Shiitake Maki with Carrot Ginger Sauce

Fun & fresh veggie sushi rolls made with brown rice, roasted shiitakes, cabbage, cucumber, avocado and a tangy carrot-ginger dipping sauce.

It’s sushi day! You might be wondering – why the heck would you roll sushi at home when it’s so much easier to order it at a restaurant? Because it’s fun, it’s affordable, and it’s way more fresh than take-out sushi… but the best part is that you can get creative about what you choose to fill your rolls with. No more cucumber-only veggie sushi rolls! These rolls are filled with savory roasted shiitake mushrooms, avocado, cucumber, and red cabbage for crunch & color. There’s also a fun dipping sauce – the carrot ginger dressing from the Rainbow Kale Salad that…

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Rainbow Kale Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

This happy, feel-good kale salad is packed with colorful vegetables, crispy chickpeas, avocado, cranberries, and pepitas. Great for lunch!

Is it just me, or does it seem like the kale salad has gone out of style? For a while there, the internet was a kale-crazy place to be, but it seems to have fallen out of favor due to cauliflower salads, roasted squash salads, and even pasta salads. While I was pondering this important life issue, I realized that it had not only been a while since I’d posted a kale salad recipe – it had been a while since I’d even made a kale salad for myself… so I thought – let’s bring it back(!) with this super fresh,…

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Baked Feta with Chickpeas & Kale

Slabs of feta cheese simmered in a cumin-spiced tomato sauce may sound unconventional, but this simple dish makes a delicious vegetarian dinner.

It’s Saturday…if you have friends coming over for dinner but you don’t feel like spending all day in the kitchen, I’ve got just the thing for you. This baked feta recipe comes from the book Cook90 by David Tamarkin, the editor and digital director of Epicurious. It’s a great book that’s full of accessible, easy-to-prepare dishes. Cook90 is essentially a guide to help you get in the habit of cooking by cooking for 90 days in a row. It isn’t a diet plan or a cleanse or anything like that. The idea is that if you’re someone who wants to…

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Sesame Orange Noodle Bowls

These easy noodle bowls are a delicious combination of crispy snap peas, sweet orange segments, shiitake mushrooms, and a savory miso dressing.

I love bowl food, and I’m pretty sure most of you do, too. “Bowl food” always has a mix of delicious veggie-heavy ingredients that all have varying tastes, textures, and flavors – there’s something crunchy, something soft, something sweet, something salty. It also has to have a delicious sauce to pull everything together. They’re fun to eat because you get something a little different in each bite (that is, unless you’re Jack who stirs his whole bowl together, but I digress…). The inconvenient thing about component bowls is that by nature of there being components, they take time to prepare. It takes…

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Golden Turmeric Noodle Miso Soup

This vegetable noodle miso soup will brighten up a winter's day! Healthy & healing, it's made with lemon, ginger, and turmeric.

The thing that no one talks about in food blogging is that you develop some really weird eating patterns. The question of the day isn’t “what am I having for breakfast or lunch,” it’s “what are we working on and can it be considered a meal?” In December, testing cookie recipes every day was a bit of a sugar rush. After that, balance was restored while testing/creating this healthy nourishing veggie noodle miso soup recipe. I think I ate this soup four times in a row last week – so what you’re looking at is my unintentional soup cleanse. Now,…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.