Dairy free · Recipes · Side dish · Vegan · Vegetarian

Quick and Easy Barley Mujaddara

Forget the ease of this recipe and the awesome nutritional benefits of eating a (tasty!) complete vegetarian protein. Mujaddara is one of the most beloved middle eastern foods due to its simplicity (it's still just rice and lentils) but complex flavors. It is a wonderful side dish to any meat or fish but will also make… Continue reading Quick and Easy Barley Mujaddara

Dairy free · Recipes · Side dish · Vegan · Vegetarian

How to cook Asparagus in the microwave

Are you intimidated by asparagus? I know I was. Aren't you glad we had this talk? I feel much better now. Until discovering this cooking method, Asparagus was a special occasion dish around here and I fretted each time. Should I boil it? steam it? bake it in the oven? Asparagus just seemed too elegant to… Continue reading How to cook Asparagus in the microwave

Chicken · Dairy free · Recipes · Slow cooking

Slow cooker Chicken in wine and mushrooms

I should really be fancy and call this dish something along the lines of "Coq au vin blanc et champignons". Doesn't everything sound better in French? It does, if you take a moment to ignore my accent. French pronunciation aside, this dish does, excuse my French, kicks b*tt. It is rich, comforting and elegant. A perfect company… Continue reading Slow cooker Chicken in wine and mushrooms

Chicken · Dairy free · Pregnancy Woes · Slow cooking

Baby Countdown #6 Slow-cooker Spanish Style Chicken breast

Last night I thought that was it. Labor I mean. I have been contracting every ten minutes since 8 PM, and throughout most of the night. Not being able to get any shut eye, I lovingly suffered the increasingly intense labor pains and waited for the desired 5 minutes mark. Which of course never came.… Continue reading Baby Countdown #6 Slow-cooker Spanish Style Chicken breast

Dairy free · Pregnancy Woes · Side dish · Vegan · Vegetarian

Baby countdown #4 Baby Carrots in Lemon and Garlic

I guess I have babies on my mind. I wonder why. Oh yeah, maybe because I've got one sitting right over my bowels, waking me up at night with contractions that disappear just when I'm about to call Labor and Delivery and makes me, in general, look fat. Today I am celebrating two days post due.… Continue reading Baby countdown #4 Baby Carrots in Lemon and Garlic

Beef · Dairy free · Pregnancy Woes · Recipes · Slow cooking

Baby Countdown #2 Slow-Cooker Easy stuffed Peppers

Hello? Don't hang up! I'm still there! even though I came quite close to losing my operating room virginity this very afternoon. As it so happened, I was attending a routine 40 weeks check up today when the good doctor noticed that although the belly is prominent, it's inhabitant is not, shall we say, very… Continue reading Baby Countdown #2 Slow-Cooker Easy stuffed Peppers

Bread · Breakfast and Brunch · Dairy free · Recipes · Side dish · Vegetarian · Whole wheat

Baby Countdown #1 Quick no-yeast whole grain bread

So my due date is tomorrow. And just to make things interesting, I woke up this morning at 6 AM with regular contractions.  Regular, that is, until my kids woke up an hour later. I guess the sight of two wild haired, pajama clad toddlers stomping towards the bed was enough to scare even the contractions away. So instead… Continue reading Baby Countdown #1 Quick no-yeast whole grain bread