Food

I have enjoyed cooking for many years.  I have always tried to keep my meals healthy and fresh.  In the last year, I have made a conscious decision to eat a plant based diet.  I do still eat occasional seafood and dairy, but for the most part I stick to it.  My sweet husband Markus is in on the plant based plan(for the most part), but my daughters, ages 12 and 14, are another story....Cooking for a family is always challenging, but add plant based meals for preteen and teenagers and it can seem impossible.  

In my blogs/recipes you find my favorite plant based meals, as well as, flex meals for any type of eater but heavy on the veggies!

 

 

Food Blogs

Jalapeño Harvest

Hot Pepper Harvest & Hot Sauce Recipes

It’s been a bumper crop of hot peppers in my garden this year.  I’ve got a large amount of  jalapeños …
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bruschetta

It’s time for tapas!

Spanish tapas are perfect for hosting your next intimate gathering or large party.  Tapas are super flexible(vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian) and really easy …
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The best pasta salad ever

Try hosting a Flexitarian BBQ

Maybe you’re just starting to reduce your meat intake or maybe you’re a full-fledged vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian – a …
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canned slaw

Cabbage harvest & canning spicy slaw

I was successful in growing 5 beautiful heads of cabbage this year.  But after a squirrel ate one of them, …
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Vegan Cauliflower Spinach and Jalapeno

Cauliflower spinach jalapeño balls – vegan or cheesy

In an effort to clean out my frig before I was leaving town this week, I searched the web for …
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plethora of produce

Making the most out of buying produce in bulk

When I come across a sale on my favorite veggies, I like to make the most of it.  Obviously, you …
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bruschetta

Fun ways to use up those leftovers!

Happy New Year!  I hope you are all enjoying your family and friends and some relaxing time together.  With the …
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Wonton Cups stuffed with Mushrooms

Healthy Holiday Appetizer Ideas

I love all the parties and get togethers this time of year!  When I host, I try to offer my …
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christmas cookies

the easiest and most delicious Christmas cookie ever!

I am lucky enough to have a book full of old family Christmas cookie recipes. I don’t eat a lot …
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pumpkins

Don’t toss those pumpkins away!

I have a soft spot for all things pumpkin. I love them for fall decor, but most of all I …
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bread and beer

a Flexitarian Thanksgiving feast!

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I’m finalizing my menu to accommodate my guests. There will be vegans and meat eaters, so …
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Vegan acorn squash pizza

Flexible meals for a flawless Thanksgiving week

I love fall and the beautiful colors and cooler weather.  Thanksgiving time is especially great in Texas!  This year I …
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Green garden madness – Basil pea edamame soup and Kale hatch chili sauce

My garden is loving the cooler days now that it’s fall!  Kale, swiss chard, cabbage, tomatoes and all my herbs …
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Seafood Florentine

Elegant dinner of Seafood Provencal with vegan sides

Seafood Provencal makes an elegant dinner for family and friends.  In keeping with my “flex” meal planning, I prepare all …
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Veggies in basket

Never buy veggie stock again! Taking composting one step further….

Back when I was eating & cooking chicken, I would roast whole chickens at least once a month and usually …
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green pepper, cellery, onion

Quick Seafood Gumbo or Vegan Gumbo

Tired of making the same old meals?  Try this gumbo, it’s easy, quick, healthy and really good!  This is another …
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burrito bowl with beans and veggies

Burrito Bowls – the ultimate “transitional” meal!

It’s Monday, hopefully meatless Monday and I wanted to blog about one of my favorite dishes that transition to vegetarian …
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non dairy pumpkin soup - my favorite Austrian dish

Pumpkin Soup and Peruvian Chicken go Vegan

Why eat plant based?  For me, it’s about the environment and knowing what I am eating.  Plant based foods are …
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Vegan enchilada scramble

Colorado green chili served three ways

I had mentioned that I was going to hunt down a good vegan green chili recipe.  I have found it! …
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Shishito peppers cooking in pan

Padrón or Shishito Peppers – good as an appetizer or side dish

When I visited Barcelona, I fell in love with the roasted Padrón peppers served at nearly every tapas restaurant we …
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Spicy indian Dal

Spicy Indian Dal – healthy, hearty and extremely tasty!

Dal is a traditional Indian soup which is typically served with Naan bread or over rice.  It’s super healthy, vegan …
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Salad on your morning toast or bagel…sounds crazy but it’s really good!

My last blog on vegan breakfast covered  recipes that are a little heavier, what I would consider weekend fare.  Here’s …
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Vegan breakfast – pancakes, french toast and quiche..oh my!

I recently ordered the cookbook, The Engine 2 diet, by Rip Esselstyn. He’s got some good recipes, all vegan, but …
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Buffalo Chicken or Cauliflower Pizza, Flatbread or Rolls

I am all about options because I like to work with what I have on hand, I need to offer plant …
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Versatile Meals – chicken OR veggie fajitas – vegan or not, everyone’s happy!

What to serve for dinner that picky kids will eat, versatile enough for vegan/vegetarians, and still be healthy?  The answer …
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Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna

Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna

I can guess what you’re thinking…a meat and dairy free lasagna?  NO Thank you!  But hear me out…  I have …
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Grilled Artichokes – amazing as an appetizer or main course!

I had wanted to grill artichokes for awhile now, but just hadn’t tried it.  I found some great artichokes at …
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Roasted Garlic Sauce – the vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, carb-free, sugar-free AWESOME sauce!

As the name of this blog implies, this sauce has all the flavor and richness of traditional meat based and/or …
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Soup is the new Juice, Part 2

Here is another soup recipe that is packed with healthy ingredients and super easy to make.  I came up with …
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Meatless Monday’s Part II

I am quickly growing my vegan recipe repertoir and I thought I would share a few more since it’s Monday…hopefully …
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Meatless Mondays – try it and you will find yourself eating meatless more than just Mondays…

Taking part in meatless mondays is a great way to eat lighter, go “greener”, and even save money.  Basically, it’s …
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Shrimp & Grits on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas

Last week we were in San Antonio on business and had a little time to enjoy the riverwalk.  What a …
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Awesome Austrian Meatloaf

During our last trip to Vienna, Markus’ mother Olga prepared Austrian meatloaf, so delicious!  This is one of his all …
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A Healthy Dinner in 20 minutes: Pan Crusted Tilapia, Baked Sweet Potato and Chopped Salad

Pan Crusted Tilapia, Baked Sweet Potato and Chopped Salad Ever need a healthy dinner, ready in 20 minutes or less? …
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Soup is the new Juice

I was happy to read recently that soup is the latest version of juicing and juice cleanses.  I am not …
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EASY! Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Every year, I host a Gingerbread House decorating party for my girls.  Depending how enthusiastic I’m feeling, dictates the number …
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Zero Calorie Miracle Rice and Miracle Pasta

This week at my local grocery, I ran across a new product in the refrigerated section -miracle rice and miracle …
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Halloween Treats

Every year our school hosts a fall festival where we enter a baking contest and then all the cakes are …
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Texas Living part 2

Another great part about living in Texas – Tex Mex breakfast!   Of course you have the traditional breakfast taco …
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Texas Living

When I moved to Texas 15 years ago, I had a lot to learn about authentic Mexican cooking.  Luckily, I …
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Back to School

Today is my fist blog post for Flawless Chaos, and it’s dedicated to the start of a new school year …
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Stuffed Mushrooms