Peanut Butter! Fried Rice

So in a previous post I told a story about how I hated fried rice, but how one magical ingredient changed all that, and now fried rice and I can set aside our differences and live in harmony. Well, there was a catch. The rice in that recipe wasn’t technically fried. Continue reading

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Liebster Award!

Quick update post! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award by another new blogger, GreenMind/VegHeart at https://greenmindvegheart.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/liebster-award/ and I’m quite flattered! Thank you!! Continue reading

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Quick Conjurations- Green Drink

Let me tell you about one of my favorite secret ingredients for potions and spells: fiber! Not incredibly glamorous, but it makes all the difference! Opting for snacks and light meals that are high in fiber help keep me full and sated! Continue reading

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Red Lentil and Veg Marinara

There are lots of decent illusions out there for upgrading your pasta- using a spiralizer (which is so fun!) to make “noodles” out of veggies, non-traditional grains/flours, or even substituting spaghetti squash- but there hasn’t been a lot of advancement on the sauce front! This spell came about because I kept wanting MORE out of my pasta sauce- more veggies, more protein, more flavor!! Continue reading

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Un-chiladas!

Un-chiladas!

I’ve talked before about substitution, re-invention, and conjuration, and we’ve picked up a bit of alchemy along the way. Today’s recipe, though, is a different breed of magic. We’re working with fusion.

I love black beans and salsa. Any excuse to have one or both of those makes me very happy. I also really like enchilada sauce. Continue reading

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Baked Fried Rice

This statement may be controversial, but I hate fried rice. I’m sure in part it’s because my stomach is sensitive to grease and onions, but fried rice also has an unappealing, burnt greasy taste, even when done “well”. When I first found a spell for fried rice, I just kept going, completely uninterested. But then another mage told me how I HAD to try toasted sesame oil, and how it was going to be the ingredient I didn’t know I was missing. Continue reading

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Banana Milkshake Illusion

I don’t have the kind of sweet tooth that tolerates planning. Lots of people I know can get a tin of cookies on Sunday and save them until they get a craving later. Not me. My willpower is too consumed with recharging my mana. Continue reading

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Chickpea (not tuna) Salad

Sometimes, plant magic is as easy as simple substitution- swapping out a protein in an old favorite recipe, or changing to a vegan version of a condiment. Sometimes, though, the spell at hand requires some reinvention. Take a staple like tuna salad. One can pressed fish, some mayo, some relish, and lunch is served.  I always enjoyed whipping up a quick tuna salad. Having it on top of some greens or on some crackers with soup is great for a speedy dinner or lunch that could be easily assembled from ingredients that were easy to keep on hand! Continue reading

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Emergency Soup

I have always resented *having* to go out for lunch. Going out for lunch is awesome and spontaneous, but only feels that way if I am leaving my leftovers for ‘future me’ to have for lunch tomorrow. Some weeks, if dinner tonight makes one leftover, and I’m supposed to have that for lunch tomorrow, something like a spur of the moment decision to go out for dinner with friends can put me behind on lunch in a hurry! Enter emergency soup. Continue reading

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Wonton Apple Pies

There are not a lot of spells to make something smaller. Bigger, frequently makes more sense- if you’ve got a faithful dog, and you’re trying to intimidate someone, it makes much more sense to make the dog larger than to make it smaller. A small horse can carry almost nothing- a giant horse can carry an entire party! In many ways, most of the time, bigger is better! But when it comes to special treats or desserts, I tend to want something a bit more moderate, like these mini apple pies. Continue reading

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