It’s Meatless Monday-Ginger Napa Valley Coleslaw


This time of the year coleslaw’s always on the menu, but sometimes you want something a little different. I came up with this one that uses Napa cabbage and a soy sauce based dressing instead of the usual mayonnaise based one.

It pairs well with all sorts of veggie burgers, (even meat burgers and grilled chicken if you’re not vegetarian or vegan).


½ Napa cabbage, washed and shredded

¼ cup oil

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger

1 peeled and shredded carrot


Place the cabbage and carrot in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl add the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, soy sauce and ginger and mix well.

Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrot mixture and toss well,

Serve immediately.

Serves 6.

Meatless Monday recipes will return in September.

It’s Meatless Monday-Herbal Pesto Sauce for Tofu Steaks, Grilled Tomatoes or Eggplant


I love recipes that I can use for just about any dish. My favorite way is piled on top of grilled tofu steaks, grilled tomatoes or even slices of grilled eggplant. It’s versatile too because you can use whatever herbs are growing in the garden or are on sale. While I love to make pesto sauce the traditional way using basil, I’ve had lots of fun using things like sage, cilantro, and even mint. So while this is what I call the mother recipe for the sauce, feel free to experiment with different combinations of herbs, nuts, and seeds, and even add things like olives and sundried tomatoes to the mix too.

2 cups firmly packed fresh herbs

1/3 cup nuts or sunflower seeds

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

2 cloves of garlic

¼ cup of olive oil

In a food processer add the herbs, nuts, cheese and garlic and pulse until everything is finely chopped. Slowly add the oil until everything pulls together. Depending on what nuts and herbs you use you might need less or even more oil.

This makes about ¾ cup. It freezes well and can also be used on pasta or the base for sandwiches.

Friday Round-Up-The High Cost of Sending a Greeting

More summer sales, and this week I headed back to the consignment shop where I’d purchased some bargains the week before. This time the deals were even better. I got two tops, a Liz Claiborne skirt, and Ralph Lauren pants, both of which looked brand new. Best thing is I can make two complete outfits from my buys. The price tag for the two combined $5.35. Yep, that’s not a typo; the blue/beige top was just 88 cents and the skirt 78 cents. The assistant told me the 75% off all summer stock begins on Wednesday so I’ll be heading back there again.





Look Before You Buy

The surprising thing I found out this week is that clothes are now cheaper to buy than greeting cards. Before I headed to the consignment store, I went into the supermarket to buy a baby congratulations card. It was cute and thought it was perfect so I didn’t look at the price (yes, a no-no, I know), when I got to the checkout, I found out, with tax, the card was $7.50. When did sending a greeting to someone get more expensive than dressing yourself? Moral of the story, look at prices, and I think I’ll be launching my own greeting card business because someone’s obviously making lots of money.

Vegetable Garden Harvest

I started to harvest some of the homegrown food this week. Cherry tomatoes, basil, cilantro, sage and mint. Monday’s Meatless meal will feature of these goodies.

Here are a couple of articles I found on the Web this week-

Have a box of Bisquick sitting in your pantry?

Ways to stay cool this summer-

Have a fun and money saving week.

It’s Meatless Monday-Herbal Vegan Pate


When the weather turns warm sometimes all you need is a salad and something to accompany it. I’ve been experimenting with a vegan pate for a long time and finally came up with this one. It’s great with crackers or bread, and a side salad. It also freezes well too. I’ve had better luck with this when I’ve used the smaller meatloaf pans so if you’re using the bigger ones you might want to add another ten minutes of cooking time.


2 cups of sliced mushroom

1 large carrot, peeled and diced

1 onion, peeled and diced

1 stalk of celery, diced

Oil for sautéing

1 large potato peeled potato, peeled and chopped

¼ cup soy sauce

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

3 tablespoons whole wheat flour

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon of each of the following, coriander, thyme, rosemary, and sage



Heat oven to 375 and spray either two small or 1 large meatloaf pan. Set aside.

In a skillet and over medium high heat, add the oil and then add the mushrooms and cook for about five minutes, remove from the pan and place in a food processor.

Add more oil to the skillet if necessary and then cook the carrots, onion and celery until slightly caramelized, about five minutes. Add this mixture to the food processor and then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until everything pulls together. Don’t over pulse because you want this to be more on the firm side.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pans. Sprinkle on more herbs if you like and bake for about 30 minutes or until firm. Leave to cool in the pans and then turn out onto a plate.

Friday Round-Up-Veggie Garden Update

I can’t figure out how it got to be July this quickly. I was hoping to post a lot more recipes and other good stuff on the site last month. However, I’ve been busy with my writing and book projects and lost track of time, but I’m going to do my best to try and catch up on everything.

