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  • Thanksgiving Dessert: Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

    by Paula Gallagher | November 15, 2017

    vegan-chocolate-pieThanksgiving is a day for giving thanks for all we have, for overindulging in foods, and hanging out with family and friends. I am thankful for all of these things... and I am also thankful when a delicious dessert ends a fantastic meal! This recipe takes the traditional pumpkin pie and updates into a deliciously decadent dessert that is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and even pretty healthy. (Shhh, don't tell anyone.)

    Pumpkin, which gives this dessert its pudding-like consistency, is a good source of beta carotene and alpha carotene. Loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, you’ll get a mouthful of potassium, magnesium, selenium and lutein in every bite, plus a good dose of vitamins A, C and E. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Vegan Shish Kabobs

    by Paula Gallagher | September 13, 2017

    vegan-shish-kabobBefore pumpkin spice takes over everything and fall officially hits, you need to try these savory marinated tofu skewers. They are the perfect dish to complement your weeknight dinner, or a delicious appetizer to bring along to a potluck or backyard BBQ party.

    Instead of meat, this vegan version of classic shish kabob, uses tofu, which is made from soybean curds. Tofu is naturally gluten-free and low calorie and it contains no cholesterol and is an excellent source of protein, iron and calcium. Organic tofu is best. Read more

  • Lunch Today: Quinoa Spring Salad

    by Paula Gallagher | June 20, 2017

    quinoa-salad_aIt's the last day of spring and this spring salad is the perfect way to welcome summer. It is light, fresh tasting and depending on where you live, uses many in-season vegetables. This is a great recipe for a potluck or barbecue.

    Cooking the quinoa beforehand makes this recipe especially easy and quick to make. Quinoa is a seed and not a grain. Quinoa is a great source of magnesium and manganese, plus a good source of the minerals iron, phosphorous, copper and zinc. It also contains vitamins B2 and E, along with fiber. Quinoa has all of the essential amino acids, which makes it an excellent source of protein, making it an ideal addition to meatless diets, as well as gluten-free diets. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Tofu Bowls with Millet and Avocado Dressing

    by Paula Gallagher | May 31, 2017

    avocadoA couple of weekends ago my neighbor made this green saucy mixture that we dipped veggies and shrimp in. I could not stop eating it, so I asked her what she called it was and she said Green Goddess Dressing. Now, I have had the bottle version before, but this one was incredible and different. This recipe uses avocado, parsley and cilantro for the lovely green color, and it omits the traditional anchovies and sour cream to make it vegan.

    I used it as a dressing for this tofu and millet bowl. Millet is a grain that has a "corn-like" flavor and is gluten free. Read more

  • Snack Today: Buckwheat Energy Bars

    by Paula Gallagher | January 30, 2017

    buckwheat-barsBuckwheat is a nutritionally dense food and is a great gluten-free alternative, and although people think it's a grain, it's actually considered a seed. Studies have shown that it offers a range of health benefits similar to those of nuts, in lowering blood glucose and cholesterol.

    Buckwheat’s nutrient profile consists of higher protein content than most grains, including essential amino acids and 6 g of protein per 1/4 cup of dry seeds. It also contains soluble and insoluble fiber, flavonoid antioxidants such as rutin and quercetin, and a component related to B vitamins called D-chiro-inositol, which is known to help improve the action of insulin. Read more

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