(Mostly) Raw Kale Salad

kale salad

Maybe I’m imagining it, but I often just feel more alert and alive when I eat a combination of colorful vegetables.

So one of the few rules I have about eating is to have as many colorful foods as possible.

This is because many nutrients tend to be reflected in the colors of foods. For example, you’ll find beta carotene in foods like carrots and sweet potatoes. You see anthocyanins in red and blue foods like pomegranate seeds and blueberries. When you eat with color in mind, you’ll not only have gorgeous looking food, but also get a spectrum of vitamins and minerals.

So if you’re like me and don’t necessarily track your nutrition or calories very carefully, eat a rainbow of foods, and you can be fairly certain of getting what you need.

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Indian-Spiced Chickpea Snack

chickpea snack

I’m one of those people who can’t keep chips in the house. If they’re around, rest assured they’ll be gone before dinner. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to reserve some tortilla chips for a recipe or a photo I’m taking, and can hardly keep myself from finishing the bag.

But a girl’s gotta snack…

I sometimes have Health Warrior chia snack bars on hand. They come in lots of flavors and are great to have in your bag when you’re toodling around. (Currently on a banana nut kick, which is weird since I’m not a big banana person).

But anyway…

I’ve recently started making chickpea snacks. Like my beloved chips, they have a spicy, savory, crispy thing going on. But they lack the oiliness and unknown ingredients.

Removing moisture is key to these chickpeas crisping up. So make sure they’re as dry as possible before adding oil and spices.

Try varying the spice mix in similar amounts. In this recipe, I went with Indian flavors. A smoky cumin/paprika combo would be great, too.

These are delicious as is, used as a salad topper or a component in a hippie bowl.

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Minestrone Soup

minestrone soup recipe

Humble minestrone soup is one of my cooler weather favorites. I love simple, modest recipes, and this one's easy to throw together from pantry ingredients. Pasta, beans and veggies make this minestrone soup recipe a complete meal.Many of today's … [Continue reading]

Introducing Simple Vegan Meal Plans

simple vegan meal plans

What if there was a way to simplify dinner preparation? What if you had a simple resource that provided everything you needed to create quick, healthy plant-based meals? A way to lower stress, save time and improve your eating habits. …and all it … [Continue reading]

Hippie Bowl with Peanut Sauce

hippie bowl with peanut sauce

You can't talk about simple vegan meals without considering the humble "hippie bowl." A hippie bowl is an endlessly customizable one-dish meal.  I like a hippie bowl to be at least half vegetables with the rest divided between grains and legumes. … [Continue reading]

Sweet Potato Mac & Cheeze

sweet potato mac 'n cheeze

Mac & cheeze may be the most comforting of comfort foods. I loved the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese as a child, and have enjoyed many of the boxed non-dairy mac and cheeze options that have come out recently. (Currently the Daiya version is my fave, … [Continue reading]

Vegan-Ease by Laura Theodore


Interested in eating delicious vegan food, but having it be easy? Yeah, me too. That’s why I was thrilled to learn about Laura Theodore’s latest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Laura Theodore is the definition of … [Continue reading]

Chickpea Fondue

fondue recipe

Fondue has long been one of my favorite holiday meals. While you can make a plant-based version with nuts or non-dairy cheese, this simple fondue calls for cooked chickpeas made savory with miso and tahini. I also like to add nutritional yeast for … [Continue reading]