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...]

White Bean Chili (vegan, gf)

White Bean Chili (vegan, gluten-free)

Yep, still alive...in case you were wondering. I miss blogging as often I used to and I have so many things to post, just not enough time to post them! Last month, we enjoyed a wonderful vacation to Budapest and Prague. I hope to share some photos and travel tips with you in an upcoming post. We also recently discovered a local vegan restaurant … [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...]

Butternut Squash Frijoles (vegan, gf) + GIVEAWAY!

The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester

Can you imagine writing an entire vegan cookbook in which every single recipe contains BEANS? I can't. But Kathy Hester pulled it off beautifully. And it's not all soups and side dishes, either. From breakfast to dessert, Kathy covers it all. You won't believe all the creative uses for all kinds of beans. What's so great about beans? For one, … [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...]

Southwestern Quinoa Pasta Salad (vegan, gf)

Michigan Seasons

I saw this image on How Does She's Facebook page today and it couldn't be more accurate. As far as I'm concerned, March can start going out like a lamb any day now. I've had enough snow and cold weather. Bring on the sunshine, Lord. Please. My sister, who now lives in Texas, brought her six kids home (to Michigan) for a visit over Spring … [Read more...]

Brazilian Rice and Beans (vegan, gf)

Brazilian Rice & Beans (vegan, glutenfree)  86lemons.com

Mom! Are you out there?! Are you reading this? Cuz this one's for you. My mom makes a mean Spicy Rice & Beans dish that my dad absolutely loves (I think he could probably live on it for the rest of his life). Today, I've got a new twist on an old favorite for her and for all of you, too. I discovered this recipe from an old post on … [Read more...]

Fat-Melting Veggie Chili (vegan, gf)

Fat-Melting Veggie Chili 86lemons.com

What?! FAT-MELTING chili?! Yup. According to Dr. Oz... "Eating the right foods is crucial to weight loss. This vegetarian chili is hearty, tasty and has all of the right fat-fighting ingredients to help you slim down. The protein-rich beans help build muscle, while the hot spices boost your metabolism to burn fat. Perfect for a family meal or to … [Read more...]

Amazing Veggie Quesadillas (vegan, gf)

Absolutely Amazing Veggie Quesadillas 86lemons.com

I don't even know where to begin. I was OVERJOYED (yes - overjoyed) with how this recipe turned out. I could live on these quesadillas and my guacamole and homemade corn tortilla chips (and maybe some dark chocolate) for the rest. of. my. life. This is some serious goodness, I tell ya. Best quesadilla I ever had. Just make it for yourself - you'll … [Read more...]