vegan miso banana bread

The perfect bananas for making banana bread are so brown that they are toeing the border of going bad. Like, not moldy yet. But the ratio of brown to yellow should be about 9:1. So yes, it will take some time and patience to prepare this amazing vegan miso banana bread. But the wait forContinue reading “vegan miso banana bread”

Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)

A Magical Dream Came True I LOVEEE donuts. My boyfriend used to work at a donut shop way back in the day. I loved to go there and just be immersed in the heavenly scent of fried dough and frosting. Ahh good times… But there’s only so many donuts I can eat every day untilContinue reading “Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)”

Vegan, Raw, No Bake Pumpkin Pie!

Are you ready for this? It’s raw, vegan, no bake pumpkin pie, my friends. Let me say that again, for the people in the back. RAW. VEGAN. NO BAKE. PUMPKIN PIE. *and the crowd goes wild, roaring with applause!!*I know, I know. Pumpkin pie is as classic and traditional at Thanksgiving as the turkey. HowContinue reading “Vegan, Raw, No Bake Pumpkin Pie!”

Why Halloween is the Worst

Why I Hate Halloween Ok, I actually don’t “hate” Halloween. But let me tell you why Halloween is the worst holiday these days. First, let me say that I truly have tons of fun and happy memories around this time of year. I love carving a hand-picked pumpkin from the pumpkin patch every year. IContinue reading “Why Halloween is the Worst”

Apple Picking By The Mountains

It is officially Fall! And the one thing to rival pumpkin this season is APPLES! Gala, granny smith, jonagold, honeycrisp, ambrosia, you name it! Apple pie, caramel apples, apple turnovers, apple cider, applesauce, apple chips, and of course, fresh, crisp, juicy raw apples. Last weekend we drove about an hour and a half to KiyokawaContinue reading “Apple Picking By The Mountains”

GIGANTIC VEGAN CINNAMON ROLL

GOOD NEWS! Baking yeast is back on the store shelves! The pandemic made a lot of things really weird, including the absolute disappearance of yeast from the grocery store. A lot of people (including myself) turned to baking without yeast, like sourdough bread from homemade sourdough starter. But slowly some things are shifting back toContinue reading “GIGANTIC VEGAN CINNAMON ROLL”

Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I love love love stuffed veggies. Stuffed bell peppers, stuffed pumpkin, stuffed zucchini, stuffed pizza crust… Zucchini boats are essentially stuffed zucchini halves, and there are more customization possibilities than settings in an Android phone. They keep well in the fridge and can be reheated for meals throughout the week, making it perfect forContinue reading “Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats”

healthy dessert falafel

Do you ever think about how classic savory foods would taste if they were made into dessert? I do, and these sweet healthy dessert falafel are a delicious twist on the classic savory Middle Eastern baked falafel. Crispy on the outside, chunky and soft on the inside… mmhmm. Just watch out, because these are incrediblyContinue reading “healthy dessert falafel”

sourdough discard recipe – sourdough pancakes

It’s time to enjoy the complex flavor of sourdough in a pancake form. Pancakes are one of the most versatile foods and they are so easy to meal prep for the entire week. And since we are on this yeast-free sourdough escapade, why not find a delicious way to use up the sourdough discard viaContinue reading “sourdough discard recipe – sourdough pancakes”

homemade sourdough bread

Welcome back to another episode featuring sourdough! In my last post, we learned how to make a sourdough starter from scratch. Today we get to use that sourdough starter to make a loaf the best homemade sourdough bread ever! Sourdough bread is actually healthy for you because the sourdough starter that is made of simplyContinue reading “homemade sourdough bread”

how to make a sourdough starter from scratch

Why put in the blood, sweat and tears to create a sourdough starter? Yikes, maybe I started off too dramatic there. Why put in the sweat and tears to create a sourdough starter? Well, maybe you are wanting to get in touch with your roots and make artisan bread the way humans did long beforeContinue reading “how to make a sourdough starter from scratch”

choose your own adventure diy trail mix

Did you ever read the Choose Your Own Adventure books growing up? I remember there were a few in my elementary school library. When I was a kid, I thought it was just the bee’s knees to be able to direct the story the way you wanted it to go. And you could read theContinue reading “choose your own adventure diy trail mix”

cereal milk and cookies (vegan)!

cereal milk You know that amazing last sip of milk at the bottom of your bowl of cereal? It’s that last bit of milk that you tip the whole bowl to your face in order to taste the heavenly concentration of magical creamy milk infused with cereal flavor. Well imagine that elusive last sip butContinue reading “cereal milk and cookies (vegan)!”

vegan + gluten-free lasagna!

