• Strawberry-Avocado Salad with Agave-Balsamic Dressing
  • East Meets West Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
  • Mediterranean Salad with Almond Feta
  • Marinated Tomato Salad
  • Vegan Cheesecake, Two Ways: Chai-Spiced and Lemon-Lavender

Strawberry-Avocado Salad with Agave-Balsamic Dressing

I guess I’m a salad kick lately. But that’s a good thing, right? They’re a great way to load up on essential vitamins and nutrients and it’s pretty hard to screw up a salad. This is the perfect light lunch that not only tastes amazing, but it gave me a chance to use up some… 

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East Meets West Chickpea Lettuce Wraps -- Epicurean Vegan

East Meets West Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

Garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) are such a versatile bean. (I shudder to think of a world without hummus!) I obviously couldn’t decide on Asian or Mexican food, so why not combine them? It turned out to be a very tasty, gluten-free collaboration, not to mention easy to make. All you need is about an hour to… 

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Mediterranean Salad with Almond Feta -- Epicurean Vegan

Mediterranean Salad with Almond Feta

I don’t know about you, but I tend to make the same salad all the time, and even though I love salads, I do get bored with them once in a while. It was time to shake things up. This Mediterranean salad is quick and easy to throw together and has everything you’d expect: kalamata… 

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Marinated Tomato Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Marinated Tomato Salad

Our garden is exploding with beautiful tomatoes, plus, a friend had given me a couple of heirlooms. so what better way to enjoy them, than a salad? This is a fabulously fresh salad, ideal as any side dish. The summer is just about over and here in Colorado, the air is getting cooler and cooler… 

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Cheesecakes Two Ways -- Epicurean Vegan

Vegan Cheesecake, Two Ways: Chai-Spiced and Lemon-Lavender

It’s not often I post dessert recipes. It’s not because I don’t like them; I most certainly do, but The Husband and Eleventh Grader aren’t that into them, so alas, I don’t make them often. Well, that, and a recent food allergy test revealed I’m sensitive to sugar (which, really, explained a lot). But it… 

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The Easy Vegan Cookbook

Cookbook Review: The Easy Vegan Cookbook

I recently got the opportunity to check out The Easy Vegan Cookbook: Make Healthy Home Cooking Practically Effortless, by Kathy Hester. I have Hester’s vegan slow cooker cookbook, which I really enjoy, so I looked forward to checking this one out. It’s a beautiful cookbook. Nearly each recipe has an accompanying photo, which I really… 

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Lasagna Bolognese -- Epicurean Vegan

Lasagna Bolognese

This picture was taken mid-process. I forgot to take a picture of the final product, but that’s okay . . . it wasn’t as pretty as this shot. It’s all about taste anyway, right? (Yes, I know, presentation counts, too.) Anyway, this is adapted from Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking cookbook. I made some… 

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Thai Green Curry Bowls -- Epicurean Vegan

Thai Green Curry Bowls

It’s perfectly fine to let someone else take the lead on a recipe once in a while. In this case, Trader Joe’s. I had a jar of their Thai Green Curry Sauce and some (quick cook) Organic Brown Basmati Rice, and together, they made the perfect base for this meal. Add a few veggies, some… 

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Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers -- Epicurean Vegan

Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers

These veggie burgers are quite amazing. They’re easy to make, delicious, and they actually hold together when you cook them—that’s not always an easy thing when making veggie burgers. I got the recipe from Thrive Forward and I’ve had them a couple of times now. I’ve made some subtle variations and added the teriyaki-pineapple-avocado part, which… 

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Edamame Spaghetti with Lemon-Garlic Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

Edamame Spaghetti with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

That’s right, edamame spaghetti. In 12-ridiculous steps that include cooking the beans, mashing them, adding flour, six other ingredients, and running the dough through a pasta machine, you’re in business! Or . . . you can go the easy way by picking up pre-made edamame noodles like I did: This 2-lb box is from Costco… 

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Lentil and Wild Rice Bowls with Steamed Veggies 2 -- Epicurean Vegan

Lentil & Wild Rice Bowls with Steamed Veggies

I love these types of meals, but I have to admit, I didn’t know where I was going with it at first. Then it clicked. This is similar to the black rice and lentils recipe, but I made some changes and even simplified a few steps. The great thing about these bowls, is that you can… 

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