Lentil “Meat” 3 Ways, #1 Italian Style Neatballs

This lentil meat is very versatile and keeps well in the refrigerator for 7 days and will freeze well also. I have tried a few faux processed meats. They can be helpful as you transition to cooking vegan meals but they contain highly processed ingredients and I don’t like the tastes or textures. I challenged…

Vegan Ground “Beef” Recipe, Soy and Nut Free

Eating a whole food plant based diet is not a sacrifice for me but I occasionally want a more familiar comfort food, like burgers or tacos. I haven’t liked the highly processed vegan meat substitutes that are available in the grocery store. My gut doesn’t love soy and many of the substitutes have soy and…

Date Oat Pecan Blondies, No Refined Sugar

Medjool dates are in season in Baja Norte. So of course I had to create Date Oat Pecan Blondies. The dates are delicious moist little packets of sugary goodness but are they a healthy substitute for refined sugar? The answer is, sort of healthier which makes my blondies, sort of healthier too. Each date provides…

Easy Homemade Granola Without a Recipe

Healthy snacks start with fresh whole ingredients and developing a strategy for making your own homemade granola without a recipe is a big step towards eating real food. I’ve been making yogurt every week so making granola was a natural next step. I made all the mistakes so you don’t have to. A word about…

Holiday Cocktail Challenge: And a Recipe for Margarita Mocktail

Holiday Challenge: Make a Signature Margarita Mocktail Everyone should know how to make a signature cocktail. Why not make your’s a signature mocktail? Here’s what I’m drinking this season- Margarita Mocktail with homemade lime simple syrup. Mocktail Margarita: Alcohol Free A delicious margarita without alcohol made with lime simple syrup and sparkling water.  1 Cup Cane…

Savory Low-fat Vegetarian Rosemary Cheddar Cheesecakes, #LowCarb

Holiday Challenge Party Tip: Bring your own appetizer or entree to the party.  These savory low-fat vegetarian rosemary cheddar cheesecakes are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Feel free to substitute full fat cheeses if you can’t find reduced fat options. Serving suggestion: As an entrée, plate 1-2 cheesecakes over arugula and thinly sliced…

Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Feeling stuffed after Thanksgiving weekend? Try this Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan recipe for a healthy protein rich Chinese “take out” inspired #Meatless Monday meal to cleanse your palate. My inspiration came from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Lemon Cauliflower. I added cashews, soy sauce and fresh ginger. Hang out awhile on Katie’s site and savor…

Turmeric Ginger Cauliflower Rice

  Revisiting an injury and increasing the anti-inflammatories in my diet: Tumeric and Ginger I wrote this post for turmeric ginger cauliflower rice 2 1/2 years ago at What’sForDinnerDoc.com after I suffered a hip injury.  Unfortunately I’m back to square 1 with the same hip so I need to re-introduce power house, plant based anti-inflammatories…