Appetizer


Chicken Out! Vegan and Gluten Free Dilled Chickpea Salad 4

If you’re working on cutting out fish and chicken, you’ll love this vegan and gluten free dilled chickpea salad. Dilled Chickpea Salad I confess. I miss tuna fish sandwiches and chicken salad – but substituting chickpeas with the same flavors is just as satisfying on a plant based diet.  I love […]


Chunky Salsa Taco Salad

Chunky Salsa Taco Salad and my As Seen on TV Confessions 9

I have a confession that is very embarrassing – and it involves this delicious Chunky Salsa Taco Salad. I’m an “as seen on TV” junkie. I’ve tried: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) here is how I would rank some the ones I’ve tried. Music Bullet 10 – […]


11 (Plant-Based) Vegan and Gluten Free Cinco de Mayo Recipes 5

Having a Cinco de Mayo party and just don’t know what to cook? I can help! Here are 11 delicious and healthy Vegan and Gluten Free Cinco de Mayo Recipes! Enjoy! Feisty Vegan Taco Salad   Chipotle Walnut Lettuce Wrap   Festive Mexican Adzuki and Quinoa Bowl with Fresh Salsa […]


Feisty Vegan Taco Salad

Feisty Vegan Taco Salad 13

Crunchy chips, creamy avocado, fresh salsa and a hearty seasoned mixture of walnuts and barley with the kick of cayenne in this Feisty Vegan Taco Salad are perfect to satisfy any Tex-Mex craving. Vegan Taco Salad Do you love traveling? I have to say that I do enjoy some travel […]


Carrot Soup

Maple Ginger Creamy Carrot Soup with Pecans 1

Light jackets, pink noses, colorful leaves and Maple Ginger Creamy Carrot Soup with Pecans. Fall is upon us.  Carrots are such a happy and versatile little vegetable – crunchy and sweet.  They are perfect for both savory and sweet dishes and can be eaten any which way – raw, roasted, […]


Cauliflower, Asparagus and Dill Soup

A healthy, creamy soup without the cream – Cauliflower, Asparagus and Dill Soup Cauliflower, Asparagus and Dill Soup I was sitting in the salon chair leafing through magazines last Friday at my hair appointment when I came across a variation of this soup in this month’s Martha Stewart Living. The […]

Cauliflower, Asparagus and Dill Soup

Warm Fruited Quinoa

Warm Fruited Quinoa – a simple and divine mixture of soft, warm quinoa, flavorful olive oil, sweet dates and raisins, a crunch of walnuts and a touch of sea salt. Olive oil, various fruits, nuts and warm spices are typical in Moroccan cuisine – so here I did a twist on […]


Mini Chocolate Chip Oat Bites and a Giveaway!! 10

Bite size, portable and chewy, these Mini Chocolate Chip Oat Bites will make your tummy as happy as Santa’s elves on a joy ride.   CONGRATULATIONS TO SUZANNE HIGBY! You are the winner of the FIVE FREE smoothies, juices, wraps or sandwiches at Native Sun Natural Foods Stores. Please go […]

Oat Bites

Citrus Barley and Pistachios

Sweet Citrus Barley with Pistachios 6

For a happy side dish, unique breakfast or even dessert, you’ll love Sweet Citrus Barley with Pistachios. Living in Florida is such a blessing.  Not only was I able to take my cream colored Labrador, Tally for a walk yesterday without a jacket on (a fact I can really appreciate […]


Simple Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Crispy Onions

Ready to get a little crazy? How about THIS instead of your same old green bean casserole? Simple Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Crispy Onions. Fresh green beans, Meyer lemon from the tree out front, a hint of aromatic garlic and some crispy onions – what is not to love? […]

Garlic Green Beans

Two Unique Twists on Cranberry Sauce – Moroccan and Cuban 6

Spice things up by creating new twists on old favorites. The family will love these versions of cranberry sauce – Moroccan and Cuban. Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I know many people are already getting stressed about the holiday season.  Not only do many families hit the roads for […]

Cranberry Sauce

Steamed English Peas – Edamame Style

You can still eat healthy foods while working in Corporate America. I can show you how! Today I did an informal lunch-n-learn for a small CSA group I set up at my company.  I reviewed how to store, clean and prep some of the veggies, including English Peas, they might get […]

English Peas Edamame Style

Fresh Avocado Spring Rolls and Dipping Sauces Two Ways 1

Welcome back to Wine Down Wednesday where I will review a vegan dish paired with two different wines.   To pair wines with a meatless dish we must look at the spices and main flavors of the recipe. For the spring rolls we look for a wine that would pair […]


Chinese Five Spice Miso Soup with Shitakes and Edamame 1

I’m still working on cutting back after my recent trip to San Francisco and wine country.  With the weather getting a bit cooler I thought a nice warm but light soup would be nice.   I simply sauteed onions and garlic, added in shitakes and edamame.  The flavor balance of […]


Roasted Eggplant Guacamole But Beware Of The Nightshades

If you’re an eggplant lover – you’ll love this Roasted Eggplant Guacamole recipe….but beware of the nightshades. If you have certain immune or digestive issues, you may be sensitive. Continue reading to learn more. Summer is here and the eggplants are growing like crazy! Roasted Eggplant Guacamole is a fun option […]