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How to Make the Best Egyptian Vegetarian Dish: Koshari

Koshari is a traditional dish from Egypt, one that tastes so good that you can’t stop eating until nothing is left. The dish has many parts, all of which are pretty simple but combine together for complete deliciousness: Rice/lentil (referred to as koshari), spicy tomato sauce, macaroni, garbanzo beans and fried onion. Read More

Garden Fresh Gazpacho

This year our garden has been doing really well, with a variety of tomato plants, a couple different types of peppers, zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin, and a few others. Now that we’re in mid-August and things are really starting to pop, Mike and I are in the fun spot of figuring out what to make with all this goodness. Read More

How To Make Homemade Vegan Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

I took a halt from our Japanese food “tour” to make this dessert that I have been eying for awhile, posted on Alicia Silverstone’s site. Alicia is vegan and has a book published called The Kind Diet.  I was searching her book online and stumbled upon a preview of some of her recipes. One of them is a healthier version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love peanut butter so I knew it had to be yummy! Read More

Healthy, Easy Sesame Noodles

When I think of quick and easy meals, the first thing that comes to my mind is pasta. I found this sesame noodle dish recipe at the volunteer place I work. Read More

Two Perfect and Easy Breakfast Smoothies

I’ve been teaching a workshop on Healthier Living, and each week the class members have to do an action plan – basically, something they want to achieve during the week. It can be anything from exercising to adding more fruits and vegetables to their meals to even just going to bed a little earlier. Read More

Amazing Vegan Lettuce Soup

I love discovering new recipes, especially the ones that use excess food that is about to go bad. In our case, we had about two heads of lettuce from our fresh produce delivered, starting to wilt in the fridge. Read More

Simple Homemade “No-Cheese” Parmesan Sprinkles

Here’s my take on a very quick and easy “no-cheese” parmesan seasoning. This takes about 2 minutes to make, and will transform most of your dishes with a fantastic blast of flavor. Read More

Living in the Sunshine State, Lacking the Sunshine Vitamin — Vitamin D

I had a routine blood test done recently, and the doctor left me a message on Friday saying that almost all my levels were in the normal range, including my thyroid (a really important one to make your doctor check) — and said that my cholesterol levels were “really amazing.” However, there was one issue she called “critical.” My vitamin D levels were extremely low. Read More

Homemade Pineapple and Pomegranate Chia Seeds Drink

Chia seeds have quickly become the current health food rage, with great benefits like promoting cardiovascular health, assisting with joint function & mobility, improving digestion & natural detoxification, and supporting healthy weight loss. They’re easy to use; you can add them whole to any meal you’d like since they’re pretty much flavorless and don’t have to be ground (unlike flax seeds). We have been adding them to our food, about a tablespoon per dish, and enjoying their crunchy texture. Also, when chia seeds are put in water, they expand in size and form a gel coating. We were introduced to one of the new chia-laden juices at Whole Foods recently, thanks to a kindly person passing out drink samples. Read More

Our Favorite Vegan Mac and Cheeze Recipe

For our New Year’s Day dinner we decided to make a modified version of our favorite super-delicious mac & cheeze recipe from vegan yum yum. Read More