baked beans and cheese

an oven so hot

it will brown the cheese without

needing to broil


1 can black beans & 1 can small white beans, rinsed and drained; tiny can tomato paste, 2 T minced garlic, 3 T olive oil, cumin, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, 2 c cheese

cook oil, garlic, spices 1 minute; add paste, cook 1 minute; add beans, 1/2 c hot water; sprinkle cheese, 475 F, 10 minutes

whole wheat bread

when sunning on a

warm spring day, face the same way

as the daffodils

source, 8 servings, 150 calories

1 packet yeast, 1.5 t salt, 3 c white whole wheat flour, 1.5 c warm water

form a ball, rise 4 hours covered at room temperature, punch down and re-form a ball with well-oiled hands, rest 30 minutes, bake 450 F in a preheated pot, covered 30 minutes, uncovered 18 minutes

banana bread

add the sugar last

mix it in just a little

for caramelized swirls

source, 10 servings, 257 calories

1/2 c sugar, 3 (4-oz size) containers gerber bananas, 1/2 c olive oil, 1/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 t cider vinegar, 1 t vanilla, 2 c white whole wheat flour, 1 t soda, 1 t cinnamon, 1/2 t salt

mix, bake in a parchment-lined loaf pan, 325 F, 65 minutes

red lentils

red wine, red peppers,

red lentils, diced tomatoes,

and crushed tomatoes

source, 4 servings

olive oil, 2 carrots & 1 red pepper, sliced; salt & pepper, 1/4 c capers, drained; tiny can tomato paste, regular can diced tomatoes, 2 T minced garlic, 2 T rosemary, 3/4 c red wine, 1 c red lentils

heat oil, veggies, spices & herbs, cook 3 minutes; add capers, tomato paste, cook 1 minute; add wine, boil 1 minute; add lentils, diced tomatoes, 2.5 c water, simmer until tender

vegan upside down pear cake

six pears in a bag

quarantined with only their

own respiration


1.5 c flour, 1/2 c almond flour, 2 t powder, 2 t cinnamon, 1 t ginger, 1/2 t salt, 1/2 c olive oil, 2/3 c maple syrup, 3/4 c unsweetened full-fat cashew milk, 2 t vanilla, 6 pears sliced thin, glaze: 1 T olive oil, 2 T maple syrup, pinch cinnamon

mix batter, pour over pears in oiled pie dish, 325 F, 55 minutes, turn out & glaze

pumpkin cookies

all recipes that

require pumpkin should take

an entire can

12 servings, 238 calories

2.5 c oat flour, 1 t powder, 1 t soda, 1 T cinnamon, 1 t nutmeg, 1/2 t salt, 2 T flax + 6 T warm water, 2 t vanilla, 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce, 1 can pumpkin, 3/4 c maple syrup, 1/2 c mini chocolate chips, 1/4 c olive oil

mix, bake on silpat, 350 F, 20 minutes

berry crumble

not the sickly sweet

one in restaurants, but the

kind that’s for breakfast

12 servings, 275 calories

1.5 c white whole wheat flour, 1/2 c brown sugar, 1 1/4 c oat flour, 1 t salt, 1 t powder, 1/2 t soda, 1 t cinnamon, 1/2 c canola oil, berries: 1 lb frozen berries, 2 T brown sugar, zest & juice of 1 lemon, 2 T white whole wheat flour, 2 T canola

mix, sprinkle 2/3 into a parchment-lined 9×13 pan, 350 F, 12 minutes; add berries, remaining crumbles, bake 35 minutes


a springtime blizzard:

relief from the supply chain

of mud on dogs’ paws


1 c italian parsley, cut up; seeds of 1 pomegranate, 1 apple, diced; 1 c walnuts, toasted in salt and partly crushed; 1 red onion, sliced; 2 t smoked paprika, 1/3 c lemon juice, 1/4 c olive oil, 1/4 c honey or maple, s&p