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...]

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...]