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Recipe Redux: Crescent Pizza Rolls

22 Jan

This month’s theme for the Recipe Redux: Pizza Party… my favorite kind of party :D


Crescent Pizza Rolls

Makes 8 Pizza Rolls

1 package crescent rolls

1/2 cup your favorite tomato or pizza sauce, plus extra as needed

1/2 cup your favorite flavor Daiya cheese


Open the crescent rolls and break them apart.  Spoon about 1 tablespoon of sauce onto the large end of the crescent dough, top with cheese, then gently roll towards the point of the crescent dough.


Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven on a parchment lined baking sheet for 12-13 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Enjoy warm (:



Homemade Whole Grain Rice-a-Roni

26 Dec

I found this recipe a little while back and have just been waiting for the perfect moment to try it out!  Well that perfect moment has arrived :D



Whole Grain Rice-a-Roni

Yields 4 servings


3/4 cup brown rice, uncooked

1/4 cup broken spaghetti or angel hair pasta

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon vegetable bouillon (about 2 cubes using this brand) crumbled, unsalted if preferred

2 tablespoon Earth Balance buttery spread

2 1/2 cups water




In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine the water and Earth Balance.  In a small bowl, stir together the brown rice, broken pasta, minced onion, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and crumbled bouillon; add to the saucepan and stir.

Bring to a gentle boil, lower heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, between 25 and 30 minutes.  Enjoy :D





Recipe Redux: Hoppin’ John Salad

21 Dec

It’s been a busy month (hence not posting for a month… sorry), but I was so excited and ready to post again for Recipe Redux!  This month’s theme was very fun: “Good Luck Foods.”  My “lucky” recipe is Hoppin’ John Salad, which is said to “bring a prosperous year filled with luck.”  The black eyed peas are a symbol for coins and the kale is a symbol for money, since it is the color of green bills.


recipe redux

Hoppin’ John Salad

Yields 4 servings as entree


2 tablespoons walnut oil (or any oil you prefer)

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 medium red bell pepper, seeds removed and diced

2-3 garlic cloves, diced

3-4 large leaves organic kale, ribs removed and sliced thin

1/4 cup vegetable broth

2 (15 ounce) cans black eyed peas

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Cooked brown rice, optional

Avocado, optional, as garnish
In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium-low heat.  Add in the onion and saute until soft.  Add the red bell peppers and garlic and stir well, cook 2-3 minutes, or until slightly softened.


To the pot, add the kale and broth.  Cover the pot and turn the heat to low.  Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the kale is dark green and just cooked.  Add the black eyed peas, stir well and cook just until heated through.



Serve with brown rice and avocado, if desired.


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