Author Archives: Janie

Lucky Gluten-Free Vegan Foods for Friday the 13th

13 has a lousy reputation. The Christians, Hindus and Vikings all have lore that 13 dinner guest are a bad idea.  And Friday, named after the Norse goddess Freyja, got a bad rap from the Teutonic people who believed it was bad … Continue reading

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No time to bake? Try Sweet Magic cookies!

One of the things I LOVE about being a food blogger is receiving new gluten-free, vegan product to try and review.  My Cottage Foods’ timing couldn’t have been better. I’ve had a full plate lately with a big project at … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks for Vegans – Book Review

I received a copy of Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks for Vegans by Jo Stepaniak, MSEd to review.  This book is terrific for someone trying to understand the basics of living with gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease.  It contains handy lists of … Continue reading

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Good Luck for New Years – Black-Eyed Peas – Vegan and Gluten-Free

I read an article, “Black-Eyed Peas the Way Your Grandma Used to Make Them” and the problem is a:  my grandma didn’t make black-eyed peas and b: if she did, she probably would have made them with pork or bacon like … Continue reading

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Fugetaboutit Cookies – Vegan and Gluten-Free

I’m finally getting a chance to play with aquafaba – the amazing chic pea liquid! It makes perfect merengue, whipped cream and egg substitute.  3 tablespoons equals 1 egg for most recipes. So next time you make some hummus, save the … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Peanut Lentil Stew

As the weather cools down, I start craving soup.  While I make a lot of chili and tomato-based veggie soups, I was really in the mood for something a little different.  I was inspired by African peanut soups I’ve tried, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Mousse Pie with Cranberry Oat Crust – Vegan and Gluten-Free

The joys of fall are filling the air here in the Rocky Mountains. Leaves are turning shades of yellow, red and orange and pumpkins are everywhere. Time for a little pumpkin treat! This Pumpkin Mousse Pie with Cranberry Oat Crust … Continue reading

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Unfried Beans

Football season is here and it’s time for snacks! I love bean dip and refried beans but not the oil and definitely not the lard that sometimes gets added to the mix. Here’s a super easy, quick and healthy way to … Continue reading

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Summer Good Sandwich

  A non-vegan friend of mine posted a photo of his colossal sandwich (two burgers sandwiched with barbecued pulled pork, two cheeses, cole slaw on a toasted bun) with the caption SUMMER BAD.  I took one look and thought, well, yeah … Continue reading

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Peach Cobbler and Yes, it’s Raw, Vegan and Gluten-free!

Eating a a fresh, juicy, sweet peach is such a treat. In season, they’re pretty amazing all by themselves.  And when you combine juicy, fresh peaches with this raw cobbler topping, you get a little bite of heaven! It’s super … Continue reading

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Zesty Vegan Slaw

I’ve never been a fan of mayo. I’m not really a fan of vegan mayo although I highly support the product. I just never liked the taste.   I never liked white vinegar either. But then I had a chance to try … Continue reading

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BBQ Jackfruit

Can’t go vegan because you miss BBQ too much?  Gone vegan but miss BBQ?  Have you tried young, green jackfruit BBQ?  If you have, you’re probably hooked like me.  If you haven’t – you need to find out what you’re … Continue reading

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Curry Carrot Soup

Nothing like reaching into a giant bag of organic baby carrots, recently purchased at the store, only to find there were some slimy ones.  I didn’t want to waste the entire bag because only a few were rotten. I tossed out all the nasties … Continue reading

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Cranberry Orange Pecan Bars

I’ve heard that orange mixed with chocolate is very Italian. And my very Italian co-worker loved these sweet little bars.  I love them too and my mom’s Italian. But they were created in Colorado. And when people taste them, it … Continue reading

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Curry Stuffed Peppers – Vegan and Gluten-Free

I found some beautiful peppers at the store today and wanted to stuff them with something a little different. I had some chic peas and brown rice already prepared in my fridge, so created this recipe for a little East … Continue reading

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Avocado Curry – Sauce – Dip – Spread

I hear a lot of people say they don’t like curry.  I always tell them to give it another chance. There are so many “curries” out there – red, green, yellow, Indian, Thai…. the list goes on and on and … Continue reading

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Mushroom Pesto Quiche

  Laura Hemmington has an amazing recipe for Basil Walnut Pesto Quiche on her blog, The Whole Ingredient.  I made it and it was amazing!  I wanted to try a variation without nuts for a lower calorie version. I also needed … Continue reading

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Vanilla Creme Cappuccino Pie

  When accidents in the kitchen go right to create a new recipe, it makes me smile! I wanted a nut-free, chocolate-free dessert for a group of people coming to visit. I was attempting to make some raw coconut balls … Continue reading

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Mega Omega 3 Spread

I recently learned vegans and vegetarians can convert Omega 3 fats into DHA easier with a bit of turmeric added.  According to the National Institutes of Health funded study titled, “Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention … Continue reading

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Wilted Sesame Spinach

This is one of my favorite ways to eat spinach. Super easy and amazingly tasty! Wilted Sesame Spinach 4 cups raw, washed spinach 4 tsps sesame oil 1/2 tsp sea salt Add sesame oil to warm frying pan on medium high heat.  Add spinach … Continue reading

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