Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Bone Char Free Sugar

In 2014 I wrote a blog post about sugar and bone char. It is one of my most popular posts. People are often surprised, even shocked, to find out that bone char free sugar is not the norm! Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and according to the [Read more...]

Vegan Ice Cream with Chocolate Flakes & Coconut Caramel Sauce

I created this vegan ice cream yesterday solely to smother it in Nature’s Charm new vegan coconut caramel sauce. Oh my gosh, I have missed caramel so much since I became vegan but I don’t have to anymore. Nature’s Charm just released a [Read more...]

Vegan Meringue with Summertime Berries

I need to introduce you to my love. It is vegan meringue. Oh my goodness. To be honest, I was very skeptical about using chickpea brine to make vegan meringue, but I got over that quickly. This meringue was light, airy and formed stiff peaks. Not only was the texture great, but it was absolutely delicious. I don't know about you but meringue is one of my favorite sweets. Sure it has sugar but everyone needs a treat once in awhile. You could use this vegan meringue in any recipe that calls for … [Read more...]

Easy Scones with Strawberries & Coconut Whipped Cream

Before we discuss these delicious, easy scones, I want to mention food labels. Reading food labels can be a tricky business. Sometimes we see words like all-natural on foods and often assume that the foods do not contain any hormones, antibiotics or artificial ingredients. However, that is not true. Not only that, many people think that "natural" and "organic" mean the same thing. That is also not true. Neither the FDA nor the USDA has rules or regulations in the United States for … [Read more...]

Vegan Tres Leches Cake With Strawberries

Vegan Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries Using Nature's Charm Vegan Sweetened Condensed and Evaporated Milk

Before I became vegan, my birthday cake of choice was always Tres Leches. Up until yesterday, I haven't had a Tres Leches cake for over 5 years and figured I could live without it. Until last week. That's when [Read more...]

Raspberry Lime Vegan Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Curls

Raspberry Lime Vegan Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Curls If you think making sorbet requires a lot of hard work and an ice cream machine - think again. This plant-based vegan sorbet  is so simple to create and only requires a blender or food processor. Did you know that eating one cup of raspberries is only 64 calories and provides you with 54% of your vitamin C needs and 41% of manganese? One cup … [Read more...]

Vanilla Tasty Brand Cookie Cupcakes

Vanilla Tasty Brand Cookie Cupcakes If you have never had turmeric, it is a sharp, earthy spice with a hint of ginger and a key ingredient in Indian curries. It also adds a lot of color to food and is used to make American mustard yellow. Overall it is very tasty, but the best part is the anti-inflammatory molecules. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory … [Read more...]

Orange Rice Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate

Orange Rice Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate For me, there is nothing like the combination of orange and dark chocolate. It brings back wonderful memories of the orange sherbert chocolate ice cream bars I ate as a child. As a homage to these orange sherbert bars,  I decided to make this creamy orange rice pudding. I topped it with some shaved dark chocolate with maca. If you are not … [Read more...]

How Safe Is Your Cookware? & Berry Dumplings In A Clay Pot

How Safe is Your Cookware & Berry Dumplings In A Clay Pot

I do a lot of research on food safety, but even I was utterly confused about cookware safety.  Following my research, I peered into my dark cupboards, and started pulling out all my cookware. First, it was shocking how much I had stocked over the years, and more surprising was how much non-stick … [Read more...]

Biscotti Cookies With Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam

Biscotti Cookies with Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam

I came across some super yummy jams last year at a pop-up. They are called Laura Ann's Jams, and they are infused with exotic spices and flavors like Blueberry Basil, Raspberry Habanero, Rockin Jalapeno (my favorite), and Strawberry Vanilla Bean among others.  Types of jams you are not likely to find in your local … [Read more...]

Get Your Sexy On With An Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day Dinner

Get Your Sexy On With An Aphrodisiac Valentine's Day Dinner Want to sweep a vegan off their feet this Valentine's Day?  All it takes is a trip to the grocery store. Why? Because the food you consume on Valentine's Day can have a direct impact on your romantic evening.  It is said that aphrodisiac foods can actually boost your … [Read more...]

Vegan Plum Cobbler and Ice Cream

Vegan Plum Cobbler and Ice Cream

Do you make promises that you can't keep? I have been so disappointed in people who have made promises to me and broke them.  Some of those broken promises have actually shattered my heart. Last week I blogged about my vegan journey and how important it was for me not to break the vow I made to myself about eating animals.  So I … [Read more...]

Healthy Raw Chocolate Smoothie

Healthy Raw Chocolate Smoothie

I don't believe in drinking your calories, but sometimes a girl like me needs something rich, sweet and frothy. This raw chocolate smoothie always fits the bill. If you want to get real ambitious you can make fresh Brazil nut milk instead of the boxed almond milk. Nut milk isn't hard to make and once you try it,  you will never want to go back to manufactured boxed non-dairy milk. You do not need to soak Brazil nuts, as they do … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Mousse – A Healthy Decadent Dessert

Vegan Chocolate Mousse - A Healthy Decadent Dessert I have been celebrating my birthday all week and more importantly, celebrating two years plant-strong. I wanted to honor both of these landmarks with something decadent, and this vegan chocolate mousse hit the spot. It is dairy and gluten free, and ridiculously simple to make.  It is also high in protein.  Oh yeah, and did I mention delicious? Yum! Hope you enjoy this vegan chocolate mousse recipe as much as I did. Don't  miss any of Ordinary … [Read more...]

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

 Being Thankful Everyday

Happy post Thanksgiving everyone. Hope all of you had a thankful and bountiful celebration. I know I did, but I am feeling a bit sluggish from that savory feast. In addition to the lovely holiday meal, we all know Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what we have.  In difficult times, that can be challenging, but we can always find … [Read more...]

Avoiding GMOs When Eating Out

Avoiding GMOs When Eating Out & Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream When we eat packaged and processed foods, most of the time they contain ingredients we didn't count on including pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms(commonly known as GMOs). According to The  Institute for Responsible Technology, large manufacturers … [Read more...]

Meghan’s Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts

Meghan's Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts

September 6, 2012 Two weeks ago, at the Farms2Forks Immersion weekend, I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful and inspirational people from all walks of life. Farms2Forks is a weekend-long educational retreat to teach the … [Read more...]

My Wabi-Sabi Life, Vegan Haikus and Ordinary Vegan’s Imperfect but Delicious Plum Galette

  Nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect . There is a new expression I recently discovered, and it seems to fit my life perfectly. That phrase is wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi represents a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural … [Read more...]

Loving Yourself on Valentine’s Day

Loving Yourself on Valentine's Day & Fran's Ultimate Chocolate Sauce

I have a problem with Valentine's Day. Valentine's day is about love, and I am a true believer in love but Valentine's Day is all about loving others, and you can't genuinely love anyone until you truly love yourself. So how do we go about loving our self on Valentine's Day and every other day … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread & Haunted by Old Bad Habits

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Do you ever feel caught between the person you want to be and how you really are? Last week I was haunted by an old habit of mine. I was at a spa and fell in love with the spa shoes that were provided. Let me further explain this by saying, I have terrible problems with my feet and never can find anything that fits or feels comfortable. So I was quite surprised when I put … [Read more...]