A Little Respect (And a Recipe Worth Trying)


Granted there are a lot of bigger issues in the world right now, but I need to tell you something. I’m feeling a little sad for the potato. For some reason, it doesn’t get a lot of respect. Probably the deep fryer’s fault, but we really shouldn’t point fingers, should we?

Potatoes, in and of themselves, are quite good for you, as they are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin A (sweet potatoes), and iron.

I love potatoes!

Typically I eat:


Roasted Baby Red Potatoes (with homemade ketchup)


Sweet Potato and Potato Chips (with tahini)


Sweet Potato with Maple Tahini Dressing


Potato Fries (with a yummy portobello mushroom burger)

But hold onto your hats! I have now fallen head over heels in love with smashed potatoes with avocado aioli!


You need to try these. You will not be sorry!

Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Aioli

(recipe from Angela Liddon of ohsheglows.com, but simplified and slightly modified by me)

8 yukon gold potatoes (small to medium in size)

olive oil

garlic powder

onion powder

sea salt

Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes (peel and all) and cook until fork tender. Time will vary according to the size of your potatoes. Typically this will take about 20-30 minutes.

Once potatoes are cooked, drain water. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place slightly cooled potatoes on a greased cookie sheet, spacing them evenly. Then smash them down with a spatula or the bottom of a glass. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder, and sea salt. Bake for 30 minutes, or until they start to get crispy around the edges.

While they are baking, prepare avocado aioli.

1 ripe avocado

1/4 c. veganaise

juice of 1/2 of a small lemon

sea salt

fresh parsley

Place all ingredients (except parsley) into a blender or a mini-processor. Blend until combined, stirring down sides as necessary. Spoon mixture into a sandwich size baggie. Cut off a tiny piece of one of the bottom corners. This will allow you to pipe the aioli onto the potatoes once they come out of the oven. If you want to get all fancy, sprinkle with chopped parsley.








Chia Seed Donuts (Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows)


Maple Pecan Scones

Blueberry Walnut Scones

Pick Your Berry Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins with Pecans


Buckwheat Porridge

Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

Millet Breakfast Bowl


Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats with Quinoa, Pecans and Maple Syrup

Chia Oatmeal

Chia Oatmeal with Cashew Pudding

Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal

Overnight Oats (Green Version)

Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chia Oatmeal

Pumpkin Chia Oatmeal



Pumpkin Spice Pancakes


Avocado Toast

Tofu Hash

Veggie Tofu Scramble




Kale-Sweet Potato-Chickpea Bowl with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce

Burgers and Sammies

Black Bean Quinoa Mushroom Burgers

Chickpea Salad Sammies

Grilled “Cheese” with Avocado

Philly “Cheese Steak” Sandwiches


Chickpea Coconut Curry with Quinoa

Crockpot Curry

Vegetable Coconut Curry with Rice


Asparagus and Artichokes with Quinoa in “Cheesy” Spinach Pesto


Smoky Tomato Lentils with Rice


Macaroni and Cashew “Cheese” with Broccoli

Macaroni and Cheese (Nut Free)

Marinara with Italian Sausages

Tangy Tomato Sauce with Zucchini Zoodles

Veggie Stir-fry with Udon or Soba Noodles

Veggies and Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce


Baked Tofu

Roasted Veggies with Tofu and Turmeric Tahini Sauce

Stacked Vegan Plate (kale/quinoa/sweet potato/tofu)

Entrees that Don’t Fit Any of the Above Categories

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos


3 Bean Chili

Black Bean Soup

Broccoli Soup (with croutons)

Red Lentil Soup

Minestrone Soup

Mushroom Lentil Adzuki Soup

Tofu Noodle Soup

Tomato Soup


Cauliflower Steaks with Smoked Paprika Cashew Cream

Roasted Daikon Radish

Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Aoli

Steamed Kale


Chickpea Salad

End of Summer Salad (aka Detox Salad)

Eggless Salad

Fiesta Salad

Wild Child Salad


Cashew “Cheese” Sauce

Maple Tahini Dressing

Spicy Peanut Sauce

Turmeric Tahini Sauce

Bakery and Sweet Treats


Cherry Almond Energy Balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (raw)

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Matcha Balls

Sea Salt Caramels


Mini-Loaf Banana Bread 

Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Kale Flatbread

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread

Zucchini Bread


Black Bean Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Delicious Bars (raw)


Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake for 2


Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies  (raw)

Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream

“Betterfinger Hooch” Shake

Cacao + Coconut Almond Butter Shake

Cashew Shake

Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake


Cherry Slush

Coffee Smoothie

Mint Smoothie

My Vega One Smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Water Slush

Yeah, I Have No Idea How to Categorize These (my kindergarten teacher would be so disappointed in me)

Kettle Corn

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Savory Snacks


Kale Chips




Cold Brew Coffee

Coffee Smoothie

Latte (made with cashew/hemp milk)

Pumpkin Spice Latte


Almond Milk

Cashew Coffee Creamer


Ginger Tea

Green Tea Latte

My “Special”  Tea



Butterless Butter

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Nut Butter


Apple Chia Seed Jam

Chia Seed Jam



Thug Kitchen’s Smoky Maple Marinade


Cheesy Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto


Cashew Queso (Crack Sauce)

Cheese Sauce (nut free)

Chocolate Sauce

Cashew Sour Cream

Yep, No Idea How to Classify These Either


Walnut Taco “Meat”

Biking, Hiking, Eating and Drinking Our Way thru Door County (It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.)

