Small mason jar filled with ambrosia fruit salad

April 16, 2014
by Kristine

Vegan Ambrosia Salad

My friend Karin makes the best Easter dinner on record. We’ve been friends since high school and have continued to live relatively close together, so I’ve been lucky enough to sit at her Sunday table many times. The menu has changed through the years, but I have distinct memories of fresh rolls, roasted asparagus, rice pilaf with peas and Parmesan, and peach pie. Everything is homemade and she’s a fantastic cook, so every bite is delightful. As you know, another Easter is on its way, so I was thinking about what I would make if I was hosting the holiday meal myself. Embarrassingly, I came up with only one idea: ambrosia salad. Continue Reading →

Grilled peaches served with cheese, honey and watercress

April 3, 2014
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in San Francisco: Greens Restaurant

Do you have some favorite food cities? Where restaurant options seem endless and you’re pretty much guaranteed spectacular meals? I’ve been so grateful to have the opportunity to travel a bit in the last few years, for business and pleasure, and I’m starting to build a list of cities that are worth revisiting if only for the food. I know I’m missing out on some fantastic metropolises here, but so far for me it’s Seattle, Portland, Victoria BC, San Francisco, and Rome. (If you want to learn more about the vegetarian food available in my favorite five, click on the city or country names in the tag cloud on the right side of the screen.)

Based on this list, it looks like I’ve got a good start on the West Coast. I just need to expand my travel horizons to include the Midwest and East Coast. And everywhere else on the planet. Continue Reading →

A display of chocolate at the Pickford

March 20, 2014
by Kristine

Healthy Movie Snacks?

If I told you I was deciding between the goat cheese and onion galette or a sandwich on fresh bread from a local bakery to fill up my belly, you’d probably think I was at a cute little café about to enjoy some lunch. Would you believe I was, in fact, in the concessions line at my local independent movie theater? While most of us associate oopy goopy popcorn, big-name candy and buckets of soda with the movie watching experience, there is another way. I, for one, am thrilled to sing the praises of those folks who are trying to do it a little better and a little healthier. The available snacks at our beloved Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington are a far cry from the offerings you’ll find at traditional theaters. Continue Reading →

Dry posole kernels

March 5, 2014
by Kristine

Creamy Posole Casserole

The best vegetarian dining experience in Bellingham is without a doubt at Pepper Sisters. But this post is not a restaurant review. (If you wish it was a restaurant review, wander on over here: 10 Reasons to Love Pepper Sisters.) This post is, however, about a recipe inspired by one of Pepper Sister’s most unique side dishes. Like any good joint serving southwest cuisine, they have the standard beans and rice, of course, but they also have something you don’t see very often: posole. It’s hominy cooked in a spicy tomato sauce with the most wonderful chewy texture. Continue Reading →

Jars of Rawtella and Jem Chocolate Hazelnut Spreads

February 19, 2014
by Kristine

A Nutrition Review of Nutella and Other Chocolate-Hazelnut Spreads: Part 3

I am a food blogger and Nutella is my muse. At least some of the time, anyway. Usually before noon. It has been this way since the beginning of Veg Girl RD. In fact my third ever blog post was an ode to this creamy brown stuff. That was two years ago and it’s still hanging on as one of my most popular posts on the site.

There are others like me. I see the make-your-own Nutella recipes and chocolate-hazelnut-inspired Pinterest pages. I see the bucket-sized containers of it at Costco. But, despite the company’s best advertising efforts to convince you otherwise, it isn’t exactly health food, so I’m most inspired by those trying to create a healthier version, either commercially or in their home kitchen. I’m always ready and willing to try a new product or recipe so I can be sure I’ve sampled all of the possibilities. Continue Reading →