The Real Food Journal

Robin Asbell is your experienced guide to cooking and eating healthfully, sustainably, and deliciously. Her cookbooks, articles and blog are valuable resources for anyone interested in the good life with good food.

EZ Blueberry Breakfast Bars

EZ Blueberry Breakfast Bars

When you think about meal prep, do you think about soups and casseroles, or pots of cooked grains and beans? Well, all those can be part of your vegan meal prep plan. But don’t forget about fun! These breakfast bars cover your breakfast and snack needs, with the charm of juicy blueberries and crunchy pecans to keep your interest. Life’s too short to eat cold cereal, my friends.

Cashew Rice with Tomatoes, More Whole Grains in 2022

Cashew Rice with Tomatoes, More Whole Grains in 2022

nd your enjoyment of life. You have to heard how whole grains are the best for your health, with antioxidants, nutrients and fiber that refined grains lack. They are also a great way to reduce the old “carbon footprint” and do the environment a favor. But above all, whole grains have hearty, satisfying flavors that are lost when all the bran and germ is scraped away.

Roasted Beet and Hazelnut Salad, a Classic for the Holidays

Roasted Beet and Hazelnut Salad, a Classic for the Holidays

Whether it’s for the big holiday meal, or any time of year, a roasted beet salad is a colorful way to eat your vegetables. Roasting beets turns them sweet and soft, and they play well with crisp greens and a tangy dressing. Your typical beet salad relies on chevre or bleu cheese for a counterpoint, but in this one, crunchy hazelnuts do the job.

I Like Pumpkin Pie For Breakfast!

I Like Pumpkin Pie For Breakfast!

We go to Friendsgiving” at a dear friend’s house. It’s a wonderful new tradition, and we are so thankful to be able to do it. The only drawback is that there is no leftover pie! That’s why I came up with this slightly lighter, slightly less sweet “breakfast pie.” It’s made with kabocha squash, a sweet, less watery squash that I love. It’s also really good cold, the next day. Garnish with leftover cranberry sauce, or a dollop of yogurt, for a good start to the day.

Apple-Cranberry Strudel, Thanksgiving or Anytime

Apple-Cranberry Strudel, Thanksgiving or Anytime

If there is one non-negotiable at most Thanksgiving meals, it’s the pumpkin pie. I have to say that I’m in that camp. But there’s room on my table for more than one dessert at the holidays. Nudge that pie over just a little bit, and make room for this strudel. The crisp filo shell is filled with tender apples, lightly spiced with cinnamon and studded with plump dried cranberries. Apple Cranberry Strudel is a celebration of the Fall apple harvest and a nod to the cranberry harvest as well.

Thai Seitan-Radish Lettuce Cups, Fast and Tasty

Thai Seitan-Radish Lettuce Cups, Fast and Tasty

Lettuce Cups have it all. I used canned mock duck, but you can use other kinds of seitan, tempeh, tofu or mockmeats. If you’re looking for a lower carb meal, this is all the great Thai flavors you love, in a leaf of lettuce instead of over rice. You can avoid grains, if that is your thing, and shorten the cooking time, too. Thai Seitan Lettuce Cups are also great finger food for kids.