Lemon-Parmesan Spaghetti Squash with Shiitake Mushrooms


Serves: 4

-1 large spaghetti squash

-16 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms (or any other mushrooms you prefer)

-1/2 cup parmesan cheese

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-Zest of 1 large lemon

-2 scallions, chopped

-4 cloves garlic, minced

-1 tsp salt

-1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cut the spaghetti squash in half. Remove the seeds. Place face-up in the microwave with a wet paper towel covering the tops of them. Cook in the microwave on 5-minute cooking intervals to see if it needs more cooking. The inside of the squash should not be completely mushy, but you should be able to poke your finger in the spaghetti squash easily. Remove from the microwave and set aside.

In a large pan, add the olive oil and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are tender, then add the chopped scallions, garlic, zest of 1 lemon, and salt and pepper. Scoop out the spaghetti squash and add to the pan, stirring frequently to evenly distribute ingredients. Add in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, taste for seasoning, and serve! Garnish with more lemon zest and cheese if desired.



Vegan Barbecue Portobello Burger

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This mushroom burger is nice and juicy and does not need any added sauces or condiments. The mushroom is full of smokey & rich flavors, and the roasted cherry tomatoes get nice and sweet. The arugula is spicy and peppery, making this a wonderful combination of delicious flavors! This recipe can EASILY be made gluten-free. Simply make sure that the BBQ sauce of your choosing is gluten free, and use a gluten free roll/bun (or better yet–no bun at all! :))

Yield: 4 burgers

-4 large portobello mushrooms

-1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I used sweet baby ray’s–but use whatever you enjoy best)

-1/4 cup water

-2 gloves garlic, minced

-1 and 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-salt and pepper

-2 cups fresh arugula

-Potato buns (or gluten free rolls)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Clean the mushrooms using a damp paper towel. This is the best way to get off the dirt without getting the mushrooms too wet. When mushrooms get too wet, they get tough and chewy once they are cooked. Remove the stems and place all 4 mushrooms into a large, glass baking pan.

Whisk together the barbecue sauce, water, and minced garlic. Pour over the mushrooms. Cover the mushrooms with aluminum foil and set aside for now.

Place the cherry tomatoes on a baking tray. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Place both the portobello’s and cherry tomatoes into the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender, and the cherry tomatoes have popped.

To assemble, simply place the portobello mushroom upside down on the bottom half of the bun. Add 4-5 cherry tomatoes, and a nice handful of fresh arugula. And then enjoy!!

Asian Cucumber Salad



This salad is nice and crunchy and packed full of flavor. Hoisin sauce is a thick, pungent sauce that is typically used in Chinese cuisine. It’s typically made from soy sauce, black bean paste, and sweeteners. If you do not have this sauce and don’t want to purchase it, just whisk together soy sauce (gluten free if you choose), and honey. It won’t taste EXACTLY the same but it will be close enough. I didn’t have them in my kitchen, but you can sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the salad when you serve it for a nice presentation! 🙂 Enjoy! xx

Yield: ~3 cups of salad

-2 large cucumbers, washed & sliced VERY thinly

-1/2 red bell pepper, minced

-1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

-1 glove garlic, minced

-1 large handful of cilantro, chopped finely

-2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce (or 2 tablespoons soy sauce & one tablespoon honey if you don’t have hoisin)

-1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

-1/4 cup sesame oil

-1 tablespoon sugar

In a large bowl, whisk together the Hoisin sauce (or soy sauce mixture), rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar. Add the ginger, garlic, and cilantro and stir well, then add your vegetables (the cucumber and the red bell pepper). I would let the salad sit for about 30 minutes before serving, so that all of the flavors can soak into the cucumber!

Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipes; Cauliflower Addition

IMG_7649IMG_7651IMG_7645I have started to play around with some gluten free pizza crust recipes. I adapted this cauliflower crust from a recipe I found online. I like a lot of flavors in what I make, so I added some ingredients to the crust so that it has a great taste in and of itself. The crust took longer to cook than I expected, and it was hard to get it really crispy. BUT the flavor is all there, and I think the texture is pretty good too. I really loved this GF crust recipe & and will be making up some others as I toy around with different ideas of what to make it with. I hope you try this recipe out & give me some feedback. 🙂 xx

Yield: 2 crusts

-1 large head of cauliflower

-2 eggs

-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

-1/2 cup parmesan cheese

-1 tsp salt

-2 tsps pepper

-2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced

-1 tsp oregano

-Parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the bottom off of the cauliflower with all of the green leaves and hard stems. Break the cauliflower into small florets. Place all of the florets into a large pot with about 1 and 1/2 inches of water in it. Cover with a lid. On medium heat, cook the cauliflower until it is fork tender and begins to fall apart–about 15 minutes. Strain the cauliflower in a large colander to remove the excess water, and let the cauliflower sit in there for about 20 minutes until it is as dry as possible.

Pour the cooked cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Lightly beat the eggs and then add them to the cauliflower, along with the remaining ingredients. Stir well until thoroughly mixed.

Place parchment paper on two cookie trays. Put the cauliflower mixture on the trays and spread it out using your hands. Make sure you use the same amount of mixture for each crust so that they cook uniformly.

Place into the oven for about 30-40 minutes, until it has browned. I removed the parchment paper mid-way through because I felt it was not getting crispy enough.

You can use whatever toppings you choose; I used whatever I had at my house which was cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula, basil from my garden, and baby bella mushrooms. I used just jarred tomato sauce as the base. Use whatever toppings and ingredients you have, and this meal comes together in about an hour and is DELICIOUS & healthy!

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Tofu & Zucchini

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Yield: 4 stuffed peppers

-4 peppers, I prefer to use red/yellow/or orange because they are sweeter

-1 large zucchini, diced

-1/2 white onion, diced finely

-2 cloves garlic, minced

-1 tsp cumin

-1 tsp cayenne pepper

-1 tsp salt

-1 package extra firm tofu, crumbled

-1/2 cup Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

-2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

-2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cut the tops off of each of the peppers and remove the seeds from the insides of the peppers. Place them in a large glass pan with about 1/4 inch water on the bottom. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place the peppers in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and set aside until we fill them later.

In a large skillet, turn the heat to medium-high and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the diced onions and diced zucchini to the pan. Stir frequently until they get tender, then add the minced garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Stir well until the seasoning is evenly distributed. Turn off the heat and set aside.

In another skillet, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat. Crumble the tofu so that it resembles small pieces of feta cheese. Add the tofu into the skillet and cook until it begins to caramelize and brown a little bit. Add the buffalo wing hot sauce and stir well. Cook for another 2-3 minutes then turn off the heat.

To fill the peppers, place about 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese on the bottom of each pepper, then rotate spoonfuls of the zucchini mixture and the tofu mixture back and forth in the pepper. Once the peppers are full, top with another 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese. Cover them with aluminum foil again and cook for another 30 minutes, until the peppers are tender. I took the aluminum foil off for the last 5 minutes so the cheese on top would get golden brown. Enjoy!