Roasted Eggplant and Burst Tomato Mozzarella Pesto Salad with Easy Dijon Vinaigrette

Full disclosure: this isn’t a dainty salad. It’s not a diet salad. It’s a decadent, fully-loaded salad that reminds me of sitting by the Seine with Ryan and a glass of chilled white wine ....more

Cracker-Crusted Zucchini Chips

Hi friends! After 10 lovely days in France, Ryan and I are back to the daily grind. Mostly, anyway, except with a little dose of jet lag ....more

Simple Strawberry Basil Sangria, For Two

I fancy myself a bartender lately, it seems. A bartender who often makes drinks that are thrown out and replaced with a glass of wine. A bartender who once made a triumphantly delicious drink, but realized only after the fact that it packed a bit TOO much of a punch ....more

Barbecue Baked Tofu Sandwiches

I’m in a bit of a tofu phase lately, which probably sounds weird to most of you. As I’ve admitted before, tofu, when not prepared correctly, is downright gross. Yes, gross ....more

Hot Jalapeño, Corn and Cholula Skillet Mac and Cheese

Oh you know me. I like big salads. Green things ....more

Whole Wheat Banana Maple Pecan Scones

I first fell in love with scones at Caribou Coffee at the age of 13. To be honest, I didn’t know what a scone WAS before those Caribous started infiltrating my midwestern world. Tell me I’m not the only one? ...more

Spicy Chipotle Enchilada Tofu Tacos

Although I’d like to say I have a creative, organized process for coming up with recipes, I have to admit that several recent blog post ideas have popped into my mind while driving home from work. Maybe it’s because I have a rather long and boring commute, and Ryan gets too distracted with Jeopardy or the 5:00 news to talk to me the whole time, or maybe it’s because I need to pack more afternoon snacks, but I tend to really hone in on food ideas on that trek home. This week, while stuck on the highway with nothing to occupy my mind except brake lights and a recent love of Pop Country, I started thinking about what I would choose to eat if I could have anything in the world at that very moment ....more

Simple Asparagus Ribbon and Leek Grilled Pizza

How great is spring? I’ve been falling back in love with our little patio, reacquainting myself with country music, and trying to learn the art of mixing summery cocktails. It’s happening, guys! ...more

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups

Hi there. Me again, with another dessert. I know what you’re thinking: with a blog name like “Veggie and the Beast” shouldn’t there be some…vegetables? ...more

Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

There have been some changes to this blog recently, and while I realize you probably didn’t notice, on the off-chance that you did, I want to give some context to those changes. First off – I have many new vegan followers (hi! I’m so happy you’re here!) because I’ve been posting more vegan recipes lately, such as the one today (which I love, btw) ....more