Cherry Chickpea Wrap (v/gf)

Cherry Chickpea Salad Wrap with creamy cashew dressing  #vegan #glutenfree (F)

Finally. I got some things checked off the to-do list last weekend. Stuff like transitioning Hubs' old office into a dedicated photo studio/prop room. Hubs' office is now a small dresser—LOL. Whatever. He barely used it. This room now has a freshly painted table, two book shelves full of props (plates, linens, utensils, etc) and various photo … [Read more...]

Curry Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cashews (v/gf)

Instagram photo of Laketown Beach in West Michigan

What a gorgeous holiday weekend it was here in West Michigan. We had perfect weather. A long bike ride, a BBQ/fireworks bonanza with neighbors, a lazy beach day, dinner with friends, a late night movie, sleeping in—we took full advantage of the long weekend. The party didn't end there. Last night we got together with friends for a potluck. We sat … [Read more...]

Veggie Walnut “Couscous” with Lemon-Basil Cream (v/gf)

Veggie Walnut Couscous with Lemon Basil Cream (vegan, gluten-free)

Who knew? Not only do walnuts make great "meat" but they make great "couscous", too. It's crazy how the texture and flavor are so close to the real thing. And it's SO easy. You can have this meal on the table in no time at all. For the veggies, I used carrots, asparagus and artichokes, but you can use any combination you like. I also added in … [Read more...]

Vegan Mushroom Crostini with Rosemary Lemon Cashew Cream

Vegan Mushroom Crostini

There's a local restaurant that used to have a mushroom crostini appetizer on their menu. It was amazing. When I went vegan, I started ordering it without the goat cheese and it was still pretty amazing. Then they took it off the menu. No idea why. I suppose that's part of the business—rotating menu items and all. But it's so disappointing when one … [Read more...]

Sloppy Veg-Head Joe with Raw Slaw (vegan, gf)

Sloppy Veg-Head Joe with Raw Slaw (vegan, gluten-free)

I'm pretty sure just about everyone I know is in Florida for Spring Break right now. If I see one more sunny beach photo on Facebook, I might cry. Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic. But get this—it may hit 70° here this weekend! I don't think we've seen that temp since September. It's been a looooooong, hard winter. I'll spare you the pity party … [Read more...]

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Edamame-Chickpea Power Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing (vegan, gf)

Vegan Edamame Power Salad  (gluten-free)

Welcome potluck guests! Hopefully you're getting plenty of delicious new recipe ideas along the way! Today I am participating in the bi-annual Virtual Vegan Potluck, which is basically a string of 100+ blogs all linked together with "forward" and "back" buttons/links to guide you through a virtual plant-based progressive dinner, if you will. You'll … [Read more...]

Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix (vegan, gf)

Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix #vegan #glutenfree #recipe #snack

A few times a year, Hubs and a few other guys (the so-called "Back 40 Sportsman's Club") venture up to the U.P. where they act like idiots for an entire weekend–shooting off guns, playing paintball–you know, real "manly" stuff. If I have time, I make cookies or some sort of snack for him to take along. This year, when I mentioned making a spicy nut … [Read more...]

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Sweet Potato Asparagus Cakes with Lemon Basil Cream (vegan, gf)

Vegan Potato Asparagus Cakes

Welcome potluck guests! Have you had to change your shirt from all the drool yet? Today I am participating in the Virtual Vegan Potluck, which is basically a string of 100+ blogs all linked together with "forward" and "back" buttons/links to guide you through an online plant-based progressive dinner, if you will. You'll be taken through eight … [Read more...]

Baked Macaroni ‘n Cheese (vegan, gf)

Baked Macaroni & Cheese #vegan #glutenfree #healthy #comfortfood 86lemons.com

Whew! Two big tasks (an Index page and business taxes) all in one day. So glad to have those two checked off my list. Thank you for the comments yesterday - it helps to know the efforts were worth it. About seven months ago, I wrote a post about a TERRIBLE Macaroni & Cheese with Broccoli recipe. It was an epic fail. So bad that it took me … [Read more...]

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (vegan, gf)

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This has nothing to do with this recipe, but can we just talk about The Bible miniseries on the History Channel for a second? Have you seen it? I had been hearing a lot about it. Last night, after getting home from a trunk show, I decided to go straight to bed because I was out of gas. Then I remembered this series and found it on On Demand. Hubs … [Read more...]