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...]

Creamy Broccoli Casserole with Mushrooms & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Creamy Broccoli Casserole with Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Italian Bread & Vegan Eggs

I am calling this week's recipe a broccoli casserole, but it's actually a vegan version of a strata. A strata is similar to a quiche or frittata made from a mixture which mainly consists of bread and eggs. I was worried this broccoli casserole wouldn't … [Read more...]

Zoodles with Vegan Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes & Kale

Zoodles with Vegan Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes & Kale

It's a rainy, stormy day in LA, but I'm keeping warm with this big bowl of zoodles tossed with vegan bacon, tomatoes and kale. I must say this recipe took me by surprise. Maybe it was the addition of the vegan bacon, but I craved it all day even after devouring a big bowl. My vegan bacon of choice was made by a company called [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...]

One-Pot Tomato Basil Spinach Pasta

One-Pot Tomato Basil Spinach Pasta "It is never too late to take an inventory of your life and change the things that no longer serve you" Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh recommends: "Sit down and take an inventory of your life. If there are things you have been hanging on to that are not useful and deprive you of your freedom, find the courage to let them go. An overloaded boat is easily capsized by wind and waves. … [Read more...]

Vegan Manicotti with Spinach Ricotta

  Vegan Manicotti with Spinach Ricotta Sometimes it can be a little challenging to be both crowd pleasing and plant-based especially when you are serving Italian baked manicotti. People are definitely looking for some cheese, but I must say I had no complaints and no left-overs when I served this vegan baked manicotti with spinach ricotta. If you don't like the idea of using organic tofu, you could … [Read more...]

Kabocha Risotto with Sautéed Chard

Kabocha Risotto with Sautéed Chard & Spiced Pepitas About one year into writing my blog, I networked with a plant-based food blogger in my hometown of Boston called Vegan Miam.  Vegan Miam was one of my favorite plant-based food blogs so when I went home to Boston, I invited Rika, the girl behind Vegan Miam, to coffee. … [Read more...]

Rustic Italian Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Raisins & Toasted Walnuts

Rustic Italian Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Raisins & Toasted Walnuts If you cherish pasta like I do, I think you will love this plant-based, high protein rustic Italian pasta with heirloom tomatoes, walnuts, capers and olives. A mouthful but a delectable mouthful. I especially loved the addition of the raisins because they added a sweetness that offset the earthiness of the walnuts and the … [Read more...]

Vegan Ricotta Gnocchi with Asparagus, Mushrooms & Peas

Vegan Ricotta Gnocchi with Asparagus, Mushrooms & Peas Next month I have a three-year vegan anniversary coming up. What an exciting journey it has been. When I started out, I had no idea what the impact of going vegan would have on my life, and the life of many others. Our [Read more...]

Vegan Artichokes alla Romana

Vegan Artichokes alla Romana

The gluten-free craze is sweeping America. As we all know, Americans love their fad diets, and now many consumers have latched on to gluten-free living. A new survey from market research firm ,NPD Group, found that 29% of … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Reasons I Love Being Vegan

The Top 10 Reasons I Love Being Vegan & Spaghetti Squash alla Puttanesca When you open your mind and body to the universe,  anything is possible. Love is in the air this week,  and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with all of you the top 10 reasons I love being a vegan. Drum roll please. 1. I am healthier than I ever thought I could be. I spent a good portion of my life taking medication for diseases like cholesterol. After only three months on a plant-based-diet, I … [Read more...]

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan with Cashew Ricotta

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan with Cashew Ricotta I love affirmations, and they have seen me through some tough times. If you are not familiar with them,  affirmations are thoughts, ideas and stories to reprogram your consciousness to change your reality. Our consciousness creates our reality,  and how our consciousness is programmed is how our body, life and perceptions are programmed. You can change your everyday reality and re-invent yourself when you reprogram your consciousness with … [Read more...]

Vegan in Italy, Animal Free August & Ordinary Vegan Mushroom Ravioli with Green Pea Puree & Pinenuts

  Hi everyone! I am finally back from my overseas vacation,  and I have to admit, I missed my blog. It was an amazing trip and I am so grateful to my girlfriends for taking time from their busy lives so we could all go together. Italy was not as much of a challenge as I thought for a vegan, and when in doubt, spaghetti pomodoro was my best friend. Fortunately, our accommodations in Tuscany had a small kitchen,  so after a long day of sightseeing, we stayed in and enjoyed some home cooked … [Read more...]

Is it OK to Kill a Fly in a Buddhist Class? Patience & Ordinary Vegan’s Roasted Veggie Lasagna with Nutty Cow Ricotta Cheese

  Sunday I went to my first meditation Buddhist teachings class. Saw an ad for it in the local newspaper and thought why not? The location was a park nearby,  and it was a beautiful day so I packed up my blanket, water, sunblock, a sandwich and a comfy, cozy cushion to sit on. Perfect way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday - right?  The first thing that went wrong was that the park was full of … [Read more...]

Your Bad Habits Aren’t Your Fault

You Bad Habits Aren't Your Fault & High Protein Chickpea Pasta with Parsley Pesto

I read a fascinating book this week called "The Power of Habit". It is about neurological cravings and habitual behavior. The book looks atYour Bad Habits Aren't Your … [Read more...]

Fixing Other People’s Problems and Italian Stuffed Peppers

Fixing Other People's Problems and Italian Stuffed Peppers

When I was around nine or ten years old, my Grandmother gave me a princess outfit and a magic wand for my birthday. I loved that magic wand and I thought "wow" I can do anything now. The first thing I did was wish for a bike for my friend Alan. Later that day, he went home and his mother had bought him a bike. He immediately rode his bike over to my house and we just stared at that magic wand. We … [Read more...]