Thai Green Curry with Cauliflower

As I was making my menu for the week, I realized just how crazy busy my week actually was.  There is not even 1 night free, which isn’t unusual anymore.  Instead of freaking out, I remembered that I prayed for all of this.  The healthy kids, a wonderful husband, a job, a church we love, friends, etc.  Each of those bring much happiness, and much busyness.  There are athletic practices, music practices, church group, fundraiser dinners, church and even a Bieber concert thrown in there this week.

Instead of feeling defeated before the week has really begun, I go back to my menu and start trying to figure it out. I need to make dinners that are delicious, healthy, plant-based & easy.  Keyword here, EASY!   

I know I’m not the only one with busy nights, in fact, many of my friends and those I coach are constantly telling me how they eat out most nights and just can’t find the time to make a good “home-cooked” meal.  But trust me, but with a little planning, you can make a good-for-you meal just as quickly as it’d take you to drive somewhere and grabbing something to go.  And just in case you need a little extra help, here's my downloadable Weekly Menu Planner to make dinners a little easier for you. 

As for a recipe, well I have that too!  Whether you have had Thai food or not,  this Thai Green Curry with Cauliflower will take you on a little culinary adventure and is a perfect start to your meal planning. This is a wonderfully, rich & creamy dish, with just enough heat to make you smile.  Best of all, it's so, so easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes!   

Easy, homemade, vegan & gluten free Lasagna roll-ups, made with tofu ricotta, and a flavorful vegan sausage crumble. Peanut & Nut free also.

Garfield is not the only one who LOVES lasagna!

My oldest son Zac is becoming a bit of a foodie. Maybe its because he's been listening to me for all these years talk about food, or having them help me in the kitchen. Maybe it's because he's taking a Food Prep class in high school this year and is enjoying being creative in there.  Maybe it's just because he likes good food.  :) Whatever, the reason, it makes me proud to see him enjoying the tastes & flavors of REAL, home-cooked food.  Usually, he's the first to request certain dinners as well, especially when we've been in the season of eating out a little more than we should. (I know you've all been there!).

Sometimes, it's a request for chili, sometimes enchiladas, but most of the time, it's lasagna. Vegan Lasagna to be exact. This recipe by far is his favorite and was so loved by others, it was included on Buzzfeed, much to my kiddos delight.  However, sometimes I just get bored with making it the same way and decided to turn this recipe into Easy-to-serve, Roll-ups.

These cute little rolls, didn't take any longer than it would layering a big pan of traditional lasagna and I loved that each bite, was full of flavor and noodles. Kind of like when you eat from the center of the lasagna pan. 

Vegan Chana Masala is a dish you can easily master. Rich in deep, aromatic flavors & a little spice to entice your taste buds. Vegan & Gluten Free (also nut free)

If you could go out to eat anywhere, what type of restaurant would it be?  Does the thought of eating pasta make you smile? What about sitting at a table of endless chips & salsa?  Or would it be a special night out with a loved one sitting across from you, while dining on local, farm to table dishes? While I may enjoy each of those immensely, if I could go anywhere to eat, it would be an Indian restaurant.  And here are my reasons why ....
  • There are a TON of vegan and/or vegetarian options
  • The dishes are full of variety & aromatic flavors
  • They do "spicy" right!
  • chai tea, naan bread & masala (I could have just started with that one)
  • I haven't been able to make Chana Masala like they do.....UNTIL NOW

  I'm reminded recently that we are in the months of winter.   Up until now, Tulsa has had a fairly warm season and there hasn't been much need to run to those typical comfort foods. But now, I'm cold! I wake up cold, I turn on the little heater next to my desk to warm my toes, I keep a hot coffee with me most of the day (it's like a hand warmer with benefits). Because of that internal chill that is so difficult to shake, I'm starting to turn to soup and stew and chili  to warm myself and my family on the inside. This Sweet Potato Gnocchi did the trick!  Not only was it nice and hot, like most soups should be, but the combination was quite enjoyable. I never had gnocchi in a soup before but I wanted to do something other than topping it with pasta sauce (although that would be delicious as well).

fried rice

Dinner doesn't have to be difficult, sometimes the best ones are simplest.

Several nights ago, I went all out with this elaborate dinner.  It was this lentil & butternut squash dal with homemade chia seed (gluten-free, flour free) bread. It may not sound crazy fancy, but it was time consuming, used a ton of ingredients & made a complete mess in the kitchen.  Needless to say, NO ONE liked it! In fact, my husband, called my oldest son at work and asked him to pick up tacos on the way home.  I opted to eat pity instead of tacos.

That next night, I didn't make the same mistake, instead, I opted for making something I knew would win them over, something that wouldn't disappoint their taste buds.  Veggie fried rice.

Potato Dirt Soup

One of the my most requested soups to make is Dirt Soup, especially from my youngest.  Boy, does he love his Dirt Soup.  So much so, he's on his 3rd large bowl right now.

We're having a "Mom & Me" hang out afternoon since he's not feeling well and of course, I had to make him his favorite, feel good soup.

In case you've never heard of this soup, it actually Miso Soup but growing up, my husband always called it Dirt Soup because of the cloudy, light brown color.  It is actually, one of the first Korean dishes he made for me when we first were married, but over the years, it has transferred hands and now I am the maker of this simple and delicious soup.

Serve up a Hearty bowl Lasagna Soup. Super easy, only 1 pot required. Vegan & Gluten free

This is a HUGE time saver! One pot Lasagna with Tofu Ricotta. Delicious, simple, vegan & gf.

I cannot believe in all my 42 years of life, I never had Lasagna Soup.  OH had I missed out,,,,,and so have you if you haven't ever tried this before.

Two favorites during these cold months, rolled into one!

It's a rich & robust lasagna but in the form of a warm & comforting soup...can you see why it's simply amazing?

AND...I only had to use 1 pot to make this!

But it gets even better......it's vegan, gluten-free & free of dairy, eggs, & nuts.