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Berry and Jam Fruit Parfaits

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August 20, 2017

VEGAN; GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS! Sometimes, I hesitate to write a post because I’m afraid I’m just sharing the obvious – and perhaps painfully obvious. Because everyone knows how to make a fruit and yogurt parfait, right? But then, every time I bring one of these babies to work, someone stops by my desk. “Ooooh, what’s… Read More ›

Patriotic Parfaits (Vegan, GF)

If you’re “of a certain age”, you remember how much fun Jell-O used to be when you were growing up. Baby Boomers experienced Jell-O at the height of its popularity – when young mothers were first being introduced to the joy and convenience of TV dinners and canned and packaged foods. Jell-O was a novelty,… Read More ›

White Lightning Rajma Masala (Mixed Kidney Bean Curry)

My partner is a man who likes his rice and beans. Specifically, he likes his rice and beans on Sunday. Every Sunday. According to him, it’s the only acceptable meal to serve on a Sunday evening. (I’ve tried serving other foods, but he was NOT amused.) So it was with dismay I discovered I only… Read More ›

Cinco de Mayo Salad With Spicy Avocado Dressing

Oh, all right. I know what everyone’s thinking. “Another salad recipe? Isn’t this the woman who HATES raw leafy greens?” Yes, I AM the woman who hates raw leafy greens. I’m also the woman who has decided to experiment with raw vegan for a few months. (Don’t panic, gentle readers … I’m not going totally… Read More ›

A Shameful Secret … And My California Salad Recipe

I have a confession to make. A big, shameful one. I am vegan, and …. and … I don’t like salads. Don’t get me wrong … I love almost everything that you put on TOP of a salad. Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, bean sprouts, avocado, beets, olives, walnuts, grapes, sweet Vidalia onion. I just don’t like… Read More ›

Glorious Green Goo (Spinach Artichoke Dip/Sandwich Spread/Pasta Sauce)

It’s a dip! It’s a sandwich spread! It’s a pasta sauce! It’s easy, fast, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free! “It” is my take on white bean-spinach-artichoke dip. I realize there were a number of white bean-spinach-artichoke dip recipes floating around the internet a few years ago, and while I can’t claim mine is superior to all… Read More ›

Irish Potato Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Being of Irish descent, I have many family recipes I could share with you. Vegan Irish Stew. Sheepless Shepherd’s Pie. Colcannon. More recipes for cabbage and turnips than most people have ever dreamed existed. But what I’m sharing today is one of the most simple – and satisfying. Irish Potato Soup…. Read More ›

Balayez! Jambalaya! (Five Vegan Variations)

In my last post I shared some of the history of that classic New Orleans/Mardi Gras dish, Jambalaya. As promised, I will now share my base recipe and several vegan and gluten-free variations. First, I admit that Jambalaya is an easy recipe to veganize. Faux versions of sausage and chicken have gotten so common (and… Read More ›

A Brief History of Jambalaya

New Orleans is known for many dishes. Gumbos, crawfish, more ways of cooking alligator than most of us have ever dreamed of. However, there are three big ones the Cajun and Creole cooks are world-famous for. I’ve already shared two vegan versions with you – Red Beans and Rice and (Not So) Dirty Rice. The… Read More ›

Not So Dirty Rice

The dish most associated with New Orleans and Mardi Gras is no doubt Red Beans and Rice. But there are two other dishes strongly associated. One of which is Dirty Rice. In a way, this is ironic since most people outside New Orleans have only experienced Dirty Rice via Zatarain’s boxed rice mix or by… Read More ›

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice – The Recipe

Yesterday I shared a bit of the history of that New Orleans/Mardi Gras classic, Red Beans and Rice. Today, I’m sharing my family recipe – tweaked to be vegan. First, a few pointers … Red beans and rice have a long cooking time, but very little hands-on time. You do a little chopping and sauteeing… Read More ›

A History of New Orleans Red Beans And Rice

  It’s the end of February – the perfect time for a big bowl of red beans and rice! Is there a  better way to celebrate Mardi Gras? (February 28th this year; although celebrations have already started and should get into rowdy full swing this weekend). Even if you have no wish to celebrate Carnival,… Read More ›

Perfect Vegan Quesadillas

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of most commercially vegan cheeses – at least not the more widely available, inexpensive ones, like Daiya. So when I became vegan, I assumed I would never enjoy a cheese quesadilla again. Don’t get me wrong – I had vegan cheese quesadillas, I just didn’t enjoy them…. Read More ›

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for vegans! (Unless, of course, you’re a vegan whose lover just ran off with your new truck, the money in your savings account, and your best friend – then Valentine’s Day would suck.) But for the rest of us, it’s wonderful to enjoy a vegan-friendly holiday that doesn’t center… Read More ›

Spicy Curried Tempeh Salad With Peppers and Peas

One of the first things I discovered when I went vegan was the mock chicken salad at Earth Fare. My partner and I both went wild over it – which, in retrospect, is a little odd considering the first thing we did when we brought it home was change it completely! We’d add green chili… Read More ›

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