Vita-Mix

Killer Jalapeño Hummus

October 30, 2014
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Before I get to the recipe, I want to thank you for the huge outpouring of support after my last post. I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers and was honored to hear the stories that you shared. Though it strengthens me to know that I’m not alone, it also saddens me that so […]

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MiracleNaise: Soy-free Mayo plus Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

September 28, 2014
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I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of soy I use–not that there’s anything wrong with it–and completely get rid of soy isolates, which I do think are unhealthy. Unfortunately, the silken tofu I always use, Mori-Nu Organic, contains “organic soy protein,” which is just another way of saying “isolated soy protein.” I […]

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Kale-Powered Tropical Smoothie

April 29, 2014
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Are green smoothies “over” yet? I hope not because I’ve been acting like I just discovered them. After a winter of oatmeal with berries, oatmeal with cherries, oatmeal with apples, oatmeal with oatmeal, I’m happy the weather has warmed up and I can drink my breakfast rather than gum it. And I love that I […]

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Hot and Baba’d Pita Pizza (Spicy Baba Ganoush)

February 28, 2014
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Laziness and lack of planning. If anyone ever asks me the source of my “culinary creativity,” I will have to admit that I owe it all to the fact that I put off cooking until the last minute and then have to break cooking rules and take shortcuts in order to get dinner on the […]

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Holy Moly Spicy Chipotle Dressing

February 22, 2014
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Last week I shared the Simple Chopped Salad that my whole family continues to love. My daughter would be happy to eat it every night, and she even asked me to make it for her school lunch. For my own lunchtime salad, I prefer something a little spicier and without the high-fat olives and walnuts, […]

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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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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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Ridiculously Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup

December 17, 2013
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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 in my head for days before I actually go and cook it because I can’t quite […]

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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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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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Minty Raw Pea and Spinach Soup

March 20, 2013
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As you can see, I’m ready for spring, so ready that I made this almost florescently green soup and ate it cold. If it’s possible to will a spring into springing by eating springtime foods, this minty soup should do the trick. With sweet green peas and fragrant mint, it just tastes like spring. I […]

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Massaged Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seed Dressing

October 7, 2012
Massaged Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seed Dressing

When it comes to kale, I always seem to be lagging behind the cool kids. Though I’m crazy about kale in soups and casseroles and skillet dinners, I haven’t loved the more trendy ways of eating it. I was one of the last food bloggers to try kale chips, and when I did, I was […]

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Gluten-Free Raspberry Corn Muffins

September 7, 2012
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As a Southerner, I’m morally opposed to sweet cornbread. Where I grew up, cornbread is for sopping up the pot liquor from a mess of collard or turnip greens. It’s moist on the inside and has a crispy crust from being baked in a cast iron skillet. It is not the cake-like confection that passes […]

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No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Pie

August 20, 2012
No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Pie

My mother’s strawberry pie is the one dish I remember from my childhood with so much love that I’ve never tried to veganize it for fear of messing it up. The recipe is simple–spread a layer of sweetened cream cheese in a pie crust and pour over it a layer of strawberries in a cornstarch […]

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Chocolate-Cherry Ice Dream

May 3, 2012
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Warmer weather has arrived, bringing with it my craving for ice cream, which seems to go into remission over the winter but comes back with a vengeance when the temp goes over 80. I don’t own an ice cream maker, and I when I get near the vegan ice cream section of the grocery store, […]

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Tofu-Cashew Mayonnaise

April 19, 2012
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So much depends upon mayo. If you think that’s an exaggeration, try eating a dry sandwich or a tempeh salad with nothing but lemon juice to moisten it. For omnivores, the solution is easy: Grab a jar of egg-based mayonnaise off any supermarket shelf. For vegans, it’s a little more difficult; oil-based Vegenaise* and soy-based […]

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Hummus in the Blender

March 12, 2012
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Always travel with hummus. That’s my advice to new vegans and to anyone trying to eat healthy on the road. Having hummus in a small cooler saved us last month when my family went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. With the streets and streetcars closed for parades, we were limited to restaurants we could […]

