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...]

1 – Getting Started on a Vegan Diet

Getting Started on a Vegan Diet: Podcast #1

Welcome to the the very first Ordinary Vegan Podcast! My new labor of love. To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: Click Here to Subscribe and listen via … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Vegan Food Pyramid For Health & Wellness

Vegan Food Pyramid For Health and Wellness Welcome to the vegan food pyramid. If you are here for the first time, congratulations on wanting to improve your health. Did you know that a vegan diet can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol? Plants contain no cholesterol and your body doesn't need additional cholesterol.  A whole foods plant-based diet is also the number one way to improve your chances of not getting cancer. Many studies point to red meat and dairy as cancer promoters. Diet … [Read more...]

Brown Rice and Beans with Ginger Lime Chile Salsa

Brown Rice and Beans with Ginger Lime Chile Salsa

Here is a bargain meal of brown rice and beans with ginger lime chile salsa that is high in protein and delicious. You can have this with or without the salsa but it really livens it up.  I also enjoy this dish with a ginger, sesame, garlic and soy dressing. However you eat it, have fun and make it your own. … [Read more...]

Roasted Broccoli & Pumpkin Seeds Over Brown Rice

Roasted Broccoli & Pumpkin Seeds Over Brown Rice If you love broccoli, you will love this easy plant-based recipe. If you are not a broccoli fan, you may even like this dish.  What I found out is roasted broccoli tastes very different than steamed or sautéed broccoli. It becomes caramelized and full of complex flavors.  The addition of the high-protein pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) adds … [Read more...]

Chickpea Stew with Spinach, Lemon, Mint Leaves and Red Pepper Purée

Chickpea Stew with Spinach, Lemon, Mint Leaves and Red Pepper Purée There have been a lot of comments and opinions from our Facebook community recently about the amount of celebrities who have embraced a plant-based diet, and I love hearing the feedback. For me, the best part of a celebrity … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Chili with Quinoa, Black Beans & Corn

 Gluten-Free Chili with Quinoa, Black Beans & Corn Did you know that nearly half of the U.S. population is now open to eating a meatless meal between some and all of the time? Wow, we have come a long way,  and I welcome the new members of our community who are part-time vegans. It takes time to make big changes in your life,  and it is much harder to unlearn than learn. For so long … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings & How To Improve Your Health

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings & How To Improve Your Health

"If all you can do is crawl, start crawling" - Rumi  I always say the only way you can change your life is to create new actions.  New actions lead to new opportunities. A fresh era is only 24 days away and a possible beacon for change.  If you think of this new year as a book with 365 … [Read more...]

“Some Like It Hot” No Beef Jalapeño Burger

"Some Like It Hot" No Beef Jalapeño Burger Happy 4th of July everyone. If you are in the USA, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day of fireworks and cookouts with friends and family. I have always loved July 4 because it represents new beginnings and a commitment to freedom. No matter how many times I see the American flag, I still stop and pause, and think about what it represents. It is a very good day to remember, there is always hope. Have a safe and happy holiday everyone. On to food. … [Read more...]

Vegan Macaroni Salad & The Declining Health Of Americans

Yesterday I had a conversation with a relative of mine. He is in his 70s and suffering from diabetes, heart disease and a slew of other debilitating health issues.  I asked him what he had for lunch that day,  and he replied a cheeseburger and french fries. When I told him how much fat and sodium were in that lunch and the direct link between his unhealthy meal and his illness, he truly did not know what I was talking about. It really got me mad. Here is a man in his golden years who deserves to … [Read more...]

Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Tofu

Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Tofu

Today is World Kidney Day and awareness events are being held around the globe. They call it the "silent disease" because you don't usually feel anything until it's too late. World Kidney Day encourages people to be screened to detect any problems early on. More than 10% of people, or more than 20 million, aged 20 … [Read more...]

Cashew Cheese, Tomatoes, Basil & Watercress

Cashew Cheese, Tomatoes, Basil & Watercress

I wanted to try something new and challenging this week. So, in an effort to expand my vegan cheese repertoire, I made a cashew cheese recipe from Tal Ronnin's new book The Conscious … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Chickpeas, Potatoes and Balsamic Vinegar

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Chickpeas, Potatoes and Balsamic Vinegar

What do you do when you're hungry, busy and don't have time to shop? My answer is to stare into my refrigerator and try to create something. Today I had three ingredients - asparagus, some potatoes and basil. Didn't sound like much of a meal until I remembered I had cooked chickpeas and viola! A quick, low-fat, high-protein, plant-strong meal. Hope you enjoy this roasted asparagus salad as … [Read more...]

Green Minestrone Soup with Crushed Pine Nuts

Green Minestrone Soup with Crushed Pine Nuts There is a small corner store in my neighborhood and every once in awhile I pop in for last minute groceries . Recently when I pulled up, a man looking very befuddled and talking to himself,  was standing in front of the store. Unfortunately, you see transient people everywhere, but on this occasion, I was in a small, dark parking lot and a little nervous … [Read more...]

Paying Attention To The Universe & Brussels Sprouts Delight

Brussels Sprouts with Tofu & Apple

Do you pay attention to the universe? I pride myself on paying attention, but every once in awhile, I stick my head in the sand, especially when I am under the influence of my best friends. My best friends always brings out the child in me. When we are together, I do immature things that I would not normally do. … [Read more...]