Indian night. We ate dinner on our copper plates from Nepal. Marlowe also requested dinner on a banana leaf. It was great. On the bananas leaf we have brown rice, yellow daal, spinach saag, and spiced roasted potatoes. I don’t have a recipe for the potatoes but they were basically roasted potatoes loaded with a bunch of Indian spices (pre-baking).
Cooked kale and mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. This was the gravy from my accidentally gluten-ing myself experience. Womp. I’ve linked both recipes here, but you can also find the recipes updated in my cookbook, the plantiful table as well.
Kale, tomato, sun-dried tomato pasta. Also in cookbook– expect now modified to work for my allergies.
Carrot ginger salad and baked fries. (yes, even our fries are oil free). ps. the carrot ginger sauce is great with a million things, not just salad. Try it on rice bowls too 🙂
Banana ice cream
Pad Thai. This has been one of Marlowe’s favs lately. We use black rice noodles and a few veggies. There is also a recipe for this in my cookbook, but I’ve modified the recipe even more lately. For my allergies, sure. But also because I want things as simple and natural as possible. Even more so than before.
One night Marlowe and I decided to make spring rolls — and we thought we should try steaming them. Well, apparently my steamer gets hot as hell and quickly, the wrapped basically turned into a mushy pile. It was hilarious. But we still ate (and enjoyed them) with carrot ginger salad and called it “messy paid Thai soggy spring rolls” or something like that.
Another view of our soggy mess.

I really like playing in the kitchen with Marlowe. Food doesn’t have to be pretty or composed. We have fun trying (and sometimes failing) with new ideas together. When Alex is home with us for dinner (Monday night) we don’t play around too much. He’s much more…. nit picky (?) in the kitchen. If things don’t work out, he gets bummed. Marlowe and I just call it a messy party and go on. We even thought these weird things were so fun to eat, that we made them again.
Another weird creation. I had mashed potatoes and leftover daal. I cooked cabbage into it. Wasn’t the best. Wasn’t the worst. She ate it anyway.
Spring rolls. Not steamed.
More noodles. I don’t even know what this was or what was in this… lets move on.
Coconut Thai curry. Like this for example, was made on Monday when Alex was off work. It was decent. But he was made because the rice came out undercooked (wasn’t soaked long enough). He spent a lot of time trying to figure out the perfect ratios to make a perfect sauce, etc. We all ate it and it was fine. For me I don’t want to spend a lot of time on one meal. I typically use about 1/4 to a 1/2 less ingredients and time in the kitchen. And about half the salt, haha. Sometimes I think it’s just about not over thinking it, you know? Alex won’t read this, but I apologize for calling him out on his undercooked rice. It just needed more love.
One meal I made about three times last week was just a super basic tomato and kale pasta. It’s basically her favorite cooked kale with a crap top more tomatoes. Easy and delicious.
Leftover Haitian food, reheated. Some collard greens, rice and peas, and this eggplant tomato carrot stew thing. It was good.


  1. YUM! To all of it! I definitely have a lot of nights where my dinners turn into non-identifiable “what did I have in my fridge” concoctions. Slightly off-topic, but as a vegan how do you deal with criticism/contradicting health claims (for you and for M?) I come from a family of standard-American-diet-eaters and between them and my coworkers, I am constantly bombarded with put-downs about veganism, articles about how it is unhealthy in the long run, etc. I’m not the kind to break under pressure, but any advice?

    Thanks! PS these pics are making me hungry!


    • hey hey! I gotta say we haven’t run into this problem too much. While I would say that half my family does think that people “need” meat– they still never say anything to us. I think they can clearly see how healthy and happy marlowe is. If she was super sick or catching colds all the time or had other issues, then maybe someone would say something. But she’s truly thriving.

      Also keep in mind, for any and every article that says veganism is bad, theres just as many that say that eating meat is bad. I think as long as you’re well versed in what nutrients are found where, they’ll eventually stop hounding you– or we should hope so anyway!