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Squash

Although Squash is considered a vegetable when cooking, it is actually a fruit! There are many varieties of Squash. Served fresh or cooked in different ways, squash is delicious! I love a simple steamed yellow squash with a pat of butter and freshly cracked black pepper! I could eat that and die happy! I usually add squash in different vegetable soups, in ratatouille, or sliced and sauteed over rice. Roast some squash after it has been gently pan fried in garlic and fresh herbs…it is the perfect side for pasta dishes or really in any entree you cook for dinner.

Vegan Tacos

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Over the past couple of years I have realized that you can really “veganize” any recipe and be left with a delicious meal. When you minus the meat and dairy and eggs, vegetables really have a chance to stand on their own and they taste great. Don’t get me wrong, I do still eat meat and dairy and eggs, I am just learning to appreciate food without them. Case and point: Tacos “veganized”. No meat, no cheese, no sour cream. Rather sauteed veggies, thick black beans, cream avocado…yum! This easy recipe was a cinch to cook for lunch with simple ingredients that were in the fridge and pantry. I highly recommend it.

Delicious Rating: I used the mini corn tortillas and ended up eating four, they were addicting and full of flavor! My DH said they were great and would have been better with some sort of rice inside too. If you want a heartier taco, I recommend adding rice, but without rice I felt they are light and filling. I had onions and squash so that is what I sauteed up. Feel free to use bell peppers, asparagus, carrots, even broccoli. Keep it simple so that you can really taste each vegetable  without muddling them together and let me know how they turned out!

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Italian Squash & Potatoes

A perfect side dish for a pasta? Squash & Potatoes.

Yes, you can still have a green salad and some bread but why not add something a little extra? Squash & Potatoes.

My DH loves potatoes and I love squash so this dish works perfectly as a side to really any meal. Whether you are a Vegan, Vegetarian, or an Omnivore, you are sure to find this Delicious!

Delicious Rating: This  easy recipe so simple to cook. You can even prepare the squash and potatoes ahead of time and bake at a later time or the next day before dinner. I like my squash soft while I know others may enjoy it a bit more crunchy, so really you can control the level of cookedness(not a word) when sauteing them. Rosemary & Thyme are perfect for this dish. They both have individual tastes that when put together give such a depth to the vegetables and bring out the natural flavor of the squash & potatoes, they don’t overwhelm the veggies. I will definitely be making this dish again! Let me know what you think of it.

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Vegetable Fritters & Basil Cream Sauce

Spring has been upon us and vegetables are in abundance. Since I have been slowly inching towards a vegan diet, I have been doing a lot of experimenting with vegetarian dishes. Pan fried vegetables sounds healthy enough, I mean it isn’t actually deep fried. And of course nothing fried can ever go wrong, right? Wrong. While the idea of a crispy vegetable fritter sounds good, the execution didn’t quite make it.

Delicious Rating: Easy recipe to make as long as you follow the very simple directions of shredding, mixing, and frying. These fritters just didn’t do anything for my palate. The Basil cream dipping sauce was great but overall I wasn’t satisfied with the meal. I expected something else to come out of something fried! I doubt I will make this dish again. I served it with some leftover rice and it did do a bit better when coupled with the rice but then I could have just stir-fried my vegetables instead. Also the batter began to turn soggy fast after it was fried. You might have more success with the recipe, so let me know how it turns out.

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