8 posts in group apple-cider-vinegar

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pumpkin Tahini Dressing

I love dark and leafy greens but winter time calls for a different salad filler. BRUSSELS SPROUTS! Some people cringe at the name but I on the other hand....SALIVATE!! They are so delicious and nutritious. If you don't like them then you most likely haven't had them prepared well. Roast, Saute, Fry, Bake.... My personal favorite form of enjoying sprouts is shaved sprouts in a hearty salad. When these little mini cabbages are shaved they create a different salad ambiance. One that is ... Continue Reading

Strawberry & Adzuki Bean Pasta Salad

Do you ever have those days where you are craving something sweet but you know you should have dinner and get all your "nutrients"? Yea..?... Me to! I am a sucker for dessert and anything sweet so I like to switch out a savory dinner for something sweet like oatmeal or pancakes on occasion. Well, that usually doesn't get all my veggies, fruit and protein in so I wanted to create a dish that could satisfy all of the categories. After some deep meditation on the subject....I came up ... Continue Reading

Crunchy Vegan Tuna Salad

My childhood consisted of a lot of tuna sandwiches. It was cheap and easy and I actually enjoyed the taste. My mom always seemed to make the best tasting tuna sandwiches. They were always crunchy and super delicious. Minimally seasoned but tasted like perfection on my adolescent tongue. During my Figure Competition days, my consumption of tuna was still high because....well...tuna is low in calories and high in protein and super cheap. My main concern about food was just those two check ... Continue Reading

Immune Boosting Salad

Blah... As I child, I was sick often. My immune system was terrible and I basically lived from cold to cold. My family attributed my weakened immune system to the proximity of my place of birth (Minsk, Belarus) to the Chernobyl Power Plant Explosion. No direct radiation poisoning, we assume the affected crops indirectly caused several of my health problems. As a result of my immune system, I have spent the beginning portion of my adult life strengthening it to the levels of wolverine or ... Continue Reading

Blueberry & Beet Bruschetta

This recipe was semi inspired by a recent trip to the Mad City Vegan fest and semi inspired by my love of blueberries that are currently in season.  At the Vegan fest my mom and I got to watch Chef Dave from Lilliana's and Charlie's restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin do a live cooking demo. Not only was this a cooking demo...it was a vegan cooking demo. We got FRONT ROW seats because I didn't want to miss one second. I learned soooooo much.....and I laughed even more. He was truly good enterta... Continue Reading

Plantain Stuffed Taquitos

Bananas are basically life for any vegan. They are versatile and packed full of nutrition. But... Plantains....are bananas super hot and exotic cousin that is admired but no one really speaks to. What I mean is that they are really similar in shape and color but cooking with them is still new for most Americans. My first encounter with plantains was at a Cuban restaurant where caramelized some yellow plantains with a side of black beans. SOOOOO FRICKEN GOOOD!!! I could have just eaten ... Continue Reading

Crunchy Detox Salad

Once winter officially ends and the warm weather hits my skin...I always feel like a snake. Weird huh? It just feels like I need to refresh and renew and shed my winter skin and I don't mean the extra couple of lbs I put on gobbling up vegan desserts. There are tons of herbal and chemical tonics sold to the public as a "quick fix" detox. Blah!!! That is what I think about those detoxes. Blah Blah. To me....nothing works as well as first adopting a vegan lifestyle and second eating ... Continue Reading

Almond Coconut Explosion Cake

I set out to vegan"ize" one cake but after a million fails.....a completely different creation came about!! This Almond Coconut Cake is an absolute delight. It truly is an explosion of almonds and coconuts as they are basically the only ingredients in different forms. Is that so wrong???? I don't think so... We use coconut in liquid and solid form and almonds in three different textures!!! Is your mind BLOWN YET?!?! Anyways...have you tried making your own dairy free whipped cream ... Continue Reading