Holidays Made Easy with Vegan Appetizers You Can Afford

Vegan appetizers are one of my favorite food dishes to prepare and a must for any get-together. These vegan appetizers don't include expensive cheese, but they do include delicious, healthy cheese alternatives. This year I focused on affordability. I often hear how expensive a vegan diet can be but you don't always have to shop at pricey grocery stores to get great produce. This week I tried a … [Read more...]

Crudite Platter with Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing

The key to a successful crudite platter is to use all the season's best vegetables. Today I choose green for my crudités because sugar snap peas, green beans, asparagus, cucumbers and green cauliflower were all available at my local farmer's market. I recommend taking a few minutes to properly prepare each vegetable. Here is what you do. Asparagus: Make sure you remove the tough fibrous ends. My trick is to bend the thick end of each stalk until it snaps off. Then boil some water and blanch … [Read more...]

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

An unusual roasted cabbage recipe was featured in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. Anything that includes cabbage always catches my eye. The recipe called for the cabbage to be blanched for one minute in boiling water, dried, drizzled with oil and placed directly into the barbecue coals. Rotate every 5 minutes for an hour. Remove and set aside for 10 minutes. Now, I didn't … [Read more...]

Vegan Thanksgiving – Recipes For A Complete Holiday Dinner

Vegan Thanksgiving - Recipes For A Complete Holiday Dinner

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal … [Read more...]

Holy Moly Sweet Pea Guacamole

Sweet Pea Guacamole Just found out it is officially "Guacamole Day." Who knew? So to celebrate I made one of my favorite guacamole recipes. Hope you enjoy this easy sweet pea guacamole recipe as much as I did, and Happy Guacamole Day. Holy Moly Sweet Pea Guacamole   [Read more...]

Layered Taco Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Layered Taco Salad with Cilantro Dressing I've never met a vegan who didn't love themselves. When I say that I don't mean conceited, narcissistic love, I mean self-love. Six months ago a dear friend of mind stopped eating meat and dairy. It really took me by surprise because I have never known her to take care of herself. She is overweight, depressed and riddled with food related diseases like … [Read more...]

Fig & Arugula Flatbread with Grapes & Balsamic Vinegar

Fig & Arugula Flatbread with Grapes & Balsamic Vinegar Summer is such a wonderful time of year to hang out with friends and family. I also think sunny skies and rising temperatures brings out the best in people because they are getting their vitamin D. Whenever possible, we should get our vitamin D from sunlight exposure, and not just supplelments. Sunlight has been shown to have positive effects … [Read more...]

Healthy Recipes For a Vegan Memorial Day

Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone. With the massive beef recalls going on this week, it would be the ideal time to serve and encourage your family to enjoy a delicious meatless holiday. There are so many yummy options including this plant based burger as the piece de resistance. Sides could include baked beans, grilled vegetables, potato salad and the tasty quinoa black … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings & How To Improve Your Health

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings & How To Improve Your Health

"If all you can do is crawl, start crawling" - Rumi  I always say the only way you can change your life is to create new actions.  New actions lead to new opportunities. A fresh era is only 24 days away and a possible beacon for change.  If you think of this new year as a book with 365 … [Read more...]

Grilled Avocado Sushi

Happy Friday everyone. The weekend is upon us and perhaps like me you will be serving some appetizers to friends and family. Tonight I plan to serve some vegan sushi and edamame. You can use your own imagination for the toppings on the rice like grilled mushrooms, tofu or even roasted eggplant. I personally love grilled avocado sushi for its elegance and simplicity. Just brush the avocado with lemon juice … [Read more...]

Baked Crispy Chipotle Kale Chips

Baked Crispy Chipotle Kale Chips

Summer, Summer, Summertime. Wow, it has been hot outside with no relief in sight. I'm not complaining though because I love summer! And one of my favorite things to do on a hot, summer day is entertain. Tonight I will have some of my favorite guests over.  I am constantly trying to create something different to serve with drinks and today I ruled out the usual suspects like  hummus. Instead I made these yummy chipotle kale … [Read more...]

White Bean Dip with Black & Green Olives

White Bean Dip with Black & Green Olives "Whole foods like grains and beans release their sugar very, very slowly because of the fiber in them, and they don't give you a sugar rush. They feed your cells as needed, and as a result, you have loads of stable energy that powers you through the day." ~~~Kathy Freston I love entertaining and I'm always on the lookout for delicious plant-based appetizers to serve with mocktails and cocktails. I like bean dips because they are easy, fun and I'm … [Read more...]

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Cashew Cream & Horseradish

Ending World Hunger & Twice-Baked Potatoes with Cashew Cream and Horseradish

Did you know 1.02 billion people in the world are hungry, and every five seconds a child dies from starvation?  Hard to believe we have the resources to feed the world, but we are choosing not to use them.  So why are people starving? Last week my girlfriend and I attended a charity luncheon that was raising money for world hunger.  They served chicken for lunch. It seemed counterintuitive to me that … [Read more...]

Stuffed Avocado with Sunflower Nut Pâté & Smokey Mole

Stuffed Avocado with Sunflower Nut Pâté & Smokey Mole 

Sometimes I am amazed at how little we all can do to help shape the world we all want. What I mean by that is the single most important factor of our personal ecological footprint is now what we eat. A change in your diet will reap more benefits to the environment than any other action you could do. It is … [Read more...]

Cashew Cheese, Tomatoes, Basil & Watercress

Cashew Cheese, Tomatoes, Basil & Watercress

I wanted to try something new and challenging this week. So, in an effort to expand my vegan cheese repertoire, I made a cashew cheese recipe from Tal Ronnin's new book The Conscious … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Layered Hummus Dip with Pita Chips

Mediterranean Layered Hummus Dip with Pita Chips Hummus doesn't have to be boring anymore!  You can get some pre-packaged organic hummus and create this in 10 minutes. High protein and yummy!  Hope you enjoy it. Mediterranean Layered Hummus Dip with Pita Chips   Print Vegan mediterranean layered hummus dip with pita chips Author: Ordinary Vegan Recipe type: … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sweet Spices & Chiles

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sweet Spices & Chiles

I love butternut squash. Unfortunately, before I became vegan, I only ate it a couple of times a year. Now I love finding new ways to enjoy this fabulous fruit. Yes, I said fruit. Butternut squash is technically a fruit because it contains seeds like melons, and cucumbers. It is low … [Read more...]

Crisis and Suicide, There is Always Hope & Ordinary Vegan’s Holiday Lentil Dip

I read the saddest story today. Kate Middleton's nurse who was the recipient of a radio prank committed suicide. Jacintha Saldanha, who helped care for the pregnant Kate Middleton was fooled by a radio station prank when two disc jockeys called posing as Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth. Jacintha believed them and unwittingly helped provide confidential information about the Duchess.  Reportedly, … [Read more...]

Top 15 Healthy Vegan Snacks & How To Stop Saving the Day

Top 15 Vegan Snacks & How To Stop Saving The Day Is someone else's problem your problem? Does it seem like your happiness is connected to how other people live their lives? Are you tired of always feeling like "the bad guy"? If you answered yes to any of those questions, odds are, you have lost sight of your own well being. I felt the same way once. I always say that going vegan was like taking a … [Read more...]

Yummy Vegan Bacon

Am I A Pain in the Ass? & Crunchy Coconut Vegan Bacon

I ask a lot of questions. I try not to be annoying,  but I am curious about most things. Next week I head out to a very exciting vegan seminar called farms to forks. It takes place in a remote area of the country and accommodations are challenging. I decided to go the B&B route mainly because I couldn't find … [Read more...]