• Mexican-Style Risotto
  • Sweet Potato-Black Bean Mole Stew
  • Roasted Rosemary Nuts
  • Rice Bowls with Kale, Mushrooms, and Chickpeas
  • Strawberry-Avocado Salad with Agave-Balsamic Dressing

Mexican-Style Risotto

Mexican food is definitely a favorite around my house, but I don’t always take the time to make Mexican-style, or Spanish rice. I end up using the easy boxed or microwavable bagged kind. (I know, shameful.) The Husband, however, has no problem with it, even though it’s usually dry and tasteless. We recently had a… 

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Sweet Potato-Black Bean Mole Soup -- Epicurean Vegan

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Mole Stew

Holy mole! Okay, that was cheezy, but seriously . . . holy mole! We all know sweet potatoes and black beans go together like peanut butter and jelly, so how about a stew? Oh, and kale? Yes, please. It is officially winter around here and this is the perfect stew for a cold night. And,… 

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Roasted Rosemary Nuts -- Epicurean Vegan

Roasted Rosemary Nuts

These have become a regular at my house ever since my sister made them while visiting this summer. The Husband just requested a double batch for his Montana trip, so it was the perfect time to snap a few pics and share the recipe. It’s from Ina Garten, but I’ve made some minor changes like using… 

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Rice Bowls with Kale, Mushrooms, and Chickpeas -- Epicurean Vegan

Rice Bowls with Kale, Mushrooms, and Chickpeas

We’ve been having a beautiful fall season here in Colorado, so when a friend and I decided to have lunch on her back patio, I knew this would be the perfect dish to bring. We’re not in hunker-down mode yet and this made for a light, healthy, and satisfying lunch. I also needed to make… 

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Strawberry-Avocado Salad with Agave-Balsamic Dressing -- Epicurean Vegan

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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