April and May... (mostly) vegetarian food

It's been a while since I shared a foodie post! During the month of April I was struggling a bit with fatigue and iron deficiency, which slowed me down. I'm feeling better these days--so good! Some dietary changes have helped, as well as a liquid iron supplement. And the added warmth and sunshine this spring is giving us so far, has also greatly helped boost my energy. April also saw our old kitchen stove/cooker misbehaving and us transitioning to a new one. So for a few weeks, meals were quick and easy. For both the months of April and May, a lot of weekday meals have been mostly vegetarian or vegan. On the weekends, Sundays usually, meat might be on the table. Most days, I'm more happy with the vegetarian route. ;) Above is a mixed vegetable curry with cashews. LOVE cashews!  Below is a sampler of what we've been eating and enjoying the past couple of months. Not much photo/foodie styling, I'm afraid... quick, easy, delicious, and low-energy. ;)

With warmer days now, more salads are appearing on our table, like this one with fennel, radishes, pickled red onions, walnuts and blue cheese crumbles. This was inspired by the Fennel Salad with Walnut Dressing I found at Lazy Cat Kitchen, my new fave reading for veggie recipes and celebration! 

Coming off the tail-end of winter, and when I was not feeling too good a while ago, this was a comforting bowl of goodness... Japanese soba buckwheat noodles with tofu, mushrooms, and peas in a beef-enriched broth.

Mediterranean inspiration this time, a dish of courgette/zucchini, aubergine/eggplant, large white beans, chili and feta cheese, served with herbed couscous. 

Oh, this one was good... a fennel and potato soup, with just a tiny bit of crisp bacon garnish! 

A soup inspired by Middle Eastern flavors... chickpeas, spinach, onion, and noodles in a lemon-infused vegetable broth.

I've been playing around and experimenting with making recipes for meat-free spreads for bread, toast, crackers, pita chips, etc. This is a sun dried tomato and Italian herb hummus. Delicious!

And this is a vegetarian pâté! I've used lentils and soaked cashews as the basis this oven baked pâté. I want to play more with different veggie pâtés. This was delicious with our home-baked bread and a glass of red wine...mmm...!! 

More Mediterranean flavors! A simple pasta salad packed with chickpeas, feta cheese, olives and veggies--mini plum tomatoes, cucumber--and a little bit of oil-packed tuna, and served over mixed salad greens. 

Risotto... it's comforting and elegant at the same time. We made this around Easter time. A crab and asparagus risotto. I used the Crab & Asparagus Risotto by Jamie Oliver as inspiration.

Can't go wrong with a super simple pasta dish with easy fresh tomato and basil sauce with hint of garlic and lots of Parmesan cheese! I'll take some more of this! ;) 

As we get into the busy months of summer, it may be that my foodie posts become combined over some weeks/months. And rather than a particular cuisine focus, like we've been doing since the top of the new year, I'll serve up more of what's happening in season, and--hopefully--even from our own garden! 

In Friday's post, I mentioned that my laptop was badly affected by a Microsoft update last week. A lot of junk and craziness... What a headache! :/ TJ was able to save it--HOORAY! He is brilliant. :) So I'll be catching up with you all soon. Apologies if I've been slow to reply to email, comments, etc. 

Anyway... So what's been cooking in your kitchen?! :) 


  1. oh! this is a wonderful post.
    I've been following the Vegan lifestyle for about two or three months now.
    I thought it would be hard but it's not. I take a good vitamin B 12 supplement.
    and it feels so healthy! (not to mention kind and humane... which is always a plus.)
    the simplicity of it is something I love. and I'm so used to 'Simply Balanced' Almond Milk Original now that I wonder how I ever drank cow's milk! it's delicious. and so healthy.

  2. Those all look delicious, Tracy. I have every intention of eating lighter and more veggie over the summer, especially cold salads when it's too hot to cook!

    Glad you got your computer straightened out. I'm not getting blogger comment emails after a mail problem at our place and not sure what to do about it but trying. So if you comment and don't hear from me for awhile it's because a) I'm traveling (Wed-Mon) and b) I'm not seeing anything!

  3. Oh, my sweet friend,
    I do love all those fantastic photos of your meals. It all looks delicious. Again, you are an inspiration in how to eat better. I am working hard at upping our fruit and veggie intake. Thanks for the links for recipes too.
    I'm not cooking up a lot these days. My daughter who is living with us has been doing more of the meal preps. I need to get back to making the changes I want too.
    Blessings and hugs for you sweet Sister in Christ!

  4. So pleased that TJ was able to sort your laptop! Yay!! Love all of these veggie dishes you are cooking. We have been eating more plant based meals also and enjoying them, but also a bit of chicken and fish. I could quite happily go all veggie, but Todd is a meat and potatoes kind of a guy! What can you do! Love seeing what you are eating dear friend, and your food styling is spot on from where I am looking! xoxo

  5. Wow ... everything looks delicious and so healthy. Glad to hear your energy is better. hugs!


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