Polenta on the radar screen

I should cook polenta more often me I’ve said that to myself recently. Polenta is extremely easy to prepare and goes great with sauces or just grated cheese. It shows up on restaurant menus as a side dish to a meat entrée, but I think it works really well as the basis for a vegetarian […]

Stuffed pumpkin for your meatless holiday meal

Holiday meals are traditionally built around one signature entrée, typically a grand piece of meat: turkey at Thanksgiving, perhaps roast beef or a goose at Christmas.  Lamb goes with Easter and is also an important part of other celebrations around the Mediterranean.  A luau features roast pig.  The point is: meat is the centerpiece.  But […]

Oat milk reality check

Oat milk is a new “thing” among vegans and anti-dairy foodies.  So I thought I should investigate oat milk.  That was yesterday.  Searching on the term “oat milk” brought up dozens of gushy websites about how oat milk is going to save the world and is so much better/healthier than whatever you’re using now.  For […]

Vegetarian-friendly summer

When it comes to food, if someone says “summer”, what word pops into your mind? Ice Cream? BBQ? Tomatoes? How about … Vegetarian? Maybe not, but truthfully there’s no better season to be a vegetarian (or vegan) than summer.  Fresh vegetables abound.  Appetites are turned more towards foods that are lighter and more refreshing.  What […]

Black bean beet burger experiment

Anytime a recipe is labeled “best ever” — Beware!  Best according to whom?  Anyway I’ve been on a quest for an at-least-decent bean burger recipe, aside from the one in my book “Feed Your Vegetarian Teen”.  I’ve written about my experiments with white beans, chickpeas and tofu as the basis of meatless burgers.  A friend […]

The veggie burger saga continues

This time I try tofu burgers…. with not much success. Translating our cultural love affair with burgers to a plant-based burger just isn’t easy.  Burgers originated using meat, which has a distinct texture and (IMPORTANT!) holds together.  It’s the nature of ground meat to do that.  It’s not the nature of plant foods to do […]

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