Tag Archives: vegetarian recipes

Chickpeas: What’s Not to ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!

I am a big fan of chickpeas!

What about you?

I have a lot of cooking and baking planned for the next couple of weeks, with chickpeas to use in a couple of the recipes.

Below is a Veggies…post from a few years ago, featuring a couple of my favorite chickpea recipes.

Hope you enjoy them soon and DO let me know if you give them a try.

HAPPY WEEK TO ALL! 🙂

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

I’m a big fan of chickpeas.

I use them in all kinds of recipes: soups, stews, curries, hummus…

their nutty rich flavor and the unique texture they add to dishes too.

And they are sooooooo good for us! 😉

There are many health benefits derived from eating chickpeas, you can read more about that here and here. 

On the menu for supper tonight:

Slow Cooker Veggie Curry

And to add to this week’s snacks with crudites, crackers…

Fresh Rosemary Hummus

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Both recipes are featured in:

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The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

Do you like chickpeas?

What’s your favorite way of using them in recipes?

Happy Cooking! 🙂

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Root Veggies! Don’t Ya Just ♥ Them? ;-)

Autumn root vegetables

I SURE DO!!! 😉

And here are some of my fav ways to prepare and serve these oh,so yummy “gems” from the fall harvest! 

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Sam’s Famous Carrot Cake with My (NOT Too Sweet) Cream Cheese Icing

My favorite cake, no contest!

Russian Beet Borscht

Just add dark rye bread and you’re good to go! 😉

Bubbies SAUERKRAUT

German Sauerkraut Feast 

One of my fav slow cooker recipes from the Groovy Green Kitchen I.

I make this one a lot. Quick to prepare, hearty and delicious. 

And, it includes: onions, garlic and potatoes: all fav rooties! 🙂

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (page 92)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

A delish and elegant salad; brimming with flavor!

Sweet Potato Lasagna

A twist on traditional lasagna, again from the slow cooker. Hearty and delish!

HAPPY COOKING and AUTUMN!

Harvest vegetable photo, courtesy of FLICKR

Raw Kale & Radish Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Are you a fan of KALE?

Can’t say that I have been to date, 😉 in spite of liking almost every other kind of veggie there is!

But this post over at Girl Eats Greens grabbed my attention today, as I browsed the WP Reader.

Looks so yummy and healthy too. 🙂

Happy Eating and Week! G

Girl Eats Greens

One of my favorite things about spring turning into summer is all the deliciousness that continues to show up at my local farmer’s market. While I don’t buy all my groceries there, I do spend time every Sunday walking along with my pup and seeing what’s new to the market. What I’ve seen a lot lately? Fiddleheads. I have no idea what to do with them. But I’m dying to try them. I also stumbled upon a bunch of bright red radishes.

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Growing up, I was never a fan of radishes, I thought they were too bitter. But as I’m getting older I think a lot of it had to do with the preparation of the radishes. As in, there wasn’t any. I was handed a whole radish to pop into dill dip. Radishes can have a pretty strong flavor – but if you break them down, thinly slice or…

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Cookbook Countdown! ;-)

I’m type, type, typing…. away!!!

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I’ve made the end of February, my deadline for finishing my newest cookbook (print and Kindle/eBook versions):

The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups

I think I can still reach my time goal; I am on the home stretch. 😉

I don’t know why this particular book project has taken me sooooo long to complete.

But right now, I’m just focused on the fact that it IS almost complete and that’s a good thing! 🙂

In the meantime, I am having a free Kindle promo this weekend for my other GGK cookbook:

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The Groovy Green Kitchen I: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

It will be available as a free Kindle/eBook download, all this weekend (Feb. 20-22) at:

Amazon.com, .ca, UK….

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And here’s a sample soup recipe from the GGK II:

Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie and Sausage Gumbo…

….to get your taste-buds ready for the full collection. 😉

In addition to lots of great soups in this new book/eBook, there’s a variety of side dishes to go along with them. 

Wish me luck for finishing “on time” and happy weekend, G 

Got Pretzels to Use Up? Check Out This Recipe List! ;-)

I’m NOT a big fan of pretzels but I DO use them when I make:

Slow Cooker Party Mix. 

The problem is, where we live, there seems to be no small bags of pretzels, just LARGE BAGS that leave me with a lot left over, when I make a batch of party mix.

Thought I’d check out some other ideas for using up pretzels today and I found this list:

27 Perfect Ways to Eat Pretzels

I’m still undecided what I’m going to try from this list, maybe the Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars or the snack mix.

But I definitely will be able to use up those pretzels! 😉

Do you like pretzels? Have any recipes to share that include pretzels? Please do! 😉

Happy Cooking! 

