Plant Strong Diet On A Budget For Health & Wellness

A record number of people have pledged to go on a plant strong diet in January. Estimates are at  50,000 and growing every day. The Global Food Forum is calling a plant strong diet one of the top 5 trends of 2017. Knowing that healthy food is accessible and affordable makes 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...]

Palak Paneer with Tofu & Spinach Gravy

Before I became vegan, I had absolutely no experience with Indian spices. But when I started a plant-based diet, I knew I had to try new spices to change up the flavor profiles of grains, legumes, and vegetables. My go-to spices were always basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. And for some reason I thought I disliked Indian food, but boy was I wrong. Now I realize that Indian spices are a vegan's best friend and I highly recommend getting some of these aromatic seasonings into your spice rack … [Read more...]

Vegan Meatballs With Rice and Peas Smothered in Tomato Sauce

Growing up Italian, I always loved meatballs. As a matter of fact, my childhood nickname was meatball because that was all I would eat. Now all I eat are vegan meatballs. I still haven't found an egg replacer that mimics eggs well enough to really hold a meatball together, but this comes pretty close. I think the oil from the walnuts help and I used flax eggs to bind and add structure. You can find a full list of vegan egg substitutes [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...]

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes 2014

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes 2014

The holidays are upon us again and I have so much to be grateful for. First and foremost, I would like to thank all of you for being part of our compassionate community. I appreciate all your comments and feedback and the generosity you show me when you share my recipes with your friends and family. You inspire me to do better and I … [Read more...]

Braised Tofu with Mushrooms, Dried Cherries & Garlic Sauce

Braised Tofu with Mushrooms, Dried Cherries & Garlic Sauce

Giving up an old part of ourselves can be depressing. That even applies to making new food choices. When you make the decision to no longer eat foods that are not healthy for your body, you are experiencing the highest form of love. Love for thyself. Once you make that commitment, you will be able to manifest love in … [Read more...]

Vegan Red Chile Posole with Chickpeas

Vegan Red Chile Posole with Chickpeas, Jicama, Corn & Squash Just in case you have never tried it, posole (also know as pozole) is a savory and hearty stew and a classic New Mexico dish. It is traditionally served at Christmas but this lighter, vegan version can be eaten anytime. This is my first go at a plant-based version of posole, … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Chia Seed Plant-Powered Breakfast

  Chia Seed Plant-Powered Breakfast  There is nothing like starting your day with the nutritional bonanza of chia seeds. Did you know chia seeds are considered one of the healthiest and most beneficial foods on the planet? A one ounce serving of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. They also contain more calcium than a glass of milk and are loaded with antioxidants … [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...]

Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato with Cashew Sour Cream

Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato with Cashew Sour Cream

One of the easiest, inexpensive, and most satisfying foods you can eat are sweet potatoes. The also pack a wallop of health benefits including B6 which helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.  Other health … [Read more...]

Black Bean Chili in Tortilla Bowls

Black Bean Chili in Tortilla Bowls "Insanity: Eating black beans over and over again and expecting yourself to get tired of them." ~Albert Einstein I adore black beans because they are a vegan's dream food. Not only are they packed with 15 grams of protein and dietary fiber per cup, they are also considered a low-energy-dense food. Low-energy-dense foods help people lower their caloric intake … [Read more...]

Cannellini Bean Salad with Radicchio, Pine nuts and Parsley Vinaigrette

Before we discuss this simple and delicious cannellini bean salad, I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a man in the cash register line at Whole Foods. Me, always the inquisitive one, noticed he was purchasing a six-pack of plant-based Tofurkey Brats. I immediately asked him if he was vegan. He said no and went on to say, "I have to buy these for those vegans!" As if vegan was a dirty word. … [Read more...]