Category Food for Spring

CSA Challenge Week One: Featuring Greens

This year, my husband and I have started getting a half-share from a CSA. I’m trying to challenge myself to use as much seasonal produce as possible and will share on the blog how I do so. Here’s what we received the first week: Garlic Scapes, Chard, Radishes, Lettuce, Carrots, Strawberries, and Snap Peas. Here’s […]

Asparagus Pizza & Strawberry Salad

Last Wednesday, I prepared asparagus pizza and a strawberry salad for dinner. It took less than thirty minutes, but felt gourmet. The pizza with the salad is satisfying, yet light. You can taste springtime. I got the recipe for Asparagus Pizza with Hazelnuts and Mint here. We’ve had a warm spring here in Portland, and I already […]

Stir Fries

Stir fries are a great way to utilize fresh ingredients. Whenever possible, I like to give directions on basic cooking techniques, rather than specific recipes, so you can use the produce you have on hand and the flavors you prefer. To make a stir fry, use the following: 1. Protein: one pound of tofu, or […]


Adding a salad to meals is one of the easiest ways to eat more vegetables, yet we don’t always intuitively know how to make a good salad.  Or, if you’re like me, you may have relied on cheese, croutons, and creamy dressings to flavor your salads.  I’ve been trying to improve my salad making for […]

In Season: Fava Beans

Last fall, we planted fava beans as a cover crop.  I loved seeing their green sprouts all winter long.  In the spring, they seemed to visibly grow each sunny day, and blossomed with black and white flowers.  As it turns out, they’re also delicious and nutritious.  Fava beans are high in protein, iron, and potassium – […]

Mustard Greens (Growing and a Recipe)

Mustard greens are an incredibly easy plant to grow. In Oregon, I sow the seeds in late fall. The plants will be small as they overwinter, but in the spring they will begin shooting up. Mustard greens can grow amazingly tall, and form yellow flowers. Anupy Singla, one of my favorite cookbook writers, says that […]

Vegan Asparagus Risotto

My ultimate goal, rather than simply providing recipes, is to demistify the process of creating a recipe, particularly a plant-based one.  So many of us grow up learning how to cook meats, eggs, and cheeses without recipes, it’s simply second nature.  When transitioning to a more plant-based diet, it can be overwhelming to feel you […]

Green and Red Pasta

I am in love with pasta (as you may have noticed from previous blog posts).  I wanted to come up with a pasta that was easy, but felt a little extra special, without being too unhealthy.  I had seen pastas made with tons of olive oilor vegan butter to coat the noodles, and I wondered what […]

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