Category Archives : Low Cal


Spice Up Your Life with this Seasonal Black Bean and Pumpkin Enchilada Bake

A seasonal take on classic flavors – Black Bean and Pumpkin Enchilada Bake made with bonus recipe ~ Chunky Enchilada Mole Sauce.  This bake has a perfect balance of spice and a hint of seasonal pumpkin – without the heat! Before I get to this delicious recipe I’ll share a few […]

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Tender Roast Tofurkey with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Tart Dried Cherries – for the Perfect Vegan Thanksgiving!

One taste of this Tender Roast Tofurkey with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Tart Dried Cherries and you will have a new Thanksgiving tradition.  I typically try to stick with whole foods as much as possible but this Tofurkey roast was one of those splurge items that really neat to try. […]


Apple & Mushroom “Stuffing” Hash with Roasted Root Veggies

For anyone looking to cut gluten naturally this holiday season try this Apple & Mushroom Stuffing Hash! It has all the flavors of Thanksgiving but with all natural veggies and no bread. There are so many of us that want to eat healthier but over the holidays it almost seems […]

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Autumn Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Lentil Soup with Aromatic Fresh Sage

Today is my three year bloggiversary! To celebrate I am posting a creamy Autumn Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Lentil Soup with Aromatic Fresh Sage will put you in the mood for fall. Savory and comforting with all the traditional holiday flavors will have you giving thanks that Thanksgiving is right […]


Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

This Italian Panzanella is full of fresh veggies, dressed perfectly in a rich, tangy dressing, and topped with the crunch of toasty bread. What’s not to love? Sometimes I just want to be a little naughty. I am not an individual that suffers from celiac disease or even a wheat […]

Italian Panzanella

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All Natural Banana Bread ~ Moist, Gluten Free, Vegan and 100% Delicious!

This fall twist on all natural banana bread is sure to please with it’s moist texture, warm cinnamon, tart dried cranberries and lots of nuts and seeds. The traditional banana breads call for at least a cup of sugar, a stick of butter and an egg or two to round […]


Out-Of-This-World EASY Eggplant “Parm” ~ Vegan and Gluten Free

 Wednesday is a big day. I’m goin’ back to school! What will I be taking? Classes towards my certificate in plant based nutrition with Cornell! Here is the info on it…. “A powerful science-based approach to nutrition that can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity […]

Easy Vegan and Gluten Free Eggplant Parm

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Back to School! Kid Tested Vegan Gluten Free Snack Idea – Grape Skewers with Lemon Vanilla “Frosting”

 I thought I was SOOOO smart. At my daughter’s daycare I had created tons of vegan and gluten free lunch and snack ideas that she loved and were easy to prepare.  With all her food allergies to wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts and dyes (like red 40) it was just easier […]


Tips on How to Make Dinner Quick, Easy and Cheap!

 True or False – you will save money if you make it from scratch. True. Sort of. I think back to my days before children, when I could gallivant about the city going to weekly wine tastings and dinners.  I was young, professional and thought I was hot stuff.  Several […]

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Simply Sophisticated Dessert – Strawberries, Agave and Crystallized Ginger

Gently sweet, a little salty and a little spicy. Is your mouth watering yet? Anyone that follows my blog knows that I tend to keep things simple. As soon as I the ingredient list climbs above 7 items I know the likelyhood of people making it goes way down.  We […]


Bowl-Licking-Good Lentil Soup. Kid Tested and Mother Approved!

This Bowl-Licking-Good Lentil Soup will have you cleaning your plate bowl and asking for seconds. Can it be that good? Yes , yes, yes!  When you see a 4 year old drinking the last bit of soup out of her bowl, you know it can’t be bad. This soup manages to be […]

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Quinoa Florentine

Savory Quinoa Florentine

Savory Quinoa Florentine is a simple and elegant dish with sautéed tomatoes, caramelized onions, aromatic garlic and wilted spinach. Before I get to my Savory Quinoa Florentine recipe – I’d love to  share a few insights I’ve learned over the journey of life. Make the time to do the important things.  What are the […]


Nutritional Yeast Vinaigrette

One of my most favorite ingredients ever! Nutritional yeast is a vegan support formula where yeast (a form of fungus/mushroom) is grown on molasses, heated to kill the yeast, and finally dried into the texture of flakes.  It may be fortified with B Vitamins and has about 70 calories and […]

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Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet and only around 150 calories!

Gingery Pepita Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet. 100% delicious. These are so satisfying and EASY to make – you’ll never spend money on pre-made bars again.  I’ve been making tons of variations of these with whatever is on sale.  I simply add enough dates, […]


Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Surprise and delight your friends with this Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge!  Over a week ago I had this post read to print when the unthinkable happened.  In an effort to get back to some normalcy and keep my mind off things I am up and looking at […]

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Vivian’s Rockin’ Raw Root Veggie Salad

The moment one learns the joy of cooking is the moment things get interesting. A whole world opens up. Recipes, cookbooks, classes, TV shows and food blogs. It can be a bit overwhelming to the point that there are so many recipes you would like to create you ask, what will I […]


Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies over Fresh Citrus Salsa and Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto PLUS Tips on How to Make Tofu Look Like Chicken!

Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies Open your mind…… “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” ― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto “Many people know that animals around the world are treated badly, yet they turn their minds away.” – Ruby Roth, Vegan is Love So I […]

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Roasted Cabbage with Caramelized Onions and Sun Dried Tomatoes

 There is one vegetable that always stumps me. I ask people what they do with it and they almost always say make slaw.  A few times I went ahead and made it – usually an Asian version with the gigantic napa cabbage from my organic CSA Farm Share, KyV farm, and […]


Roasted Carrots with Lentils and Sunflower Seeds

Roasted Carrots with Lentils and Sunflower Seeds is both delicious and satisfying; coarse sea salt, aromatic cumin and sweet carrots pump up the volume on your taste buds, and hearty lentils keep you fuller, longer. Two days ago I clicked on a photo and my mouth started watering. Over carrots. I was […]

Roasted Carrots with Lentils and Sunflower Seeds

Savory Veggie Burger with Vegan Cheese

Three Tips on How to make a Great Vegan Veggie Burger (and a Savory Veggie Burger Recipe)!

  I’ve finally discovered the secrets to making great tasting great veggie or bean burgers when they used to fall apart, turning into mush. The first secret is some flour – any kind will do; add it a tablespoon at a time until the mixture is firmer but only just […]