Melissa

crunchy thai peanut chickpea wrap

Smoky, hearty, filling, delicious, and fast! The perfect thing to make for lunch or dinner. These big wraps are one of my favorite things to eat. I top them with spicy, creamy peanut sauce which makes them truly irresistible! This is a vegan recipe, but it doesn’t have to be. Sub cooked chicken, beef, or…

nacho crunch fajita bowl

Mmmmmm! Who doesn’t love a hearty, healthy, flavorful fajita bowl for lunch or dinner? It’s one of my “go-to” dinners during the week because I can prep everything in advance and people can serve themselves. It’s so good and I never get tired of it. With all of the delicious, fresh veggies and whole grains…

pumpkin spice pancake muffins

Here’s a yummy way to sneak some veggies into your kids’ diets. If you are the lucky parent of a veggie-loving tot, then you don’t need trickery like this, but for the majority of parents, these sorts of magic recipes save the day. These pumpkin spice pancake muffins are fast, easy and yummy! This is…

spring fling & summer love ~ a scenes post

Wow! We have been so darn busy! All good stuff, so I’m not complaining, but it always surprises me how much busier the warm months are around here. My daughter, Grace, graduated from high school this month, we celebrated Mother’s Day, my birthday, and Father’s Day, I attended my grand girls’ school picnics, and we…

vegan creamy mushroom sausage stroganoff

A friend of mine asked me if I knew of a good mushroom stroganoff recipe that’s delicious, creamy, flavorful, and vegan. I had been craving stroganoff around the time he asked me, and I thought it might be a good idea to create one. This is better than any beef stroganoff I’ve ever eaten. EVER.…

easy hawaiian cold ginger chicken

One of my favorite dishes EVER! And now that I’m vegan, I still make the sauce to serve with seitan or oven roasted cauliflower! You can use this amazing sauce as a sandwich topping, as a dressing for macaroni salad, as a salad dressing, or over grilled pork chops too. So fresh and delicious! chicken…

vegan posole

A cozy, healthy, hearty soup for a rainy day! It’s raining here in the Mississippi River Valley. There are thunderstorms happening all over the state of Minnesota. I tried to walk up to the library and ended up turning around and coming back home. Glad I had my umbrella with me! When I returned home…

big banana brownies

Looking for yet another way to enjoy over ripe bananas? These are SO amazing and so easy to prepare. Big, ooey gooey, fudgy, chocolaty brownies with a hint of banana. What could be better? Note: Use your favorite, light oil in this recipe. Vegetable oil or canola oil are both perfect choices. Don’t be tempted…

cheesy spinach bars

Looking for something to serve for easy breakfasts? This is an awesome recipe. It goes together fast and you just cut it into squares like a cake pan quiche. We like to make breakfast sandwiches by placing a square on a toasted bagel and topping with your favorite breakfast meat. (Sans the meat for my…

tempeh banh mi sandwich

There’s only one thing to do when you’re craving a banh mi sandwich. Ya gotta EAT ONE. Nothing else will satisfy the craving. Since I’m no longer eating pork, I got to work creating a vegan banh mi using tempeh. It was nothing short of outstanding! Be sure to click on the links in this…