Blueberry Lemon Loaf – for the Virtual Vegan Potluck

Blueberry Lemon Loaf – for the Virtual Vegan Potluck

  For some crazy reason, I always get a little flustered at Virtual Vegan Potluck time.  A lot flustered this event I should say.  Waiting until the last day to finish my post.  And then scheduling the time wrong so it published this morning?  DUH! But it’s as much fun as ever and so great to see the new participants linking up with old pros.  After much unnecessary stress and contemplation this past month, I decided on a new bread recipe for you.  Berries, fresh Lemon Juice and a swirl of cinnamon make this a very yummy loaf.     This Blueberry Lemon Loaf turned out to be a cross between a sweet bread and a  moist, loaf of bread with a soft crust as far as texture.  It’s not crumbly like a cake in other words.  It has the spring back and ‘chew’ of a bread.  The taste though is all cake.  The berries mix with the glaze for a fantastic blend of sweet and sour.   It’s best served warm.   In fact, you must serve it warm to appreciate the glaze and fruity sweetness.  I’ve kept mine in the fridge and then just warmed up 2 pieces at…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #21

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #21

Fighting a nasty bug tonight.  Don’t work one day in the rain for 8 hours and then in the bitter wind the next day and expect your body not to react somehow….ugggh…. but I didn’t want to miss highlighting Healthy Slow Cooking and  Kathy’s delicious posting featuring 6 chili recipes just perfect for this fall from last week’s potluck!   Thanks Kathy  ♥   So just what is a Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck you say?   Well the 3 of us, Annie, Poppy and Me that is, do a special posting each Wednesday.  We invite bloggers to share their talents with us in a link up event each week.       The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most clicks) from the previous week’s link ups on the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry. You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #20

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #20

Richa has truly touched my soul this week with her VVLP entry.  Well, maybe just my tastebud’s soul.  But come on, these are just awesome !! Nachos and tortillas, guacamole, beans…okay, any Mexican style meal is always my craving when I’m tired and this month is just starting and I’m tired already. Richa’s Vegan Nachos with Nut-free Nacho Cheese made my tired heart ♫ sing again ♫ ♪ ♥ So just what is a Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck you say?   Well the 3 of us, Annie, Poppy and Me that is, do a special posting each Wednesday.  We invite bloggers to share their talents with us in a link up event each week.    

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week 11

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week 11

My choice for this week comes from a lovely lady and an even more beautiful Mom.   Becky of Glue and Glitter fame.   I’ve been reading Becky’s blog for years now and I love her down to earth creativity.  Her Coconut-Lime with Kale Salad is a true reflection of how Becky lives and shares her love and knowledge of life with us.  Thanks Becky for sharing your wonderful self and your dish on the VVLP. What’s a ‘Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck?  The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most clicks) from the previous week’s link ups on the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry. You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the Virtual Vegan LINKY Potluck” in YOUR blog post. Virtual Vegan “Linky” Potluck Grab a Virtual Vegan ‘LINKY” Party button for your blog HERE Here’s how this weekly Potluck…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week 8

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week 8

Caramelized Nectarines?  Fluffy Coconut Sugar / Spelt Cake? Yowza!   This Vegan Nectarine Upside-Down-Cake from Shannon @Yup, It’s Vegan grabbed my taste buds like a hawk this week.   The moist batter and gooey fruity topping are to die for.  Check it out HERE.  The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck  is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories:  appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts.  Entries can be voted on by ‘Liking’ them and at the end of the potluck  (each potluck will last 1 week) we will all announce the ‘winners’ the same day as the NEXT linky party begins.   Please link back to your blog in your entry.  You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the Virtual Vegan LINKY Potluck” in YOUR blog post.  If you don’t have this reference, your entry will be disqualified.     Grab a Virtual Vegan ‘LINKY” Party button for your blog HERE  Here’s how this weekly Potluck works: Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party. Enter the requested info: the link to the recipe(s) you are contributing; name…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week 7

