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Howdy Friends! (howdoyoudo) I am going to do a little something different here today. Rather than doing a cookbook review, I am featuring a meatless meal recipe I just tired out from a cookbook I wanted to review. The Cookbook Fast Easy Cheap Vegan: 101 Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less, for …

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Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato, chickpea, vegetable coconut curry

November 9, 2020

I am back with another Meatless Monday meal idea.  It seems like food has been on my mind more lately than reviewing books.  I am not in a book slump but in a review writing slump.  On a normal basis, I struggle with writing reviews and it takes me a couple of days to pull together a review but lately, I have been really struggling with finding the words I am looking for.  Lindsay has been struggling with writing reviews as well.  So maybe the Traveling Sisters need a little break till we get our groove back.

Is anyone else struggling with writing reviews lately?  

Todays Meatless meal idea is Sweet Potato, chickpea, vegetable coconut curry.  It’s a little more work than my easy suggestions so far but it’s still easy to pull together and gives you a very satisfying feeling when it gets to the table.  Often I do get frustrated when cooking takes away from my reading time so this is when I put on my Airpods and listen to an audiobook.  

When I used to make meals with meat I would always start with the meat first and then prepare the meal around the meat.  I think that is one of the hardest things about vegetarian cooking is finding other ingredients to build your meal around. So for this one I started with the sweet potatoes and vegetables and than decided to make a curry using them. With stews or soups finding a protein is a little easier as chickpeas or lentils are easy to add.  In this curry I used chickpeas and they go so well in curries.  For choosing vegetables I usually think about color and use vegetables with different colors and it really adds to the look of the dish with different colors. Often I don’t use the same vegetables so use what whatever different colors of vegetables you have on hand.


1 tbsp butter

1 onion 

1 pepper (I used red)


Garlic seasoning

2 tbsp of Thai red curry paste 

1 sweet potato 

Green beans 



1 can of coconut milk

1 can chickpeas

1 can of tomatoes 

1tbsp of soy sauce

1 ½ tsp coconut sugar

2 tsp of lime juice 

½ tsp ginger


fresh basil

1 tsp of sriracha sauce or more 

Add onions, peppers to the butter and cook for 5 mins.  I then slide them to the side of the pan and add some oil to the pan and stir the Thai red curry paste in the oil for about 2 mins before stirring it into the onions and peppers. 

Add sweet potatoes and carrots and cook for 5-10 mins depending on how time you have.  The longer you cook them now the less time it will take in the next step.  I add a little water in the pan to help cook the vegetables.  Then add the coconut milk, can tomatoes, chickpeas, green beans, soy sauce, lime juice and ginger. cover and cook till the vegetables are tender.  About 20 to 30 mins. Then add cauliflower and cook for a few more minutes.  Add sriracha sauce, kale and basil just before serving over rice.

Ok so I know what all my reading friends are thinking!! What are you listening too, Brenda? Right? lol Well I just started Hollywood Park! I love listening to memoirs and hearing the author tell me their story. I also like to read a bit of the book as well and often my mind wonders away so I like to go back to the book and pick up anything I might of missed.

Before I go I want to talk about the book sleeve and bookmarker. I choose the fabric to feature as my pick for a book sleeve in their Etsy shop and this is the fabric I chose. It will be available soon to purchase so if you love it, keep an eye out here or their store for when it’s available. Use SISTERS20 at the checkout for 20% off.

Meatless Monday: Pesto Pasta

October 26, 2020

I am back with an easy peasy meatless meal idea to whip up in no time at all. This dish is so easy that I often forget about making it because I find myself over complicating dinner sometimes. When I have made Pesto pasta in the past I just used premade pesto sauce but this time I made my own using basil we grow in our at home indoor garden system.

My favorite jarred pesto sauce to use is Kirkland Basil Pesto. My youngest son follows a vegan diet so when I made this dinner I made a vegan pesto sauce and then added parmesan cheese for the rest of us.

For homemade pesto sauce

2 cups packed fresh basil 

3 Tbsp pine nuts

1 tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp lemon juice

3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp salt

2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I use avocado oil)

3-6 Tbsp water or as much needed to achieve the consistency you want.


  1. Add the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt to a food processor or blender and blend on high until a loose paste forms.
  2. Add olive oil a little at a time. Then add 1 Tbsp water at a time until the desired consistency is reached. I like mine to be a bit on the oily side so it’s easier to mix into the pasta.
  3. Adjust the flavor by adding more nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor or more nuts for nuttiness. I added more nutritional yeast. If you have leftovers it can be covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

If you have leftovers it can be covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week. If you make more you can freeze the pesto in ice cube molds for 1 month or more.

Add the pesto to your favorite pasta and serve with your choice of vegetables!!

Of course I can’t leave this post without talking about something bookish so today I am talking about my mom’s handmade bookish sleeves and Norma’s bookmarkers. You can find their Etsy shop here and use SISTERS20 to get 20% off!!

Before Norma starting making book markers I already had a few book markers in my collection and now that has really grown. I love to have options and find myself matching the book I am reading either to the saying or colors to the book marker. So when I saw this book marker holder in their Etsy shop I snatched it up. My mom made more so if you collect book markers this is a handy idea. She will custom make you one if you want a different fabric!

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