Vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan Mac and Cheese.  Mac and cheese is one of those family comfort foods that we had to give up when we went on a gluten free diet.  In the past eight years, many more companies are accommodating gluten free consumers, so the deprivation that we used to feel on a gluten free diet is gone.  Making mac and cheese vegan and dairy free however, means we have to be creative.  Inspired by Wolfgang Puck’s famous mac and cheese, we started with a basic white sauce, and incorporated three different vegan cheeses for a yummy flavor combination.  The result–it is gooey, cheesy, creamy, so full of flavor.   The lentil pasta has an added bonus of fiber and 13 grams of protein in each serving!  I rarely use anything other than lentil or black bean pasta anymore because I like my dishes not only to be delicious, but to have as much nutritional value as possible.  Because, food is medicine.  Continue reading “Vegan Mac and Cheese”

Thai Vegetable and Noodle StirFry

On those busy nights where you need dinner, but have nothing ready, you can whip up this Thai Vegetable and Noodle Stirfry with what you have.  Here, I used cabbage, green onions, carrots, sprouts, baby broccoli, spices and a hot almond red curry sauce.  The result was yummy, and the best part is, it was ready in less than 30 minutes!  Vegan, gluten free, dairy free.

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Instant Pot Blackberry Jam

Instant Pot Blackberry Jam.  I love recipes that have all natural ingredients, with no chemicals, additives or preservatives.  For this reason, I like to make my own jam, sun dried tomatoes and fruits, and try to buy organic whenever possible.  Honestly, making jam in the Instant Pot is so, so easy, only requires 4 ingredients and cooks for 2 minutes!  Do you have fresh blackberries, maple syrup, lemon juice and flax meal in the house?  That is all you need–the result is delicious, tasty and easy.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Grilled Macrobiotic Bowl

Grilled Macrobiotic Bowl.  We love fresh produce and everything green here.  There are many restaurants in LA that specialize in raw, vegan and vegetarian organic food.  I frequent those restaurants whenever I can, and it is always an (expensive) dream meal.  One of my favorite dishes is a macrobiotic bowl which features grains, fermented food, and sea vegetables. Today, I created a homemade version of the macrobiotic bowl so that I can enjoy it whenever I have the craving.  Now, you can enjoy one too.

What is macrobiotic, and why do I want to eat that way?  Generally speaking a macrobiotic diet involves eating primarily a plant based diet and combination of nutrients to obtain a yin-yang energy balance in the body.  I love these bowls, and definitely feel better after I eat one.  This bowl adds to the deliciousness of a macrobiotic bowl by grilling the ingredients and then topping with Garlic Cashew Creme.  This dish is vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Power Breakfast Bowl

Power Breakfast Bowl.  When making a bowl, it is so very easy to make it full of flavor and nutrition.  This bowl will get your day started right, with oatmeal, yogurt, berries, orange and granola, and offers vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants.  What else do you need for a power day?  Breakfast is the most important meal, and you can have this bowl ready in 15 minutes.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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