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Still Traveling

Today I went for my walk/hike and the only wildlife I saw were two rabbits. I just caught sight of the cotton white tail of the first rabbit and the second one let me take its picture. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed that I did not see more wildlife this walk.

After my walk I refueled with my usual traveling food of oatmeal with berries, almond butter and some plant milk. I promised to share some of my “go to” ideas for lunch when away from home.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I almost always make a grocery run so I know I have food that will meet my dietary needs. On this grocery trip I picked up some salad greens, crunchy sprouts, different kinds of fruit, some frozen veggie patties and some frozen quinoa with veggies.

For lunch I made a small smoothie with some banana, raspberries, strawberries and some plant milk for easier blending. To go with my berry filled smoothie was two veggie patties with avocado and some salad greens, crunchy sprouts and a squeeze of fresh lemon. As you can see with just a little pre-planning you can go anywhere and meet all your dietary needs.


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I am so excited to say that today I sent my manuscript off to the publisher. I still cannot believe it is sent. A happy dance is going on right now. It almost seems surreal. All the cooking, revising, photo taking has been worth the effort. I did not accomplish this feat  on my own. My husband has been such an inspiration, taste tester, dish washer, editor, sounding board and so many other things. I am a very blessed girl.

I will keep you updated on the progress. I am sure there will be more editing and other things that I still do not know about to do. I am still soaking in the feeling off accomplishment thus far.

I just want to say thanks for the support and help from my family and friends.



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Breakfast Burritos

I made breakfast burritos for lunch today. They turned out so good – omnivore approved. That is one of my goals when I come up with a meal. Omnivores will love the meal just as much as us vegans. That is the best way to get others to try this way of eating.

As the title says I made burritos for me with gluten-free tortillas and my husband had his with naan. It looked amazing as well.

  • 1 pkg tofu, firm, drained, pressed
  • Savory Spice Blend, generous amount
  • black salt, generous pinch
  • vegetable broth, as needed
  • 2 c shredded potatoes, frozen
  • vegan cheese shreds (optional)
  • salsa, your favorite
  • 1 avocado(s), chopped
  • gluten-free tortillas

Season tofu with Savory Spice Blend. Rub into tofu and let set as you gather your other ingredients.


Add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable broth to a large skillet over medium heat.

Add tofu, seasoned side down to the skillet with the vegetable broth. Season other side of tofu with more Savory Spice Blend and black salt.

Break up tofu with spatula. Add 1-2 more tablespoons of vegetable broth. This adds additional flavor and helps the tofu from sticking to the pan. Cook tofu until it is heated through and resembles scrambled eggs. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

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Add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable to skillet you cooked the tofu in. Add the shredded potatoes and vegan cheese shreds. Spread them out evenly. Let them set and cook. Do not stir at this time. By letting them set there they get golden brown. If you stir them they will not get golden.

When the potatoes have got golden brown turn them over and repeat the browning process on this side.

Return tofu scramble to potatoes. Add avocado and salsa to the potato mixture. Stir.

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Spoon filling into tortillas and roll into a burrito. Top burrito with additional salsa.

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Serv. Eat. Enjoy.

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Blueberry Pancakes – Vegan/WFPB

I adapted this recipe from my paleo version on my blog to a vegan recipe. It passed the omnivore test They have a wonderful flavor that all in your household will love. I like that they are not too sweet.

Dry Ingredients:

In a large mixing bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.



Wet Ingredients:

  • 2c Oat Milk, unsweetened
  • 3 tbsp almond butter, melted
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

In a large liquid measuring cup whisk together all wet ingredients.


Whisk together dry and wet ingredients. Set aside while griddle is heating to 350 degrees. (You can cook these in a cast iron or non-stick skillet.)


Pour batter onto griddle.

Stir Ins:

  • 1 c blueberries, fresh

I like to top the pancakes with the blueberries instead of adding them into the batter. I like to do this so that there is an evenly distribution of blueberries. By using this method the blueberries do not sink to the bottom of the batter.

It is time to flip the pancakes over when bubbles begin to form on the top of the pancake.

Serve with your favorite topping. Eat. Enjoy.




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How To: Black Beans in the Instant Pot

I have not used my instant pot as much as I could. It is still a new tool for me, and I am used to stove cooking, letting a pot of beans or a soup slowly simmer on the stove, as the smells waft throughout the house.

Utilizing the Instant Pot only makes sense since I live in Florida. Right now it is extremely hot and humid in this southern state. I thought I would give it a whirl and try to make basic black beans in the Instant Pot. I purposely left out the seasoning so that I could divided them into 1 1/2 c servings and use them any way I so desired. Something like brownies or tacos. Each of these has completely different flavor profiles. Thus, different seasonings, and that is why these are not seasoned.

Sometimes I am amazed at how easy and quick the Instant Pot makes batch cooking. Batch cooking is one of my favorite ways to put a meal on the table in minutes. Make a pot of rice or quinoa. Roast a couple of sheet pans of assorted vegetables in the oven. And, make an instant pot of beans. You have the makings of a tasty and nutritious Buddha Bowl.

  • 1 c dried black (turtle) beans, soaked overnight
  • 3 c water
  • 1 Kombu, thumb size

Combine all ingredients into the Instant Pot. Secure lid and make sure pressure valve is set.

My Instant Pot directions call for 20 minutes of cooking time. Do a 7 bean tenderness check. The beans are done when all seven beans are tender to eat. If they are not tender, just cook them a little longer in 5-10 minute increments. You do not want them to turn out mushy. Mine took 30 minutes to be done.