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Hidden Cashew Ranch Dressing Plus Tips for Eating Salads When You Really Don’t Want To

January 8, 2012
Hidden Cashew Ranch Dressing

We’ve all been there. You’re trying to eat more greens but you just can’t face another lunchtime salad. Maybe it’s because of the prep involved, maybe it’s because it feels like the North Pole outside, or maybe it’s because you’re just sick and tired of chomping your way through a big bowl of raw veggies. […]

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Ethiopian-Spiced Pumpkin Bisque

November 8, 2011
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I can’t pass up a pumpkin. As soon as I see winter squash laid out in rows at our local produce stand, I have to stop and buy many more than we’ll actually eat. My daughter will insist that we pick up a pie pumpkin or two, while I’m drawn to the less traditional ones: […]

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Low-Fat Tahini-Chickpea Dressing

August 8, 2011
Low-Fat Tahini-Chickpea Salad Dressing

Today’s recipe is brought to you by the letter D… not D for “dressing” but D as in my husband D, who can’t get enough of this dressing. He’s been pouring it on salads and drizzling it on sandwiches ever since I made it for the first time (we’re now on our second batch). I […]

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Cashew Carrot Salad

July 31, 2011
Cashew Carrot Salad

I’ve discovered a salad that my daughter will gobble up like candy. In fact, she eats so much of it that she’s almost in danger of turning orange! I’m talking, of course, about good, old-fashioned carrot salad–but with a few updates and improvements.

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Roasted Parsnip and Garlic Soup with Mushrooms

February 3, 2011
Roasted Parsnip and Garlic Soup with Mushrooms

I don’t know what it says about me that after 5 years of blogging, I can still find vegetables that I’ve never written about (or cooked with, to be honest about it).  I’m afraid it means that I get stuck in a rut, using the same tried and true ingredients over and over again, but […]

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Roasted Asparagus Soup

May 11, 2010
Roasted Asparagus Soup

My VitaMix* is making me a lazy cook.  When I have extra produce that I need to use up, do I scour the internet (aka “my favorite cookbook”) for a novel way to cook it?  No, I just toss it into my turbo-charged blender and process it until it’s as creamy as, well, cream, as […]

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Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole

December 28, 2009
Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole

There are certain recipes that fall into a category I call “Louisiana Church Potluck Dishes.” These are dishes that I grew up eating regularly because they were staples at the monthly “Family Night Suppers” at the church of my youth. I remember sampling delicacies like baked cushaw, mirliton supreme, and eggplant casserole without knowing what […]

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Creamy Zucchini and Basil Soup

September 10, 2009
Creamy Zucchini and Basil Soup

While I personally didn’t manage to coax a single squash out of my insect-infested garden this summer, some of you are lucky enough to be reaping in piles of the stuff. So the zucchini part of this recipe is for you. The basil part of it is for me: next to okra, it’s the most […]

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Almost Instant Frozen Fruit Yogurt

September 1, 2009
Almost Instant Frozen Fruit Yogurt

It’s not often I get to have dessert for breakfast and consider it a healthy meal, but that’s exactly what I did yesterday. A sudden craving for something frozen and sweet got me thinking: Why are some foods considered breakfast and others dessert? What’s the difference, really, between muffins and cupcakes, pancakes and dessert crepes, […]

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Blueberry Vinaigrette

July 26, 2009
Blueberry Vinaigrette

I try to eat a big salad every day for lunch, and though I don’t always succeed, I feel much better on those days that I do. As you can imagine, eating the same thing every day could get boring; for me, the key to keeping it exciting is not so much in changing the […]

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Savory Swiss Chard Pie

June 1, 2009
Swiss Chard Pie

This year I got a little ambitious with my summer garden plans, and as a result, nothing’s really as it should be. By this time of year, I’m normally harvesting the first tomatoes and seeing the promising beginnings of eggplants and okra, but because I decided to try to grow heirloom varieties from seed this […]

