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Blended Mocha Iced Coffee

Just a quick post to help beat the summer (spring?) heat. A good blender is a great investment, especially when you can churn out tasty drinks like this that aren't cheap at your local coffee place (and are really mostly ice anyway)....Show More Summary

More weekend foods.

The usual pizza! Always delicious! Love these cookies from India. Can't let another precious day off go by without another fry up! I never eat breakfast on any normal day so this is a treat. Baking will not be ignored! This is an orange flavored white cake with orange glaze using fresh squeezed orange.

Vegan Fry Up!

Fried tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages, hash brown and Heinz beans. Toast with apricot jam.

Weekend is here.

Arugula pesto that I whipped up with 1/2 a bag of arugula, walnuts, garlic, olive oil and a touch of lemon and salt. Quick pan grilled portobellos and veggies. Vegenaise and pesto on both sides of the delicious French bread. Stackin it up. Amazing. Show More Summary

Japanese yummies.

Homemade onigiri. My first time! Inari. Very easy to do. Just stuff tofu pouches with sushi rice! Vegetable gyoza. Got these in the freezer section at Mitsua Market. Vegetable and pumpkin croquettes from the refrigerated section Mitsua Market. So yummy!

The Blooming Platter’s Betsy DiJulio Invited to Give Cooking Demo at PETA’s Leadership Weekend

Not many things would make me grocery shop and cook for four hours on a Friday night with a fever, congestion in every passage from my neck up, and a cough that would cause mothers to gather their children to their skirts. But a cooking demonstration for PETA donors was one of them. I am Read more

Caesar Pasta Salad, Teriyaki Dragon Bowl, Jerk'd Sweet Potato, Blueberry Cobbler Overnight Oats & more!

The countdown to summer is ON! Memorial Day Weekend kicks off in less than 24 hours... Make it a STRESS-FREE, GOOD TIME and keep the laid back vibes ALL WEEK with this no-brainer meal plan! Serve up easy, sure-to-please EVERYONE hits...Show More Summary

Herbie of the Week: Jeanne! (She lost 90 pounds and broke through her weight loss plateau!)

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Jeanne! Jeanne has struggled with weight since her first pregnancy. She had temporary success with various diets, but could not keep the weight off long-term. She was at the point of considering bariatric surgery, and then she transitioned to a plant-based diet. Show More Summary

Sunday lunch.

Oven roasted sweet potato, red onion, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms and tomatoes. Served with arugula salad and whole wheat tomato couscous.

Raspberry Tart.

Mmmm. Raspberry tart. I followed the Strawberry Kiwi tart recipe from Vegan Pie in the Sky but used puff pastry as a base and used all raspberries. The filling is a cashew cream that tastes so good!

Vegan Roasted Middle Eastern Tri-Color Carrot-Beet Spread

Yield: approximately 1 cup (for recipe, please scroll down) Before my husband passed away in July, I never shopped at Whole Foods due to the expense, but it has become a little treat I give myself. In some ways I find those activities and events that are exactly the same in his absence–like grocery shopping–more emotionally Read more

Burrito bar.

I was craving Chipotle style burritos so I whipped up all the components: rice, chipotle flavored beans, grilled peppers and onions, guacamole, corn salsa, pico de gallo... Worked out great!

Some foods I ate...

Thai Sukiyaki noodle soup. So good! My mom made this for me. This is me when I crave sweets on a weekday. Take a box of chocolate fudge cake mix, add to it 2 mashed bananas, 1 1/4 cup of cashew milk and stir. Bake for about 35 minutes until done. Show More Summary

Orange Mini-Cakes with Bourbon-Pecan Caramel & Orange Buttercream–A Memorial Birthday Cake for Mama

Yield: 8 mini-cakes (2 1/2-inch diameter) [for recipe, skip to bottom] Monday, the day I went live with The Blooming Platter’s fresh new look, would have been my mother’s 83rd birthday. But sadly, she has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on October 2.  My mother and I were different enough to challenge and occasionally frustrate Read more

Sweet Corn Flatbreads, Banh Mi Pasta Salad, Southwest Lentil Mac, Banana Split Pizzas & more!

Can you believe it’s ONLY one month until summer?? Summer is a time for EZ, breezy... Lessen your stress + kick back with this week’s meal plan! When your routine goes out the window, you and your family will love throw together meals...Show More Summary

Herbie of the Week: Gary (He lost 90 pounds!! + Decreased his MS, multiple sclerosis, symptoms)

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Gary! Gary is a very active member in the Meal Mentor community who is constantly inspiring other members and keeping smiles on their faces with his great sense of humor. (Gary will also be my co-pilot in the Meal Mentor Co-Pilot Podcast this Friday. Show More Summary

A New Look and a New Beginning for The Blooming Platter

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning….”                                                                                     Read more

Vegan Chocolate Chess Pie with the Flavor and Mouthfeel of the Real Deal!

Yield: one 8-inch pie I don’t know quite why I got such a hankerin’ for this pie, but I did and the first experiment was an epic fail resulting in an epic oven cleaning. But this?  This is perfection! Note: several hours before you plan to bake the pie, prepare the cashews: 1 cup roasted Read more

Native Foods & Lentil Soup.

We went to lunch yesterday at Native Foods in Westwood. So sad that the Culver location is closed. Santa Monica too. Why??? It happened so fast and so mysteriously. This is the BBQ chicken salad. So yummy! For dessert a chocolate cupcake. Fries and blueberry hibiscus tea. Today's cooking: Ina Garten's lentil sausage soup. Show More Summary

Umami Burgers

These burgers came about from trying to use up the cans of chickpeas in my fridge from making batch after batch of Lemon Meringue Tarts. I first turned to my three go to sources of umami: tomatoes, soy sauce, and mushrooms. For texture, I used barley (like my Tourtière recipe). Show More Summary

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