I have been on a potato kick lately.
Sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes, red potatoes, purple potatoes....fried, baked, boiled, mashed...hashbrowns, fries, and pureed. ENDLESS VERSIONS AND COLORS AND SHAPES!
Part of the reason I have been part of the potato party was because I wanted to semi partake in the "potato challenge". The other reason is that I am Russian and I LOVE potatoes!!!
I wanted to make the ultimate potato casserole that was hearty, cheesy, creamy and used ...
A lot can be said about Thanksgiving, some good and some bad. For the majority it is a National "Holiday" where people enjoy the day off with lots of food, family and friends.
This year however, will be a little different celebration. To me, Thanksgiving is no longer a "normal" holiday it is actually my Vegan Anniversary. Yes, one year ago was my last small sliver of meat. WOOOHOOO!! Yes, I am alive and thriving!
This year we will be having an all Vegan Thanksgiving and it will be ...
Generally, this 3 week long party is filled with lots and lots of beer and lots of German food which are by tradition....anti-vegan.
I had hope that I would be able to recreate a traditional dish for Oktoberfest without the usual "cheats" of seitan or tempeh for meat.
With my luck, these delicious dumplings kept popping up on all my searched. The ingredients were extremely simple and the customization was endless so I knew I had to make it.
The main ingredients other than ...
I think "Faux" meatballs are pretty cool.
Cute, (usually) flavor packed and perfectly portioned. Which means you can gobble up 15 without noticing lol.
Veggie meatballs and their close cousin falafels are a great addition to any meal. Eat them as an appetizer with a marinara sauce or mix it in the sauce and plop them on top a bed of garlic spaghetti. PERFECTION!
Honestly...the meal combinations are endless.
There are several ways to make veggie meatballs but I found that the method ...
To celebrate Mother's day, I decided to include Momma Irena in my Cardio with Carrots hijinks.
I give a lot of praise to my mom. She has undergone A LOT in her life.....and I sure didn't make it easier with my teenage and young 20's drama and problems. Somehow...she survived the mess of decade I put her through. So it was a great pleasure to bond with her over some cooking and fitness....both things WE LOVE to do but not in the same fashions lol. She loves her zumba and I love my deadlifts ...
The inspiration for this French Toast came from my love of Ginger Chews....
I LOVE GINGER CHEWS
They are so zesty and sweet. Like a pleasure and pain sort of relationship. Such a fascinating combination of flavors. The caramel prolongs your enjoyment due to the immense amount of chewiness and the ginger perks you RIGHT UP!!!
They are the perfect after dinner treat to curb a strong sweet tooth or just an aide in digestion. I am sure that you know that ginger is perfect for nausea or ...
Yes....that needed to be screamed...lol.
All nuts are healthy but these guys.....are super duper special.
Lowers Cancer Risks
Improves Male Fertility
Treats Iodine Deficiency
Improves cardiovascular health
But....let me explore that last one a little bit. It is actually the reason I chose to include these nuts in a recipe.
Dr. Michael ...
I love making random food bowls...more esthetically named "Buddha Bowls".
They are such a great way to use up leftover food knowing it will still somehow end up tasting great lol.
This particular buddha bowl has a unique mixture of a double dose of "pea"....yea....chickpeas and yellow split peas. Flavored with the double dose of lemons, this bowl is basically a multi-vitamin.
I love the chickpea/pea mix because it is very hearty and filling but when paired with the raw kale salad it ...