Veggie Garden Update

The vegetables and fruit are doing well. We had a hailstorm a few weeks ago and it took its toll mostly on the Brussels sprouts , broccoli and cabbage plants with holes in their leaves and broken stems. I think some deer got to the melons and I’ve now had to cover up the blueberries. The raspberry leaves also got eaten, but not the actual berries. I picked a few the other day and they were much better than you’d buy in the stores.

Two veggies I’ve had no luck with so far have been the spinach and peas. The parsnips and carrots seem to be doing well but I suppose the real test will be when it comes time to pull them up.









Summer Sales

The summer sales are in full swing so make sure you take advantage of them. I got some great buys at my local consignment store. Who can beat jeans for 66 cents and t-shirts for $1.25? Some of them look like they’ve never been worn. I even saved gas by leaving my car at home and walking to the store.


You’ve often heard me say I wish I had an Aldi store nearby and looks like my wish has been granted as one’s opening in the suburb where I live. I can’t wait to check it out because everyone’s told me the prices are hard to beat. And if that wasn’t good enough news, another supermarket has just opened close to home that features lots of bulk bins. Can’t wait to go check that out too.

Here are some articles I found on the Web-

If you’ve shopped for eggs recently you know the prices have gone sky high but they’re not the only thing for breakfast-

Upgrades for $5 and under-

And I saw this recipe. It is great served on pasta and I added some mushrooms as well which I thought paired perfectly with its smoky flavor.

Have a money saving week.

Asian-style Grilled Fish Tacos


The folks at NAKANO sent me this recipe to pass along to you. I think it’s perfect for a hot summer day.

Makes: 8 Tacos




3 tablespoons NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar

2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon dark sesame oil


3 cups shredded cabbage (purple and/or Napa)

1 cup shredded carrot (3 carrots)

1/4 cup chopped green onions (3 green onions)

1/4 cup thinly sliced radish (2 radishes)

1/4 cup chopped cilantro


8 corn tortillas, warmed

3/4 pound (12 ounces) white fish, grilled

1 avocado, sliced



In a large bowl, whisk NAKANO Rice Vinegar, tamari, honey and sesame oil. Add cabbage, carrots, green onions, radish, cilantro and toss to coat veggies.

Top warm tortillas with fish, slaw and avocado. Serve extra slaw on the side.

Time saver: Use 4 cups pre-shredded coleslaw mix instead of cabbage and carrots.


Nutrition information for 2 tacos (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 400 calories; 15 g fat (2.5g saturated fat); 50 mg cholesterol; 45 g carbohydrate; 28 g protein; 8 g fiber; 440 mg sodium; 13 g sugar; 110% vitamin A, 70% vitamin C, 15% calcium, 15% iron

July Savings


Georgine fills us in on lots of money saving tips for July-

It’s July! The time to save on summer clothing and men’s suits is now as stores prepare to display their fall and winter merchandise.

Throw a Party

Summer party goods will be on sale too. Stock up on basics and solid colors that can be used all year long. Look for beach towels and blankets as well as picnic baskets and luggage bargains.

BBQ Grills

After the 4th you’ll get a bargain on BBQ grills and patio furniture.

Cheaper Workouts

It’s also a great time to join the gym. They will offer incentives to entice you because of all the outdoor activities that don’t include them.

Thinking About Decorating?

If you are thinking of renovating or redecorating when the weather cools off, buy your paint this month and you’ll save (Sherwin-Williams stores typically have savings up to 70% during the first week of July). Furniture deals will be found too, because stores want to clear the showrooms to make room for the new items arriving in August.

Travel Bug

There’s a lull in booking travel during these warm months, especially in hot temperature places like Las Vegas, the hotel rates are as low as they go. You can find all types of deals online.

At the Grocery Store

In the supermarket, add your coupons to sales on hot dogs, ground beef (of course), hamburger and hot dog buns, ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, relish, salad dressing, chips, ice cream (National Ice Cream Day is 7-19), popsicles, soda, and bottled water. National Cheese Cake Day is 7-30 so look for celebrations and offers. Don’t forget local farmer’s markets for fresh produce. Go near closing time to get the bargains on these perishables.

New Brides and Grooms

For the recent brides and grooms now that the I do’s have been spoken and the honeymoon is a fond memory, it’s time to enter the real world as Mr. & Mrs. by saving money in ways you may not have thought of. Of course, your household expense will be reduced as two can live as cheaply as one but you can also lower your auto insurance premiums If the groom is under 25 years old, this will greatly reduce his current rate. Even older grooms will enjoy savings especially if two cars are in the marriage and you enroll them both on the same policy. Compare insurance companies to get the best rate for your needs. If you’ve moved after the wedding, your location can affect your rates too. Compare health insurance plans with your spouse. Find which one is cheaper (do your homework and compare all options) and ditch the other. You can convert your wireless provider to a family plan which will lower your monthly bill. As far as credit cards go, if both of you have the same cards, name both spouses as authorized users and keep the one that offers the best rewards. Hopefully, these tips will lead to a happily ever after!