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Transition to Vegan: Tip #1

Today begins a series of posts that will discuss some of the things that come up when transitioning to a vegan (or raw or other new type of) diet. One thing that I find is that sometimes people are so thrilled about what they are doing and want to jump right into it, they quickly… Continue reading Transition to Vegan: Tip #1

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Good luck for the New Year ~ Black-Eyed Pea Salad

For many, eating black-eyed peas at New Year's is considered good luck, so here is a healthy recipe for anyone who wants to join this tradition. The original version is fairly mild for those who like it that way, but the flavor can easily be pumped up with a little jalapeno, red chile powder or… Continue reading Good luck for the New Year ~ Black-Eyed Pea Salad

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I made the best soup ever today!

I really had no idea this was going to be as good as it was, so I have no photo, and no actual recipe... so this is going to be lots of guesstimates 🙂 But this soup was so amazing that it has to be recorded.  I'm always hesitant to say "It tastes like [insert… Continue reading I made the best soup ever today!

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Garlic Red Pepper Chia Crackers

I have an ongoing love affair with crackers... I absolutely love them.  Vegetable crackers, sweet crackers, tamari-flavored rice crackers, even plain stone-ground whole wheat crackers....  they are such an easy, portable snack or addition to a meal. I think my least favorite crackers are flax crackers, mostly because the flax seeds are usually left whole… Continue reading Garlic Red Pepper Chia Crackers

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Chai Spice Hemp Smoothie

Technically, this isn't a "chai" smoothie, since "chai" means tea in some languages, and there's no tea in this.... but it does use the spices that are used in some variations of Masala chai - Indian spiced tea. Does that have enough qualifiers for you? 🙂 I actually cheated in this smoothie and used Vanilla… Continue reading Chai Spice Hemp Smoothie

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Pumpkin Rice Rounds

OK, I'll tell you right now that I struggled with what to call these things.  They are based on a loaf recipe, but they are certainly not a loaf.  I typed in "Pumpkin Rice Cakes" but then was afraid that people would think I'd made pumpkin-flavored rice cakes.  And they aren't muffins, although they were… Continue reading Pumpkin Rice Rounds

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Pumpkin Butter Smoothie

Ah, fall! While we miss the fresh juicy fruits and baby greens of summer, autumn brings lots of fruits and vegetables that are powerhouses of nutrition. One of my favorites is pumpkin. Pumpkin  is rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It is one of the fruits featuring the highest levels of vitamin A,… Continue reading Pumpkin Butter Smoothie

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Edamame Rice Salad with Apple & Basil

Yesterday was one of those days when suddenly it was time to eat and I had no idea what to make. This is what I pulled together from what was on hand ~ a wonderful combination of textures and flavors, and was a nice dish for the very warm weather we are still having. Edamame… Continue reading Edamame Rice Salad with Apple & Basil

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Spicy Tofu Salad

I think every vegan cook, at some point in their experimenting, comes up with their version of a tofu "eggless" egg salad. I've made a few, some with more or less additional flavors,  and one that was fairly true to the egg salad flavor & texture. This time, I went a different way, based on… Continue reading Spicy Tofu Salad

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Citrusy Spring Rolls

Here I am again with something completely unlike me. I have to admit, I'm not one to mix citrus fruits with much else besides other fruits, juices, and smoothies. But lately, I've been seeing lots of recipes online mixing citrus with strange (to me) things - grapefruit in wraps, oranges in sandwiches and such. I… Continue reading Citrusy Spring Rolls