A spring veggie pizza full of delicious spring green veggies that you don’t even require a salad to go with it, and the best part is that it’s easy and tastes great. I made this pizza for my daughter Anjali over the weekend as an alternative to another pizza I made with mushrooms, which Anjali absolutely does not like. Rather than have her feel left out of the pizza party, I made a spring veggie pizza with a variety of veggies that are in peak season right now such as spring onions, leeks, kale, and mache leaves. Add in salty gorgonzola cheese and a blend of parmesan and gruyere, toss in some marinated artichokes and even sundried tomatoes or olives if you like, and you have a delicious spring inspired pizza that tastes great as an appetizer or for a light lunch or dinner. This pizza is so packed with green veggies and made with whole wheat pizza dough that it feels just a little guilt free eating pizza 😋😊. Give it a try! Continue reading Spring Onion Pizza with Kale Leeks and Gorgonzola
A chocolate torte so easy that all you do is combine the ingredients in one bowl and bake. This is my kind of recipe! I had this delicious flourless chocolate torte a while back when we had hosted a Father’s Day Brunch and our friends Tracy and Carl had brought a decadent flourless chocolate cake for the party. It was so good that everyone devoured it! I’d been meaning to ask them for that recipe but just forgot until a couple of weeks ago when we met them for dinner at their new home and I recalled that chocolate cake. Continue reading Flourless Chocolate Torte with Spring Edible Flowers
I’ve been making this lemony sweet mustard vinaigrette a lot lately especially as fresh lemons are in abundance in our area right now. The combination of fresh lemon juice and honey is always a winner for a fresh tasting salad dressing, but add a little mustard and you get a vinegary spiciness that adds another layer of flavor that is delicious. Continue reading Lemon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Apples, blueberries and scallions tossed with greens and a lemon honey mustard vinaigrette; simple, refreshing and delicious this salad is. I really like how delicious apples and blueberries taste with a lemony vinaigrette which adds a nice burst of citrus freshness. This really is a wonderful salad to have with a veggie omelet or a sandwich. Continue reading Apples and Blueberries Lemony Greens Salad
Looking to make some homemade energy bites that taste positively yummy with loads of all-natural ingredients such as nuts and superseeds – give these cardamom, raisin and nut superseed truffles a try. Packed with a variety of nuts, lots of superseeds such as chia seeds and flax meal, and lightly sweetened from honey and raisins, these are really really delicious energy bites and make for the perfect snack time treat. Continue reading Raisin Nut Cardamom Superseed Truffles
Orange Dijon Vinaigrette is a recipe I collected from my friend Deb whom I recently saw at a holiday luncheon where she had brought an arugula and spinach salad with persimmons, orange, and pomegranate for our lunch soiree. This salad tasted outstanding! Not only was the combination of salad greens and fruit perfect, the dressing made the salad taste even better. Continue reading Orange Dijon Vinaigrette
Light and creamy ricotta cheese infused with a hint of Vanilla and orange zest, then topped off with fresh plump figs drizzled with honey and roasted pistachios. Seductive, delicious, and satisfying this dessert is. This dessert looks so glamorous and tastes so good that I’m excited to share how easy it is to make. An awesome dessert in just a few minutes. Continue reading Fresh Figs with Honey & Ricotta
I bought a rather eclectic cookbook filled with not so ordinary vegetarian recipes recently titled Naturally Vegetarian. Recipes and Stories from my Italian Family Farm by Valentina Solfrini. I have never found an Italian cookbook dedicated entirely to vegetarian dishes until this one. While exploring the book I discovered that author Valentina has a blog called hortuscuisine.com food from the Italian countryside. Her blog is filled with travel stories and nostalgic Italian vegan and vegetarian recipes. On Valentina’s blog is where I found this beautiful post on flavored honeys. Continue reading Flavored Honey
I bought some gorgeous amber colored honey from a local home beekeeper recently. This lady has a large garden with flowers and lavender bushes and she raises honeybees for honey which she harvests and sells through word of mouth. All proceeds form the honey sales are donated to our local Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose. She doesn’t even want the checks written in her name, she just wants all payments made directly to the food bank. I bought six bottles from her – I mean what a winning combination – proceeds from local honey sales that go directly to a local food bank – win/win! Continue reading Lemon Honey Ginger Pound Cake
Usually, I would never have given a second thought to making energy bars or protein bars at home, it’s not something I think of replicating in my kitchen. I got the idea for making protein packed energy bars from our friend Aaron H. One day we were talking healthy snacks when he told me he had been trying unsuccessfully to make an energy bar at home. Energy bar at home? And that to Aaron making it? I did a double take.
Aaron said he had been trying to make an energy bar of sorts with almond meal, raisins, and cocoa powder and he was still figuring out how to get the texture right. You see his “energy bar” was very sticky in the mouth – almost like a peanut butter. He said he added water but that didn’t help. He even tried baking the mixture but it turned out too hard and not edible. We got to talk about how we could make the texture better and bounced around ideas such as adding applesauce and bananas, or coconut oil. But in the end I promised him I would try and make an energy bar at home, and if it turned out good, share the recipe with him.
Guess what folks? I made nut energy bars in my home kitchen and they turned out great 😋. I shaped them into truffles hence the name energy bar truffles. Continue reading Cocoa & Nut Super Seeds & Cardamom Protein-bar Truffles