Vegan Bean Chili With Creamy Cannellini Beans, Green Chiles & Spinach

  Halloween is right around the corner and there is something I always do to prepare for that busy night.  I make a big batch of my vegan bean chili with creamy cannellini beans, roasted green chiles, and spinach. A Halloween night meal should be simple and forgiving.  Meaning you can make it a day or two in advance and rewarm throughout the evening. When family drifts in and out, there is always something hearty and healthy to feed them. Also noteworthy is that this vegan bean … [Read more...]

#12: How A GFCF Diet Can Help Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Today's podcast discusses the benefits of a gluten-free, casein-free,  GFCF diet,  for children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. Gut disorders are one of the most common medical conditions associated with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children with autism are three to five times more likely to suffer from chronic gastrointestinal … [Read more...]

Vegan Burger with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

Healthy Vegan Burger with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

I love this vegan burger. It had an excellent texture, nice spices and held up pretty well. I bring that up because burgers made with animal protein have lots of sticky saturated fat which holds them together, but vegan burgers don't have all that fat, so they need a vegan egg replacer. I used the vegan flax eggs, but you could also just add some vegan mayonnaise to help hold the mixture together. I was able … [Read more...]

Creamy Polenta with Cabbage Topped With Greens & Pine Nuts

Creamy Polenta with Cabbage Topped with Greens & Pine Nuts

Last night I made some creamy polenta with onions and garlic. I added some nutritional yeast to give it a bit of a cheesy flavor and cabbage for richness. I don't cook polenta very often because it's often difficult to find non-GMO, organic polenta. I bought mine in bulk at Whole Foods, but you can also purchase a brand like [Read more...]

28-Day Plant-Based Diet for Earth Day

28-Day Plant-Based Diet for Earth Day Tomorrow is Earth Day, and I am very excited about the upcoming Earth Day Challenge that I am doing in conjunction with DietBet. Basically, people are challenging each other to eat a 28-day plant-based diet to demonstrate their love for the planet and for themselves. What's the … [Read more...]

Healthy Recipe – Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Healthy Recipe - Southwestern Stuffed Peppers If you are looking for a healthy recipe for dinner tonight, look no further. These stuffed peppers get all jazzed up with a robust filling of Southwestern spices, quinoa, corn, black beans and cilantro. Quinoa is one of the healthiest grains you can eat and it is loaded with protein, fiber and magnesium.  Pronounced “keen-wah,” this protein-packed wonder … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Day With A 28-Day Plant-Based Diet

Celebrate Earth Day With a 28-Day Plant-Based Diet for The Planet On April 22 of each year, people around the world celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day is a day for all of us to remember and appreciate our beautiful planet. Some people plant trees, ride a bike to work or pick up trash. I wanted to celebrate Earth Day by challenging everyone to embrace a plant-based diet for 28 days and I am here to help. I … [Read more...]

Vegan Chow Mein with Tofu & Vegetables

Vegan Chow Mein with Tofu & Vegetables "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" Mahatma Gandhi Last week I met a very impressive young man. He was ten-years-old and he told me "he loves animals." Because of this love and compassion, he … [Read more...]

Grilled Portobello Mushroom over Mashed Cauliflower Smothered in Gravy

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” ― Pema Chödrön Rejection. Ugh - one of my least favorite words. Even though I know most rejection involves lamenting over something you never had, it still stings! I have spent the last year of my life writing a cookbook proposal. It has always been a dream of mine to write a book and now I feel … [Read more...]

Hemp Seeds, Cannellini Beans and Greens

Hemp Seeds, Cannellini Beans and Greens Plant-based, simple, hearty, nutrient packed and delicious. What more could you ask for in a meal? Especially a meal that takes about 10 minutes to prepare like this hemp seeds, cannellini beans, and greens recipe. As many of you know, I am crazy about hemp seeds. They pack a nutritional wallop to any meal and are second only to soybean in protein … [Read more...]

One-Pot Vegan Chickpea Cauliflower Stew

Easy One-Pot Vegan Chickpea, Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Stew Whether you are on a vegan diet full or part-time, you will love this satisfying and easy one-pot vegan meal. This chickpea, cauliflower and sweet potato stew is quick, delicious, high protein and full of everything your body needs to thrive on. It is also oil free and low fat.  Chickpeas are considered a nutrient-rich food and provide … [Read more...]

Red Bell Pepper Soup with Crunchy Garbanzo Beans

 Red Bell Pepper Soup with Crunchy Garbanzo Beans It's Valentine's Day week and messages of love are everywhere. This year I won't be celebrating a romantic Valentine's Day with anyone and before you feel sorry for me, I want to share something with you. Many years ago, I read a book called the [Read more...]

Vegan Chicken and Dumplings

Vegan Chicken and Dumplings Many parts of the USA are getting pounded with snow this week and a delicious plant-based recipe is the perfect remedy for those cold, wintery days.  I have lots of friends and family on the East Coast and I wanted to come up with something that would help keep them warm and cozy. I choose my vegan chicken and dumplings recipe because nothing says warm and cozy … [Read more...]

Beer Battered Vegan Fish n Chips

Vegan Fish n Chips with Red Cabbage Slaw As promised, here is my contribution to Seattle Super Bowl fans who want to celebrate the flavors of Seattle without the animal protein. Today I made a beer battered vegan fish n chips with red cabbage slaw. As many of you know, Seattle is famous for their seafood and seafood was one of the toughest things for me personally to give up when I went vegan. I grew … [Read more...]

Boston Baked Beans with Jalapeño Cornbread

Boston Baked Beans with Jalapeño Cornbread

It's that time of year again. Super Bowl 2015 has arrived. This year I wanted to show my support to both teams by creating a lucky plant-based Super Bowl signature dish that highlights the most iconic foods of both regions. Today I started with New England. What could be more New England than a Boston … [Read more...]

Spicy Lemongrass Stir-Fry with Green Rice

Spicy Coconut & Lemongrass Stir-Fry with Green Rice Have you ever asked yourself the question: "What do I stand for?" I read a book recently that challenged me to explore why I was born into this world and what did my life stand for? It also raised the questions of what was I meant to do with my life and what is my true spiritual identity? The book encouraged me to reflect on … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust

  Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust I received an unexpected surprise in the mail today. It was a letter I wrote to a friend when I was only 17-years-old. My childhood girlfriend was kind enough to send it to me. The first thing that struck me were my rapid-fire jokes. I'm not saying they were funny, but every other line I wrote, I made a joke. It is the opposite of what I recall about … [Read more...]

Crisp and Tart Vegan Waldorf Salad

Vegan Waldorf Salad If you are not familiar with a Waldorf Salad, it was a signature dish at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. Cole Porter liked it so much that he sang about it in the 1934 tune "You're the Top." A Waldorf Salad is generally made with fresh apples, lettuce, celery, walnuts and topped with mayonnaise dressing. In my plant-based version, I added some tart cherries, golden raisins and … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Zucchini Cakes with Spinach

 Gluten-Free Zucchini Cakes with Spinach, Arugula & Basil Sour Cream Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, Dave Barry, once wrote: "minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables." A clever and funny way to describe how bountiful zucchini can be. Which is why even though they are a type of … [Read more...]

Chili Stuffed Squash with Black Beans

  Chili Stuffed Squash with Black Beans and Vegetables Many of our visitors to Ordinary Vegan are first-time guests and I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to start embracing a plant-based diet. A plant-based/vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds and eliminates all meat and dairy.  The health benefits are astounding and here are some … [Read more...]