I've always been a  big foodie - show me anything with chevre, truffle oil, or carmelized pear and I'm so sold - but I've never really cooked.  Actually... that's kind of an understatement.  I've completely avoided cooking.  I kept telling myself it was because I was inherently bad at cooking, or because I didn't have time, or because I just didn't like it, but I recently realized that the reality is, I'm scared.  I have a macho streak a mile wide and I've been worried that cooking would suddenly turn me into a barefoot-and-pregnant, flowered-apron-wearing, full-on domestic 50's housewife with a vacant Stepford smile who tosses back handfuls of  "pep pills"  and ends up vacuuming the same spot in the carpet all day.  Rational thinking at its finest, obviously.So here's the deal.  I've recently been in a face-my-fears and shape-up-my-entire-life sort of mood, so I've decided I'm going to learn how to cook.  I would love to get my hands on your favorite recipes!

Two caveats:

1. I'm a vegetarian.  Eggs and milk are okay, but unfortunately I can't really do meat.  Things like chicken broth are fine, though.

2. It's gotta be really, really healthy.  I'm not really looking for Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake or Seven Layer Bean Dip sorts of recipes, although I'm sure they're delicious.  I'm very interested in anything you've got that incorporates tons of fresh veggies and not tons of fat or sugar, and if you have some amazing raw food, gluten-free or vegan recipes, I would love those, too!

I'm trying not to be too scared of domesticity and I just have to keep reminding myself that it's okay to blast Rage Against the Machine and cook in my combat boots.  Thanks so much in advance - I can't wait to hear what you come up with! If they're shorter recipes, you can leave them in the "comments" section below.  If you think they might be too long for that, you can email them to me at: molly@cedarhousephotography.com

Thank you, thank you, thank you!