Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Portabellas

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos

It’s no secret that I love me some sweets and cookies. But as far as recipes go, what I am constantly searching for is vegan dinner ideas.  I figured this may be true for you as well, so I am attempting to share more weeknight dinner recipes. Enter these stuffed portabellas: piled high with a spinach, artichoke, and forbidden rice filling and topped with panko “parmesan” for some added crunch.

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband loves mushrooms. He is also not a vegan (although he eats largely vegan at home).  I’m therefore treating mushrooms as a “gateway drug” to veganism, and sneaking them in to as many recipes as I can.  I will use whatever means necessary to push more vegan meals into his diet!  These stuffed portabellas are the brainchild of my evil scheme. Continue reading Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Portabellas

Sunday Spaghetti with Mushroom Pecan Meatballs

Spaghetti with Mushroom Pecan Meatballs

Do you need some classic comfort for your Sunday dinner?  Are you worried that going vegan means no more Italian?  (Insert scream face here.) This spaghetti with vegan mushroom pecan meatballs will be your new best friend.

I could write poetry about my love of Italian food.  Growing up in Buffalo, NY in a half-Italian household (my mother’s side), pasta was one of the first foods I learned to cook. My mother would put on old Ella Fitzgerald records, and we would make marinara for the week, or make a quick vegetable pasta using whatever ingredients we had on hand.  I think I could recognize pasta al dente by the time I was nine.

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Red Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Kale

Red Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Kale

It’s that time of year.  When the vegan cookies and pints of dairy-free ben and jerry’s that were so giddily consumed in November and December begin to weigh you down like a ton of bricks.

If you’ve only being able to wear leggings since November, you are not alone.  Pants are not a viable option for me right now. Maybe you too are craving some simple, delicious plant-based noms to start off 2018 right.  I’ll be showing you how this month with clean, low fat, whole-foods recipes free of oil and added sugar.  This soup is a great start!

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Vegan Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Vegan Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pastsa
I am a recovering low-carb dieter.  The key to my freedom? The beauty of plant-based eating.

In another life, one of the most sure-fire ways to get me off the low-carb wagon was a huge bowl of steaming pasta placed within 50 yards of my deprived existence. Being Italian, foregoing the foods I grew up with was always a challenge.  Pasta was a staple in my household, and my mother would frequently use the dish as a vehicle to clean out the fridge of vegetables at the end of the week. It was my favorite meal as a child.  But, like so many of us, I was convinced I had to forgo “evil” pasta and other forms of carbohydrates to get to my goal weight and be “healthy” as an adult.

Fast forward to now, when I regularly indulge in plant-based pasta meals and enjoy living again. One of the reasons why it is so easy for me to adhere to a plant-based diet is because I  love carbohydrates.  And who doesn’t?? (I’m not sure I’d trust anyone who answered “Me” to that rhetorical question.)

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