Lazy Mama’s Lasagna (aka Baked Penne)

I love to cook.   Getting into the kitchen and whipping up something tasty, whether sweet or savory, is one of my favorite things to do, especially when I am cooking with my kids.  As much as I enjoy the activity, I am super lazy in the kitchen.  I hate long, complicated processes and I avoid…

Yummy Green Beans

As a vegetarian, it is imperative that you have a well stocked arsenal of vegetable recipes.  On any given day, I will prepare three or four vegetable sides – and if I am lucky, my kids will actually eat at least one of them!  The chef where I work does a variation of this, with…

Roasted Fall Vegetables

I was such a picky eater growing up. Many of the foods that I hated as a child, well, I still hate them as an adult!  There is one major exception to that statement – butternut squash!  I can’t get enough of it. I have tried to prepare it several ways, but my currently, I…

Veggie Soup

When I was a kid, I HATED soup.  My mom was a big producer of random homemade soups and stews and I would be forced to eat soup at least once a week.  My dad was a fussy guy, but he loved soup, so soup we ate.  Chili, chicken noodle, white bean, beef vegetable, tomato,…

My Road to Vegetarianism

Everyone has a story about why they gave up meat and took on the challenge of vegetarianism.  Here is mine.  Just two years ago I was a fun loving carnivore, discovering the BBQ traditions of the south, chowing on steak and burgers and not thinking about the health or environmental impacts of my meat eating…

Easy Stove Top Frittata

A frittata is a great alternative to the old omelet or scrambled egg, which are two breakfast (and breakfast for dinner) staples in our house. At work, our chef bakes up a frittata every morning and it seems like such a time consuming, laborious process.  I am a super busy working mom and I definitely…

Spicy Veggie Chili

Being a vegetarian makes it difficult to enjoy the foods that you loved in your “meat eatin’ days.  Chili is one of the dishes that I did not want to live without.  It is my go to menu item for many different occasions – I usually whip up a potful of it whenever I am…