How To Save-A-Lot On Your Vegan Super Bowl Party

I love to throw Super Bowl parties, but I don't like spending a lot of money on them. So I was very happy to find a supermarket that offers all the ingredients I need to entertain friends at a low, low PRICE! That store is called Save-A-Lot. Now that we are closing in on Super Bowl 51 , it is menu time and I need to create some vegan super bowl … [Read more...]

Holidays Made Easy with Vegan Appetizers You Can Afford

Vegan appetizers are one of my favorite food dishes to prepare and a must for any get-together. These vegan appetizers don't include expensive cheese, but they do include delicious, healthy cheese alternatives. This year I focused on affordability. I often hear how expensive a vegan diet can be but you don't always have to shop at pricey grocery stores to get great produce. This week I tried a … [Read more...]

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...]

Top 5 Most Popular Vegan Recipes

 

A Video Message From Ordinary Vegan

  The Ordinary Vegan community has spoken, and here are the top-5 most popular vegan recipes to date. For more tasty and popular vegan recipes, visit Ordinary Vegan's recipe page. Thanks for being part of our healthy community. I am on a mission … [Read more...]

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie With Lentils, Mushrooms and Peas

  First of all, before we discuss this incredibly delicious vegan Shepherd's Pie, I wanted to share some of the things I love about fall and winter. People usually look at me strangely when I say I love the short days and cozy nights. But there is so much to celebrate, from cute sweaters to log fires. Furthermore, it means Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all coming, and no matter how old I get, I love the holiday season! I didn't use to like Halloween but now we have a … [Read more...]

Vegan Ice Cream with Chocolate Flakes & Coconut Caramel Sauce

I created this vegan ice cream yesterday solely to smother it in Nature’s Charm new vegan coconut caramel sauce. Oh my gosh, I have missed caramel so much since I became vegan but I don’t have to anymore. Nature’s Charm just released a [Read more...]

Vegan Bean Chili With Creamy Cannellini Beans, Green Chiles & Spinach

  Halloween is right around the corner and there is something I always do to prepare for that busy night.  I make a big batch of my vegan bean chili with creamy cannellini beans, roasted green chiles, and spinach. A Halloween night meal should be simple and forgiving.  Meaning you can make it a day or two in advance and rewarm throughout the evening. When family drifts in and out, there is always something hearty and healthy to feed them. Also noteworthy is that this vegan bean … [Read more...]

Meatless Meatballs Smothered in Vegan Dill Gravy

Meatless meatballs, mashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts smothered in dill gravy. I love a hearty Sunday suppah! As we like to call it in Boston. Fall is right around the corner, and I am gearing up and practicing hearty vegan meals to keep you warm and satisfied all winter. So many of you reach out to me about family meals after you make the switch to a vegan diet. I would say this is the kind of meal you could serve to a carnivore spouse or family member and not get any … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Vegan Meringue with Summertime Berries

I need to introduce you to my love. It is vegan meringue. Oh my goodness. To be honest, I was very skeptical about using chickpea brine to make vegan meringue, but I got over that quickly. This meringue was light, airy and formed stiff peaks. Not only was the texture great, but it was absolutely delicious. I don't know about you but meringue is one of my favorite sweets. Sure it has sugar but everyone needs a treat once in awhile. You could use this vegan meringue in any recipe that calls for … [Read more...]

Easy Corn Chowder with Potatoes, Red Pepper & Dill

This easy corn chowder highlights the savory taste of seasonal vegetables. Fresh and sweet, corn is one of the summer's greatest pleasures. What I love most about this easy corn chowder is that it's simple yet hearty and creamy without the cream. I substituted the cream with some Silk unflavored almond milk, and it worked brilliantly without the added calories and fat. Corn has been getting a bad rap lately. In … [Read more...]

Palak Paneer with Tofu & Spinach Gravy

Before I became vegan, I had absolutely no experience with Indian spices. But when I started a plant-based diet, I knew I had to try new spices to change up the flavor profiles of grains, legumes, and vegetables. My go-to spices were always basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. And for some reason I thought I disliked Indian food, but boy was I wrong. Now I realize that Indian spices are a vegan's best friend and I highly recommend getting some of these aromatic seasonings into your spice rack … [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...]

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...]

Healthy Dairy Free Diet Beverages

Dairy Free Diet Caramel Latte

For the past few months I have been blogging about the environmental and health benefits of following a dairy free diet. Many of you mentioned that you would miss milk drinks, so with the help of Silk, I made it my mission to come up … [Read more...]

#9 – How Sandy Gooch Started A Natural Foods Revolution

How Sandy Gooch Started A Natural Foods Revolution

"Sandy Gooch single handedly pioneered a natural foods revolution for everyday people" ~~~Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey Sandy Gooch was experiencing seizures and chest pains at too young of an age. Upon investigation, Sandy Gooch found that what she was eating was making her ill. She made an immediate change in her eating choices.  Little did she know, in … [Read more...]

Methane & Giving Up Cow’s Milk To Help Save The Planet

Methane & Giving Up Cow's Milk To Help Save The Planet

Did you know methane gas emissions is considered the next climate crisis?  Did you know methane gas is a more potent gas than carbon monoxide? If you knew that making small changes to your diet could help reduce the methane crisis would you be willing to help? April … [Read more...]

Jackfruit Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa & Coleslaw

Jackfruit Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa & Coleslaw

I think these jackfruit tacos will take you by surprise. If you have never had this delicious fruit before, it shreds beautifully and has a nice firm texture. It also does an excellent job of absorbing the flavor profile of anything you decide to marinate it in. Not only that, it is one of the rare fruits that is rich in the B-complex group of vitamins. Jackfruit is also abundant in dietary … [Read more...]