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Calabacitas ?

Today's easy-easy zucchini recipe: Summer squash, onions and chilis quick-cooked in the skillet, with as much (or as little!) heat as you can stand! Low carb. ~recipe updated 2015 for a little weekend cooking inspiration~ ~more recently...Show More Summary

BBQ Nachos, Coconut Chickpea Curry, Zucchini Bruschetta & More!

Get back on track with this week's meal plan! See how good healthy can really feel (and taste!) with all NEW! recipes like BBQ Nachos (NEW!), Coconut Chickpea Curry (NEW!), Zucchini Bruschetta (NEW!), Moroccan Chickpeas (NEW!) & Slow Cooker Enchiladas (NEW!). Show More Summary

Soup and Wine.

Made a perfect veggie soup and dumplings today. I've been out of sorts lately and needed some comfort food. The soup is just my "fricot" recipe which I omitted tofu and added broccoli. I love dumplings in a soup! Restorative wine. Enough said.

Herbie of the Week: Michelle G (She's Managing Her PCOS Symptoms with a Plant-Based Diet!)

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Michelle G! Michelle never had to worry about her weight until she was in her 30s. She went to an expensive weight-loss center, lost weight, and then gained most of it back when she stopped going due to the high cost. Show More Summary

Tomato Cobbler with Cornmeal Biscuits & Goat Cheese ? A Late-Summer Glory

Prepare to swoon... an intoxicating Tomato Cobbler, a lake of jammy tomato and tomatillo below; herby islands of cornmeal biscuits on top; small boats of goat cheese tucked between. Easy enough for a weeknight but worthy of a special occasion. Show More Summary

Join the #LadyLove Campaign (Women SUPPORTING Women - STOPPING the competitive bitchcast)

“If you don't have something nice to say, you're jealous on some level. (I'm not being passive aggressive (or passive defensive). Nothing happened to me directly, but I am very saddened to see all the nasty comments made about a certain...Show More Summary

"Meatloaf" dinner, Banana Jello, vintage "Radio Pudding".

Even though we're having a pretty uncomfortable heat spell this weekend, I still wanted to use my oven to make this meatloaf dinner. The recipe was made by using the Magical Loaf Studio. Mine was black bean based and I also added tofu. Show More Summary

A Vegan Taste of Houston

Scott and I visited Houston, Texas last week for Scott's birthday :) Scott is a baseball fanatic, with the goal of visiting every Major League ballpark (Houston was #17), so his birthday present this year was using all our miles to go to Houston :) AND while our team lost, it was a no hitter game! Onward to the vegan eats... Show More Summary

Day 130: Veggie Burritos with Cilantro Sauce ?

Today's recipe for a vegetarian supper for Meatless Monday: So what if you just cooked up a few vegetables, whatever you've got on hand, made sure to use lots of warm spices, rolled it all up in soft, warm tortillas and then draped them with a gorgeous green sauce? Heaven on a plate, truly. Show More Summary

Quick & Easy Spicy Mustard Salad Dressing!

Hello everyone! So, have you ever wanted a salad, and were out of store bought dressing or tired of just plain old vinegar and oil? I definitely have a quick and delicious solution for you, and of course, it’s vegan! All you need is: 1/4 Cup Spicy Brown Mustard 3 Tablespoons Grapeseed Oil 2 Tablespoons […]

Tempeh Mock Tuna Salad

I left the gym today craving tuna salad, so I decided I MUST have it…vegan style, of course! I googled a recipe on my iphone so I could pick up ingredients on my way home. The following is the recipe I used, found at allrecipes.com. I’ll have to add a picture after I make a […]

Hawaiian BBQ Sliders, Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash Bowl, Kung Pao Spaghetti & More!

End summer on a healthy note with this week's meal plan! See what it's like to have healthy meals at your fingertips with the Hawaiian BBQ Sliders (NEW!), Kung Pao Spaghetti (NEW!), Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup (NEW!), Tex Mex Spaghetti...Show More Summary

Herbie of the Week: Kal (He's Managing His T1 Diabetes with a Plant-Based Diet!)

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Kal! After his daughter started following a plant-based diet, Kal was convinced the same diet would help him -- and he was right! Since going plant-based, he has been able to manage his T1 diabetes (which he was diagnosed with more than 35 years ago!) a lot easier, his blood sugar has stabilized AND he lowered his BMI. Show More Summary

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole with Caprese Tomatoes ?

Today's easy summer casserole: Just cauliflower tossed with cheese sauce and topped with caprese-style tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. Weight Watchers Friendly, just WW PointsPlus 4. Low Carb. Vegetarian. Could it be, could it? Yes, I think this easy cauliflower casserole could be a TwitteRecipe, 140 characters no more. Show More Summary

Broccoli Rice Casserole, Garlic Cheesy Bread and Mocha Blueberry Cake.

Last week I made this broccoli rice casserole following one of those old Campbell's recipes. Instead of cream of mushroom soup, I used Imagine portobello mushroom soup. It was good. Next time I'll add more soup and more salt. Saw this...Show More Summary

Vegan Figgy Pudding Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie As you have probably guessed by now, I am mad about figs. And so many generous friends and neighbors have brought me baskets and jars of them following Joe’s passing. Tonight is our 7th annual Julia Child Birthday Bash–stay tuned for fabulous recipes and photos in the next few posts!–and I am […]

Vegan 5-Minute Curried Figs Brulee (with or without Pesto/Chimichurri)–Fresh Figs with a Sweet and Salty Curried Crust

Yield: 8 bruleed fig halves As everyone probably knows now, when the rhythm of my life changed on July 30, so did my approach to cooking and eating. For a week after my husband passsed away, I ate almost nothing.  But I have now segued to slightly more than nothing or what I call mini-meals. […]

Vegan Peanut Butter, Granola, & Fresh Fig Ricecake–So Quick and Easy!

Yield: 2 ricecakes (recipe easily multiplies) Still in mini-meal mode and heading out for a hike on the beautiful Noland Trail in Newport News, VA, with a couple of friends, I opted for a swig of soymilk and a grab-n-go breakfast “cake,” but no pancakes here. I remembered that the lovely Martha Glasser had brought […]

Vegan Ricecake Stack with Hummus, Pesto, Baby Greens, Fresh Figs, and Smoked Almonds

Yield: 4 servings As many of you know, since July 30, I have not been cooking or eating much, though the urge is slowly coming back. In terms of cooking, a bounty of vegan food gifts over the last two weeks made any food preparation I might do redundant. And, in terms of eating, though I may not want […]

Vegan White Bean and Fresh Fig Gazpatcho

Yield: 2 servings I deeply regret my 2 1/2 week hiatus from The Blooming Platter, and hope this is the beginning of the end of it.  As many of you know, my love, my husband of 25 years passed away from an acute coronoary on July 30 and life took on a new rhythm. But, […]

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