Breakfasts & Brunches
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 ›
This sunshiney, citrusy smoothie is guaranteed to put a smile on your lips, a song in your heart, and some zip in your doodah!
When I first went veg, eons ago, Charlotte restaurants didn’t offer many options. Fortunately for me, in the 90s Greek Salad was all the rage – and I LOVED IT! This tofu scramble combines all the salty and tangy flavors I loved in Greek Salad along while still being vegan and gluten-free.
What to eat, what to eat? I had just returned from a two-week trip to the UK. Although fresh produce is plentiful in the markets, salads and fresh vegetables don’t seem to find their way very often to British restaurant menus. I was seriously craving some greens. Additionally, I had cleared my kitchen of any… Read More ›
I call this recipe “Indian Inspired” because, unlike the Tofu Bhurji recipe I posted a few weeks ago, this is not a traditional Indian recipe. For one thing, this scramble uses curry powder, and very few Indian cooks would stoop to cooking with curry powder. Yet, curry powder is the taste most of my… Read More ›
So this is what we had for breakfast this morning – an Indian Tofu Scramble (Tofu Bhurji). This has to be my absolute favorite tofu scramble recipe! Even if you’ve had an Indian tofu scramble before (say, the yellow curry powder version at Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe), you might want to try this authentic recipe… Read More ›
Fried diced potatoes with cumin (or aloo jeera dry) is one of the first Indian recipes my partner taught me to make. I think of it as Punjabi Hash Browns – a spicy alternative to traditional morning fried potatoes. If you are the kind of person who routinely adds hot sauce or maybe jalapeños to their hash… Read More ›
Medu Vada is a popular South Indian fried snack made from urad dal (lentils) and traditionally served with sambar soup or coconut chutney. They remind me of savory, crispy little doughnuts. Although my South Indian friends insist they are not that difficult to make from scratch, I have not yet been courageous enough to try…. Read More ›
Several weeks ago, Upton’s Naturals, a fun and funky vegan company specializing in minimally processed seitan products, contacted me to do some product reviews and write a few recipes. I’ve already reviewed their amazing seitan bacon and created one h*ll of a good vegan philly “steak” sandwich with their traditional seitan. Next product tested: Chorizo… Read More ›
My partner may be from North India, but with his love of cowboy hats and biscuits, sometimes you’d swear he was from the Deep South. A typical weekend breakfast at our house consists – at his request! – of spicy sausage biscuits with slices of fresh tomato; buttery grits with hot peppers; and always –… Read More ›
I had an amusing experience at one of my very favorite restaurants, Bean Vegan Cuisine. They recently added all-day Sunday brunch and I was excited to check it out! I ordered the “Bean Bowl”, which included scrambled tofu, grits, fried potatoes, and “sausage.” When they brought it to me I just stared in bemusement at… Read More ›
Chances are, if you grew up in the American South, you grew up loving sausage gravy biscuits. Homemade buttermilk biscuits smothered in rich, creamy gravy with flecks of sausage were a staple at family holiday breakfasts. And those big, nasty, salty, greasy sausage gravy biscuits from McDonald’s? They were a rite of passage for many… Read More ›
YES, you read that right. It’s cheesy. It’s sausage-y. It’s spicy. It’s low cal and low fat (at least compared to a real sausage, egg, and cheese fritatta!) You can make it the night before and pop it into your oven the next morning for an easy breakfast. And … yes … it is VEGAN…. Read More ›
My life has been full of happy acts of serendipity – making wonderful discoveries when, in fact, I had started out looking for something else. Latest case in point: this low-cal, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free Artichoke Spinach Quiche. It was supposed to be an artichoke spinach dip, from Alicia Simpson’s book Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan… Read More ›