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...]

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...]

6 – Incredible Health Benefits of Chia, Hemp and Flax Seeds

Incredible Health Benefits of Chia, Hemp and Flax Seeds

When I began my plant-based journey, it was tough for me to wrap my head around all the new, exotic and unfamiliar seeds available.  But when I realized the health benefits of chia, hemp and flax seeds, I knew I had to learn how to work them into my everyday life. After four years of research and experimenting, I discovered which seeds were the most beneficial to my health and which seeds I should … [Read more...]

Creamy Polenta with Cabbage Topped With Greens & Pine Nuts

Creamy Polenta with Cabbage Topped with Greens & Pine Nuts

Last night I made some creamy polenta with onions and garlic. I added some nutritional yeast to give it a bit of a cheesy flavor and cabbage for richness. I don't cook polenta very often because it's often difficult to find non-GMO, organic polenta. I bought mine in bulk at Whole Foods, but you can also purchase a brand like [Read more...]

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

An unusual roasted cabbage recipe was featured in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. Anything that includes cabbage always catches my eye. The recipe called for the cabbage to be blanched for one minute in boiling water, dried, drizzled with oil and placed directly into the barbecue coals. Rotate every 5 minutes for an hour. Remove and set aside for 10 minutes. Now, I didn't … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Grilled Portobello Mushroom over Mashed Cauliflower Smothered in Gravy

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” ― Pema Chödrön Rejection. Ugh - one of my least favorite words. Even though I know most rejection involves lamenting over something you never had, it still stings! I have spent the last year of my life writing a cookbook proposal. It has always been a dream of mine to write a book and now I feel … [Read more...]

Boston Baked Beans with Jalapeño Cornbread

Boston Baked Beans with Jalapeño Cornbread

It's that time of year again. Super Bowl 2015 has arrived. This year I wanted to show my support to both teams by creating a lucky plant-based Super Bowl signature dish that highlights the most iconic foods of both regions. Today I started with New England. What could be more New England than a Boston … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Zucchini Cakes with Spinach

 Gluten-Free Zucchini Cakes with Spinach, Arugula & Basil Sour Cream Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, Dave Barry, once wrote: "minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables." A clever and funny way to describe how bountiful zucchini can be. Which is why even though they are a type of … [Read more...]

Chili Stuffed Squash with Black Beans

  Chili Stuffed Squash with Black Beans and Vegetables Many of our visitors to Ordinary Vegan are first-time guests and I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to start embracing a plant-based diet. A plant-based/vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds and eliminates all meat and dairy.  The health benefits are astounding and here are some … [Read more...]

Brussels Sprouts with Lemon, Garlic & Toasted Bread Crumbs

Brussels Sprouts with Lemon, Garlic & Toasted Bread Crumbs

If you know someone who doesn't like brussels sprouts, try this recipe on them. There is something about the acid from the lemon and the crunch from the bread crumbs that presents these delicious little cruciferous vegetables in a whole new light. The vegan butter is optional, but the butter might … [Read more...]

Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato with Cashew Sour Cream

Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato with Cashew Sour Cream

One of the easiest, inexpensive, and most satisfying foods you can eat are sweet potatoes. The also pack a wallop of health benefits including B6 which helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.  Other health … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrots and Avocado with Cilantro Dressing

Sometimes the yummiest plant-based recipes are the simplest combination of flavors and textures like these colorful roasted carrots and avocado. This is the perfect combination of crunchy, creamy and the cumin seeds impart a distinctive aromatic flavor. The best part is you can nibble these guilt-free whenever you feel like a snack. Also, let us not forget the health benefits of carrots and … [Read more...]

Holy Moly Sweet Pea Guacamole

Sweet Pea Guacamole Just found out it is officially "Guacamole Day." Who knew? So to celebrate I made one of my favorite guacamole recipes. Hope you enjoy this easy sweet pea guacamole recipe as much as I did, and Happy Guacamole Day. Holy Moly Sweet Pea Guacamole   [Read more...]

Roasted Chipotle Salsa & The Veganator Strikes Again

Roasted Chipotle Salsa & The Veganator Strikes Again My family likes to joke and call me the "Veganator" because I am always bringing up reasons for them not to eat the food they are ready to put in their mouth. They say, "watch out, here comes the Veganator!"  Well, I'm no Arnold Schwarzenegger but I can't help myself. After everything I have learned from my plant-based nutrition course at Cornell, my … [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...]

Chilled Rice Salad with Water Chestnuts, Kiwi and Lime

Chilled Rice Salad with Water Chestnuts, Kiwi and Lime Dressing Sometimes the simplest dishes are the most delicious dishes. Hands down, this is one of my favorite side and rice dishes. It is also very healthy. The vinaigrette is a combination of lime, apple cider and cilantro and a with a very small amount of oil. I served it this weekend with a skewer of grilled thai tofu and vegetables. It was … [Read more...]