Chick Pea “Chicken” salad


unna22med1 can chick peas
2 stalks celery
4-5 TBSP vegannaise
2 tsp mustard
1/8 tsp ginger powder
1/8 tsp tumeric
salt & pepper to taste


Put chick peas in a bowl and mash a little so it’s a little chunky.

Add remaining ingredients and stir. Eat as a sandwich,  on top of a salad,  in a wrap or just with crackers.

A nice alternative if you are not into eating meat.


Zucchini-Rice-Bean Casserole

 “I love meals like this . . . I could eat meals like this all the time . . . “ said a certain family member 🙂


1 c. uncooked whole grain rice
1 onion, chopped
3-4 c. zucchini, cubed
1 pint (2 cups) tomatoes
1/2 tsp. basil
2 c. shredded cheese
1 (15 oz) can of chick peas (or you may add kidney or cannelloni beans etc, but I wouldn’t risk it . . .chick peas are my favorite)
salt to taste
Cook rice according to package directions.
Saute onion and zucchini in a little olive oil until soft.
Add tomatoes, basil and salt. Cook for 15 min until liquid is reduced.
In a 3 quart casserole dish, layer:
1/3 cooked rice577
zucchini mixture
1/2 cheese
1/3 cooked rice
chick peas
1/3 cooked rice
remainder of the cheese
Cover casserole & bake @ 350 for 40 minutes.

White Pizza

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Recipe for 1 Pizza crust dough (

olive oil
4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
12 oz. ricotta cheese (approx. 1.5 cups)
basil seasoning
oregano seasoning
Italian seasoning
1 lb (4 cups shredded) Mozzarella cheese

Divide the pizza dough in half and on a floured surface, roll each half out thinly to cover two large pizza pans.
Rub olive oil over the surface of each pizza.
Placed garlic on top and spread with a spoon if necessary.-
sprinkle seasonings over
Spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese on
Top with Mozzarella cheese
Bake at 425 for 16-20 min.

Pizza Dough

1 TBSP yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 TBSP olive oil
(For reg. pizza, 2/3 c. sauce and 1 1/4 c. cheese)

Combine yeast, sugar and water and set aside to “poof” for 5 min.
Combine flour, and salt
Add yeast mixture to flour.
Add oil & mix well.
Knead until elasticity
Form into a ball, place in a well greased bowl, turn dough upside down and place a dishtowel over.
Let it rise in a warm place for 15 min.
Punch down (deflate)
Form into a ball and roll out into a crust shape (You’ll want it a little larger than the pan.)
Place your toppings on & Bake 16-20 at 425
Makes 2 small crusts, or 1 large crust for regular pizza. (For white pizza, don’t double the recipe,  just roll the crust thinner)