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Curried Carrot Soup with Tofu – Non Dairy Creamy Vegan Soup

This curried carrot soup makes a wonderful and luxurious starter to a healthy meal.   The recipe uses tofu, scallions and vegetable broth and is very easy to make. I’ve recently adopted a vegan diet along with my daughter Jess. The original recipe for carrot soup had lots of butter and cream, so we had to …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Vegan – Gluten Free – Dairy Free

These Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have a crunchy outer layer of chocolate (cocoa) with a filling of smooth peanut butter. It’s meatless Monday and we are having Thai peanut stir fry  with brown rice tonight. My husband is always in the mood for something sweet after dinner. These vegan cookies are the perfect way …

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Vegan Lasagne With Eggplant and Mushrooms

This Vegan lasagne is full of flavor and heart healthy vegetables without all of the fat and cholesterol that a normal lasagna contains. At only 300 calories per serving, it is also easy on the waist line. Deciding to adopt a vegan style of eating comes with its challenges. Many of the traditional “comfort food” dishes …

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Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan

This tasty double dark chocolate ice cream is dairy free, gluten free and also great for those on a vegan diet. The warm summer months are the time for a big helping of your favorite cold desserts.  It is loads of fun (not to mention tasty) to dig into a bowl of creamy, rich and …

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Casserole – Baked Healthy Option

This vegan eggplant Parmesan casserole recipe will allow  you to have one of your favorite Italian recipes and stay on your meal plan. I have a delicious recipe for baked eggplant Parmesan recipe but it is neither vegan nor vegetarian.  My daughter is a vegan, so I adapt many recipes for her dietary needs.  She …

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Vegan Tropical Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

This vegan tropical salad combines a mix of fresh greens, and veggies with pineapple and a tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette. Since I am following a vegan diet, I used Gardein chicken strips, but normal chicken breasts would work just fine if you are a meat eater. These chicken strips are very tasty and come in …

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Thai Peanut Stir Fry With Brown Rice – Vegan Recipe for Meatless Monday

This Thai Peanut Stir Fry has a boatload of veggies to add lots of flavor and nutrition to your dinner meal. Team this vegan stir fry with brown rice, flavored with cumin, spring onions and raisins and you will tempt even the most meat loving family member. We love Thai recipes at our house. They …

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Vegetarian Twice Baked Potatoes – A Healthier Version – [With Vegan Adaptation]

One of my family’s favorite side dishes is vegetarian twice baked potatoes. But the normal version is full of fat, cream, butter and calories. This healthy recipe uses a Vegan spread and vegetable cheese but is still full of flavor. You can customize your flavorings to suit your family’s tastes. The twice baked potatoes take …

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Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms – With Vegan Options

This recipe for Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms has been adjusted for a meatless diet without sacrificing any of the delicious taste. I love portobello mushrooms in just about any dish. They are hearty and filling and just delicious. The next time you want something different for dinner, instead of using ground beef, try stuffing your …

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Herbs for Roasting Turkey – Best Fall Spices – Grow Thanksgiving Herbs

Would you like to know the best herbs for roasting turkey? Thanksgiving is coming soon and a roasted turkey is on many menus. If you are cooking turkey for the first time, you may find yourself asking “what herbs and spices go with turkey?” You can just place a turkey in your oven and roast …

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Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce – How to Make Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I have been making this roasted tomato pasta sauce for years. It is rich and chunky and one of the best tasting homemade spaghetti sauces I have ever tried. The recipe is just full of flavor. The key ingredient to the taste and texture of the sauce is that I use roasted garden tomatoes. I …

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Growing Sugar Snap Peas – Planting and Using Sugar Snap Peas

After a long winter where not much is growing in the garden, it’s nice to have an early crop that likes the cold. Growing sugar snap peas gives the gardener a much anticipated outdoor task to do at this time of the year. Peas like cool temperatures and have a tendency to fade out when …

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Healthy Granola Recipe – Learn How to Make Homemade Granola

My version of a healthy granola is packed with flavor, uses whole grains and nuts and is naturally sweetened to make it better for you.  Normal store bought granola is delicious and a great breakfast recipe, but is often filled with fat and high in calories.   Top this healthier granola with your favorite soy or …

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Foolproof Fudge Tips – Secrets for Making Perfect Fudge, Every Time

How are your fudge making skills?  Do you end up with foolproof fudge that forms nice little parcels, or do you find it a challenge?  These cooking tips for making perfect fudge,F will give you wonderful results every time from now on. It’s hard to believe, after a summer of gardening, that the beginning of …

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Dark Chocolate Strawberries – Coating Recipe and Tips for Dipping Strawberries

Nothing appeals to me more than dark chocolate strawberries or other fruits dipped in chocolate.  They make me feel as though I am eating something healthy but also have the decadence of a rich dessert. With Christmas right around the corner, what could be a more perfect treat than these dark chocolate strawberries that you …

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Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup – Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup with Sherry

Brimming with the flavors of sherry, fresh leeks and sweet fresh butternut squash, this crockpot butternut squash soup has an elevated taste that is worthy of any special occasion. Fall and winter are the times of the year when I normally make soups, so I am always on the lookout for new crock pot recipes …

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Storing Fresh Coconut – How to Purchase, Open and Use Coconut Meat

A single coconut will give you 3 or 4 cups cups of fresh, flaked coconut.  But now you have the problem of storing fresh coconut. How do you keep that delightful, flaky bit of goodness in a state that will stay edible for as long as possible? This tutorial shows tips for storing fresh coconut …

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No Bake Nut Butter Cookies – Dairy Free – Gluten Free

I love no bake cookies. They are easy to make, keep well and taste delicious.  These no bake nut butter cookies have an amazing chocolate and peanut butter taste but are nut free and gluten free, as well. Following a wheat free diet means that you may need to use some gluten free replacements or substitutes in your …

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16 Gluten Free Replacements and Substitutes

If you are someone who follows a gluten free diet, either to lose weight or for your health, you will know that you sometimes need gluten free replacements and substitutes to cook your favorite recipes. One of the latest trends in the diet industry is a gluten free diet.  And for many of those people …

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Broccoli Salad with Orange Almond Dressing

This clean eating broccoli salad features cabbage, broccoli, raisins, almonds and green onions and a creamy vegan dressing made with Mirin, orange juice and almond butter. It is great served either as a side dish, or main course salad. I love to make my own salad dressing. First of all, it allows me to put …

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Cashew Coconut Energy Bites – Paleo – Gluten Free – Dairy Free

These cashew coconut energy bites are sweetened with medjool dates and have no dairy or gluten. They are a  healthy way to get a burst of energy after a workout.  With just a few minutes of your time and some healthy ingredients, you have a tasty on-the-go snack. Want to try using fresh coconut in …

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Healthy cooking Recipe

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy and nutritious snack. They are filled with nutritional goodness and are very easy to prepare. They are a great project to do with the kids, when pumpkins are in season. Roasted pumpkin seeds make a great snack and are also a fun choice to add to antipasti.  (See my …

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