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...]

Coconut Lemon Tart (v/gf)

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I wonder if other countries get carried away with national flag-themed food the way we do in the U.S. Do a search for "Fourth of July desserts" on Pinterest and you'll get a smorgasbord of inventive red, white and blue creations. I'm gonna take a wild guess and assume we do this better than anyone else. Because we are obnoxious Americans. We are … [Read more...]

The Oh She Glows Cookbook Review, Giveaway + Empowered Noodle Bowl (vegan, gf)

Empowered Noodle Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce (vegan, gluten-free)

I must start this off with an apology to my regular readers (if you're still there). This is my first post since November. I had every intention of taking a brief hiatus for December, but I did not intend to leave you hanging for January and February. A clumsy fall resulted in a broken right (dominant) hand just before Christmas. Just after the new … [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...]

Chopped Power Salad (vegan, gf)

I've always loved fashion and buying new clothes, but I love it even more when I'm at a healthy weight. It's been a slow journey, but ever since going vegan (February 2012), I've s-l-o-o-o-o-o-w-l-y been shedding the pounds. Over the weekend, I transitioned my closet from summer to fall. In the process, I thinned it out significantly–removing items … [Read more...]

Gazpacho (vegan, gf)

Creamy Gazpacho Recipe from Mon Ami Gabi #vegan #glutenfree #soup #summer #fresh

I feel so terrible for neglecting my little blog! But I don't feel bad for soaking up every last bit of our short summer season here in Michigan. It's a beautiful time of year (my absolute favorite). I just wish it lasted longer. It's funny because all winter long, when the days were so short and there was minimal light to work with, I had this … [Read more...]

Stuffed Summer Squash (vegan, gf)

Stuffed Summer Squash #vegan #glutenfree #recipe #summer

I know you've all just been hanging by a thread, waiting for my next post, right? No? Hmm. I didn't think so. Well in any case, my apologies for not posting sooner. It's been a while. I don't have any great excuse. I want to say I haven't had the time, but the truth is that I haven't MADE the time. Until today. I hope you'll find this recipe worth … [Read more...]

Powerhouse Pesto Plate (vegan, gf)

Powerhouse Pesto Plate #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree #healthy #ohsheglows

If I saw "Powerhouse Pesto Plate" on a menu, I would order it based on the awesome name alone. Leave it to Angela (author of one of my favorite blogs, Oh She Glows) to create not only a great recipe, but a great name for it, too. That girl is so creative. Even her photos are amazing. Her first cookbook is due to launch in early 2014. If I were you, … [Read more...]

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (vegan, gf)

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #vegan #glutenfree  86lemons.com

A few weeks ago, I had the grand idea of inventing a key lime coconut popsicle recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out so well. I must have used too much key lime juice because they were quite tart. Not horrible, just not what I hoped for. BUT, in the process, I learned an awesome trick for juicing key limes–use a garlic press! … [Read more...]