Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Although temperatures are back in the 80's we had a few cooler days in LA... Typical fall days where the air is crisp and fragrant, and you step out in a cozy sweater, a pair of leggings and riding boots... The kind of weather that is perfect for a nice hot bowl of chili! Ah yes!!! I love a bowl of traditional chili, with beef browned to perfection, kidney beans, a rich tomato base and lots … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Potage with Roasted Red Peppers

It's fall and though temperatures are still in the three digits here, I could not resist buying my first pumpkin! I love pumpkin and though I will most likely get annoyed with all the pumpkin flavored products that will soon line the shelves of grocery stores everywhere, I will happily enjoy a lot of fresh pumpkin :-) Not only do I relish the taste but it is such a wonderfully rich food when … [Read more...]

Raw Beets Salad with Roasted Sunflower Seeds

One of my favorite foods growing up was mom's raw beets salad. It was super simple and absolutely delicious! She simply grated the beets, tossed them in a red wine vinaigrette and served then to us chilled as an appetizer or a simple and nutritious snack. It remains a favorite dish of mine to this day :-) Raw beets are a a wonderful food rich in antioxidants, something I did not know growing up … [Read more...]

Raspberry Cashew Mousse

Since my daughter announced that she wanted to become a vegan I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with new recipes. I'd always thought of a vegan diet as being pretty restrictive but I'm finding it a lot easier and more rewarding than I had imagined. I am enjoying using nuts, seeds and mountains of fresh fruits and vegetables to come up with delicious meals. Those are ingredients I have … [Read more...]

Prickly Pear Sorbet

  My husband came home from the market last week. with a handful of prickly pears. The prickly pear, also known as the Barbari fig has a delicate taste with hints of fig, banana and kiwi. My 13 year old had expressed curiosity in this wonderful fruit and was delighted when she discovered her dad had brought some home. She immediately got on the internet to find out how to prepare it. With … [Read more...]

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