How To Save-A-Lot On Your Vegan Super Bowl Party

I love to throw Super Bowl parties, but I don't like spending a lot of money on them. So I was very happy to find a supermarket that offers all the ingredients I need to entertain friends at a low, low PRICE! That store is called Save-A-Lot. Now that we are closing in on Super Bowl 51 , it is menu time and I need to create some vegan super bowl … [Read more...]

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 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 Shepherd’s Pie With Lentils, Mushrooms and Peas

  First of all, before we discuss this incredibly delicious vegan Shepherd's Pie, I wanted to share some of the things I love about fall and winter. People usually look at me strangely when I say I love the short days and cozy nights. But there is so much to celebrate, from cute sweaters to log fires. Furthermore, it means Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all coming, and no matter how old I get, I love the holiday season! I didn't use to like Halloween but now we have 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...]

Meatless Meatballs Smothered in Vegan Dill Gravy

Meatless meatballs, mashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts smothered in dill gravy. I love a hearty Sunday suppah! As we like to call it in Boston. Fall is right around the corner, and I am gearing up and practicing hearty vegan meals to keep you warm and satisfied all winter. So many of you reach out to me about family meals after you make the switch to a vegan diet. I would say this is the kind of meal you could serve to a carnivore spouse or family member and not get any … [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 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...]

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...]

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...]

Unhealthy Oils & Oil Free Coleslaw & Chickpea Cakes

It's almost that time of year again. Cookouts, picnics, corn on the cob, potato salad, and coleslaw. It's hard to believe that Memorial Day is right around the corner, and I am ready for some summer fun and food. Coleslaw is one of my favorites and today I made a light and refreshing, oil-free version. I personally prefer cooking without oil and people are often surprised by my oil-free viewpoint. … [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...]

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...]