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week 7

What a fabulous spread of recipe shares this past week! I finally settled on a delicious Watercress,  Mango, and Pecan Salad from Chava at flavourphotos. I’ve been on a mango craze lately and I just love how the fresh greens and nuts all compliment the fresh fruit here. Plus it’s just absolutely gorgeous to boot!  Thanks so much Chava for sharing your post with us last week.  For instructions on how to enter your dishes and to submit your recipes, please see the end of this post. Now on to all the top picks from last week!  Appetizers Sesame Avocado Wraps from Fitful Focus Beverages Watermelon Mint Frosty from the Taste Space Breads Fig & Corn Flatbread from Yup It’s Vegan Salads Watercress, Mango, & Pecan Salad from flavourphotos Sides Roasted Creole Cauliflower from the Taste Space Soups/Stews Lemony Lentil Spinach Soup from Yes! I Am Vegan Main Dishes Lightly Spiced Chickpea & Lentils from Parsley in My Teeth Desserts Chocolate Mousse Cake from Vegan Richa   Grab a Virtual Vegan ‘LINKY” Party button for your blog HERE Here’s how this weekly Potluck works: Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party. Enter the requested info:…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck week 4

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck week 4

 Welcome once again to the PARTY! This summer is just flyin’ by isn’t it?  I have another favorite this week to highlight with you from Week 3’s VVLP.   It’s from ‘Mama’s High Strung’ love the name.  Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops were my drool worthy recipe from last week.  These beauties need to be in my freezer NOW!!   Check them out if you missed the linkup in last week’s event: What will you share with us this week?   Here’s the best of week 3: Appetizers > Popeye Hummus by Yes! I Am Vegan > > Beverages > Pistachio Milkshake by Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen > > Breads > Lobiani by Gormandize > > Salads > Roasted Butternut Squash & Puy Lentil Salad by VegHotPot > > Sides (no entries) > > Soups/Stews > Triple Lentil & Cauliflower Soup with Rice by Vegan Runner Eats   Each Wednesday my web friends, Annie (An Unrefined Vegan) , Poppy (Bunny Kitchen), and I will host the Potluck party and you can submit your recipes to any one of our blogs.  The following Wednesday we will share the favorite recipe from each course.  As this is our very first party, please be patient in case…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck week #3

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck week #3

It’s that time again already?  Wooh!  This year is flying by.  Another week of winning recipes from our Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck.     This week, a had another favorite with all the entries.  Hard to choose 1 but I’m forever tempted by any dish with a Mexican flare.         Vegan Runner Eats entered a fabulously easy and affordable dish with many varieties and as healthy as it is delicious.  Check it out by clicking on the picture above. Here’s a review of how the link up works: Each Wednesday my web friends, Annie (An Unrefined Vegan) , Poppy (Bunny Kitchen), and I will host the Potluck party and you can submit your recipes to any one of our blogs.  The following Wednesday we will share the favorite recipe from each course.  As this is our very first party, please be patient in case there are still some bugs to work out!  The Virtual Vegan Linky Party is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories:  appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts.  Entries can be voted on by ‘Liking’ them and at the…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week #2

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week #2

Hey, hey, hey!!  You guys made the VVLP debut a fantastic success last week.  Thank you! So, we’re off to do it all again this week, and every Wednesday here after!  Don’t know what on earth I’m talking about? Here’s a review of how the link up works: Each Wednesday my web friends, Annie (An Unrefined Vegan) , Poppy (Bunny Kitchen), and I will host the Potluck party and you can submit your recipes to any one of our blogs.  The following Wednesday we will share the favorite recipe from each course.  As this is our very first party, please be patient in case there are still some bugs to work out!  The Virtual Vegan Linky Party is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories:  appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts.  Entries can be voted on by ‘Liking’ them and at the end of the party (each party will last 1 week) we will all announce the ‘winners’ the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry.  You will need to include something like: “I entered…

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A. B. C. Smoothie Antioxidant Blast in a glass + my “virtual” friend Annie

