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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 ›

Carolina Collards – A Primer

As a Carolina native, I am passionate about my collards. My heart breaks for those unfortunate people who have never experienced collards. It also breaks for those people who have tried collards, but collards that were poorly prepared – usually over-smoked and under-cooked. So it’s time for me share a primer on cooking traditional Carolina… Read More ›

Khichdi for Colds

Khichdi For Colds – And Flu, And Whatever Else May Ail You

I am normally a healthy person who rarely gets sick. Therefore, when I do get sick I make up for lost time. I don’t just become ill, but dramatically, flamboyantly ill.  Like last week. “A little tiredness” from a beautiful weekend trip to Asheville quickly morphed into 102 degree fever, chills, and bronchitis. Fortunately, while… Read More ›

Zip-a-Dee-Dooh-Dah Smoothie (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This sunshiney, citrusy smoothie is guaranteed to put a smile on your lips, a song in your heart, and some zip in your doodah!

Easy, Cheezy Chipotle Hummus

One thing every vegan should learn how do is make their own hummus. It’s almost always cheaper than store bought, it always tastes better than store-bought, and  you have endless opportunities to exercise your creativity and make your hummus just.the.way.YOU.like.it. This is one of my favorite hummus creations – Easy, Cheezy Chipotle Hummus. It started… Read More ›

Wild Rice And Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

Today, at work, a co-worker told me to “stuff it.” “Thank you, I think I will!” I replied, amazed. How on earth did she know I was thinking about acorn squash? Acorn Squash is my very favorite of all the winter squashes. They are easy to halve and de-seed. You don’t have to peel them…. Read More ›

“Kheema” Stuffed Halloween Peppers (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

A spicy Indian twist on the standard beef-stuffed Halloween peppers. Vegan and gluten-free! (Plus other options if you don’t eat meat substitutes.)

Waldorf Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Some people think October is all about pumpkin spice, but I’m all about the apples. Let’s see, there’s apple sauce … apple butter, apple chutney, apple ginger smoothies, apples and acorn squash apple and butternut squash soup, apple crisps, apple pie … And Waldorf Salad. Waldorf Salad has an interesting history. It was created in… Read More ›

October Gold and Black Dal (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This mixed dal always reminds me of Autumn. It’s partly the earthy taste; partly the autumnal coloring (golden split chana dal with flecks of black urad dal). And partly, it’s just that once October comes, I am yearning for comforting soups and stews, chilis and dals. This creamy, delicious dal is the perfect meal for… Read More ›

Palak Dal (Ginger Lentils with Spinach)

There is a saying that there are as many ways to make dal as there are cooks. That’s a very accurate statement.  Even if two cooks start with similar ingredients,  the results can be very different. One may use onion and garlic; another might avoid those. One cook might like more heat. One cook might… Read More ›

A’s Fabulous Fungi (Stuffed Italian Mushrooms)

Sometimes, when I think about my partner, I can’t help but think of fungus. No, I’m not talking about his feet! I’m talking about the stuffed mushroom appetizer he is famous (or infamous) for. It happened last October. He came home with a box of baby portobellos from Trader Joe’s, talking about the most wonderful… Read More ›

Baingan Aloo (Spicy Eggplant with Potatoes)

Would you believe it if someone told you they were going to make a truly delicious dish out of an eggplant, a potato, a tomato, and some spices? I didn’t, when my partner told me that some six years or so ago. My adoring lips formed words along the lines of, “That’s wonderful, sweetie!” while… Read More ›

Senor Veggie Beet Burger

Senor Veggie – San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX is a city of surprises – from the disappointing (the Alamo is a gigantic souvenir shop!) – to the sublime, such as gorgeous old churches and the lush green beauty of the flowering shrubs, waterfalls, and koi ponds of the Japanese Tea Garden. Senor Veggie, an all-vegan restaurant located at 620 S. Presa Street, definitely falls into the sublime category. It is without a doubt one of the very best veg restaurants I’ve ever been to, and quite possibly has the world’s best veggie burger.

Curried Zucchini Squash (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Late February, a string of severe thunderstorms raged through Charlotte, N.C. Many areas were spared the predicted heavy rains. What Charlotte wasn’t spared from was the gale-force winds, which knocked out electricity and blew down trees. We were allowed to leave early from work after the power went out and it became obvious it wasn’t… Read More ›

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