Simple Chopped Salad

February 15, 2014
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A minor miracle occurred at my house on Thursday night when my teenager went back for a third helping of salad. And not just any salad–a salad that contained radishes, which she “hates.” We were having the salad with two of her favorites dishes, mac and cheese and roasted asparagus, and it was no surprise […]

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Zuppa Vegana: Italian Potato, Bean, and Kale Soup

February 8, 2014
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It’s been a big week here in the FatFree Vegan household. First of all, last Saturday we got a new family member! If you’re a Facebook follower or NewsBites reader, you’ve already been subjected to the cuteness that is our still unnamed kitten. But in case you’ve missed one of my press releases, here’s the […]

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Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

January 26, 2014
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Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. If you’re looking for a snack that you can eat without guilt while all of your friends and family are stuffing their faces with chips and guacamole, have I got a treat for you. Make that two treats!

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Brown Rice Vegetable Paella

January 23, 2014
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The first time I had paella, I didn’t know it. I had invited my Venezuelan college roommate home with me over a school holiday because, in those days, the dorms completely closed over breaks, leaving the international students with no place to stay. For some reason, my parents weren’t home, and we were left to […]

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Clementine Dressing with Wasabi and Ginger

January 17, 2014
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For a long time I’ve been stuck on apples in my lunchtime salad, but yesterday my eyes fell on the bowl of clementines on the counter, and I just couldn’t resist adding them to not only the salad but the dressing as well. I’ve been wanting to try one of Dr. Fuhrman’s many orange and […]

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Gingery Carrot and Tomato Soup

January 8, 2014
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Last week my husband came home with a 5-pound bag of organic carrots. “Kroger was out of the smaller bags,” he said. “So I thought you could make that carrot soup you’ve been talking about.” Me? Carrot soup? Clearly D has some other, carrot-loving wife he’s confusing me with because carrot soup is not something […]

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Black-eyed Pea Chili with Quinoa and Corn

January 1, 2014
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Happy New Year! In my newsletter this week, I asked my subscribers what they would rather have, a new semi-healthy dessert recipe or a new black-eyed pea recipe. I received a handful of replies, and all but one of them voted for the black-eyed pea dish (the other wanted both!) Well, I didn’t have time […]

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Vegan Mushroom Gravy

December 23, 2013
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My family celebrated Thanksgiving two days late this year. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my parents arrived early in the day to watch their college play its big football game, and my brother and sister-in-law arrived shortly afterward. The game was nearing its end, and I was in the kitchen reheating all the food I’d […]

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Ridiculously Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup

December 17, 2013
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You can make this creamy, ridiculously easy, vegan broccoli soup two ways, curry spiced or savory. For someone who has such definite opinions about all sorts of things–politics, football, sensible shoes–I can be so indecisive in the kitchen that it’s a wonder my family doesn’t starve. I’ll often have an idea for a recipe brewing […]

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Introducing NewsBites!

December 11, 2013
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I’ve been spending less time in the kitchen lately because I’ve been creating something I hope you’ll like, the first FatFree Vegan newsletter called NewsBites. NewsBites will keep you up to date on everything that’s going on on–from my own new recipes here on this blog to new reader-submitted recipes on the “main” site […]

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Jalapeño-Orange Cranberry Sauce

December 9, 2013
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I’ve learned over the years not to tamper with a family favorite recipe if I want our daughter to eat it. She wants her lasagna to taste like lasagna not spaghetti squash lasagna and her green bean casserole to be covered with those evil fried onions, not caramelized onions and bread crumbs. But I never […]

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding

November 20, 2013
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This vegan bread pudding is full of the aromatic flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, combined with the rich, amber taste of maple syrup. Jump to recipe. Well, it’s that time of year again, the time when I throw all caution to the wind and offer you something a little richer, a little more decadent, […]

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Mushroom and Tempeh Gumbo

November 15, 2013
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Thanksgiving is about 2 weeks away, so I thought it was about time I posted an appropriate recipe. To me, this is “Thanksgiving Gumbo” because it contains mushrooms, sage, and thyme, all flavors that I associate with this time of year. Though it’s based on the Louisiana trinity of onion, peppers, and celery and it […]

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Spaghetti Squash Pesto Lasagna

November 7, 2013
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Right before I went vegan, I made the best lasagna I had ever tasted. It was called Pesto Lasagna, and it contained eggs and three kinds of cheese. It was so rich and creamy that I never tried to recreate it as a vegan because a cheeseless, low-fat version seemed impossible. I’m not usually one […]

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White Bean Stew with Winter Squash and Kale

October 22, 2013
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Based on the Chilean Porotos Granados, this vegan white bean stew includes butternut squash, kale, and fresh basil for a hearty and flavorful one-pot meal. I’ve been hearing the internet chatter about the wonders of Rancho Gordo beans for a while, but with no Whole Foods in my town (yet), I thought I wouldn’t get […]

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Sausage-Flavored Breakfast Beans and Grits

October 9, 2013
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In my quest to eat breakfast more regularly, I’ve discovered two things about myself: fruit-heavy breakfasts don’t really satisfy me and carb-heavy breakfasts just make me hungry for lunch earlier. Protein is a different story. Tofu omelets and scrambles fill me up and satisfy my hunger for a much longer time than oatmeal or smoothies, […]

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cakes with Apple-Pecan Compote

October 1, 2013
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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. My family has endured multiple dentist and doctor appointments, a teen sleepover/surprise birthday party (not for our teen but at our house), and a Homecoming dance (complete with an emergency run back to the store at the last minute to have the security tag removed from the dress). […]

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Chickpea and Broccoli Bowl with Tahini Sauce

September 18, 2013
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Chickpea: We’ve got to stop meeting like this. Quinoa: Why, when we fit together so beautifully, your Rubenesque form nestled in my bed of tiny spheres and tendrils… Chickpea: Stop it, you’re making me blush. Or is that the smoked paprika? Whatever. It was good while it lasted, but I want to see other grains. […]

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My Homemade Treadmill Desk

September 12, 2013
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Today I have a different kind of recipe for you…a recipe for health. [Cue the echo chamber and the dramatic music.] All melodrama aside, a few months ago I read an article that scared me. A current study shows that the more you sit, the more likely you are to die. Yes, not become obese […]

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African-Inspired Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers

September 4, 2013
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Sweet potatoes, black beans, and a hint of peanut butter combine with cumin and ginger to create these delicious West African-inspired veggie burgers. Happy Labor Day! Okay, I’m a few days late, but believe me, making these burgers was a labor (get it?) of love. I had a craving for a burger that would combine […]

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