little practice to make, but it is well worth the effort.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day – Irish Soda Bread

 

bread

 

bread

We usually go all out for St Patrick’s Day at my house.  We eat green and Irish food all day.  A leprechaun usually comes to visit our house and plays lots of tricks as well.  Irish Soda Bread is one of our favorite recipes for St Patty’s.  It is slightly sweet and has a great flavor from the caraway seeds.  It is not a yeast bread, so is doesn’t take long to make.  Some other great recipes for St Patrick’s Day would be Shepherd’s Garden Pie and Spinach Pesto Pasta.  Don’t forget to wear your green!!

 

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Kale Chips

Vegan Kale Chips

 

Kale Chips
Kale Chips

I have to warn you that these kale chips are addictive.  They are crispy, crunchy and a little salty like potato chips and once you start eating them you can’t stop.  Kale chips are so popular in our house that we all fight over them.  I always have to make a big batch.  This is a great way to eat your greens!  Add some nutritional yeast or your favorite spice mix to add some more flavor.

 

 

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