Plant Based Diet On A Budget For Health & Wellness

January 26, 2017

A record number of people have pledged to go on a plant based diet in January. Estimates are at  50,000 and growing every day. The Global Food Forum is calling a plant based diet one of the top 5 trends of 2017. Knowing that healthy food is accessible and affordable makes a huge difference when you switch to a plant…

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Macaroni Salad For Your Summer Holiday Parties

May 30, 2016

  OK. Trust me. This macaroni salad was beyond delicious. Truth be told it was inspired by The Pioneer Women macaroni salad recipe, but I made it lighter, lower calorie and 100% vegan! But I got to hand it to that women, the combination of the pickles, black olives, and roasted red pepper is outstanding…

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Vegan Meatballs With Rice and Peas Smothered in Tomato Sauce

May 20, 2016

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…

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Zoodles with Vegan Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes & Kale

January 31, 2016

Zoodles with Vegan Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes & Kale It’s a rainy, stormy day in LA, but I’m keeping warm with this big bowl of zoodles tossed with vegan bacon, tomatoes and kale. I must say this recipe took me by surprise. Maybe it was the addition of the vegan bacon, but I craved it all…

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Vegan Chow Mein with Tofu & Vegetables

March 24, 2015

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi Last week I met a very impressive young man. He was ten-years-old and he told me “he loves animals.” Because of this love and compassion, he made a decision in his very young life…

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One-Pot Tomato Basil Spinach Pasta

March 21, 2015

“It is never too late to take an inventory of your life and change the things that no longer serve you” Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh recommends: “Sit down and take an inventory of your life. If there are things you have been hanging…

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Vegan Manicotti with Spinach Ricotta

February 8, 2015

  Often it can be a little challenging to be both crowd pleasing and plant-based especially when you are serving Italian baked manicotti. People are definitely looking for cheese, but I had no complaints and no left-overs when I served this vegan baked manicotti with spinach ricotta made from tofu. If you don’t like the…

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Kabocha Risotto with Sautéed Chard

February 3, 2015

Kabocha Risotto with Sautéed Chard & Spiced Pepitas About one year into writing my blog, I networked with a plant-based food blogger in my hometown of Boston called Vegan Miam.  Vegan Miam was one of my favorite plant-based food blogs so when I went home to Boston, I invited Rika, the girl behind Vegan Miam,…

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Vegan Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower Béchamel

September 22, 2014

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower Béchamel I said yum a lot while tasting this lovely dish, and I decided to call it the “no cheese vegan mac and cheese” because it reminded me so much of the old-fashioned mac and cheese I used to make. Cauliflower takes center stage in this recipe by providing the…

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Rustic Italian Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Raisins & Toasted Walnuts

September 15, 2014

Rustic Italian Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Raisins & Toasted Walnuts If you cherish pasta like I do, I think you will love this plant-based, high protein rustic Italian pasta with heirloom tomatoes, walnuts, capers and olives. A mouthful but a delectable mouthful. I especially loved the addition of the raisins because they added a sweetness…

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