Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms are a common ingredient used in Asian cooking, and for good reason. They are flavorful, have a meaty umami taste and give dishes a fragrant distinctive taste when added. Did you know that Shiitake mushrooms are a good source of choline? Choline is a micronutrient that is critical in many parts of the…

Yummy Vegan Raspberry Coconut Pancakes

When I woke up on the morning of New Year’s day, I had a sudden craving for pancakes and a desire to try a new recipe. This particular combination doesn’t usually happen. So I searched online for a recipe to try and came across the Vegan Pancakes recipe by Nicdelis on AllRecipes.com. It looked like a…

Green Beans

Also known as snap beans, wax beans or string beans, green beans usually abound in the spring season, though better quality crops can be grown in the fall season. Green beans can be further sub-categorized into ‘pole beans’ or ‘bush beans’ depending on whether they require poles for support during growth or not. Long, skinny…

Sautéed Sesame Beet Leaves

I love the color of fresh beet leaves. They are a vibrant green that contrasts beautifully with the reddish stalks. Some time ago, I found myself with some beets leaves and stems, so decided to try cooking them. After all, if beets are so good for you (to learn about the nutritional value of beets,…

Broccoli Raab

Many names refer to this green cruciferous vegetable, so it is easy to get confused. Examples include broccoli raab, broccoli rabe, Chinese broccoli, rapine, rapini, turnip broccoli and rappi (to just name a few) but they all actually refer to the same vegetable. Broccoli raab comes with green flowery like leaves, small florets that resemble…