Easy Salsa Recipe for Tomato Season or Year-Round

I love a fresh and easy salsa, and I rarely buy store-bought. Especially during tomato season. Utterly addictive, this bright and spicy easy salsa combines vine-ripened  tomatoes, chipotle peppers, onions, cilantro and garlic to bring out a rich and smokey flavor. I promise you will never want to buy commercially bottled again. I like to celebrate tomato season by making easy salsa,  tomato vinaigrette, roasted cherry tomatoes over pasta or a simple, delicious tomato sauce with a soffrito of … [Read more...]

Easy Soup – Hot and Sour Cabbage Mushroom Soup

Easy Soup - Hot and Sour Soup with Cabbage, Mushrooms & Noodles

This is such an easy soup to prepare, but you would never know it from the complex flavors. Not only that, it can be created in 20 minutes. What more could you ask for? I also love the health benefits. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low … [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...]

Spicy Lemongrass Stir-Fry with Green Rice

Spicy Coconut & Lemongrass Stir-Fry with Green Rice Have you ever asked yourself the question: "What do I stand for?" I read a book recently that challenged me to explore why I was born into this world and what did my life stand for? It also raised the questions of what was I meant to do with my life and what is my true spiritual identity? The book encouraged me to reflect on … [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...]

Black Bean Chili in Tortilla Bowls

Black Bean Chili in Tortilla Bowls "Insanity: Eating black beans over and over again and expecting yourself to get tired of them." ~Albert Einstein I adore black beans because they are a vegan's dream food. Not only are they packed with 15 grams of protein and dietary fiber per cup, they are also considered a low-energy-dense food. Low-energy-dense foods help people lower their caloric intake … [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...]

Asian Noodle Soup with Corn, Carrots & Grilled Pineapple

Asian Noodle Soup with Corn, Carrots, Kale, Bok Choy & Grilled Pineapple

The other day I got really angry. It came on unexpectedly. One minute I was running on my treadmill listening to a book on tape, the next minute I was choking back some strong, scary emotions. I was angry about something in my past and my first inclination was to ignore it and move … [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...]

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...]

Poblano Home Fries, Tofu Spinach Scramble & Spicy Bloody Mary Sauce

Poblano Home Fries, Tofu Spinach Scramble & Spicy Bloody Mary Sauce Happy Mother's Day everyone. I think the best gift you can give your Mom for Mother's Day is an opportunity to enjoy a delicious plant based meal like these yummy poblano home fries and tofu scramble with spicy bloody mary sauce. Who knows?  One meal could be the catalyst for more healthy, plant based meals in your Mom's … [Read more...]

Falafel Tacos with Spicy Mole Sauce

Falafel Tacos with Spicy Mole Sauce This week on Facebook I posted a quote by Dr. T. Colin Campbell from his book "Whole."  It said,  "if we just take an isolated Vitamin C pill we miss out on the cast of supporting characters that give Vitamin C its potency." Dr. Campbell … [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...]

Cauliflower Fried Rice & The True Meaning of Love

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” Maya Angelou Love, love, love. Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching, and I'm ready for it. Not that I have any plans, but this year has a special meaning for me, because now I can fully and … [Read more...]

Top Six Vegan Super Bowl Snacks

Top Six Vegan Super Bowl Snacks

For many Americans, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest food days of the year. Much like Thanksgiving, people often feel horrible the next day from all the fat, sugar and salt. Not us … [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...]

Most Contaminated Produce List & Spicy Mexicali Soup

Most Contaminated Produce List & Spicy Mexicali Three Grain Soup Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can't Lose The holidays have really messed with my blog schedule, but I am back with a vengance today, and cooking up a storm. As we all know, tis the season to cook, and cook, and cook and cook. With that in mind, cooking can be very expensive during the holidays. Especially when you are cooking with all … [Read more...]

Spicy Black Bean Chili with Avocado & Tortilla Strips

Spicy Black Bean Chili with Avocado & Tortilla Strips

A couple of months ago, a 75-year-old women named Helen reached out to me. She wanted to change her diet,  and she needed help. I was so impressed and inspired by her because even at 75 she knew she could make changes in her diet that could improve her life. Helen has now been … [Read more...]