Archives: Vegetarian

Lemon Parmesan Haricot Verts

This is my new “go to” side dish! I was inspired to cook something fabulous in my beautiful new bakeware I received as a gift from one of my dearest friends. In a constant effort to introduce something new to READ MORE

Black Bean Cilantro Spaghetti Squash

You would never really know how much I disklike squash from what I’m about to say. However, please take note. I really dislike all forms of squash. Except, apparently, for spaghetti squash. This new love falls under the categories of READ MORE

Vegetarian Black Bean and Olive Mexican Casserole

Okay, truth be told, I just needed an excuse to use my new casserole dish that I bought this spring in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. And I had some black beans. So, naturally, a mexican casserole dish and black beans READ MORE

Colorful Oven-Roasted Vegetables

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2011! The irony of this dish on a day like today is that it’s something that would normally encompass my whole meal (plus a cup or so of Calrose rice!). Alas, today it is simply a side dish. READ MORE

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Onion

A delicious alternative to the garlic and butter soaked Brussels sprouts. Steaming these veggies first helped hold the beautiful green color, while roasting them provided a tender, but not soggy, sprout. These were pulled right off the ‘ol stalk! Steam READ MORE

Veggie Quinoa Nirvana – Gluten Free

There are a lot of people out there that may not think quinoa and “nirvana” should appear in the same sentence. Especially when this amazingly delicious veggie dish has quinoa that photographs, well, kinda like tiny little snails. So, my READ MORE

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Casserole – Gluten Free

I’m one of those “I never ask for help” people, so when I broke down and had to get some help putting large pieces of furniture together, I felt compelled to make a “thank you” dinner for my friends whom READ MORE

Grilled Pineapple and Pepper Salad – Gluten Free

This salad is a grilled combination of sweet and savory, with an added garlic punch of flavor. It’s lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and a great addition to any BBQ. On my recent trip to Minnesota, we must have READ MORE

Domino Quinoa Salad – Black Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans and Balsamic Lime Dressing

This delicious black quinoa sat in a package on my counter for far too long before I could decide something “different” to do with it. Finally, I decided garbanzo beans would be a terrific, high-protein addition, as well as black READ MORE

Quinoa Pagoda Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Basil and Feta Cheese

At least in Southern California, it is quickly becoming the time of year to retire casserole hot dishes and welcome spring salads with fresh, organic ingredients.

Red Cabbage and Apple Vinaigrette Salad


Nothing like a new diet to make you try different things. I definitely found the 14-Day Raw Cleanse more challenging than eating gluten free. Of course, I’ve been cooking gluten free for over seven years now, so I have a READ MORE

Cilantro Guacamole – Naturally gluten free


Merry Christmas to my extended Virginia family!  I had promised this recipe for months and have finally worked it into the baking queue. It kind of goes with “which one of these is not like the other” in the midst READ MORE

Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad with Balsamic and Cilantro Dressing – Gluten Free


This is my new “go to” salad. It’s incredibly delicious, easy to make, and travels well.  I grilled the corn first because there is still a great selection of summer corn available, but if you’re in a hurry, you can READ MORE