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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (vegan, gf)

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free)

Happy World Vegan Day! That's right, November 1 marks this annual occasion, followed by a month-long celebration called World Vegan Month. If you're thinking of testing the waters, check out this excellent article on tips for going vegan. It's full of really great, practical advice from several vegan experts–and it was written by my cyber-friend, … [Read more...]

Apple Tart (vegan, gf)

Apple Tart (vegan, gluten-free)

Once in a while, I find a really good blog that sucks me in for way too long. Just one more post, I tell myself. Then that post links to another great post and there I sit, lost in someone else's life. Why is it we are so intrigued by the lives of perfect strangers? Would we be this interested in these people if we had met face to face? There's … [Read more...]

Russian Tea Cakes (vegan, gf, raw) + COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

Practically Raw Desserts by Amber Shea Crawley #vegan #cookbook #giveaway

Hold onto your hats, folks. That's right, I'm doing two cookbook giveaways in a row. I'm blowing your mind, I'm sure. In case you missed it, the first was Kathy Hester's Vegan Slow Cooking for Two (or Just for You). Today, I'm introducing you to Amber Shea Crawley's Practically Raw Desserts, which you can win by entering below. When Vegan Heritage … [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...]

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...]