Macaroni Salad For Your Summer Holiday Parties

  OK. Trust me. This macaroni salad was beyond delicious. Truth be told it was inspired by The Pioneer Women macaroni salad recipe, but I made it lighter, lower calorie and 100% vegan! But I got to hand it to that women, the combination of the pickles, black olives, and roasted red pepper is outstanding and creative. So thanks for the inspiration. Sorry I didn't get this recipe out before the weekend, but it should come in handy for … [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...]

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 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...]

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...]

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower Béchamel

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower Béchamel I said yum a lot while tasting this lovely dish, and I decided to call it the "no cheese vegan mac and cheese" because it reminded me so much of the old-fashioned mac and cheese I used to make. Cauliflower takes center stage in this recipe by providing the creamy, cheesy like sauce. I love using cauliflower in my recipes not only for the taste, but … [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...]

Pasta Frittata with Corn & Mushrooms & Serendipity

Pasta Frittata with Corn & Mushrooms August 18 - National Serendipity Day It was one of those days. I was in a bad place. My life as I knew it felt over and I didn't know what to do so I went to the movies. It was such a happenstance that I choose the movie "Forks Over Knives." I hadn't read any reviews about it but as I was pondering my choices in front of the movie marquee, I noticed it was … [Read more...]

Asian Pasta Salad with Kale, Cabbage, Asparagus and Sugar Snap Peas

Asian Pasta Salad with Kale, Cabbage, Asparagus and Sugar Snap Peas I'm Italian and there is nothing like a big bowl of pasta to make me happy. Today I made a whole wheat pasta salad with an Asian touch. I always use whole wheat pasta because it contains complex carbohydrates and is an excellent source of fiber. It is also lower on the glycemic index than white pasta. If you are wheat intolerant, I … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Vegan Pho Noodle Soup

Vietnamese Vegan Pho Noodle Soup Noodles houses are all the rage here in Los Angeles. My personal favorite is Vietnamese style noodle soup, but it is very difficult to find vegan pho. Pho consists of noodles in a light sweet broth usually accompanied by basil, lime and chili.  The combination of sweet, salty, spicy and citrus is a perfect balance of  flavors. Traditional pho is often made with animal … [Read more...]

No Bake Vegan Lasagna with Ricotta

No Bake Vegan Lasagna with Ricotta "The steeper the climb, the greater the view" Vegan Actor, Musician, Jared Leto This week I was thinking about my hard won epiphany.  It was the moment I realized that I can survive and be happy without something I always thought I needed to exist. I could never have experienced that spiritual awakening had I not changed my diet three years … [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...]

Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Bok Choy & Baby Broccoli

Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Bok Choy & Baby Broccoli

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! That being said, I was really in the mood for something green today so I made these yummy ramen noodles topped with all things green. The ramen noodles are made by a company called [Read more...]

Conspiring With The Universe To Achieve Your Goals

Conspiring With The Universe To Achieve Your Goals & Pad Thai Noodles with Basil Sauce & Fresh Vegetables

At a very early age, my maternal grandmother taught me about faith. My grandmother was very evolved for her day and also very spiritual. She was Christian Science,  and she would take me to the Christian Science Reading Room in Boston, where we would … [Read more...]

Cabbage Roll Soup & Eating For The Environment

Cabbage Roll Soup & Eating For The Environment

As many of you know, I am studying plant-based nutrition through an online program offered by Cornell University. Yesterday,  I watched a very powerful lecture by Bruce Monger who teaches oceanography at Cornell. The lecture was on the environmental impact of eating an animal-based diet on the ocean. I wanted to … [Read more...]

Spaghetti with Zucchini and Carrots

Spaghetti with Zucchini and Carrots

Being back in New England brings back many memories especially of food. Largely food I don't eat anymore like lobsters, steamers and fried clams. Yesterday I was scouring the shelves of a small local New England grocery searching for quinoa when I ran into one of my favorite comfort foods as a child - the Sno Ball. I was … [Read more...]

Pasta Salad with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

Are You Grumpy? It Could Be Your Diet &  Pasta Salad with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

I say it here all the time. You are what you chow down. Even vegans can eat unhealthy foods that make them grumpy. Grumpiness can be avoided by limiting your sugar, increasing your good fats and avoiding the foods that ruin your mood. A successful non-grumpy  diet includes lots of healthy fats that improve mood. Did you know sixty percent of our brain consists of fat? … [Read more...]

Zucchini and Tomato Vegan Lasagna with Basil Pistachio Pesto

Zucchini and Tomato Vegan Lasagna with Basil Pistachio Pesto Whenever I have company, I love making a hearty dinner with familiar flavors. Today, I made this fresh and flavorful zucchini and tomato vegan lasagna. It was inspired by a raw lasagna recipe I came across. The zucchini adds a nice crunch with hardly any calories, no cholesterol and no fat. So pile on that zucchini. Cheese gives lasagna a salty flavor so I replaced that with this pistachio pesto. At any rate, it was a big hit with the … [Read more...]