Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Berry Bundt Cake

Berry Bundt Cake

We live in a small town in Southern California, and the 4th of July is a very big holiday.  There is a fun run and ocean swim early in the morning, and then a parade down the main street which starts at 10 am.  Tens of thousands of people come over to watch this parade, and it is imperative to have a good spot on the median in order to see the parade.  About 7 years ago, the City Council decided to pass a law that forbad people from ‘staking out’ spots on the median before 5 am on the day of the parade, thus eliminating over night camping on the grassy median.  As a result, my neighbor and I have been waking up at 4:30 am and hiking up the few blocks to the main street in order to set up our chairs and shade cover at 5 am for our families and friends in order to watch the parade, which may I remind you, starts at 10 am.  Five hours is a long time to wait, so we have our coffee and treats to pass the time.  This past year, I tried to bring healthy food, so I made a berry Bundt cake, which while not exactly healthy, it did at least have fruit in it.  It was delicious and everyone enjoyed it before and after the parade.




Recipe after the jump.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Herbed Quinoa and Grilled Eggplant


Herbed Quinoa and Grilled Eggplant
   

My tasting partner has recently redoubled his efforts in eating a healthy diet, and this affects me, the chef.  I have always subscribed to the idea that I am not a short order chef, and I would cook only one meal for the family.  I felt the meals I cooked were healthy, nutritious and tasted good.  When our boys were young, the rule was they had to taste or try everything, and if they did not like it, they were allowed to get something to eat that they prepared, which most likely was a bowl of cereal.  My oldest son ate a honey nut cereal for about one full year, and he survived.  So, back to my tasting partner and his whole food, plant based vegan diet and my dinner preparations quandary.  Whose diet do I accommodate- his vegan diet or mine?  My diet is more of ‘everything in moderation’ diet, but mostly vegetables and fruits, whole grains, with fish, chicken and dairy in limited amounts, and of course, chocolate.  Right now, I am leaning towards the vegan diet for us at dinner and a more liberal diet for me at lunch.  While searching for vegan dinner entrees, I found this recipe, which was quite delicious and filling.

Recipe after the jump.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bean Tacos with Peppers and Onions


Bean Tacos with Peppers and Oniopns
  


We live in Southern California, so tacos are a main stay on our dinner menu.  I have tried many varieties of tacos over the years, from shredded beef, grilled fish and chicken and finally to beans, when my tasting partner expressed a desire to eat vegetarian.  If you eliminated the chipotle cream sauce, these tacos are vegan.  I used warm corn tortillas, but I could also see wrapping the beans and garnishes in a large flour tortilla.  It would be just as good.

Recipe after the jump.