We spent this past weekend camping at Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. Door County has  been one of our favorite “get away” locations for as long as I can remember. Located on the northernmost tip of a peninsula separating Lake Michigan from Green Bay, the county is composed of quaint little harbor towns filled with boutiques, bed and breakfasts, art galleries, wineries, incredible food, breathtaking views, and tons of outdoor activities.


We left Neenah right after work/school on Friday, arriving at our campsite by 6:30. We set up camp in time to enjoy the sunset.



We grabbed a bite to eat at Julie’s Park Cafe, a homey little restaurant, located just outside the main entrance of the park. I had a DC style “burger”.  (dried cherries and onions, hold the cheese)…


and a black bean salad on the side. I will be recreating this little dish at home. It was DE-LISH…kind of a sweet-sour tanginess with Mexican flair. I’m salivating just thinking about it.


And, because it was a Friday evening, I felt a need to celebrate. It had been a long week.


(Perhaps the week had been long because of this…almost a full moon. And yes, I do believe in the power of full moons. I’m a teacher. I have proof.)


We woke early (definitely a sign of old age) the next morning to the sound of birds chirping, and the soft glow of dawn. Not a bad way to start the day. By 8:15, we were showered, dressed, (and might I add, sans makeup and sporting a ponytail) and on our way to eat at one of our favorite breakfast spots…The Inn at Cedar Crossing in Sturgeon Bay.


I started with some tea. (Because it makes me feel all kinds of classy. With my ponytail and no makeup, I need all the assistance I can get.)


The real reason we come, however, is because of these…morning buns. Sadly, not vegan. Happily, these are worthy enough to get my kids out of bed early on Saturday mornings. (The Hovie family has a traditional “golf” outing in Door County each summer. If we don’t get here early enough, they run out!)


I opted for roasted breakfast potatoes and fruit.


Then, on our way back to the campground, we stopped and did a little wine tasting. Door County has a plethora of orchards (tart cherry and apple), plus there are a few vineyards to boot.


We also did a little wine buying. And no, it’s not box wine. It’s wine bottles in a box.


After the wine tasting, we stopped at Door County Coffee and Tea.


Reed enjoyed a blueberry pomegranate smoothie made with blueberry tea, and I had a soy latte. I love their coffee cup sleeves!IMG_1042

Then we relaxed. This lasted 10 minutes. I know, because I timed myself.


We spent the rest of the day biking…


and hiking.


For dinner, we biked to the Wild Tomato. I started with Sangria.


Then, moved on to what I will call the best hummus plate ever known to man. Or woman. Which is probably more important. Being one and all. The veggies and the pita were grilled over a wood fire and served warm. Yum, yum, yum!


That would be my pizza you’re gazing upon…vegan cheese sprinkled on top of artichokes, mushrooms, spinach, and sun dried  tomatoes. In hindsight, we probably should have A. not ordered an appetizer, or B. split a pizza, or C. not biked. Carrying a large pizza box back to the campsite was a bit challenging, but nothing my honey couldn’t handle. I did assure him, had he fallen, I would have dragged him off the road, but only after saving the pizza. After all, you need to adhere to the 5 second rule.


And because 2 meals a day didn’t cut it for me….a little bedtime campfire snack.



The next morning, we headed back to Julie’s because I LOVE the coffee cups. And the lattes are pretty tasty as well…lots of froth!


I had the Highland Medley (steel cut oats, barley and brown rice) topped with dried cherries, nuts, and a smidge of Reed’s maple syrup. This was incredibly satisfying. And energizing. Which was very important. (Foreshadowing alert.)


Because look what was next on the agenda. THE TOWER. I knew I needed some serious fuel. While the tower may not look that intimidating, it is. I promise. Plus, there is a monster hill we had to bike up to get to the tower. Actually it’s a never ending monster hill. You know, the kind that you think you are at the top, and then you look up and there is more hill. I would have taken a picture of said hill, but had I gotten off my bike, there was no way I would have ever gotten back on. So I didn’t. Take a picture, that is.



The look on my face is pure fear. I’m not a fan of heights to begin with. Then, throw in Reed’s comment about how he would feel better if there would be a few new boards put in place…just to make you believe that somebody is testing for structural integrity from time to time..yeah. The sight is incredible, however. Well worth the fear factor.


And some more hiking!


And more nourishment. I looked at this meal as the last supper. Reality was looming. The glass of cherry apple cider helped. A little.


And this was yet another meal I will need to create. Of course, I said that the last time I had it as well, but sadly,  it never happened. A smashed chickpea sandwich!


Not bad for a weekend in early May!