Photo courtesy of Flickr

I ♥ My Veggie….Followers! :-)

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Woohooo, 🙂 my 500th follower signed up at Veggies…this past week.

I am so grateful to everyone who follows Veggies, Yarns & Tails and at my other two blogs:

My Poetic Path

and

My Real Life Reviews.

And also, to be able to enjoy hundreds of my fav WP blogs each week. What fun it’s been to get to know so many of you via WordPress. Isn’t the Internet grand???

I’ve been blogging (on and off) for a lot of years. I’ve had one blog, I’ve had 4 at times, now I have 3.

There were times when I was very busy offline and I actually stopped blogging entirely, for months at a time. But I always missed it and I always came back. Can you relate? 😉

 I’ll be back next week with a post about why I ♥ my slow cooker, sooooo….much. With some recipe too, of course. 😉

Have a wonderful weekend! And cyber-hugs to all 500 of you! 😉  

All About Making Hummus

I ♥♥♥ all kinds of hummus!

I thought this was a great list that I noted on my WP Reader this morning.

I’m definitely going to try the beet hummus, sounds so good. 

And you already know how much I ♥ beets, if you’re a regular reader here. 😉

Happy Cooking and Weekend, G

On the Menu: Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (with a twist) ;-)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (page 92)

 

I made this oh, so yummy beet salad again yesterday (one of my all-time favs) 😉 this time with a slight variation.

I didn’t have any kasha, so I used black rice instead (ancient, organic variety). I’m a big fan of this type of rice, so good! 😉

I also used lots of  finely chopped fresh dill instead of parsley. It turned out great!

If you love beets, this is a recipe you won’t want to miss.

Perfect for adding to lunches, or as a side or vegetarian main dish. Would also be great for a potluck or buffet dinner.

Check out the recipe and review of the cookbook by Judith Finlayson, that this wonderful recipe is from. 

What’s on the menu at your place?

Happy Cooking! 

Peanut Butter: I Still ♥ It! ;-)

I’ve always been a peanut butter fan! 🙂

I  ♥ it, especially the natural, organic (with no-salt) kind, that contains only peanuts.

I feel sorry for children who can’t eat this wonderful spread, due to allergies etc. It was a staple when I was a kid. Not the case anymore it seems. 

But for those of us without allergy concerns, peanut butter (in moderation, it’s always about moderation isn’t it?) can apparently be good for us (and not just delish) for health and many other benefits.

I also like to add a tablespoon of pb to my morning smoothie. Apparently added to soy milk, peanut butter provides a complete protein source.
 
This provides an alternative to adding protein powders to smoothies. And some protein powders can be hard to digest; so I like this option instead, for adding protein.
  

 Aren’t these yummy looking? Yummy to eat too. 😉
                        
I’ve made these many times:
 
I do cut back on the sugar though, by about 1/2 and they are still “plenty sweet” IMO!
 
My dear mom made these too.
 
What bliss after school with an ice-cold glass of Mmoooo….teehee…that’s what we called milk. 😉
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Do you enjoy peanut butter? Any PB recipes that you particularly like? If you have a link to a good one, do share. 😉

It’s Hug a Vegetarian Day! ;-)

 

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According to my office wall calendar, today is:

Hug a Vegetarian Day. 🙂

I also noted online that tomorrow, October 1st is World Vegetarian Day.

So make sure to hug all the vegetarians you know today and tomorrow. 😉

On a personal note, I’ve been a vegetarian for many years and have never regretted my decision to give up eating meat.

More and more people continue to embrace a vegetarian diet, for a number of reasons and there are millions of vegetarians around the world.

For me, it’s always been mainly an ethical choice to not eat meat, due in large part to reading: Diet for a New America by John Robbins, several years ago. I was shocked and saddened by what I read in that book and I never forgot it. 😦 I had been eating less and less meat for years, before reading that book. And after finishing the book (and it’s a very tough book to read, if you love animals) I gave it up completely.

On the plus side, I’ve been healthier and happier since I became a vegetarian and delighted by all the good things that can be created in the kitchen without any meat.

If you are in need of some vegetarian recipe inspiration, do check out the extensive recipe archives here at Veggies….

You can also check out my two cookbooks at Amazon.com:

Not Just for Vegetarians (print version only) and The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker (print and Kindle versions)

Have a Wonderful Week and Sending Lots of Hugs to YOU (to the meat-eaters too)! 

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PS: On a completely different topic, if you know anything about making CDs, please stop by over at My Poetic Path to read my post from today

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Photo above from Not Just for Vegetarians by Geraldine Hartman.

Photograph by Patricia Holdsworth Photography.