LASAGNA LASAGNA LASAGNA!!!It is one of my favorite comfort foods because it is carby noodles + gooey sauce which = pure culinary bliss any time of day. I thought all was lost when I developed a severe sensitivity to lactose. How can you have creamy lasagna without the layers upon layers of cheese?! Well, I’llContinue reading “vegan + gluten-free lasagna!”

baked falafel (vegan meal prep)

I LOVE making falafel because they are an easy way to meal prep for some vegan protein. And when you bake them, instead of frying them, they are the key to simple and healthy meal prep! Just blend, shape and bake. Falafels are pretty versatile, depending on the spices you like. And the toppingsContinue reading “baked falafel (vegan meal prep)”

what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks

Over the course of the past five months, I have been gallantly slaying away at the challenge I set forth for myself: cookbook/bake/assemble/create one recipe from each of my 52 cookbooks! I started out as a terrible klutz in the kitchen on the verge of giving myself a monthly bout of food poisoning. After aContinue reading “what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks”

strawberry rhubarb jam with oranges

Summer is just around the corner! And both strawberries and rhubarb are some of the first crops that are ready to harvest around this time. Last weekend I ventured down the street to the farmer’s market and there were pints upon pints of strawberries everywhere! Nothing beats the sweet aroma and taste of fresh-picked strawberriesContinue reading “strawberry rhubarb jam with oranges”

dandelion fruit smoothie

I am still faithfully chipping away at the challenge I posed for myself back in February – make one thing from each of my 50 + cookbooks. I have made over 40 different recipes now on this personal challenge, and I was truly feeling like I was on a ROLL. Look at me, in theContinue reading “dandelion fruit smoothie”

blackberry banana split vegan ice cream

Yumm fresh fruit. Yass only two ingredients to pure happiness in a bowl! If you’re looking for a cold, sweet treat but are still going strong on those new year’s resolutions (or maybe you realized you need to drop the covid-19 pounds) then try this blackberry banana split vegan ice cream! I first got thisContinue reading “blackberry banana split vegan ice cream”

vegan queso on seared shrimp with green chile-cilantro rice

Ok, let’s have a quick chat about this vegan queso. I must admit, that the only other queso I’ve eaten (to my recollection) is from Torchy’s Tacos. And let me tell you, this vegan queso ain’t no Torchy’s. It’s thick but it’s just not creeeeamy. You know what I mean? But as longs as youContinue reading “vegan queso on seared shrimp with green chile-cilantro rice”

banana walnut muffins

Mmmm you can make these muffins simply for the sweet smell that fills your home as these scrumptious morsels bake *eyes go slightly crossed as tongue lolls out dreamily* Warm cinnamon and nutmeg with the fresh sweetness banana and the cozy nuttiness of the walnuts… The muffins are sort of like a regular muffin andContinue reading “banana walnut muffins”

golden coconut chia pudding

Good morning! I have been awake since 4:30 am, it’s currently 11:30 am and I am WIRED. I don’t exactly know why I couldn’t sleep, because I usually am out like a rock until my phone alarm jolts me out of my dreams. But it’s ok, because I had time to clean, organize, do aContinue reading “golden coconut chia pudding”

quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food

I took some of the abundance of spare time I have right now during the quarantine to clean out my kitchen cabinets of food that is nearing or past its expiration date. Can someone please tell me how I moved into my apartment in the beginning of 2019, yet I have a package of seaweedContinue reading “quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food”

vegan cashew nibble cookies

What other excuse do you need to make these cookies other than they basically taste like warm, raw cookie dough?! Make them. Right now. These cookies are from The I <3 Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook by Kris Peters. It’s full of recipes that use products from Trader Joe’s. Since we’re all on corona-craze, there isContinue reading “vegan cashew nibble cookies”

lentil soup with miso

You know those meals that get better the next day? Like some curries and chilis, when the flavors marinate overnight and you eat leftovers the following day and it’s like ten times better? This is one of those. You’re welcome. This lentil miso soup comes out of this giant book of miso that IContinue reading “lentil soup with miso”

curried sweet potato and carrot soup

When I lived away from my parents for the first time during college, they bought me this cookbook full of vegetarian recipes to make in a slow cooker. It was so convenient because most of the recipes are pretty simple, and I could find all the ingredients at the Trader Joe’s just a couple blocksContinue reading “curried sweet potato and carrot soup”

loaded mock potato soup

Is this weather amazing or what!? Like mid-sixties, bright sunshine, a fresh soft breeze… I could get used to this Back to our main topic now – food! More specifically, another pathetic kitchen fail. Why did my loaded mock potato soup fail? Well, I take full responsibility… Confession: my name is Carissa, and I’mContinue reading “loaded mock potato soup”

orange + olive + fennel salad

Sweet. Salty. Spicy. Fresh. Crunchy. Chewy. Citrus-y. Yummy. This salad is like a mix of so many flavors and it’s so interesting. I liked this salad because even though it seems really simple, there is a lot going on with each bite. But for some reason, it didn’t agree with my sensitive little tummy. FennelContinue reading “orange + olive + fennel salad”

two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup

We made it to the last few weeks of winter! Spring is within sight! WOO HOO PARTY TIME OH YEAAAAH! The winter here in Portland this year has been pretty mild. There has been barely any snowfall – like a couple hours on a couple different days that didn’t even stick long enough to justifyContinue reading “two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup”

green tea lime pie smoothie bowl + vanilla super-seed granola with coconut chips

Check out the color of this smoothie bowl! I love love loveeee smoothies and when they can be eaten with a bunch of toppings with a spoon, it’s like a healthy bowl of ice cream/cereal/magic! This recipe is from one of my favorite cooking books, Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon. All the recipesContinue reading “green tea lime pie smoothie bowl + vanilla super-seed granola with coconut chips”