Side dishes
Vegan "Cool Ranch" Dip

Vegan “Cool Ranch” Dip

  It’s the sophisticated chip dip for St. Paddy’s Day. I mean, it’s peppered with parsley and chives so that counts for green, right? This vegan “Cool Ranch” Dip won’t be pinched either because of it (note to those who don’t know the St. Patrick’s Day rule of thumb: If you aren’t wearing green on March 17, it gives...
Southwestern Quinoa Bites

Southwestern Quinoa Bites

If you juice at home have you ever wondered what in the world to do with the leftover vegetable pulp? I have all your problems solved with these incredible Southwestern Quinoa Bites–chock-full of quinoa and juicing pulp. (Side note: even if you don’t juice at home, I got you covered on how to still make...
Gluten-Free Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Gluten-Free Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

It’s chili weather here (click here for an awesome recipe) today so a cornmeal muffin stuffed with jalapenos seems like the perfect pairing. I quickly got busy this afternoon in the kitchen creating a recipe that well-suited my taste buds which inevitably got me to thinking. Being in the kitchen does that for me. It’s my...
Cranberry Walnut Vegan Cheeseball

Cranberry Walnut Vegan Cheeseball

I’m climbing out of this miserable stomach bug that had me down for almost a week. I traveled to Denver and got so sick during my stay that I wouldn’t even want my worst enemy to experience what I went through. I cannot recall ever feeling like that. Ever. Coming out of it, there are now a...
Gluten-Free Vegan Crackers

Gluten-Free Vegan Crackers

I have the worst luck trying to find gluten-free products worthy of buying at the grocery store that truly taste good. Do you have this problem too? It’s why I make so much of my food at home and I tell you, there is something about making a food from scratch (especially a snack-type of food) that...
Cauliflower Tater Tots

Cauliflower Tater Tots

There is something about tater tots that takes me back to my childhood school days of healthy eating at the cafeteria. Nothing screams good-for-your-body more than a handful of deep-fried tots and whole milk to guzzle it down. Deep-fried Cauliflower Tater Tots? Oh now that is a different story. That’s health food folks because it has cauliflower....
Creamed Kale

Creamed Kale

I’m taking a step back from Halloween posts (*gasp* – a girl can’t live off of Halloween foods…well, she can but she shouldn’t…) to talk about a particular vegetable that is all the craze these days: Kale. I’m not the biggest fan of kale. I feel like I should be because it’s all people have...
Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing

So a funny thing happened to me at work yesterday: Jillian Michaels came in. With the location of my job, celebrity spotting tends to be a daily happening, which is kind of a fun perk about what I do.  I try not to ogle at them (well, there was one time when Bob Balaban from “Waiting for Guffman” and...
Raw Garden Herb Spreadable "Cheese"

Raw Garden Herb Spreadable “Cheese”

Cashews are a lot like life. You have 2 choices with this nut: you see it for exactly what it is: just a nut; or you look beyond it and think of all the possibilities that you have the power to create from it. As life continues to settle for me with a new job,...
Raw Vegan "Goat" Cheese Dip

Raw Vegan “Goat” Cheese Dip

I was inspired by the idea of a raw vegan “goat” cheese dip from a recipe on Pinterest (now, for the life of me, I cannot find it–grrrrr) a while back. It was in its original cheese form and I have been brewing on an idea of how to translate it into a non-dairy version but without the soy....
Vegan Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans

Vegan Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans

  I will be the first to admit that this dish doesn’t necessarily look all that appetizing. Part of the problem was I made this recipe with canned yams and omitted the egg yolks from my stepmom’s famous Thanksgiving recipe–and a bunch of mush is what it turned out to be. However, might I add...
Gluten-free Thanksgiving Stuffing

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Stuffing

I am trying my best to come up with something interesting to say but the truth of the matter is… I AM SICK! I have a birthday to be healthy for and then I have a special trip this weekend with a certain someone that I count and thank my lucky stars every day for....