The Avant Gardener’s Salad

The Avant Gardener’s Salad


I wanna grow tomatoes on the front steps. Sunflowers, bean sprouts, sweet corn and radishes.
This is what Courtney Barnett is planning in her song Avant Gardener before her day takes a bad turn. I imagine that things got better and she was able to plant that garden eventually so the neighbors would stop thinking that they have a meth lab in the house. Then one day after the garden grew, she made this sweet salad with the harvest.

Plantain and Black Bean Tacos

Plantain and Black Bean Tacos

Because I work at a burrito shop that has great tacos, I don’t usually make them at home. The craving came up the other day though for plantain tacos so I whipped some up! They were much different than what we have at work so I was happy that I had made them. I highly recommend these as a filling vegetarian dinner and something new to eat next week!

Salmon Burgers with Green Bean Slaw

Salmon Burgers with Green Bean Slaw

Salmon burgers usually have an asian flair to them at least when I have seen them out at restaurants, but I was more in the mood for very simple flavors that really felt like spring and showcased the fresh salmon. I grabbed some vibrant green beans and ramps at the store and put together a quick slaw with a mustard vinaigrette as a topping for these burgers. Some hard boiled eggs and nice whole grain rolls pulled everything together. Some of you are probably grilling this weekend, and I highly suggest trying out these burgers as something different for a small get together.

5-Spice Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Cabbage and Spicy Tempeh

5-Spice Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Cabbage and Spicy Tempeh

After a couple weeks of fairly unhealthy activities and lots of beer, I decided to go on one of my week long health kicks. After a few days of only eating salads and seeds, I was really craving a hearty warming meal, especially on a rainy early september afternoon. After thinking a bit about what flavors I was specifically craving, this dish was created in my head and I went for it. The results were totally different from anything I have had in awhile and amazingly flavorful in a unique way. It’s totally vegan too!

My Tomato Sauce

My Tomato Sauce

Ingredients1/2 Cup Olive Oil2 Medium White Onions7 Cloves Garlic18 Ounces Tomato Paste1/2 Pound Ground Beef5 28 Ounce cans Whole Peeled Tomatoes3 Cups Water1/2 Bunch Basil1/4 Cup Oregano (less if dried) 1/2 Cup Parm1/2 Teaspoon SugarSplash BalsamicSalt, Pepper, Crushed Pepper Flake InstructionsDice onions, Mince garlic, Chiffonade basil and oregano (small thin strips), Grate ParmOpen cans of…

Fresh Pasta

Fresh Pasta

Ingredients3 Cups Flour4 Large EggsSplash Olive OilPinch Salt For: 3 PeoplePreparation: 30 minReady in: 1 h InstructionsPut the flour onto your work surface and make a well in the center. Add your eggs, oil, and salt. Stir the eggs with a fork, slowly incorporating more and more of the flour into it. Finally start kneading…

Green Mac and Cheese

Green Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort meal for Mandi and me. We make it when it has been a rough day, or on a Sunday night to relax. It is very easy to make, super addicting when you eat it, and the best thing is there are always leftovers to bring in to work for lunch. We wanted to make some a few days ago so I looked at the site to see what Mac and cheeses I have done on here to make sure we made something different I would be able to post. I was surprised to find only 2 (full) mac and cheese recipes! We brainstormed this one over email in the afternoon and feasted on its amazingness that night.