A. B. C. Smoothie Antioxidant Blast in a glass + my “virtual” friend Annie

Vitamin A + Beta Carotene + Vitamin C = My A. B. C. Smoothie “Antioxidant Blast in a glass” I first saw this drink on Pinterest so I’m not pretending to be so clever as to have created this magnificent tribute to antioxidants and vitamins, but here it is for you now: 2 Carrots (roasted or steamed) + 1 medium size Sweet Potato (cooked) + 1/3 of a fresh Pineapple + 1 inch of fresh Ginger Chill + Blend + Drink = Power Surge! This kind of easy, fantastically healthy and delicious recipe is a great example of small changes I’ve made to my diet in the past 4 years.  Before eliminating  all dairy, and then all animal products in my diet, it was really just ‘what can I eat so I can continue to go’ and ‘how can I stay as thin as possible’  Today things have changed dramatically for me and my diet.  Living a Vegan Plant based lifestyle is such a great confidence builder for me.  I think more kindly about the world and I treat my body more kindly.  I don’t crave Bacon.  I don’t crave fat filled creamy shakes.  I do crave the energy boost and…

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Country Carrot Soup – Virtual Vegan Potluck November 2013

Country Carrot Soup – Virtual Vegan Potluck November 2013

 If someone had suggested to me 5 years ago that there would come a day when I would prefer receiving  a big beautiful, nutritious bunch of colorful carrots in place of roses?  Yea, they would have been nuts.  Now days,  I dream of veggies, all shapes and sizes.  But mostly about the way they make me feel.  Carrots, in particular, have the highest content of beta carotene of all vegetables.  And yet, I don’t LOVE that taste.  Whoa is me.  I had to fix my lack of carrot interest if nothing else, to just fit in with the rest of the planet…. Thousands of years ago, carrots began creeping their way onto tables in the Middle East and were originally all colors of the rainbow.  The common orange carrot of today wasn’t developed until around the 16th century.  It caught on back then for its vibrant orange tones more so than its exceptional nutrition or taste.  The familiar orange carrots are orange because they contain beta-carotene.   Lycopene pigment colors carrots red,  anthocyanin results in purple carrots and lutein makes them yellow.  Any color of carrot does not effect their flavor though.  And the colorful flavors in my Country Carrot…

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Meet Annie – What the heck is a “Virtual Vegan Potluck” anyway?

Meet Annie – What the heck is a “Virtual Vegan Potluck” anyway?

My first Virtual Vegan Potluck that I participated in last October sent me into a tizzy of sorts. Not necessarily because of cooking or posting a recipe.  But because  here on the East Coast of the U.S. we were bracing for Hurricane Sandy to push her nasty self up the coast. No one knew then how bad, how long or what the power (or lack of) situation would be. Luckily we were spared here in Washington D.C. all but days of dark dreary cold rain. So what I remember of my first Potluck was not being too sure how things would play out and then wondering if I would have electricity to cook or light enough to take photos. I didn’t know Annie Oliverio at all. Or Somer or Jason. And I was pretty nervous about showing off anything Vegan back then as something that anyone else on the planet might actually want to cook for themselves. What I did know was that everything I’d seen on the Virtual Vegan Potluck site looked really fun and cool. I wanted to meet, if only virtually, my fellow Vegan bloggers.  And I wanted to be a part of it in my small, self-doubting…

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Pear & Broccoli Sprout Salad with Balsamic Caramelized Sweet Potato Cubes

 I’d like to thank Somer, Jason and Annie for including my blog in today’s Virtual Vegan Potluck.  It’s always a good thing when healthier food ingredients and preparation is publicized and I’m proud to be one of MANY incredible food sites highlighted to day.  I know it’s been lots of work for many and hats off and thanks to all involved 🙂  When I first began thinking of the ingredients for this salad, I presumed that the pears and sprouts would be the stars.  Then came my lunch.  I began to prepare a sweet potato for lunch and the preparation options began to flow………..since I was preparing to do my photos for the Broccoli Sprout Salad,  I think I just got sidetracked and came up with a wonderful topping.  The caramelized sweet potatoes really make this simple salad into a meal.  The flavors all meld and make for some great eats!  Vinegar, sugars, spice and fresh veggies rarely disappoint. These taste combinations are lovely by themselves.  I’ve used versions of this citrus vinaigrette more often than not for my salads in the past few years.  I love the way the mild tangy orange blends with the spicy and sharp vinegar and…

