Oct 18
2018

Salad with Hummus Herb Dressing

I thought that Monkey loved salad.  But I was wrong.  Monkey only loves salad when it’s dressed in my hummus herb dressing.  So really, I guess the more accurate statement is that Monkey loves hummus herb dressing.  I started making hummus dressing last year by combining hummus, ume plum vinegar, and water together.  Then, about 4 months ago as I was pulling out my vinegar to make another batch of hummus dressing, my jar of za’atar (Middle Eastern spice mixture) caught my eye, so I grabbed it as well.  That addition took my hummus dressing from delicious to awesome. [Read More…]

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Sep 20
2018

Not Butter Chicken Curry

We have a deep-rooted love for Indian food in our family.  In fact, it was my last meal when I was in labor with Squirrel before she was born and my last meal the night before Bug was born.  One of our favorites is butter chicken, but since I don’t eat chicken anymore, it’s been a while since I’ve had it.  So about 10 months ago I started playing around with making a plant-based version that we liked and just recently got it to where we love it.  Butter chicken (murgh makhani) is chicken in a mildly-spiced tomato sauce.  Instead of using chicken I used soy curls.  We love soy curls (made from soy beans cooked in water and stirred in a special way so that long strands are created and then dried at a low temperature to create the curls) and I now buy them in bulk from Butler Foods (not sponsored) and store them in the freezer so that we always have them on hand.  When they are cooked up they have the texture of meat and soak in whatever flavors you cook them with.  For this curry I started out by soaking them in warm water while I got started on the curry. [Read More…]

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Oh! Bento: Rock Your Lunchbox Japanese Style eBook — It’s finally here!

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I started working on an eBook all about packing bentos a few years ago and then life got in the way, BIG TIME, with things like moving, building a house, and adopting a baby.  So the eBook was put on the backburner for a while.  But now, it is finally here!  Oh! Bento: Rock Your Lunchbox Japanese […]

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Chocolate Truffle Pie with Triple Berry Sauce

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Happy Friday Pie Day my friends! (And how is it possible that it is already September?!?)  I am both loving and hating having my older girls back in school.  I love it because it lends a bit more structure to our days and gives them more opportunities to see friends, but I hate it because […]

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Raspberry Cream Soda

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Post brought to you in partnership with Milkadamia. One of my favorite nuts is macadamia nuts, so when Milkadamia reached out to me asking if I would like to try their milks and new creamers, it was an obvious yes!   I’m also a huge fan of nut milks, so it came as no surprise to […]

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Vegan Japanese Potato Salad

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Potato salad is a classic summer food in my mind.  It goes so perfectly with other picnic foods or foods that you might cook on the grill.  My FAVORITE style of potato salad is Japanese potato salad, which I’ve written about before.  

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Chickpea Salad Wraps

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Post brought to you by BFree Foods. I recently went out to lunch with a friend and had a delicious chickpea salad (like a chicken salad) and have been craving it ever since.  So when I received a box of goodies from BFree Foods to try out, I decided it was the perfect excuse to […]

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Vegan Japanese-Style Mayonnaise (Hemp or Cashew . . . You Pick!)

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I have praised the virtues of Japanese mayonnaise before, and Kewpie mayonnaise (a Japanese brand) has been gaining a cult following in the US over recent years.  What makes Japanese mayo unique?  It is super creamy, slightly sweeter than American mayo, uses only egg yolks instead of whole eggs, uses rice vinegar instead of lemon […]

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Pioneer (and Pie and Beer) Day 2018

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*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. This past Tuesday, July 24th, was Pioneer Day here in Utah and also the Fuji Family’s second annual Pie & Beer […]

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Instant Pot Ratatouille and a Vegan French Feast

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During the summer of 1998 I was in Rome when France beat Italy in the final game of the FIFA World Cup.  Europe is a super fun place to be during the World Cup, with large screens and chairs set up in town squares, and lots of excitement in general (even if you happen to […]

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