Vegetarian stuffed bell peppers with fresh tomato sauce

Sam's very late lunch yesterday. I stuffed a huge green bell pepper with a mixture of cooked rice, mushrooms, chopped onion, minced garlic, paprika, grated cheese and parsley, put the pepper in the oven then smothered it with homemade tomato sauce. To finish it off, more … [Read more...]


Foraging in the garden for lunch

On Nat Geo People, we chanced upon a food show that started with the thesis that more and more farmers are shortening the distance between the farm and the dining table. It's about going local -- buying fresh produce from nearby farms. With less transport time, the produce … [Read more...]


Shiitake mushrooms and green beans with teriyaki sauce

Next month marks the second year anniversary of Sam's foray into vegetarianism. When she started her journey, there were less than twenty-five vegetarian dishes in this blog and most of them were just side dishes. Today, there are 145 vegetarian recipes and this is the … [Read more...]


Pechay guisado

Revisiting one of the earliest recipes I've posted. The original pechay guisado recipe (relocated to page two of this post) was published on May 1, 2003, the photo looks terrible but the dish is just as good today as it was eleven years ago. Of course, I've done some … [Read more...]


Steamed okra with garlic and pepper

One of my proudest achievements as a wife is making my husband eat okra. Just kidding. But it isn't a total lie when I say that it makes me feel good to introduce Speedy to food and dishes that he never touched while growing up. And okra is one of them although it wasn't … [Read more...]


Creamed broccoli

Sometimes, a "same old, sale old" dish becomes something spectacular with just the right accessory. Take fried chicken, for instance... Although most people think there is nothing boring about fried chicken, it sure can get a lift. And this side dish of creamed broccoli does … [Read more...]


Zucchini and tomato “spaghetti”

I saw a zucchini and tomato "spaghetti" salad recipe that looks similar to the dish in the photo. I wasn't sure though if Sam would eat raw zucchini so I decided to create a cooked version of zucchini and tomato "spaghetti". The peg? Pasta aglio e olio. But there is no pasta … [Read more...]


Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese stuffing

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 … [Read more...]