Baby Essentials for a Small Space

Let’s face it: when you’re having a baby, people try to convince you that you need a whole heck of a lot of crap.  Bouncy seats and matching sheet sets and changing tables etc. etc.  I’m sort of a minimalist … Read More

Babymoon Staycation

This past weekend, I planned a little surprise babymoon for Dan.  He conveniently had a men’s church activity on Thursday night, for which I slyly convinced him to get a ride so I could drop N off at my parents’ … Read More

Home Style: Books, Books, and More Books

We like books.  We have a lot of books.  I am definitely a “thrower” rather than a “keeper” (Dan sometimes gets sad when I immediately chuck cards after reading them…apologies to anyone who was hoping I’d go to the grave … Read More

Tips for Travel with a Baby or Toddler

Look, I know there are probably a thousand different versions of this out there already.  But I figure when you’re a parent getting ready to subject yourself to travel with an infant, well, you can never hear too many experiences.  … Read More

Travel Fashion Part 1: The Basics

I mentioned before how I tried to pack a basics and layers.  But what exactly does that entail?  This seems like a cop-out, but I think it will be a bit different for everyone.  I happen to generally prefer skirts … Read More

Travel Fashion: Intro

I really appreciated the helpful suggestions on packing basics that mix and match for our trip.  And that’s exactly what I did!  But what exactly are basics?  What’s a good number for that amount of time (2.5 weeks including travel)?  … Read More

I haven’t talked about it much on here, but I’m a vegetarian.  Have been my whole life.  My parents grew up vegetarian, and so did I, and I’ve never felt the need to venture away from it.A few weeks ago, the lovely Erica wrote about eating a more vegetarian-friendly lifestyle, and I offered to send her over some more tried-and-true veggie recipes.  She said “yeah or post them on your blog.”  And here we are.

I bring you my top 10 favorite* vegetarian meals.

*With easily accessible online recipes.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know.

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  1. Homemade pizza: This is my favorite crust.  We usually do some mix of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, caramelized onions, basil, and whatever other veggies we have around.  I also love caramelized fennel and I imagine we’ll be doing some more roasted veggies now that we’re getting into that season.
  2. Build-Your-Own TexMexican: We’ll usually do some sort of huevos (good gracious, we love this “recipe”) or tacos or Cafe Rio-type salad (this creamy tomatillo dressing with homemade buttermilk dressing is great) at least once a week.  The huevos are a snap to pull together, we always have the ingredients on hand, and it’s way more than the sum of its parts.  We eat them with fresh pico and guac.  For a quick meal, we’ll do Latin store-bought corn tortillas, but if we have more time, I’ll make homemade wheat tortillas.
  3. Parmesan and Root Vegetable Lasagna: A little more work, but the ultimate in fall comfort food.
  4. Chickpea Pasta: We love adding chickpeas to our pasta to bulk it up and make it more filling.  We usually use whole-wheat penne.
  5. Chana Masala: Are you getting the idea that we love Smitten?  This flavors of this are spot on, and it comes together in about 30-40 minutes.  We break with Indian tradition and eat it with brown rice.  I’ve also done it with kidney beans with good results.
  6. Corn Chowder: Just seems right for fall.
  7. Portobello and Black Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Sauce: Again, a little more work, but good heavens these are tasty.  The salsa I could practically drink from a cup.
  8. Red Coconut Curry Noodles: Delish.
  9. Artichoke Stuffed Shells: Perfect for a nicer meal at home.
  10. Crepes: This is the most authentic batter recipe I’ve found.  Fill with any combo of cheese and veggies and sauce.  And Nutella.  Always Nutella.