Bulgur: One Of The World’s Best Foods For Weight Loss

Bulgur is a whole grain that often takes a back seat to more traditional grains like quinoa. Did you know quinoa with 222 calories per cup has nearly twice the calories of bulgur, which has 112 calories per cup? Cup for cup, quinoa has more macronutrients except for dietary fiber. However, if you eat two cups of bulgur, you'll be eating the same amount of calories and nutrients that are in one cup of quinoa. Protein wise, quinoa contains approximately 8 grams of protein per cup and bulgur … [Read more...]

Crudite Platter with Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing

The key to a successful crudite platter is to use all the season's best vegetables. Today I choose green for my crudités because sugar snap peas, green beans, asparagus, cucumbers and green cauliflower were all available at my local farmer's market. I recommend taking a few minutes to properly prepare each vegetable. Here is what you do. Asparagus: Make sure you remove the tough fibrous ends. My trick is to bend the thick end of each stalk until it snaps off. Then boil some water and blanch … [Read more...]

Three Healthy Oil-Free Summer Salad Recipes

I can't believe summer is only a week away, and I am so ready for some easy, healthy summer salad recipes. Summer is too precious to waste indoors and for anyone who enjoys food and cooking, summer offers the finest produce. The key is to keep it simple and just enjoy the fresh, fragrant flavors of these seasonal ingredients. That is what I tried to do with these summer salad recipes. Each salad has it's own unique flavor profile, and every dressing is light and oil-free. There is no … [Read more...]

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...]

Pomelo Salad with Toasted Almond & Coconut

Crunchy & Sweet Pomelo Salad with Toasted Almonds & Coconut

This pomelo salad has it all. Crunchy, sweet, sour with a touch of salty. So yum! This was my first go around with this beautiful citrus, but it won't be my last. For many years, I didn't eat grapefruit because I was on a statin medication before I became plant-based. Grapefruit can affect how fast statins are absorbed into the bloodstream and can … [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...]

Crisp and Tart Vegan Waldorf Salad

Vegan Waldorf Salad If you are not familiar with a Waldorf Salad, it was a signature dish at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. Cole Porter liked it so much that he sang about it in the 1934 tune "You're the Top." A Waldorf Salad is generally made with fresh apples, lettuce, celery, walnuts and topped with mayonnaise dressing. In my plant-based version, I added some tart cherries, golden raisins and … [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...]

Layered Taco Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Layered Taco Salad with Cilantro Dressing I've never met a vegan who didn't love themselves. When I say that I don't mean conceited, narcissistic love, I mean self-love. Six months ago a dear friend of mind stopped eating meat and dairy. It really took me by surprise because I have never known her to take care of herself. She is overweight, depressed and riddled with food related diseases like … [Read more...]

Roasted Beet Salad with Arugula, Walnuts & Leek Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad with Arugula, Walnuts & Leek Vinaigrette There are so many things I love about beets. Did you know drinking beet juice helps lower blood pressure in a matter of hours? Did you know beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps defend cells from inflammation? If that isn't enough, beets also have anti-cancer properties, are rich in nutrients and fiber and can boost … [Read more...]

Asian Seitan Salad with Rice Noodles & Lime Vinaigrette

Asian Seitan Salad with Rice Noodles & Lime Vinaigrette I have been vegan for over three years and in that time I have only made one or two seitan recipes. If you are not familiar with seitan (pronounced "say-tan") it is a traditional Japanese food made by rinsing the starch away from wheat and retaining the … [Read more...]

Mushroom Quinoa Salad with Champagne Chive Vinaigrette

Mushroom Quinoa Salad with Champagne Chive Vinaigrette & How Do I Control My Overwhelming Need To Know?

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." ~~Albert Einstein I have always been a curious person and I could sit for hours and just observe people walking by. … [Read more...]

Vegan Potato Salad With Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette

Vegan Potato Salad With Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette Summer is almost here and that means lots of barbecues and potlucks. Potato salad is an all-American necessity at most of these summer get-togethers, and this vegan potato salad can stand up to any dairy laden version. It uses a tangy vinagrette as it's base with a minimum amount of vegan mayonaise. Actually, you could omit the vegan mayo all together … [Read more...]

Summer Salad with Grated Vegetables & Oil-Free Dressing

Summer Salad with Grated Vegetables, Candied Pecans & Oil-Free Dressing Salads don't have to be boring especially if you are willing to use some imagination and some experimentation. Salads can also be 100% healthy when you eliminate the oil heavy dressings and replace with a fresh oil-free dressing.  I love raw shredded vegetables in my salads because they add a lot of flavor, crunch and brightness. The … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetables with Crispy Fennel & Thyme Vinaigrette

Roasted Vegetables with Crispy Fennel & Thyme Vinaigrette I said it before and I'll say it again, you couldn't pick a better time of the year to be vegan! The Farmer's Market and local supermarkets are full of exotic, colorful vegetables, and all you need is a roasting pan and a drizzle of olive oil to make them come alive.  If you … [Read more...]

Get Your Sexy On With An Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day Dinner

Get Your Sexy On With An Aphrodisiac Valentine's Day Dinner Want to sweep a vegan off their feet this Valentine's Day?  All it takes is a trip to the grocery store. Why? Because the food you consume on Valentine's Day can have a direct impact on your romantic evening.  It is said that aphrodisiac foods can actually boost your … [Read more...]

What Is Your Unique Purpose In Life?

What Is Your Unique Purpose In Life & Kale Salad with Dates, Hemp Seeds & Avocado Dressing "Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls" Joseph Campbell: American mythologist, writer and lecturer  When I was going through a difficult stage in my life, I spent many hours listening to the lectures of American mythologist, Joseph Campbell. That … [Read more...]

Tricolor Chakra Salad & How The Beatles Ruined My Life

Tricolor Chakra Salad & How the Beatles Ruined My Life I know what you're thinking. How could the Beatles ruin someone's life? Well, any woman who grew up in the 60s should understand this. Girls, we were bamboozled by four cute boys from Liverpool. With their mop top hair and their songs of love, no girl … [Read more...]

Black Lentil Salad with Apples & Toasted Coconut

Black Lentil Salad with Apples & Toasted Coconut

How many ways can you say yum? This black lentil salad was a lovely mix of East meets West, exotic but also simple to make. The toasted coconut and ginger add an important crunchy element, and I would recommend using the topping on any of your favorite salads. Before I became vegan, I wasn't that versed in cooking with lentils. I thought they were drab but learned they can be taken to new levels with the … [Read more...]

Top 5 Foods For Beautiful Skin & Grilled Watermelon Salad

Top 5 Foods For Beautiful Skin and Grilled Watermelon Salad with Charred Beets & Tomatoes One of the greatest benefits you get from removing meat and dairy from your calorie intake is a better complexion. That's because fruits and vegetables have a higher water content  than meat and eating foods with high water content hydrate our skin, plump out lines and bring on a radiant glow.  According to many … [Read more...]