Kale Salad with Blackberries and Toasted Coconut-Pecan Clusters (v/gf)

Kale Salad with Blackberries and Toasted Coconut-Pecan Clusters #vegan #glutenfree (F)

I used to think kale was only used for garnish. I mean, really, who eats that stuff?! I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of plain ol' raw kale. It's bitter and tough and has a terrible aftertaste. Fortunately, it doesn't take much to transform this super nutritious leafy green. A little lemon, a little olive oil, some salt/pepper and of … [Read more...]

Fried Ice Cream (v/gf)

Fried Ice Cream #vegan #gluten-free  (F)

I generally try to keep it pretty healthy here. Not today. This recipe for vegan fried ice cream (with a gluten-free option) is all about SPLURGING. It's a special occasion dessert. One to pull out for birthdays, anniversaries and such. Or maybe you've just had a really bad week and you could use a little food joy. During college, I was a server … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Asparagus Potato Salad with Jalapeño Dressing (v/gf)

Asparagus Potato Salad with Jalapeño Dressing (vegan, gluten-free)

Sometimes the best way to invent your own recipe is to wait until there's barely anything left to eat in the house—then get creative. Which is what happened today. Lunch time rolled around and I was desperate. Usually my clean-out-the-fridge dishes aren't necessarily blog-worthy. But this one turned out pretty great. It's not super inventive, but … [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...]