Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce for a Delicious Whole Foods Holiday

Thanksgiving in the US brings about staple holiday dishes that pretty much everyone serves at their family dinner, and one of those most popular traditions, is cranberry sauce! This slightly sweet and tart, jam-like condiment, is used by most Americans to slather on their turkey, dinner rolls, and more. What once used to be a fresh and easy homemade dish served at the family holiday dinner table, now is more often than not from a can instead.  Continue reading “Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce for a Delicious Whole Foods Holiday”

Quick & Easy Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

I love really easy meals that are also comfort foods. I like them even more if they take no time at all to put together! One of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood is sloppy joes! It's super easy to make, takes no time at all, and all the ingredients are simple whole foods that when mixed together make the sloppiest and most tasty dinner, any kid is sure to love! Continue reading “Quick & Easy Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes”

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo With Mushrooms

I really love Alfredo sauce. I have always been a white sauce over red sauce kind of gal. Ever since we went vegan, I have been craving a great bowl of Fettuccine Alfredo, but I really didn't know how I was going to substitute that heavy cream sauce. Incidentally, you can make an amazing “cheese” sauce using nuts! Cashews and almonds are great staples for making mac n' cheese around this house, so I figured, why not in my Alfredo sauce too? This dish was WAY WAY less fattening than a normal bowl of Fettuccine Alfredo would be. Continue reading “Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo With Mushrooms”

Vegetarian Hawaiian Sloppy Joes For Labor Day Deliciousness

The first time that I tried to make sloppy joe's vegetarian style, I used tofu. I thought that I could just stir fry the tofu the way that I used to brown ground beef. That batch of “sloppy joe's” was soooo wrong. I had no idea how to use tofu, so I hadn't properly pressed all of the juice out of it before using it. The sloppy joe's turned out totally soft and without any sort of crunch to it. It was like pouring a thick ragu' on a bun and trying to eat it. Needless to say, I have come a LONG way from that first attempt at making vegetarian sloppy joe's. Continue reading “Vegetarian Hawaiian Sloppy Joes For Labor Day Deliciousness”

There is NO Way That Lasagna Was Vegan…Just NO Way!!!

I have to say, I was not a believer. I couldn't imagine that I could find a vegan recipe for Lasagna that was ACTUALLY a replacement. I didn't think that there would be one that tasted SO good, I could bring it home to my mother to try. She would adore this. I am most definitely now a believer. One of the foods that I had a hard time giving up in my head was in fact, lasagna. Recently, I have found THE most AMAZING recipes all in one little vegan cookbook (that I purchased on my Kindle Fire!), “Chloe's Kitchen” by Chloe Coscarelli. Continue reading “There is NO Way That Lasagna Was Vegan…Just NO Way!!!”

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms aka AWESOMENESS!

I just LOVE, love, LOVE Portobello mushrooms. Well really, I just love mushrooms in general. When I order a pizza and there is a one topping deal, you guessed it, I order with mushrooms. Recently, it has been discovered the nutritional power of mushrooms. Most people thought that they were just nutritionless fillers for your meals, but these babies are chock FULL of a VERY important vitamin, Vitamin D. The only other thing that gives you vitamin D in such large quantities (naturally, not fortified) is the sun. Continue reading “Spinach & Feta Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms aka AWESOMENESS!”

Portobello Pot Pie For The Comfort Foodist

I LOVE comfort food! When I went vegetarian, there were quite a few comfort food dishes that I felt like I HAD to try and make vegetarian. Pot pies are definitely on the top of that comfort food list. I made this for Thanksgiving 2011 and Christmas dinner 2011. We were new to being vegetarians and I had no idea what to make for Thanksgiving main dish. Side dishes are easy as vegetarian, but I just couldn't imagine something replacing my turkey on the big day. Continue reading “Portobello Pot Pie For The Comfort Foodist”

LENTIL LOAF…the better than meatloaf loaf

I am really big on comfort foods, and one of those comfort foods that my mother used to make me was meatloaf. I always loved meatloaf for what it is; a way to stuff all of your vegetables into a dish and hardly taste any of them at all! My grandmother (RIP) used to get my Uncle Matthew to eat his veggies (as he absolutely despised anything resembling a vegetable) Continue reading “LENTIL LOAF…the better than meatloaf loaf”

Are those chicken nuggets? NO! They’re CAJUN FRIED CAULIFLOWER NUGGETS

My husband used to tell me that he hated cauliflower because it was so “bland tasting”. Before we became vegetarians, Andy was obsessed with fried chicken, so what better way to help him get over his fears of cauliflower than to cook it the way he used to love his chicken? After eating the entire first batch of fried cauliflower, my husband is now obsessed with it. He even asks for it when we pass by the cauliflower in the grocery store. Continue reading “Are those chicken nuggets? NO! They're CAJUN FRIED CAULIFLOWER NUGGETS”