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Quick and Easy Potato Soup

February 24, 2009
Potato Soup

Alert: Check out the sale on reconditioned Vitamixes going on all this month (October, 2014)! When I first wrote about my new love, my VitaMix blender, and mentioned that my daughter was making herself a batch of potato soup every day after school, I figured it wouldn’t be long before I posted the recipe. To […]

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Triple Corn Soup

February 5, 2009
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I was a little hesitant to post my last recipe because it used a big honking blender that cost more than my first car. Never mind that I feel somewhat embarrassed about spending so much money for a blender; I was mostly worried that people would tune out at the first mention of such an […]

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Creamy Celeriac Soup

January 29, 2009
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I don’t know which is the bigger surprise, that I bought a Vita-Mix or that I bought a celery root. Since the Vita-Mix is the bigger purchase, I’ll go with that. I bought a Vita-Mix! Thanks to a generous Christmas gift, I broke down and did something I never thought I’d do. I’ve put it […]

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Sunny Summer Squash Soup

August 7, 2008
Sunny Summer Squash Soup

I’m not a big fan of “sneaking” vegetables into children’s food–besides the fact that you’re not teaching your kids to like vegetables, you usually can’t sneak in enough to make any nutritional difference. But in the case of this soup, I didn’t start out intending to deceive my daughter. When she asked what I was […]

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Tomato Soup with Roasted Garlic and Seasonal Herbs

February 27, 2008
Tomato Soup

I have a new love, and his name is Tomato Soup. Yes, good old humble Tomato Soup has turned out to be a real friend to me during these long, cold February days. First we were getting together on weekends, when my husband was around to share a meal with us. But soon, we were […]

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

February 6, 2008
Roasted Cauliflower Soup

It’s not the prettiest soup in the world, but this cauliflower soup was a surprise hit with my family. Recently I wrote that most of the soups I make are one-pot meals. But after reading research that says people who begin a meal with a light vegetable soup consume fewer calories than those who don’t, […]

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Gazpacho with Roasted Tomatoes and Peppers

August 27, 2007
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It’s been a strange summer, as far as my tomato garden is concerned. On the one hand, our heirloom and yellow tomatoes haven’t fared well, not because they didn’t grow but because the villains from last year were back again this summer. Yes, the birds (and I don’t mean the ones that menaced Tippi Hedren!) […]

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Green on Green Soup

January 21, 2007
Green on Green Soup

At the beginning of the year, I made a commitment to myself to get back to healthier eating: fewer breads and desserts and more vegetables. I especially wanted to get back into the habit of having a salad for lunch, but so far I just haven’t been able to do it. With the weather so […]

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Naked Orange Mousse

January 11, 2007

I should have left well enough alone. I had a perfectly acceptable photo… But then I had to try to get fancy… ..and wound up making a mess! Actually, I made the same mistake twice. After cleaning up the second spill, I decided to give up. I’ll just have to accept the fact that a […]

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Cherry Soy Yogurt Smoothie

November 12, 2006
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Given the chilly weather here, I should probably be writing about hot drinks, but instead, I’m thinking of breakfasts. A non-vegetarian friend of mine recently asked me what E. has for breakfast on school days. It seems my friend’s daughter has the same problem that E. does—she’s not hungry for breakfast at 6:00 in the […]

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Purple Pesto Soup

November 3, 2006
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When I went out to walk the dog this morning, I noticed that our basil plants were not too happy about our overnight cold snap. The purple opal ones were particularly droopy, and since the weather’s only going to get colder, I knew I needed to use them soon. I’d already frozen as much basil […]

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Pumpkin and Roasted Corn Soup

November 1, 2006
Pumpkin and Roasted Corn Soup

Here in Mississippi, you never know what the weather is going to be like on Halloween. Plan on having a hot bowl of soup for dinner and you’ll be disappointed when the temperature climbs into the 80′s. Last night was like that. Although it was a lovely night and the kids were very comfortable in […]

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