Book Review: Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food


It’s not easy removing beloved food items from one’s menu. I had both wheat and dairy intolerances as an infant, and while I did outgrow both, I have adjusted my diet to accommodate, at least in part, the wheat intolerance part of those childhood allergies. Allergies do return as one grows older, so it seemed… [Continue Reading]

Sassy and Simple Split Pea Recipes

split peas

A good collection of split pea recipes goes a long way towards supporting a menu plan of cheap food thatís also hearty and nutritious. If you think soup is the only option at your disposal, think again. These fun split pea recipes take this legume out of the boring box and bring it center stage.

Book Review: The Tipsy Vegan


John Schlimmís new book The Tipsy Vegan, released this month is a fun-loving look at a number of ways you can incorporate vegan food to throw the perfect party.

Orange Cashew Cream Sauce

cashew sauce

This recipe from the book Color Me Vegan was shown paired with colorful veggie wraps that used nori sheets instead of tortillas. With only three ingredients and a blender required, itís made my short list for quick and easy party sauces.

Spelt Tortillas


So many of my friends and colleagues are exploring gluten-free food these days, I thought I should give a nod to their efforts by posting this recipe for spelt-flour tortillas from the book Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites. The ingredient list is short, along with the prep time, making this a simple go-to recipe… [Continue Reading]

Vegan Tuna Melt

tuna melt

Finding suitable substitutes for your favorite meals can be a real challenge for those new to a plant-based diet. Thatís why having a few helpful foods for going vegan is critical in the beginning. It helps you stick to your guns during the transition period. Thatís why this recipe for a vegan tuna melt from… [Continue Reading]

Cookbook Review: A Vegan Taste of the Middle East

Vegan Middle East

Linda Majzlikís cookbook, A Vegan Taste of the Middle East, puts an Arabian spin on the plant-based diet.

Curried Vegan Meatballs with Chickpeas and Peanuts


These curried vegan meatballs are one of numerous meatless meatball recipes Iíve run across since starting the transition to a more plant-based diet. The recipe is from Robin Robertsonís savory cookbook, Vegan Fire and Spice, my go-to resource when it comes to spicy vegan recipes. With the exception of the vegan yogurt, all of the… [Continue Reading]

Banana Recipes for Every Occasion

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High in potassium, one of the cheapest produce items around, and available at virtually any grocery store in North America, bananas boast a huge presence in the menu plans of most moms.†

Tasty and Affordable Black Eyed Pea Recipes

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If youíre looking for a fiber-filled food item thatís affordable and relatively simple to prepare, consider the ages-old black eyed pea. Itís popular across a number of international cuisines, takes notably less time to cook than the frequently-used pinto, and doesnít really need to be soaked like other beans.

Flax Seeds: Cheap Protein and Essential Fatty Acids for a Song

flax seeds

While flax seeds have been around for some time now (indeed Charlemagne was touting their health benefits during his time), modern society is finally starting to get a grip on things like the health benefits of flax seeds, how to eat them and what exactly can be prepared with these little nutritional wonders.

Creative Uses for Sunflower Seed Kernels

Goat Cheese with Sunflower Kernels

A popular healthy snack in their own right, sunflower seed kernels are also a great plant-based protein substitute for those with peanut allergies. But did you know you could do much more than snack on them?

Cookbook Review: Vegan Celebrations


While transitioning to a plant-based diet, one of the concerns that pops up over and over again is appropriate food for special occasions and dinner parties. So when I saw the title ďVegan CelebrationsĒ, I had to check it out. While not a comprehensive go-to vegan cookbook, Alicia Simpsonís Vegan Celebrations does live up to… [Continue Reading]

Cookbook Review: Caribbean Vegan

Caribbean Vegan

Taymer Mason, author of the blog Vegan in the Sun, has put together a collection of vegan recipes celebrating the numerous flavors of the Caribbean.

Vegan Mall Dining: Lunch at Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets

While not one hundred percent meat and dairy free, we do try to keep them to a minimum for health and sustainability reasons.