Instant Pot Smokey Beans

I’ve been slow on posting this truly banger of a beans recipe since it requires a bit of, I don’t know..finesse, I guess. Since you use the brine from cooking the beans to make the velvety sauce, you need to have a more or less precise amount of water left after cooking them (which is…

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Burton and I have been eating these sandwiches at least three times a week for months and months now, so this recipe is the definition of tried and true. This chickpea salad sandwich is especially great for people transitioning to a more plant based diet, as it only takes about 5 minutes to make, is…

Raw Brownie Protein Bars

These raw brownie protein bars are good in every sense of the word. They’re┬ácompletely waste free, vegan and really damn tasty. We’ve been making a batch once a week for such a long time now that I can’t imagine life without them. Burton needs to eat nearly 4000 calories a day and that’s not easy…

Almond Milk

I love the process of making almond milk. For some reason it’s just so gratifying. It’s incredibly easy and turns one ingredient (almonds) into two insanely useful products (almond milk AND the leftover pulp). The milk itself is a whole ‘nother beast from the store bought stuff and only takes about 3 active-minutes (meaning not…

Coconut Mango Body Butter

Since the beginning, I wanted Dear Guts to be strictly a food blog. It wasn’t to be a place to post pictures of furniture I’ve built, travel pictures, household DIYs or even gardening tips without the focus being on a recipe. First and foremost, it’s always been about food. I wanted, I guess, to fit…

Vegan Pho

This is the 20th huge pot of pho I’ve made since September, so I figured it was finally time to give it the attention it so rightfully deserves and demands on the blog. Pho is one of the most addicting and nourishing things I’ve ever come across. If you don’t want to get sick this…

Mint and Basil Pickled Watermelon Tonics

It’s safe to say this is one of my favorite beverages I’ve ever had. I made it earlier this summer for a canoe trip down the Milwaukee River and then across a bit of Lake Michigan with my neighbors. It tastes like..what it is right now, the peak of summer. It’s a great drink to…

Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells in a White Bean and Miso Sauce

I think this is the most frequently I’ve posted since starting Dear Guts. I’ve been trying to distract myself, from myself, lately. Usually that entails a lot of lying in front of my stereo, with my feet in the air, shuffling through the same 5 songs. It has also included a lot of wearing shirts…

New Harvest Pierogies

I like the word pierogi because if you had never seen/heard of a pierogi and someone mentioned them, you’d probably picture something pretty similar to the little filled savory pastry that they are. These ones aren’t super traditional but they’re still familiar. Pierogies generally have cheese, usually cheddar, inside them but I’ve never much enjoyed…

Pear Cider Vinegar

This post has been a long time in the making – I took the first pictures for it on March 19th, nearly 3 months ago. But all good things take time – and this, believe me, is very, very good. It certainly helps that it’s also practically free. If you know me and my boyfriend…

Chipotle Refried Beans & Mexican Rice

  Mexican rice is one of my most requested recipes. Why? I haven’t the slightest idea. It’s as straightforward as it gets…I mean, it’s rice, people have been eating it for 10,000 years. And whenever it comes into conversation, people are weirdly surprised I make Mexican rice from scratch. “What, you can make that???” I’m…

Jicama Slaw

I first made a version of this Jicama Slaw for last year’s Gato de Mayo (my cat’s birthday) and loved it. Despite loving it and, upon first bite, thinking ‘wow I’m going to make this all the time’, it┬ánever became a staple. I just don’t think about jicama often, or even give it a second…