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...]

Three Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies That Work

Healthy holiday eating is always a challenge.  On average people gain about 2 pounds between Halloween and New Year's Eve. Two pounds doesn't sound like much, but as the years go on, it can add up. My #1 healthy holiday eating strategy is always begin your holiday meal with soup. Filling up on a healthy, high-fiber soup first can help prevent you from overeating later. Several [Read more...]

Vegan Roast Wellington with Lentils, Mushrooms & Chestnuts

"We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." ~Joseph Campbell I love Joseph Campbell and especially that quote. It took me awhile to get it right but somehow I did. Sometimes we are just too close to the action to understand how unhealthy it is for us. … [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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Healthy Dinner for the Holidays: Savory Vegan Turnover

Healthy Dinner For The Holidays - Savory Vegan Turnover with Yams, Mushrooms, Sausage and Gravy

It's so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only three weeks away. Time is flying. I won't be cooking this year, but I will be experimenting with a new healthy dinner recipe all this month. This week's healthy dinner is a savory vegan turnover with yams, … [Read more...]

Vegan Meals For The Holidays: Stuffed Red Lentil Loaf

Vegan Meals For The Holidays: Stuffed Red Lentil Loaf with Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Walnuts & Spinach

It's that time of year again and I am on a quest to create delicious vegan meals that can be your protein centerpiece for the holidays. I know you can always get a [Read more...]

Roasted Cauliflower with Smoky Paprika and Tomatoes

Roasted Cauliflower with Smoky Paprika, Chili Powder, Lemon & Tomatoes

I love making vegetables center stage and a hearty dinner doesn't have to include animal protein. This smoky roasted cauliflower in tomato sauce is a good example of that. The preparation was relatively simple and the combination of ingredients tasted incredibly fresh. After it was … [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...]

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...]

Vegan Stuffing with Tempeh Bacon, Mushrooms, Cranberries and Pistachios

 Vegan Stuffing with Tempeh Bacon, Mushrooms, Cranberries and Pistachios

Hi Everyone and welcome to our Virtual Vegan Potluck. The easiest way to describe this virtual potluck is picture 136 vegans from around the world who will each share a yummy plant-based recipe with all of you. Following my bread stuffing and mushroom gravy recipes, you will find a … [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...]

Kale & Quinoa Salad & Having Faith In a Crisis

 Kale & Quinoa Salad & Having Faith In a Crisis

Much like 9/11, Friday, December 14, 2012 has changed our lives. We are now shadowed by a fear that didn't exist the last time we sent our children to school. I cried when I first heard the news, and my tears continue today, but I also know we have to hold on to our faith in people and the world. I bring … [Read more...]

Vegan Mushroom Gravy And Mashed Potatoes

"We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who's right and who's wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, and all kinds of things that we don't like about our associates, or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel … [Read more...]

Wild Rice Stuffed Squash with Pecans & Sweet Dried Cherries

Wild Rice Stuffed Squash with Pecans & Sweet Dried Cherries Today is Veterans Day in the United States. For our vegans outside of the USA, Veterans Day is an official holiday honoring our armed service veterans. I always feel emotional on this holiday. Veterans put themselves in harm's way, fight battles, perhaps become injured and face the possibility that they might never see their loved … [Read more...]