Living Vegan In Charlotte, NC

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Southern Green Beans Almondine (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  In Charlotte, NC – or anywhere in the South – you’ll likely find green beans served one of two ways: Slow-simmered for hours until very, very, soft and liberally seasoned with salt, black pepper, and copious amounts of butter – and sometimes pork or bacon grease; OR Underdone, crunchy, no dressing except for a… Read More ›

Couscous with olives and tomatoes close up

Couscous With Olives And Tomatoes

Couscous was the Quinoa of the 90’s! I’m not sure if couscous was one of Oprah’s favorite things or if it was a featured ingredient in Cooking Light (probably both), but my mama knew at least a dozen ways to make the stuff. This vegan recipe was my favorite. It’s similar to toubeleh – but… Read More ›

Classic Vegan Macaroni Salad

Classic Summertime Macaroni Salad

The Fourth of July has got to be one of the easiest holidays for a vegan to navigate – even if you don’t know how to cook! There’s a number of varieties of frozen vegan burgers and canned vegetarian baked beans. Many brands of potato chips are vegan, as are most beers.  (Check out your… Read More ›

Pinto Bean Salad

Cinco De Mayo Pinto Bean Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  I developed this very easy and tasty recipe about a week ago when I was trying to figure out what to do with two cans of pinto beans that were close to expiration.  I’d been eating a lot of chilis (thanks to Amy’s Kitchen) and wanted something a bit lighter tasting and more springlike.  I’d made… Read More ›

Orange Ginger Glazed Carrots

Glazed baby carrots have always been a Holiday staple in the South. Traditionally they’re made with tons of butter and brown sugar, forming a brown, syrupy glaze.  And sometimes they’re made with butter and maple syrup. I’ve even heard tell that some of those white-trashy types add a glug or two of whiskey.  (Of course,… Read More ›

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Highfalutin Southern Asparagus Casserole

Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck!  I hope you enjoyed the yummy side presented by Girl Eats Greens! To me, even before I was vegetarian or vegan, Thanksgiving was NEVER about the turkey.  It was ALWAYS about the side dishes, and especially the casseroles! In my family, Green Bean Casserole was simply not “done.” You… Read More ›

Artichoke Lover’s Pasta Salad

Perhaps you have a loved one addicted to artichokes.  Or perhaps it is you yourself who has the addiction.  You have two choices:  go to a meeting of Artichoke Lovers Anonymous and admit you are powerless before the tasty little thistle; OR augment your cooking repertoire with recipes like this one. “This one” is a… Read More ›

Jeera Rice – Cumin Scented Basmati Rice (Gluten Free)

I fell in love with Basmati rice the first time I tasted it, and I’ve been cooking with it ever since. Basmati is a long grain rice, usually grown in India.  It has a slightly nutty flavor and a delicate scent.  The extremely long grains become even longer when cooked, and it cooks up reliably… Read More ›

My Southern Mama’s Non-Southern Potato Salad

I always HATED potato salad growing up. In my neck of the woods (the American South), potato salad was usually alarmingly YELLOW. It was also alarmingly SWEET, with both sugar and sweet pickle relish. It was ALWAYS drowning in mayo. (I think potato salad was originally conceived as an excuse for eating mayo!)  Unless it… Read More ›

Chilly Weather, Chickpeas, and the Crown of India

It was a miserably cold winter day in Garden City, Michigan when we discovered the Crown of India restaurant.  It was no longer snowing but no doubt that was only a temporary situation.  The skies were gray, the air was damp, and two-foot high drifts of snow were piled to the sides of the roads…. Read More ›

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