Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stew is Perfect for a Busy Meatless Monday

This easy dish was inspired by a big, lonely sweet potato, a busy day with no time to cook, and a neglected slow-cooker. It's perfect for a busy Meatless Monday! To cook it on the stove, I think I'd steam the sweet potato chunks first, and then throw it all together.  ...more

Everything-Free Banana Oat Cookies

I'm so excited this morning! I just launched the new Positive Motion page on my website! It's designed to help you get up off the couch, get moving, and keep moving. We all need a little extra motivation sometimes, and I'm here to be your very own Personal Motivator. Come check out Positive Motion! We're going to have a lot of fun! ...more

Calabacitas Tacos: A Fast and Easy Vegan Dinner

Calabacitas are a particular type of squash, similar to zucchini. A favorite restaurant here serves up a mix of zucchini, yellow squash, onions, and other good things, and calls it "calabacitas." I usually order it because I like saying the name. And because they're delicious! These tacos are easy to throw together on a weeknight, and fun for a weekend gathering. Use sprouted organic corn tortillas if you can find them. They're amazing. ...more

Double Ambassadorship

I have wonderful-fun news! I've just found out that I've been selected as a See Jane Run Ambassador! What the heck is that, you ask? In a nutshell, from the SJR website, "An ambassador is someone who is all "Jane". A Jane can be someone who embraces fitness as a lifestyle and brings it into all aspects of their life. Ambassadors include bloggers, trainers, teachers, fitness club owners, health professionals and athletes (professional and other)." ...more

Mom's Sour Chili Chick'n Get Veganized

I took another stroll down Recipe Lane, flipping through my ancient recipe box, and pulling out an old favorite I've been thinking about for a while now. Mom used to make Sour Chili Chicken for the family back in the 70's. It's one of those good old meat-and-diary-bombs we used to think of as "healthy." Clearly there was no health whatsoever in recipes like these, for the humans who ate them, or the animals involved in creating the ingredients. Isn't it just so nice that we now have much healthier choices for all of us, and the intelligence and compassion to use them? I think so!...more

Finding Vegan on Travel Days

As I mentioned in my last post, we were able to find a wonderful abundance of vegan food in Las Vegas. I'm now quite certain that with a few polite questions and a willing server, a hungry vegan can find a good meal almost anywhere. We have to ask though. They can't read our minds. ...more

Eating Vegan in Vegas

There's a new book on the e-shelves I think you should know about. Paul Graham's Eating Vegan in Vegas is the e-book extension of his super-popular blog by the same name. Paul spent an entire year eating at least one meal a day in Las Vegas restaurants, in search of every tasty morsel of vegan fare he could find. And, surprisingly, at least to me, he found more than plenty!...more

Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes

My pancake-lovin' sweetie fell hard for these, and didn't even think to ask if they were gluten free until he'd polished off a huge stack of them and gone back for seconds. You could serve these to anyone, whether they care about them being vegan or gluten free or not. Everyone at the table will be happy. ...more
Yum! Love the blueberry-lemon combo!more

Vegan Between Parties

I've only been vegan for three years but it feels like much longer. In a good way. I'm remembering back to when I "attempted vegan" the first time, and failed pretty miserably within about two weeks. It wasn't because I didn't want to be vegan, or because I felt unwell, or because I didn't know what to cook or eat. I failed for social reasons, which I suspect isn't all that uncommon. Leading up to that first failed venture into veganism, I had been known to say that I could never go vegan because life without cheese would not be worth living....more

Oil-Free Lentils and Caramelized Onions

Lentils. Yum. They're one of my favorites. One of my favorite recipes comes from Chris Maher, and a wonderful Middle Eastern cooking class I took with him last year. The original recipe is drowning in oil, so I took it upon myself to health it up, and simplify it while I was at it. The result was nothing short of clean-your-plate goodness....more