Cashew Coconut Bites

This is a very simple healthy dessert recipe. It is one of my dried fruit-based desserts, made with all healthy ingredients and no empty calories. People really enjoy this little sweet treat–and moms were happy to give it to their kids! Ingredients 1 cup medjool dates (or other moist date), roughly chopped ½ cup toasted chopped…

White Bean & Spinach Soup

“Foods for the Blues” was the theme for this recipe. Winter brings short days and chilly temperatures; this may affect our moods and energy levels. Certain foods can help diminish the winter blues and boost your energy.  Many of the ingredients in this dish are recommended for the cold winter months. It’s an easy recipe, yet…

Spicy Sautéed Cabbage & Tomatoes

Cabbage is a wonderful vegetable full of great nutrition (see below). It is great roasted, baked, and sautéed–or in salads, soups and stews. In this recipe the cabbage is sautéed with just a few simple seasonings that are quite tasty together. Ingredients 4 tablespoons olive oil, or your favorite cooking oil ½ teaspoon brown/black mustard seeds…

Chocolate Chia Mousse

This is a variation of my Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding recipe. Instead of leaving the chia seeds whole, I blended all of the ingredients together to attain a smooth and creamy consistency. The texture is very much like mousse. The customers really enjoyed it! Ingredients: 1 (13–14-ounce) can coconut milk ¼ cup chia seeds ¼ cup…

Chickpea Salad

In this recipe I use ingredients that are commonly found in tuna salad. Vegenaise (reduced fat) and Just Mayo are usually my mayos of choice, but you can use any mayonnaise you like. The nutritional yeast adds flavor and protein to the dish. I like to coarsely mash the cooked chickpeas to have some texture. I…

“Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup

I often use nutritional yeast as a vegan cheese substitute because of its cheesy taste. It is not active, so does not promote yeast growth in the body. Nutritional yeast is a complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids. It’s an easy way to add extra protein to your dishes and extra flavor…

Lentils with Caramelized Cabbage & Onions

I wanted to create a new lentil recipe–something other than another lentil soup (which I often prepare). During the summer I made a few lentil salads, but now that the weather is cooler I decided to try something new. Rather than make a cool salad with lentils, I prepared a warm lentil dish. French lentils, (small) brown…

Tofu Scramble

This is one of my favorite tofu dishes. I often prepare this at home for breakfast or brunch. It’s a great alternative to scrambled eggs. People really enjoy it! Ingredients 1 (14–16-ounce) block extra-firm tofu 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil) ½ teaspoon turmeric 1 cup chopped onions ½ cup diced…

Tomato Vegetable Soup

Tomato soup is a childhood favorite (yes—the kind from a can). This recipe is definitely a healthier version. The kale, quinoa and nutritional yeast add extra fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals to the dish. It’s chock-full of nourishment! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup chopped onions (1 small onion) 2 tablespoons minced fresh…

Artichoke Pesto

Some years ago I tasted artichoke pesto for the first time. I loved it! I looked at the list of ingredients and decided to try to recreate the dish. I attempted to make a vegan version as well, though the original recipe was made with Parmesan cheese. You can try it either way; they are…

Corn Chowder

Creamy chowders are all all-time favorite! This recipe is a lighter, healthier chowder, yet it is still quite tasty. Now that the cooler weather is upon us, I’m breaking out my favorite soup recipes. This one got great reviews. Comfort food without the guilt. Ingredients  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil)…

Chickpeas & Kale with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I have often shied away from using legumes that require overnight soaking and hours of cooking–though I do believe this is a healthier choice than canned legumes (beans). I like to provide ways to save time when creating my recipes, but this time I decided to use dry chickpeas as they are on sale this…