Dried cranberries, spiced cashews, pickled red onion, and a tangy maple-mustard vinaigrette make this shredded Brussels Sprouts salad sparkle with flavor.  Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dried Cranberries and Cashews Last week my husband and I had dinner with some friends at a local pub. Though most of the menu was your typical pub fare (or at least an American concept of it), it did contain a few vegan or easily veganized dishes. One of them was a shaved Brussels sprouts salad that turned out to be delicious. I’d never had raw Brussels sprouts before and was a little wary, but shredding makes them tender and mellows their flavor. Of course, I had to try making it at home, with a few healthier substitutions. Continue reading →

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Cruising can be intimidating for vegans, but if you follow these 9 suggestions, you’re guaranteed to have a great vegan cruise.

Having a drink during departure is a cruise tradition.

Crusing is scary for most vegans. We’re used to being in complete control of what we eat, and the idea of being trapped on a ship and at the mercy of its cooks prevents many of us from considering taking a cruise. I know I would never have taken a cruise if it weren’t for the fact that my (non-vegan) parents and siblings love to cruise. They’re fans of “floating family reunions,” and I’ve come to agree that cruising is a great way to get the family together without worrying about who’s going to do all the cooking and cleanup. I’ve just returned from my third cruise with my extended family, and I had a great time. And I didn’t starve!

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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

August 31, 2016
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This soup is a delicious, one-pot meal made very easy by using an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker. Add your ingredients, set the time, and walk away. Come back to a delicious, healthy vegan soup! Jump to recipe and video. I know it’s been a while since my last recipe, but I’ve been keeping busy. I’ve […]

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Jacked-Up Vegan Ribs

July 1, 2016
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Jackfruit adds tenderness, moisture, and a pull-apart texture to these incredible seitan-based vegan ribs. No one will believe they are fat-free! I wish I had an interesting story behind this recipe, but the truth is, I saw a photo by Lacey, blogger at Avocados and Ales, of seitan-jackfruit ribs in the very popular Facebook group […]

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Oil-Free Baked Portobello Fries

April 19, 2016
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Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, these baked portobello fries are vegan and completely oil-free. Try them with Horseradish Comeback Sauce! Do you know why vegan cooks are so creative? I think it’s because we’re constantly being tempted by interesting dishes on restaurant menus that are “vegan except for.” You know, the chickpea appetizer […]

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Fat-Free Onion Ranch Dressing

April 5, 2016
Fat-Free Onion Ranch Dressing

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been having fun playing with “cream” made from roasted onions. I promised you recipes, and since a truly fat-free but delicious ranch dressing can be so hard to find, I thought I’d start with my new onion-based version of that classic (but usually decadent) dressing and dip. […]

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Fat-Free Onion Cream

March 31, 2016
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I’ve been experimenting with a new base for fat-free sauces and dressings, and it has opened up so many new possibilities to me that I wanted to share it with you before I start inundating you with recipes that use it. It contains 3 ingredients, no soy or nuts, and is gluten-free. It’s called Fat-Free […]

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Guacamole Potato Skins

February 7, 2016
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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and though I’m not throwing a party, I decided to make a little something special for my husband and me to enjoy while he watches the game and I sit in the recliner beside him and read a book (A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, in case you want […]

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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes with Chickpea Cheese Sauce

January 31, 2016
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I almost let January slip away without a blog post. Christmas vacation for me extended from December 19, when my daughter E came home from college, until January 23, when she went back. During that time, I did a lot of cooking but absolutely no creating of new recipes because I was busy making E all […]

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Pear Spice Upside-Down Cake

December 19, 2015
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I fell in love with the looks of a Pear and Almond Upside Down Cake that someone shared in one of the groups I belong to on Facebook. I loved the pattern the pears made on the top of the cake, so I decided to try to make my own version with a design somewhat in the shape of a […]

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