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Vegan Baked Bean Crostini (the perfect use for July 4 leftovers!)

Yield: 12 crostini My parents have a nack for making any simple run-of-the-mill meal or activity seem special. When I was a kid, a favorite sandwich that my mom would whip up with leftover baked beans was simply cooled beans mixed with mayo and pickle relish served between slices of toasted white bread, with or without butter lettuce. Make this […]

Herbie of the Week: Christina (She's Lost Over 45lbs & Is No Longer Borderline Diabetic)

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Christina! At a young age, Christina was diagnosed with asthma. When her health started to decline at age 25, it was determined Christina had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). After discovering...Show More Summary

Day 89: Zucchini Timbale with Cheese ? (Crustless Zucchini Cheese Pie)

Today's easy weeknight vegetarian supper, a no-crust zucchini pie, a sort of zucchini casserole packed with a whole pile of grated zucchini, sweetened with a little onion and sweet corn. held together with just enough cheese and egg....Show More Summary

Strawberry Tart

Full disclosure: I have posted this recipe, more or less, before. But this is the version without so much rat in it.A friend surprised me today by dropping off a basket of freshly picked strawberries, and if a pie/tart is what you are after then I think this is the perfect way to enjoy strawberries in their prime. Show More Summary

4th of July food.

A big giant burger with a vegan Boca patty, grilled veg and Chao Cheese! I wasn't too fussy this holiday. Wanted to keep it simple. Grilled veg, the usual. Delicious beet and apple salad, a Happy Pear recipe (without the spinach and toasted nuts). A very colorful coleslaw with a KFC style dressing (vegenaise, soymilk, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar).

Vegan Grilled Watermelon Gazpacho with Lime Sour Cream

Yield: 4 main dish servings Monday evening, I hosted a mini-dinner party for two foodie friends.  Our temperatures here in Eastern Virginia sky-spiked that day after quite a cool week, so I wanted to serve a light menu and maybe a chilled soup. On my DC day-hiking experience with my cousin last weekend, we had enjoyed […]

Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies

Most of my forays into aquafaba have been failures, but these are a smashing success. I don't know why the magic bean juice acts just like an egg in this recipe and not in others, but it does. These are thin and crispy and yet still chewy--exactly like a chocolate chip cookie should be. Show More Summary

Chili Cheeze Dogs, BBQ Tostadas, Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats & More

Summer is in full swing -- and so are our summer-friendly recipes on this week's meal plan! Chili Cheeze Dogs (NEW!), Tahini-Dipped Nori Rolls (NEW!), BBQ Tostadas (NEW!) and Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats (NEW!) are all new and perfect...Show More Summary

Ridiculously Easy Jalapeño Pickles

At the beginning of last fall, the jalapeño plants in my garden went into overdrive, and I found myself with a whole bunch of peppers all at one time. Now, I love jalapeños. I put slices of them, seeds and all, on sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and burgers all summer long. I love the heat and […]

Marinated Tomatoes ?

Today's oh-so-simple but still sumptuous tomato recipe: Perfectly ripe summer tomatoes marinated in gentle vinegar and good olive oil with slivers of onion and fresh herbs. Yeah that's it but is it ever heavenly! Weight Watchers Friendly, WW PointsPlus 2. Show More Summary

Herbie of the Week: Lucy (Diagnosed with Cancer at 2 & Hypothyroidism, Today She's 8 & Free of Both!)

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Lucy! Lucy was nominated by her mother, Anita, who is sharing her truly amazing story today. At 2 years of age, Lucy was diagnosed with leukemia and went through 2 years of chemotherapy. Halfway through her...Show More Summary

Vegan Zucchini and Yellow Squash Torta (with simple Tomato-Cucumber Salad)

Yield: 4 main dish servings (2 slices each, as they are so light) or 8 side dish servings Last Tuesday, realizing that I was leaving town in a couple of days (for my annual summer day hiking trip with my cousin Earl) and that I had a big beautiful zucchini and yellow squash from the […]

The Salads In My Life.

I am really loving Terry Hope Romero's book, Salad Samurai! I've been on a BIG SALAD kick because of it. Here are a couple salads I made this weekend. I scored at the 99 cents store when I picked up organic baby kale, organic romaine and organic spring mix. Show More Summary

Vegan Beet Bruschetta–This Summer’s “It” Appetizer

Yield: 4 servings (8 bruschetta) As I’ve mentioned, the newly formed Starlight Supper Club consisting of three couples–a vegan (me), 2 vegetarians, 1 pescaterian and, yes, my husband the carnivore–celebrated our inaugural dinner last Saturday night at the home of Becky Bump and Reese Lusk.  The setting–their tiny log cabin with an exquisitely designed interior […]

How Setting Small Goals Can Lead to Big Success!! (Guest Post by Leah!)

Last month I hosted the May Calendar Challenge for those needing a little motivation and accountability. The idea was to set a realistic goal you can complete daily for the whole month, and every day you do it, you get to put a sticker on the calendar. Show More Summary

Vegan Mashed Beets with “Butter” and “Sour Cream”–Win Over Beet Haters!

Yield: 4 servings Saturday night, Joe and I and two other couples celebrated not only the almost-Summer Solstice, but the inaugural dinner of our Starlight Supper Club (named after the Stardust Supper Club in the small town where I grew up). The first dinner was hosted by Becky Bump and Reese Lusk, two inspired cooks […]

Garlicky Zucchini Noodles with Leftover Lobster ?

So much to love about zucchini noodles, aka "zoodles"! Here I've paired the spiral zucchini noodles with leftover lobster, oo-la-la, it's completely special but still, it's on the table in a fast 15 minutes. Weight Watchers Friendly, just 5 PointsPlus. Show More Summary

Salad Samurai: BLT salad

I just picked up Salad Samurai the cookbook and I can't wait to try all the recipes. There was one called BKT which is Bacon, Kale, Tomato salad that looked so good but I didn't have kale so I used romaine and baby lettuces instead. Turned out perfect. Show More Summary

Pressure Canned Beans

This is the first post in a series of three on pressure canning. Pressure canners are relatively inexpensive (around $130) and can save you money in the long run by providing an economical way to can vegetables, beans, and other low-acid foods. Show More Summary

Big Mac Potatoes, Italian Burgers, BLT Tacos, & More!

Get ready to see fireworks with this week's meal plan! Big Mac Potatoes (NEW!), Apple Pie Overnight Oats (NEW!), Bruschetta Pasta Salad (NEW!) Italian Burgers (NEW!) and BLT Tacos (NEW!) are perfect for your 4th of July or summer celebrations!...Show More Summary

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