Air fried black-eyed peas make a crispy snack. Make them as spicy as you like by varying the amount of the Creole-style seasoning you use.

Air fried black-eyed peas make a crispy snack. Make them as spicy as you like by varying the amount of the Creole-style seasoning you use. Oil-free, vegan and naturally gluten-free.

Happy New Year! At the end of each year, I try to come up with a new black-eyed pea recipe so that I can start the year off with the Southern tradition of black-eyed peas and greens. Since I don’t want to be too traditional, I try to create something a little different each time. This year I decided to really shake things up by using one of my new gadgets, a Phillips Air Fryer, to make a crispy black-eyed pea snack that would fit in at a New Year’s Eve party or in front of a New Year’s Day football game.

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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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How to Eat Vegan on a Carnival Cruise

October 4, 2016
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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. 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 […]

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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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