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...]

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...]

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...]

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Edamame-Chickpea Power Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing (vegan, gf)

Vegan Edamame Power Salad  (gluten-free)

Welcome potluck guests! Hopefully you're getting plenty of delicious new recipe ideas along the way! Today I am participating in the bi-annual Virtual Vegan Potluck, which is basically a string of 100+ blogs all linked together with "forward" and "back" buttons/links to guide you through a virtual plant-based progressive dinner, if you will. You'll … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Creamy Strawberry Herb Balsamic Dressing (vegan, gf)

Creamy Strawberry Herb Balsamic Dressing #vegan #glutenfree #salad #dressing 86lemons.com

Sometimes I get in a rut with salads and then I get sick of them. I need to change up the ingredients more often. Throw in a more fruity version like this one once in a while. Unless you're like my dad who doesn't like fruit in his garden salad. Then you're just missing out, I guess. This post isn't a recipe for a salad (it's pretty easy to … [Read more...]

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons (vegan, gf)

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons #vegan #glutenfree #salad 86lemons.com

Oh hallelujah! We have SUNSHINE today! I'm going to pretend that there are no rain/snow showers forecasted for Sunday/Monday (boo!) and just be happy for this sunny, almost 50º day. Many of our friends with kids are leaving soon (or have already left) for Spring Break. A boat-load of minivans packed to the gills are headed south to Florida for some … [Read more...]