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...]

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...]

Banana-Apple Buckwheat Muffins (vegan, gf)

Banana-Apple Buckwheat Muffins  86lemons.com #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree #healthy #recipe

Remember the Get Balanced course I wrote about not too long ago? It's a 15-day course focused on balancing your cortisol levels (that would be your stress hormone), which is intricately linked to everything from weight to mood to energy. I'm 11 days in and going strong. You would not believe the amount of substance to this course. Nutritionists, … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (vegan, gf)

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #vegan #glutenfree #dessert #holiday #Easter  86lemons.com

Last weekend we were invited to our friends' house for a vegan, gluten-free dinner. Vegan because of us, gluten-free because of them. It was an excellent meal! For starters, there were chips & salsa and veggies & hummus. Then we enjoyed a salad with roasted pears and stir-fry with vegetables and tofu. We should have stopped there, but there … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mini Tarts (vegan, gf, raw)

Mini Chocolate Tarts #raw #vegan #glutenfree #gfcommunity #foodphotography  86lemons.com

Hubs gets home from work, walks in the door. I'm in the kitchen, which is a disaster zone and I am very irritated... Hubs:  What's wrong? Me:  Oh I just wasted all this time making this stupid recipe and it tastes like crap. Hubs:  Oh no. What is it? Me:  Mini chocolate tarts. They're raw, you won't like it. Hubs:  It looks really good. Me: … [Read more...]

Healthy Banana Bread (vegan, gf)

Vegan, Gluten-Free Banana Bread  86lemons.com

In my last post, I wrote about the vegan Artichoke Spinach Dip I was going to bring to a holiday party. We went to the party on Saturday and no one there knew I was vegan or that I brought a vegan dish. They must have liked the dip because there was barely any left at the end of the night! I also went to a holiday party on Friday night and brought … [Read more...]

Crunchy Walnut Coleslaw (vegan, gf, raw)

Crunchy Walnut Coleslaw Recipe (raw, vegan, gluten-free)  86lemons.com

Brrr!!! It's so cold today. Boo. At least the sun is shining. I'm looking forward to attending a (free!) Holiday Raw Food Demo in Grand Rapids tonight, where I'll sample and learn how to make raw pumpkin pie (among other foods). Anyone is welcome! Last week, I did a trunk show for a lovely gal (hi B!) who kindly loaned me a couple of books by … [Read more...]

Taco Fiesta (vegan, gf, raw) + Detox Week 2

Sprout Jar and Ginger Root (detox week 2)  86lemons.com

Today is day #14 of my 28-day detox. Half way there and going strong. I am learning so much, even growing my own sprouts! And I bought my very first ginger root. I had no idea what I was missing. The sprouts are so much bigger, better and cheaper than store-bought. Not to mention, they are the easiest thing ever to grow. And the ginger - well let's … [Read more...]

Leafy Greens with BBQ Walnut Crumble (vegan, gf, raw)

Leafy Greens with BBQ Walnut Crumble (raw, vegan, gluten free)  86lemons.com

Last night was detox class #2 (out of 4). We talked about poop pretty much the whole time. Yeah. Poop. We were instructed, among other things, to do an enema a day. I'm scared *@!*less to do an enema (pun intended). Jury's out on that one - not sure I can do it. But apparently it makes a huge difference. And the thought of gross mucus lining my … [Read more...]