Note: Kombu is great for infusing foods with alkalinizing minerals. It also tenderizes legumes helping with digestion.

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Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse Parfait

Chocolate Mousse was one of my favorite desserts before I went vegan. I have been wanting to make some for a while, but now I am veganizing it. Instead of cream I am using avocados. The avocado has a creamy and buttery texture when they are at their peek of ripeness. This is what makes the avocado the perfect substitute for dairy.

Chocolate mousse is made in the food processor, so it is very easy. Layer some fresh raspberries and whipped coconut cream and you have a delectable bite of goodness.

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 3 small avocados
  • 1/2 c vegan chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp almond milk, unsweetened, vanilla
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients into food processor. Blitz until ingredients are well blended. Scrape down sides as needed.

Transfer to container with sealable lid. Chill.

To Complete:

  • Whipped coconut cream
  • fresh raspberries

Layer parfaits: Chocolate mousse, whipped coconut cream, fresh raspberries.  Repeat.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: I have a confession. I stirred my parfait mixing everything together. It was amazing. You get little bursts of raspberry flavor in every bite. So go ahead and stir. I won’t tell.

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Garden Farfalle

This pasta can be served cold or hot. Usually we start off hot and then round two (leftovers) cold. It is very colorful because it uses many different veggies from the garden. What is nice is that you can use whatever veggies you have on hand and make it your way.

I like to make the veggie ratio higher than what you would normally see in a typical pasta dish. I always say the more veggies the better.

  • 12 oz. brown rice farfalle (I like jovial.)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 c kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 12 oz cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • All-purpose Seasoning
  • 1 15oz. can chick peas, drained, rinsed (Save liquid for baking.)
  • 1 Meyer lemon, zested, juiced
  • 1 c vegetable broth, and more as needed for sautéing
  • 1 tsp arrowroot/cornstarch
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

In a large pan, over medium heat sauté onions with some veggie broth and all-purpose seasoning, until the onions are translucent.

Add, kale, garlic, tomatoes, zucchini and chick peas. Sauté with veggie broth, to keep ingredients from sticking to the pan.

Add pasta, lemon zest to veggie mixture.

Make slurry with 1 cup of veggie broth and 1 tsp arrowroot/cornstarch. Add to pasta mixture. Stir.

Add nutritional yeast and stir.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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O’Brien Tofu Scramble

I have been meaning to make this breakfast for sometime. Whenever I would get ready to make it I would be missing one of the ingredients. Today is the day. I have all the ingredients.

Right this moment I am pressing the tofu to get the liquid out and so I can impart more flavor into the tofu. Tofu is a blank canvas, which means you can season it however you want to.

I am using a shortcut ingredient in this scramble. Frozen O’Brien breakfast potatoes. They contain some peppers and onions. They are perfect for some additional flavor and bulk.

This meal is not just for breakfast. You can make this anytime. This would make a great brunch item to share. Make the GF Blueberry muffins and a beautiful bowl of mixed fruit  to go along with the scramble and you will have a wonderful Sunday brunch with your family and friends.

  • 14 oz. firm tofu, pressed
  • Savory Spice Blend, to taste
  • Couple of Pinches of black salt
  • 4 c O’Brien Potatoes, frozen
  • Vegetable broth as needed
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Press the tofu for at least 30 minutes to get the liquid out.

Season pressed tofu with Savory Spice blend and black salt. (The black salt will help give it that eggy flavor that you come to expect from scramble eggs.) Set aside.

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Over medim-high heat in a large pan cook O’Brien potatoes to a golden brown color. Use vegetable broth as needed to keep the potatoes from sticking. You may also want to turn down the heat to medium if the potatoes are browning too quickly. Transfer potatoes to a plate and set aside.

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Before you add the tofu deglaze the pan with vegetable broth to make sure you get all those bits of flavor.Add tofu to the pan that you cooked the potatoes in.

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Cook tofu until they resemble scrambled eggs. Return potatoes to tofu and stir. Add nutritional yeast . Taste for seasoning. I added more Savory Blend.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: This scramble would be great to be used for breakfast burritos/tacos. Add a little salsa and you have a great filling and nutritious breakfast to grab and go.

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Roasted Baby Golden Beets and Strawberry Salad with Pan Toasted Pecans

This salad is a feast for the taste buds. The flavors are amazing. There are so many wonderful textures – crunchy, creamy and a little crisp. Not only do the textures send this salad over the top, but the flavors are sublime.

I made this for a light summer dinner. Dress this salad with my Strawberry Vinaigrette that can be made in the blender in 60 seconds or less and you have a perfect bite of salad.

Note: This recipe makes 2 servings.

Toss together all the ingredients.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Roasted Baby Golden Beets

We went to Whole Foods yesterday. It was a fun trip. It is a vegan eaters dream. I decided I would pick out two vegetables that I have never made before – Beets and Orange Cauliflower. I have had beets one time in a restaurant, and I loved them. I saw these golden baby beets and knew I had to make these as one of my new veggies.

I served this in a salad. The recipe will follow soon in another post. If you have not tried golden beets you are missing out on a truly delicious bite.

  • 4 baby golden beets with leaves
  • All-purpose seasoning

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Wash beets thoroughly. Cut ends off of beets. Save the leaves for future use.


Place beets into a parchment baking bag or make a packet out of the parchment paper and sprinkle with my All-purpose seasoning.

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Lay parchment packet onto sheet pan. Place into oven and bake for 60 -75 minutes. The beets should feel tender to the touch, but not mushy.

Remove from oven and let cool until you can touch them so that they can be sliced.

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Note: This would be the time you would peel them if you prefer. It is a personal choice.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.