Melissa

creamy pumpkin tortellini

Mmmmmm! Cheesy tortellini pasta topped with a creamy, slightly spicy pumpkin sauce and crunchy walnuts! This easy, healthy recipe is a great way to welcome autumn and the upcoming school year. It goes together quickly and is perfect for busy days! Note: To make this recipe vegan, simply substitute your favorite pasta for the cheese…

crispy seitan cutlets

Have you ever tried making seitan? (aka “wheat meat.”) It’s this amazing, vegan protein that’s created by combining vital wheat gluten with other savory ingredients. Sometimes it’s boiled, sometimes it’s steamed, and sometimes it’s baked. In this case it’s pan-fried. Vital wheat gluten is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, and low in fat and…

taco chicken salad

A wonderful twist on your average chicken salad! This yummy recipe can easily be converted to a vegan dish by substituting “chicken” seitan for the chicken, and vegan cream cheese for the chevre. I thought it would be fun to serve this up on grilled corn tortillas for true Mexican flavor. So good and such…

coconut tempeh chickpea curry

I love recipes like this because they’re easy, healthy, delicious, and versatile. Feel free to substitute broccoli or cauliflower in place of the asparagus, or add all three. Throw in some carrots too, if that sounds good to you. The possibilities are endless.  *Note: You’ll notice the instructions say to not rinse the chickpeas. The…

smoked almond chickpea salad

Chickpeas are quickly becoming a staple in our home, and this quick salad is one of our favorite ways to prepare them. It’s smoky, crunchy, creamy, and wonderful! Use it as a topping for a green salad and you won’t need salad dressing, or use it as a filling for sandwiches or lettuce wraps! Delicious!…

super crunch buffalo cauliflower sandwich

There’s crunchy and then there’s SUPER crunchy. This sandwich is the latter. Unbelievably good, and actually pretty easy to prepare. You’ll need cooking parchment or a silpat mat for lining your baking sheet. Don’t skip this step of your cauliflower will stick to the pan and you’ll be mad. This recipe is adapted from one…

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…