Aug 31, 2016

august wrap up

It's hard to believe that August is coming to an end and September is literally just around the corner. It is equally hard to believe that I blogged all month, offered 9 new recipes, and finished my first tutorial video about aquafaba.

In that light, I think a recap of the month is in order, just in case you missed something. It's also nice to see a wrap up of a fun-filled month of goodies.

This month, I introduced you to a new way of cooking dinner: Pantry+

Pantry+ is where I offer you a recipe that consists of around 10 ingredients, about half of which are from a limited pantry and the other half are fresh or non-pantry ingredients. By virtue of the ingredients list, the recipes lend themselves to being quick and easy --- with a little foresight on my part to ensure that they actually are Q&E.

Other recipes I shared this month are some comfort food recipes from around the world and the US, including a healthy dip, a stew and a few sandwiches.

1. Blackened Moroccan Chickpea Patties were my first Pantry+ offering and they are easy to put together and have that Moroccan flare with the help of Ras el Hanout spice mixture.

2. Zucchini Satay with Spicy Lime Sauce and Quinoa was another Pantry+ recipe. It is another complete meal with limited ingredients and unlimited flavor. If you haven't made it, yet, don't delay. Summer squash is almost gone.

3. Classic Philly Roast Sandwich introduced you to Philadelphia's other famous sandwich, but made it much better because it is all plant-based. Seriously, this is a great sandwich!

4. Sriracha, homemade, fresh and plastic free. Very easy to make, although it takes a few days to ferment, this healthier sriracha is a must make, especially if you want to play with the spice level of this extremely popular hot sauce.

5. Caprese Sandwich is another Pantry+ recipe and it is one I was very excited to share. Caprese salad was always one of my favorites and this one does justice to the sandwich and the cows.

6. Roasted Cauliflower in Coconut Curry is another Pantry+ recipe. It is an aromatic, delicious curry made possible with the addition of garam masala, an Indian spice mixture.

7. Arrabiata Mostaccioli is a comfort classic for sure. Make sure to use some wonderful vegan cheese that melts well for the full "baked" experience. Even if you don't go for the cheesiness, the rich sauce is well-worth the effort.

8. Lentil-pepita Pate is easily a Pantry+ recipe, but because it isn't a complete meal I decided not to call it that. This is, however, a decadent pate that is healthy, protein-rich and so delicious slathered on crackers, vegetables or added to sandwiches.

9. Red Pozole is a classic Mexican stew that is served at parties because it can sit and simmer for hours and only get better. It is also better reheated, so, again, a great party dish. It is completely customizable with the various toppings and very delicious.

I do have to say that the surprise recipe of the month was the Roasted Cauliflower in Coconut Curry (#6). It was not just easy to make but even though it only had the inclusion of one spice mixture, the curry was flavorful and rich. My husband and I kept going back for seconds, it was that good.

Next month brings us the end of summer and the beginning of autumn so expect to see dwindling summer vegetables, an increase in autumn flavors and spices and some aquafaba recipes, as my new cookbook Aquafaba is less than 5 weeks from releasing. Lots of excitement (and cinnamon and nutmeg) in the air!


  1. And as I read this, it's now September and everyone is suddenly launched into fall while I'm still desperately sucking back pina colada mocktails ;)
    Great recipes! The caprese sandwich looks especially good and I'm intrigued by the Lentil Pepita Pate. Going to check out the aquafaba tutorial! Have a great weekend Zsu!

    1. I know what you mean! Keep throwing back those pina coladas as long as you can!


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