Vegan and oil-free, these fat-free Spanish Potatoes are pre-cooked and then air fried, making them crunchy and spicy on the outside, creamy on the inside.

Crispy Fat-Free Spanish Potatoes

Lately I find that much of my cooking inspiration comes from going out to restaurants with few vegan options and being forced by hunger to order something I wouldn’t ordinarily eat. Last Saturday, after a long day of marching and standing at the Women’s March on Jackson, I wound up with some friends at one of the few places in town that is open at 3pm on a Saturday. A glance at The Manship’s menu told me that they served no vegetarian entrees, much less vegan, but a very helpful waitress showed me the side dishes I could have as a vegetable plate. One of them was Spanish Potatoes, and it turned out to be one of the best potato dishes I’ve ever had. Crunchy and spicy on the outside, creamy and soft on the inside, each little morsel was a delight.

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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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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dried Cranberries and Cashews

November 17, 2016
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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.  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 […]

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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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