Avocado and pesto rice


Always on the lookout for exciting vegetarian recipes for Sam, I came upon one called green goddess rice by Claire Robinson. Cooked rice is tossed with a paste made with avocado, basil, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. That's practically avocado and pesto. I already had pesto in the fridge so I asked Speedy to buy one ripe avocado so we could test the recipe before … [Read more...]

Avocado and pineapple salad


Last week, I asked Speedy to buy avocado so I could make guacamole for Sam to satisfy a week-long craving. He came home with half a dozen avocados, very pleased that he got them cheap. They were perfectly ripe, I just knew that the guacamole would turn out beautifully and that should make vegetarian Sam's waiting worth it.But six avocados to make guacamole? That's a … [Read more...]

The accidental granola breakfast


Occasionally, I make granola bars for vegetarian Sam. We've tried different versions, we've cut them into different shapes and we've experimented with different combinations. Most times, I pack the granola bars so Sam could take them to the condo. They're a quick and convenient snack especially since there aren't too many vegetarian places where she stays on weekdays and … [Read more...]

Linguine with spinach and yogurt sauce


The girls are on their summer break. Meal times are irregular as they catch up on sleep and their favorite TV shows. I have stopped trying to predict when they would come down for a meal so I cook whenever is convenient for me and spread everything on the dining table. I'm really not a believer in eating meals according to where the hands of the clock are pointed. My motto … [Read more...]

A vegan stir fry with mushroom balls and kangkong (water spinach) stalks


Sinigang, a sour soup with meat or seafood and vegetables, has always been a favorite with my daughters. When they were toddlers, they were especially fond of sinigang na bangus. By the time they were in grade school, Sam preferred chicken sinigang while Alex favored pork sinigang. But whether the sinigang was cooked with meat or seafood, they had a special way of dividing … [Read more...]

Fresh sliced bananas with honey-yogurt dressing and toasted coconut


Sam had been bugging me to bake dessert but, as much as I want to humor her, I'd rather not in this heat. I've baked a batch of granola bars for her a few days ago, I will again probably tomorrow or later today, but a cake or cupcakes or cookies? Oh, no, no, no, no. Not until the terrible heat and humidity let up for at least a day.She's still asleep as I write this, … [Read more...]

A vegetarian burger with beans, oats and nuts


It's Friday, vegetarian daughter Sam is home and I made vegetarian burgers for her. The patties were made with mashed beans, toasted rolled oats, nuts, sesame seeds, chopped bell peppers, garlic, panko and egg. The seasonings were basic -- sea salt, Himalayan black salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sam assembled her own sandwich and garnished the burger with avocado … [Read more...]

Pasta with avocado sauce


The best way to describe the sauce is a no-cook creamy pesto. The creaminess is courtesy of the avocado which also imparts a slight sweetness. Overall, the sauce is a little bit tart, garlicky and full of the wonderful flavors of fresh sweet basil.The grated cheese topping is optional. Omit it and this pasta with avocado sauce becomes totally vegan. … [Read more...]

Mango and avocado salsa


Our mint and basil are thriving but our lime tree has gone on vacation once more and it'll probably be several months before we see fruits again. The juice of the last three limes and a handful of freshly picked mint leaves went into this fresh salsa that is creamy, tangy, zesty, sweet and spicy all at the same time. It's great as a dip, as a garnish for grilled or fried … [Read more...]

Vegetarian burrito with beans and mushrooms


I've always wondered if black-eyed peas were different from black-eyed beans. It appears that they're the same. After that discovery, I chanced upon dried sitaw (yard-long) beans at the grocery and I wondered of sitaw beans which have that distinctive black spot, are the same as what the English-speaking world calls black-eyed peas. I'm still not sure. But since that first … [Read more...]