Happy Crab Dip

If you’ve had hearts of palm, you maybe thought “this tastes exactly like crab!” Hearts of palm are the edible buds of palm trees and you can find them packed in water. I made this recipe remembering my childhood trips to my Grandparent’s home in Maryland. We’d eat fresh crab at the shore, and though…

Jicama Salad

Jicama is a delightfully sweet and crunchy root veggie, choke full of vitamins and minerals. It’s high in fiber so it can help promote weight loss and digestion. If you’ve never tried it, imagine the texture of an Asian pear crossed with the flavor of sweet celery. It’s lovely! Paired with this tangy, creamy dressing, this…

Cauliflower Rice (oil-free)

Have you tried Cauliflower Rice yet? Don’t be scared! I know it sounds weird but it’s actually easy to make and tastes great. I don’t shy away from carbs, but once in awhile I like to take a break from grains. Just eating vegetables and fruits for a few days resets my digestive system and…

Smoky Black Bean Dip

Black beans are a wonder food! High in protein and fiber, they benefit the bones, heart, and digestive track. They protect against high-cholesterol, obesity, cancer and inflammation. And this dip happens to be totally addictive! I housed the whole mouth-watering batch for lunch today. I was trying to save some for hubby, but… you snooze,…

Classic Vegan Split Pea Soup

It’s officially COLD! The windows are shut and the heat is on. All I want is to curl up by the fire with a good book and a cup of this soup… Split Pea Soup is one my of my all-time favorite recipes. It was one of my staples when I went vegan over twenty (!)…

Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Spaghetti Squash is nature’s pasta. Once it’s cooked, the inside flesh pulls out in long spaghetti-like strands. It’s low-cal, low-carb, and zero-fat. Spaghetti Squash is also high in fiber and vitamins A and vitamin C, which can help prevent free radical damage to cells. Also rich in the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin, which promote optimal cellular function….

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

It’s officially FALL!!! My favorite time of year. Time to turn up the heat, bust out the blankets, and cozy up with a movie marathon and some warm, creamy soup! Cauliflower, part of the brassica-genus, has anti-cancer and antibiotic compounds. It also gently stimulates a stagnant liver. It’s anti-inflammatory, high in fiber, and rich in…

Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes

Potatoes are your best friend! If you’re afraid of potatoes because of any residual carb-aphobia caused by the Atkins hoopla a decade ago, please read on… Potatoes have been *the* staple food in the Andes for a millennia. The British colonists brought them back to Ireland in the 1700s. One of the world’s superfoods, potatoes are…

Oil-free Curly Fries

These crispy little delicacies are oil-free and so fun to eat! They’re even fun to make! You’ll need a Spiralizer, an inexpensive appliance that curls veggies into noodles, fries, and spirals. This snack is a great low-fat option for carb-ing up. Switch out the dip for tomato puree and it’ll be zero fat! Preparing the fries:…

Yam Fries and Chili Mustard Sauce

Ready for a super nutritious, gourmet snack that’s also oil-free?! Me too! I love cooking without oil, as you know, and that extends to baking and roasting too. Most recently, I’m obsessing over these sweet potato fries, especially with this mustard dipping sauce! Sweet potatoes are high in iron, vitamins D, C, B6, boosts immunity,…

Baked Falafel Patties

Falafel is a beloved dish originally from the Middle East, made with spiced mashed chickpeas formed into balls or fritters and often deep-fried. This baked falafel recipe is a favorite I developed as an alternative to the greasy, dry falafels you find from street vendors. Falafel should be healthy, flavorful, moist and crispy. So I came…

Not Your Typical Smoothie – Hawaiian Bliss!

Happy Smoothie Week! And *Aloha* from Maui, Hawaii! I’m excited to share a smoothie recipe with some truly wild ingredients. Look at these gorgeous cacao pods: Can you guess what it is? If you’re anything like me, it’s your favorite food – CHOCOLATE! More often called Cacao, in this raw state. Inside are the Cacao Beans, surrounded by…