Pine Nut Paprika Houmous

So today is the two year anniversary of happyspinach etc.  I really do wish I was more prepared for it (i.e., a cake recipe), but I just found out about it when I logged on to post this houmous recipe.  My blog certainly has come a long way since my first embarrassing post, and it has certainly […]

Black Bean Quesadilla

This simple, one-serving quesadilla came together out of hungry desperation.  It’s hearty and satisfying and delicious Mexican, granted it’s not entirely traditional due to its addition of pesto.  Regardless, the end result is a fresh and vibrant “fusion” quesadilla that’s perfect to eat whenever. Unlike most quesadillas, this one is heated in the broiler, which achieves […]

Mung Bean and Walnut Houmous

Lately I have been very restless.  I want to go do something exciting and adventurous.  Go on a road trip, perhaps?  To somewhere not terribly famous, but quaint and rustic and charming and just plum-dandy wonderful! It’s actually very strange for me to want to go on a road trip.  I tend to not feel […]

Portobello Mushroom and Lentil Burgers

Let’s talk about vegetarian burgers. Okay, so I admit that most vegetarian burgers suck.  They are dry and flavorless, or they are flavorful but chocked full of who-knows-what.  Not to mention that they’re generally comprised of carbs with minimal veggies and protein, which makes slapping them on a bun gastronomically redundant.  This burger is none of those things.  […]

Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I bring you cookies–my take on the iconic American chocolate chip cookie.  That cookie that suits any kind of day, weather, season, mindset, or emotion.  But this cookie is by no means the traditional margarine and beet sugar laden sweet treat that tastes rather… artificial.  This cookie, however, is a holistic cookie, whose every ingredient […]

Lentil Bolognese

Deadlines and writer’s block are a very, very bad combination.  Especially when it’s an unexpected deadline…  You see, I started this week off thinking that I would be able to touch on my persuasive essay during the week, but do the bulk of the work on the weekend.  But I was wrong…!  In the middle of […]

Lentil Loaf

Today was absolutely refreshing.  We had one of our first real days of autumn–a day full of cool, rustling breezes and saturated blue skies, while birds chirruped and squirrels gathered food.  But not only the birds and the squirrels, but also our little animal children have been effected by the new weather.  Mr. Rachmaninov has been literally tearing up […]

Figgy Bites

Moist, temperately sweetened cookies with a delicate crumb, studded with plump and dark figs…  As they sit unassuming in their glass jar, their flavours develop and grow richer, subtler, and more complex…  With cookies so indulgent and rich, no one would ever guess that they are packed with whole grains and chickpeas. If you know me […]

Banana Crumb Cake

Yesterday was a day spent baking, baking, schooling, baking, schooling, and then baking some more.  It was a day spent experimenting with new recipes–some of which turned out, and some of which need a bit more tweaking.  To guarantee something tasty and sweet for the evening, I made this banana crumb cake, whose recipe was […]