Spiced Chickpeas and Spinach

Spiced Chickpeas and Spinach

This tasty dish is an easy favorite. We frequently use it as a go-to recipe for potlucks or other social events. Other people really enjoy it, and it is quick and easy for us to make. The recipe easily doubles. We like to serve it over brown rice.

Corn Quinoa Soup

Corn Quinoa Soup

While waiting in line to order food the other day, I found a stack of little postcards extolling the virtues of eating whole grains. There was a recipe on the back, but I didn’t like the picture. I thought I could do better, so I created this recipe. We both really liked the end result. Satisfying and tasty.

Twin Cities Veg Fest in October 2013


This year’s Twin Cities Veg Fest is just around the corner. It will take place on October 26, 2013 from 10am-4pm at the Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota.

The festival is free to attend. There will be tasty vegan food samples, speakers, and a free concert. I had a great time last year sampling all of the treats, and I enjoyed a couple of the talks.

You can read about my experience at the first TC Veg Fest last year in 2012 here: Twin Cities Veg Fest 2012

Learn more about the 2013 TC Veg Fest at their website here: http://2013.tcvegfest.com


Happy 3rd Birthday Gorkha Palace

Aaloo Saag - Gorkha Palace 3rd Birthday

Gorkha Palace is celebrating their third anniversary from 9/16 to 9/22. It’s hard to believe they’ve only been open for three years. We go so often it feels like much longer. Gorkha is celebrating with a completely new menu just for this week only and 15% off the entire meal.

My favorite two dishes are Channa Saag and Hariyo Saag (chickpea curry and leafy green sauté respectively), but neither was on the anniversary menu. Instead, they made a delicious Aaloo Saag. The owner promised me I’d love it or my next order of channa saag was free. She’s smart. I did enjoy it as it was nearly a combination of my two favorites.

Aaloo Saag is potatoes and greens, in this case mustard greens, sautéed with tomatoes and onions in what tasted like a light curry sauce. It went well with the basmati rice and garlic roti. Tasty!

You can read my full review of Gorkha Palace here: Dinner at Gorkha Palace Restaurant


Gorkha Palace
Address: 23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-886-3451
Website: http://www.gorkhapalace.com

zpizza–Vegan Pizza Delivery


A couple days ago I stumbled upon the website for zpizza since I had heard they had vegan pizza options. I was quite happy to see they had several great choices for ingredients with a large veggie selection, daiya cheese, and some gardien crumbles. I casually put my address into their delivery box, and was even more excited to see our house was in the delivery range! Awesome! We’ve never had vegan pizza delivered to our house in the eight years we’ve lived in.

Funny Vegetarian Comic

Funny vegetarian comic from:
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

The artist is a vegetarian too.

Rice Paper Restaurant–Edina, MN

Rice Paper Restaurant

We love exploring new restaurant options, so I like to check the happycow listings to see if there are any new vegan friendly restaurants nearby. The other night we picked Rice Paper. The description on happycow listed it as an Asian restaurant with a vegan menu. We had to check it out.

Bravo Cafe And Bakery

Bravo is one of my wife's favorite restaurants. Lots of my friends enjoy it as well. The food taste good and it is relatively cheap. All the food is vegan unless marked as NV (not vegan) which confused me the first time I went there.

Our favorite thing to get is the peppered steak. It is made from gluten and it very savory. The sauce is great, and the green bell peppers add a nice splash of color and crunchiness. I also like to get the sauteed green beans.

Take out is our favorite. The inside space is small and only seats about a dozen people. There is usually plenty of 30 minute parking out front on Grand Ave as well.

Bravo Cafe and Bakery: http://bravobakery.net