The accidental granola breakfast

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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

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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...]

Pasta with avocado sauce

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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...]

Vegetarian burrito with beans and mushrooms

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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...]

Spinach quesadillas

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I can hear the noise from firecracker explosions as I write this, and it isn't even December 31 yet. On Facebook, author Geraldine Maayo posted about what she calls the impertinence of hospitals preparing for firecracker casualties when we should focus on banning firecrackers instead. I told her, tongue-in-cheek, that a lot of politicians, policemen and barangay officials … [Read more...]

Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese stuffing

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The vegetarian dish in our simple Christmas Eve meal. The potatoes were baked, the flesh scooped out, the hollowed out centers stuffed with mashed potatoes, broccoli and shredded cheddar. Creamy and filling. And even better when paired with something that provides a contrast in texture like the simple lettuce salad that I served on the side.The cooking time for the … [Read more...]

Pan-grilled eggplants with tomato sauce and cheese

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Easy, tasty, filling, vegetarian. When Speedy went to the condo to bring supplies for the girls, I sent this grilled eggplant dish for Sam. There are two older versions of this recipe in the archive but this is so much better and so much faster to prepare.Why better and faster? The first time I made this dish (with meat), I boiled the eggplants. The result was good but … [Read more...]

Herbed rice and buttered vegetables

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The "fish fillet" behind the rice is soya-based textured vegetable protein. Sam likes to include what she calls "fake meat" and "fake fish" in her meals for texture more than anything else. I mean, they don't have any distinctive flavor so what they really do is add bulk. And because they turn crisp when fried, they lend that fried meat or fried fish feel to an otherwise … [Read more...]

Zucchini medallions with mozzarella and chili

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Ever since I made the meatballs a la parmigiana, I've been wondering how to transform it into a vegetarian dish. Eggplants would turn too soggy if baked or fried then baked again until the cheese topping melted. Other vegetables that could withstand multiple cooking, like cauliflower, are too irregularly shaped to hold the slices of cheese in place. And then I came across … [Read more...]

Spicy grilled cheese sandwiches

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Spicy, aromatic, creamy and gooey. The sandwich filling has two kinds of cheese, garlic, basil and chili, and a bit of salt and freshly milled black pepper. The bread slices are brushed with softened butter before the sandwiches are grilled.Why two cheeses? The cream cheese makes the filling very creamy, and that's a very nice thing. But you need a firmer cheese to hold … [Read more...]