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    Friday Round Up-Free Camping Cookbook

    A super quick Friday round up as the holiday weekend gets under way- If you’re going camping this weekend or anytime over the summer there’s a free recipe cookbook on Amazon today (May 23rd). Looks like lots of recipes you can use at home and on the backyard grill too- Just saw this article, 5 meals under $5- http://wallstcheatsheet.com/personal-finance/5-of-the-best-meals-you-can-make-for-under-5.html/5/ Five minute ice cream with one ingredient…a banana. Best thing is they’re also inexpensive too- http://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/stories/make-ice-cream-in-5-minutes-with-one-ingredient They’ll be plenty on sale this weekend. I’ve already stocked up on things like mustard and baked beans to replenish my pantry stash. As it’s a holiday weekend, no Meatless Monday feature next week, but…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cashew and Quinoa Sliders with Spicy Corn

    Quinoa’s been the in thing in both vegetarian and mainstream cooking for several years. I like it but have to admit it’s not something that I cook with a lot. I think less is more when it’s come to this grain, so for this recipe I combined it with some cashews. Nuts have grown steadily more expensive which I’m guessing is because they got taken off the naughty list in regard to healthy fat. Cashews average about $12 a pound but I found a 2 pound bag for $7 during the holidays and been using them for lots of recipes. If you can’t find a good deal on them, switch…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Almost Taco Pizza and Leftover Veggie Pizza

    Sometimes I open up the fridge and think about what I can make with leftovers. Oftentimes there’s a little of this and a little of that, but not enough to make a full meal. Last week refried beans, salsa, leftover broccoli, carrots, and pasta sauce sat on the shelf. I thought soup, but then decided on pizza. These days I make my own pizza crust and this time around doubled the recipe. The first one, I’ve called Almost Taco pizza because it has lots of things I usually add to tacos. The second one is perfect for using up leftover vegetables and pasta sauce. Both are ideal for a Meatless…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Baby Bella Mushroom Bhajis with Mango Dipping Sauce

    Bhajis are always on the buffet menu at a nearby Indian restaurant. I have to admit when I go back for seconds they’re usually the goodies I pick. Intrigued to know if they were simple to make at home, I did some research. My first batch, made with cauliflower, were great but way too hot for my liking. Now I think I’ve found the right level of spice but if you like things super-hot you can double ingredients like chili powder. They use chickpea flour and I found mine online at Vitacost.com and I keep it in the freezer. The flour does tend to make them on the dry side…

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    Friday Round-Up-Substitute Pie Crust

    Just a quick Friday round-up. First up, congrats to Cheryl who won the China Study All Star Collection cookbook. Lots of strawberries are already in the produce department. I can’t wait to see how my own strawberry plants (and the blueberry plants) do this year. Last year was the first time I planted them so I don’t know if I’ll have enough to make any jam or pies. I’ll probably use them just for snacking. Speaking of snacking ,one of my favorites is homemade hummus on cucumber slices. It’s filling and keeps the hunger pains away until mealtime. Plus, with cucumbers soon to be in abundance and chickpeas always on…

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