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French Bread Pizza

I love pizza. Not all pizza but my mom’s homemade pizza is one of the best things ever.  My mom and I actually came up with this concept YEARS ago because our oven wasn’t working and we wanted pizza.  Originally we made the French bread pizza on the grill.  We dressed up both sides like they were pizza crust, stuck them together like a sandwich, wrapped them in foil, & stuck them on the grill.  It worked beautifully actually.  When the oven came back, we were able to leave the faces open, so instead of a pizza sandwich, we had French Bread Pizza!

It’s really simple get your favorite pizza toppings together, tomato sauce, cheese, and a loaf or two of French bread.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the loaf of French bread in half lengthwise.  Place on a cookie sheet.  Coat both sides of the bread with tomato sauce, toppings and cheese.  I personally love to add fresh herbs on top of the cheese.  They’re so full of flavor!  Once you’re done dressing up the French bread, place the tray in the oven and cook the pizza for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and crunchy.  That’s it!  Slice and serve.  You can also make little pizzas on mini bagels to serve as fun appetizers.  Let your imagination run wild.



Applesauce is one of my favorite breakfasts with a side of toast and a cup of tea.  Yes, that is one of my heavens.  Anyways about 2 weeks back I started making apple sauce from scratch this is my current recipe.  It will probably evolve. 🙂


  • 6-8 lbs of apples
  •  3 pieces of lemon peel
  • 2 cups of water
  • Ground cinnamon

Wash, peel, core, and slice all the apples.  Place them in a fairly large pot and add the two cups of water, lemon peel, & cinnamon.  Turn the stove on med-high heat and wait for the water to gently boil.  Mix the apples as they cook so they won’t stick or burn.  Once the everything is boiling, turn the heat down to medium and let the apples simmer for approximately 30 minutes.  

Once the apples look pretty tender, you can either a) mash them with a potato masher to desired consistency, or b) get out your Bamix mixer and mash up the apples with the mashing blade.  I love my Bamix.  Moving on!  I like my applesauce a little chunky.  You can make your applesauce as smooth or chunky as you wish.  Good luck & enjoy!

Cumin Spiced Avocado Vegan Appetizers

I was bored & starving! I really wanted an avocado sandwich but I didn’t have any bread. I ended up with cabbage, tomatoes, avocados, carrots, onions & spices on the counter.  I then continued to make avocado dip.  After, I was finished making it I realized I didn’t have any tortilla chips in the house.  So I made mini beds of cabbage with 1/2 slices of tomato, avocado dip and I garnished with some fresh grated carrot!

Avocado Dip:

1 avocado, mashed
Cumin, to taste
Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
Chipotle, to taste
Spike seasoning, to taste  
3 tbsps fresh onion, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients together. Make the cabbage into little beds and place a slice on tomato on the cabbage.  Add a little avocado dip & garnish with grated carrot. Serve chilled & enjoy! 

Oh! Nuts

Oh! Nuts sent me the best dried fruit and nuts I have ever tasted!  I buy bulk all the time and they are my favorite by far!  Recipes to follow soon! Look forward to Almond Blueberry Scones.  As for the pecans…I’m going to let my imagination run wild!


Kick up your Saimin!

I love saimin, I believe people on the mainland call it ramen.  Correct me if I’m wrong.  Moving on, I really love to cook simple things that are loaded with flavor and they have to be pretty healthy.  Now saimin flavor packets are loaded with MSG (monosodium glutamate).  I’m just gonna say it’s not the best you can do for your body in the long run.  This my version of healthy, flavorful saimin.

For one person you need:

  • 1 Saimin package (throw out the flavor packet they give you) 
  • 1 Rapunzel Vegan Vegetable Bouillon with Sea Salt and Herbs
  • 2 cups of water
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Largely chopped green cabbage

Photobooth makes everything backwards!  (I was too lazy to upload pictures from my Nikon.) Anyways, pictured are the saimin noodles and bouillon I use.  It’s basically mind-numbingly easy from here on out.

Boil the two cups of water on the stove with the bouillon cube.  Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to medium, place the noodles in the water and cook for 3 minutes.  When the timer beeps, turn off the burner, pour the saimin in a large bowl and top with cabbage, green onions, cilantro.  The vegetables are optional of course, but I think they make the dish.  Sometimes I also add sesame seeds and shoyu (soy sauce).  My version of shoyu is Braggs Liquid Aminos.  I should make a video about all my favorite products.  I think from now on I’ll have Lazy-day Wednesday’s where I show you how to take a simple “fast food” and kick the health and flavor up several notches.

Greek Salad

I promised I’d post the recipe!  Here it is: Greek Salad!  Quick, easy & healthy!  What more could you ask for?

1 red onion, but into bit sized pieces (can use white or sweet onions)
3 bell peppers (any color variety)
1 can black olives or half a jar of calamata olives
1 japanese cucumber, peeled & sliced
1/4 cup fresh, finely chopped herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, mint, thyme, oregano, etc)
Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp oregano, dried or fresh
Juice from half of one lemon
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves minced
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix all vegetables together in a large bowl.  Combine the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl on the side.  Whisk together, pour over vegetables, and toss together.  Serve with some crusty bread or falafel on pita bread. Serves around 6.  Enjoy!

Spiced Fajitas!

What to do, what to do when you have way too many red bell peppers because Safeway had an amazing sale !!? Well I made fajitas! They are extremely easy to make, plus they’re healthy and delicious.
  • 3 red bell peppers, cut into bite sized strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into bit sized strips
  • 1 large onion cut into strips.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cumin to taste (I use close to 2 tbsps)
  • Coriander to taste (I use around 1 tbsp)
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsps chipotle seasoning 
Start a wok or a large frying pan with some olive oil and the garlic.  Once the garlic starts to brown add all the onions, oregano and chipotle seasoning.  Cook until the onions start to turn

translucent.  Once the onions get to that point, add the peppers, cumin, coriander, and a little extra olive oil.  Let the onions and peppers cook down a bit and let the spices blend.  The peppers should still have a little crunch left.  I cook them for about 5-10 minutes depending on how tender I want them.

While the fajita mix is cooking take the bag of tortillas.  Open it up, take out a tortilla and stick it in a cast iron skillet.  Brown all the tortillas on both sides.  Cover them with a tea towel to keep them warm.
Once the fajita mix is done, take it off the burner and place some of the mix into a tortilla.  Top with cheese, sour cream, salsa, whatever you wish.  Enjoy!

Tomato-Basil Salad with Mashed Potato Patties

The other night we had mashed potatoes and Greek salad for dinner.  The heat has been unbearable lately, so we wanted something simple and cool.  The greek salad was amazing.  I’ll post the recipe & pictures soon.  The cool thing about mashed potatoes is you can turn the leftovers into something completely different.  Mix them into a bouillon to make a soup thicker, use them as a base with a little soy milk for a pot-pie.  The possibilities are endless.

What I did for lunch the next day was make mashed potato patties.  I added fresh chopped basil and minced garlic.  The patties are really simple to make.  Heat a cast iron skillet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil while you’re making the patties.  Take a heaping tablespoon of mashed potatoes and shape the potatoes into patties in the palm of your hand.  Once the oil is heated place the patties in the pan and fry until golden brown on either side.  Serve hot.  I personally like to eat mine with a little natural salt and pepper.
I also make a very easy, very tasty salad to go with the potato patties.  
  • Two tomatoes
  • 4 tbsps fresh chopped basil
  • natural salt
  • black pepper
Cut the tomatoes into wedges, toss with the basil and some salt and pepper.  Serve immediately or chilled.