Vegan carrot salad with turmeric and cinnamon

from Instagram: I keep hearing how turmeric is so good for us, so I’m trying to work it into more dishes. This one has turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, and olive oil tossed with shredded carrot, almonds, and raisins. It’s not for everyone but if you like Indian curries and briyanis I recommend it! #vegan #plantbased #healingspices http://ift.tt/2rjKFNw

Thai Red Curry with Kabocha Squash

My favorite Thai restaurant has a dish that a friend turned me on to several years ago. It’s quite possible that without her recommendation, I’d never have tried it and experienced the magic. It’s a pumpkin red curry, and up to that point I was a staunch yellow curry fan. And I only liked squash in one thing: pumpkin pie (which isn’t even close to my favorite pie). But I instantly fell in love with the pumpkin red curry (made with kabocha squash). It became my go-to dish at Thai Spices and it’s not something I’ve seen at other Thai restaurants for some reason. Eventually I tried…

homemade gingersnap granola in jars

Gingersnap granola

Recipe Adapted from Gingersnap Granola from budgetbytes.com Process notes omitted oat bran, almonds, and raisins baked at 350° for 30 min, stirring once Results This granola has a deep, sweet flavor. There’s something about adding milk to it that kicks it up to the next level. Next time I’d shorten the baking time a few minutes so it’s not so hard and crunchy.

creamy vegetable pasta bake with lots of green veggies

Creamy Vegetable Pasta Bake with lots of green veggies

I so enjoyed the Creamy Vegetable Pasta Bake I made recently, both because it was delicious and because I could pull a serving out of the freezer and have an instant warm meal. When it was gone, I didn’t imagine making it again so soon, but it’s a great way to use 4 cups of milk, zucchini and onion that I picked up without a real plan, and frozen broccoli and spinach for a dose of green veggies. I followed the same basic recipe from budgetbytes.com, with a few adjustments. Process notes used 2 1/2 tsp granulated garlic instead of fresh…

spicy black bean and rice soup

Spicy Vegan Black Bean and Rice Soup

On a whim, I cooked up some dried black beans because I wanted to try out the Lazy Cook’s Black Beans technique described on Serious Eats. I didn’t use the fresh garlic, onion, or orange, just some granulated garlic and onion powder from my spice rack. Even without the aromatics, I have to say I really loved how the beans tasted after cooking, especially with the “gravy” that’s left. They’re much more flavorful than when I soak them overnight and simmer, then drain. I was so impressed that I’d like to actually try their full recipe at some point! I also made brown rice…