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Spiced Pumpkin Flatbreads with Lentil Sprouts – Vegan, GF

Spiced Pumpkin Flatbreads with Lentil Sprouts – Vegan, GF

When I first saw this recipe for Pumpkin Flat Bread over at An Unrefined Vegan I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was tasting them for myself.  These beautiful circles of chewy goodness are a perfect tray for so many toppings….or a great snack by themselves. They pair lightly sweet pumpkin, and savory spices combine to give lots of flavor but won’t over power whichever topping you choose. I topped mine with a handful of freshly grown lentil sprouts and then drizzled on my favorite homemade sprouted mustard seed spicy vinaigrette. In order to make this flat bread gluten free,  I substituted Corn Flour and Coconut Flour for the Whole Wheat in Ann’s version. And I used Olive Oil instead of Coconut.  Mine were much more dense and had more of a ‘corn cake’ texture. I also mixed the turmeric and paprika in with the flour instead of just adding it to the basting oil.  And I added a tsp. of cinnamon. This was a wonderfully light, flavorful meal with healthy ingredients and not much work!!  Thanks so much Ann for your inspiration 🙂 For more information on Sprouting your own seeds and beans, please check out the sprouting…

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Virtual Vegan Potluck Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons

Virtual Vegan Potluck Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons

I’m so proud to be part of this project and it’s a fun way to meet so many other healthy food bloggers. Today’s special event deserves an extra special recipe:  Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with beautiful Zucchini Ribbons! This dish is light, flavorful, nutritious and filling.  The flavor combination of dill and savory mushrooms make a perfect blend and mimic the classic tastes of Beef Stroganoff. And the pepper gives it a punch that wakes up the veggies, then diced pickles surprise your taste buds with a subtle sour background. All without a drop of dairy.  The pickles and dill give you the sour cream taste usually associated with Beef Stroganoff and the mushrooms simulate sliced beef. Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons Ingredients: Serves 2 -4 1 Cup of Baby Bella Mushrooms, stems removed,  cleaned and sliced thick 2 Cups of White Button Mushrooms sliced thick. 1/2 Cup Water or Unsweetened Non Dairy Milk 3 Tbs. Earth Balance Vegetable Spread 2 Tbs. Olive Oil 1 Cup of sliced Dill Pickles + 1/3 Cup of Pickle juice from the jar 1/2  to 1 Tbs. Black Pepper  (to taste) 1 tsp. Sea Salt 1 Tbs. dried Dill divided 2 Vegetable Bullion Cubes 1/4…

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October Omnium-Gatherum

Unfortunately my October is ending with a big messy storm instead of being able to dance around the house in anticipation of the Virtual Vegan Potluck coming up November 1st…………..instead my weekend is being sideswiped by SANDY! The hurricane is really cramping our style here but hopefully we can keep power and not lose any trees…. Saw this on line last week and thought it was worth sharing:   I’ve been delving into more information on Anti-inflammatory diets and the effect they can have on preventing pain. For more information, there’s a wonderful film available here: http://www.forksoverknives.com/plant-based-diet-has-me-winning-my-long-hard-battle-with-ulcerative-colitis/ And be sure and read Somer’s real life experiences with life changing diets at Vedged Out Somer may have saved her own life by changing what she feeds her body.  A wonderful story you can’t miss: Somer’s before and after pics.  Check out her story at Forks Over Knives  My husband journeyed down to Texas this month for a few days and said there were more Road Runners than Texans every where he went. They don’t quite look like the cartoon version we all grew up watching do they? MMMbbppp MMMbbpp. I had to pick up one of these absolutely gorgeous Olive Wood boards…

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