Carrot Cake was a tradition in my family. We always made it for my father’s birthday. My father doesn’t care for crowds, and I never remember going out for his birthday celebrations. Once, we threw him a party when he turned 40. But otherwise, his birthdays were a stay at home affair.
My mother would also make this carrot cake. Which was odd given on everyone else’s birthdays, we ate a lot of store-bought cakes (especially ice cream cakes) or my maternal grandma, the family cake baker and decorator, would make them.
Food processors are genius when making this cake. I have memories of using a cheese grater to grate carrots. Now, I just throw all those carrots in my food processor, and wham, they’re shredded.
This cake stood the test of time with my taste buds. It’s delicious.
As a vegetarian, lentils are one of my favorite non-soy sources of protein. They are incredibly flexible; however, the staples, like this Lentil Soup, are still wonderful classics. Almost every culture has a version of lentil soup. Serve it up with a good piece of bread and you’ve got a good meal.
I highly recommend a rice cooker; I love mine. Plus, it makes this really easy to make. You basically throw it all in the cooker. This recipe is originally from the Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites.
I love a good bowl of tomato soup with an accompanying grilled cheese sandwich. It’s something I grew up on. It reminds me of colder fall and winter weekends where my mom and I had been outside all day and needed something quick, hearty, and warm.
The original recipe comes from the Skinny Chef. Hers was a little more low-fat than mine and contained chicken.
This soup certain beats anything out of a can. (Sorry, mom.)
I wanted to do something different for Thanksgiving as I’m a vegetarian and not a traditionalist. My love of Thai food and pumpkin knows no bounds. This dish turned out to be very yummy. Though next time, I’ll add some more spices as Jason and I prefer hotter dishes.
I love Thai food, and I’m always trying to make Thai dishes, despite not having very much success. Edible yes, but ending up more American than Thai. (This is what I get by being spoiled with good Thai food and my friend Nares who’s done an excellent job at giving me an education in this with the added bonus of being able to order most dishes without fearing mispronunciations.)
I’m also proud to say that this is really the first Erica-original recipe I’ve done. And it’s awesome.
These are extremely yummy and healthy for you. Way healthier than say nachos from a bar. This is based on a recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens: The New Cookbook. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures before they were devoured by me while I was watching House.