Spiced Pumpkin Chia Pudding

I love breakfast. And I know the importance of choosing the right kind of fuel to launch my day. A good balanced meal that's tempting and tasty is always savored with joy. This pumpkin chia pudding is a real power breakfast that's just as enjoyable as a scrumptious treat for dessert or any time you crave a little pick me up. I prepare this before going to bed so I have an easy, … [Read more...]

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...]

Roasted Pumpkin and White Bean Soup

Fall... Temperatures cool... Trees put on their golden coats... The air is fragrant and crisp... It's time for cozy sweaters and boots, colorful scarves and hats, and a scrumptious bowl of soup to greet you when you come home from a glorious day. It's time for Roasted Pumpkin soup! This delicious white bean and pumpkin soup recipe is inspired by the traditional white bean soups … [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...]

Vegan Chocolate Cheese Cake

I've always made our birthday cakes. Be it for my husband or my girls there is not a birthday that goes by without my making some sort of decadent creation.  It's a family tradition passed on by my mom and one I would not give up for anything. Years ago when I finally placed a gorgeous cake with a carefully crafted sea scape in the fridge in the wee hours of the morning, my husband asked "Why … [Read more...]

Guava Coconut Mousse

The tantalizing smell of guavas filled my home as my hubby walked through the door. "Look what my friend gave me," he said beaming, holding up a bucket full of this tender fruit we love so much. Yum! As delicious as they are there was no way we could eat all of them before the spoiled so I froze a few and decided to make a mousse we could enjoy at dinner time. I chose a handful of ripe … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Falafels

I've always loved mediterranean dishes and falafels have long been a favorite. As a child my parents introduced to foods from around the world. We enjoyed moroccan food fairly regularly, When we travelled to Greece, Turkey or Tunisia I was in heaven! Steaming couscous, tangines and yes, mountains of freshly made falafels. Until recently I had never attempted to make these myself, but in … [Read more...]

Spicy Black Bean Burger

In our effort to support our 14 year old in her vegan adventure, my hubby has been buying various brands of veggie burgers for her to try. She's been enjoying most of them and I've been impressed by the variety that is available these days. We've found several acceptable options that are tasty and have a clean list of ingredients. For the most part, however, I don't care much for the texture of … [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...]

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