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...]

Summer Salad with Macadamia Nut-Cherry Crumble (v/gf)

Summer Salad with Macadamia-Cherry Crumble (vegan, gluten-free)

I'm about to knock your socks off with this killer salad. And guess what? It's an 86 Lemons original! I guess after almost two and a half years of vegan cooking, I should be able to come up with my own recipes by now. Still, I'm tootin' my own horn over here because this summer salad is the SHIZZLE! A while back, I bought a small container … [Read more...]

Sugar Snap Peas with Mint and Warm Coconut Dressing (v/gf)

Sugar Snap Peas with Mint and Warm Coconut Dressing (vegan, gluten-free)

Three weeks ago, we were having dinner with friends when one of them started rattling off her Easter dinner menu. I can't remember what was on it, but it sounded amazing. She's a wonderful cook and takes great care with presentation. If I wasn't going to celebrate with family, I'd be begging for an invite to her house. I wish I was … [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...]

Mediterranean Crostini (vegan, gf)

Mediterranean Crostini (aka bruschetta) with tomatoes, artichokes and Kalamata olives. #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #appetizer

I haven't given an update on the greenhouse lately. Mostly because there's not much to report. Things started out well, but then I took off for a week to attend a conference and left the watering/tending to Hubs. It happened to be an extremely hot week and unfortunately, they didn't get enough water. Nothing died (though nearly), but it certainly … [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...]