Lighter Fare


Fight Cold and Flu with Chicken-less Noodle Soup 2

  Immune boosting, virus-fighting, Chicken-less Noodle Soup to help you through cold and flu season on your vegan or plant-based lifestyle.   There are three things that tell me it’s flu season – the weird remedies that start to come out (such as one made from Muscovy duck liver and […]


Winter Spinach Salad with Warm Rice and Beans 4

A Winter Spinach Salad with warm rice and beans, and tons of winter veggies like fennel, broccoli and radishes, smothered in a lemon, garlic dressing.   It’s January. Isn’t this the time of year we’re supposed to be doing a detox?     Let’s face it.  The “holidays” really start when Halloween […]

Winter Spinach Salad

Four-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 4

Though it’s still warm here in Florida, fall spirit has descended upon us like a warm, cozy, trendy, scarf-wrap. This four-ingredient Pumpkin Pie Smoothie will help get you in the warm and cozy mood, without the hairline sweat you’d get from downing a hot PSL in 90 degrees.     But […]


Grilled Tomato Sauce 4

Have you ever made a grilled tomato sauce?  Ooooo…..have I got the recipe for you!   A few weekends ago I took a trip to NYC. A friend of mine made salsa by grilling the tomatoes, onions, garlic etc. and then pureed it for a smoother texture. The flavors were […]


Grilled Balsamic Portabella Burgers 4

  Grilled Balsamic Mushroom Burgers are a light, delicious alternative to beef burgers. No cholesterol and low in calories – yet moist and full of flavor.  A win-win!     It’s time to take a vote. Portobello or portobella? Which is the correct spelling?   I tend to lead towards […]


Mango & Avocado Spring Rolls with Nutty Dipping Sauce 4

Here in Florida we’re in full even-my-eyelids-are-sweating mode, and it’s only June.  It’s time for something cool and fresh – like Mango & Avocado Spring Rolls with Nutty Dipping Sauce.   These fresh mango and avocado spring rolls are a little sweet, a little savory, a little crunchy, a little soft […]


How To Cook Brown Lentils In Bulk Using A Pressure Cooker 2

What if you could live years longer just by eating a cup of super-yummy lentils per day? What’s that you say? I’d love to learn how to cook brown lentils but it takes too long to cook them? Let me introduce you to the pressure cooker.   But first, let’s get […]


Ten Vegan Cinco de Mayo Tacos To Inspire You! 4

  Cinco de Mayo. It’s not just a margarita filled haze. It’s also good food, friends, bright colors and Mexican beer too. We can’t forget the beer. Today I’m featuring simple, versatile, vegan tacos. An ode to Cinco de Mayo tacos, if you will.   In the past I was […]


Corn and Black Bean Salad 5

Bumble Bee Corn and Black Bean Salad – a salad that got a self-professed veggie and bean hater to say, “I actually enjoyed that. I could eat that. It had a lot of flavor!”  And shhh……he had no idea it had no oil in it!   Note: This is the […]


Pesto Penne With Crunchy Broccoli and Grape Tomatoes

  Healthier eating without sacrificing taste – my Pesto Penne With Crunchy Broccoli and Grape Tomatoes is a delicious gluten-free side or perfect as a main with some grilled tofu or tempeh on top.    Note!  If you’re staying home for Valentine’s Day, this is the perfect meal – simply […]


Vegetarian Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa – No Pre-Cooking!

This 100% plant-based, Vegetarian Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa recipe has bold flavor, is simple to make, there’s NO pre-cooking, and don’t take my word for it. It’s been family tested and approved.   Go ahead, ask me if I like my slow cooker.  Most normal people would reply, “Does a […]


Roasted Polenta Fries with Balsamic Tomato Dipping Sauce 2

Try something a little different for this holiday’s appetizer – Roasted Polenta Fries with Balsamic Tomato Dipping Sauce.   Crispy fries made from organic corn with a balsamic tomato sauce you could eat with a spoon. (In fact, that’s exactly what I did.)     I’m a little nervous.   I’ve done a […]


Kid’s Corner – Edamame with Asian Sauce [Video] 5

Slurp-worthy Edamame with Asian Sauce. Hands off my edamame!   I’ve discovered four truths while leading cooking classes with kids.     First, kids love getting messy.   You’ll swear that your one pot is actually a Gremlin hitting water. It multiplies. But we need to let them get messy and have fun […]


Mashed Potato Substitute with Cannellini Beans 4

You might call this Smashed Cannellini Beans, but the creator of this recipe, my seven-year-old daughter, aptly called them “mashed potatoes without the potatoes”.   This was the very first recipe she created, executed and cleaned up after herself. She called me in when she was done to taste her creation. […]