I first tasted Guinness Shepherd’s Pie at Dargan’s Irish Pub in Santa Barbara, California. It’s a simple dish, but rich in flavor, and ohhhh how I love it so! I figured I could come up with something that was close enough to my favorite dish at Dargan’s, and I’m pleased with the results. This Guinness […]


Dice and chop your veggies. Good prep helps with good cooking.  Saute the onions. Once they have softened a bit, add the spices and cook one more minute.  Add broth, vegetables, lentils and peanut butter, and stir well. After 10 minutes of cooking, the stew broth will be creamier.  Mix in the kale and cashews. […]


Carrot Raisin Salad

November 28, 2012

Carrot Raisin Salad is one of my husband’s favorite things. He is so happy when I make it, and it’s very simple to do. I added some extra zing to the standard mix of shredded carrots, raisins and mayonnaise by using Vegenaise and golden raisins, and adding crushed pineapple and a bit of flaked coconut. […]


Kale Avocado Salad

July 18, 2012

Some people avoid raw kale because of its chewy texture. Working an acid such as lime juice into the kale does a great job of softening it. The lime juice combines with sweet ripe tomatoes and buttery avocado to form a creamy dressing. Wash kale, spin dry and strip the leaves off of the stems […]

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Thai Inspired Kale Chips

June 28, 2012

Kale chips are a trendy item these days. Most recipes call for simply adding some oil and salt to fresh kale and baking it until crisp. These Thai flavored chips are more complicated, but the results are oh so worth it. They can be baked in the oven, but this raw method does a better […]


Nut-Vegetable Burgers

April 25, 2012

I wanted to make a raw burger with just the right balance of nuts, seeds, vegetables and spices. And mostly, I didn’t want one that was full of flax. Many raw burger recipes are heavy on nuts or flax, and I felt the flavor and texture was unbalanced. I think these tasty guys have a […]


I needed something to do with all of the almond pulp leftover from making fresh almond milk (post on that coming soon). I love carrots and knew their sweetness and moisture would be a good balance to the nuts, and I wanted to add some seeds for additional protein and flavor. Luckily, these came out […]

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I was inspired by a post from Dr. Oz on Facebook for a cauliflower-pea blend called “Mean Green Cauliflower Machine”. I love cauliflower and peas and wanted a nice hearty soup that was nutritious and also quick and easy. It doesn’t get much easier than this – put the ingredients in a saucepan, simmer and […]

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Bok Choy Rice Bowl

March 12, 2012

This may sound odd – an Asian style stir fry topped with tahini sauce – but the combination of flavors is delicious. Once the vegetables are prepped and the sauce is made, this dish comes together very quickly. For even quicker preparation, make the tahini sauce ahead of time and purchase precooked frozen microwavable rice, available […]


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January 4, 2012

This meatloaf is allergen-friendly – gluten free, egg free, and dairy free. Making it in a muffin tin allows for convenient single serving portions that are easy to freeze for reheating later. Meatloaf 1 lb. ground beef or turkey 1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant) 1/3 cup Follow Your Heart Vegenaise (vegetarian mayonnaise, available at […]