Archive | 2011

Extreme Vegan Makeover: Ratatouille Stew Edition

This is the time of year when all the people who are fortunate enough to have gardens start wondering what to do with all the masses of vegetables they have harvested. Their kitchens are overrun with tomatoes, squash, zucchini, eggplants, peppers, corn, etc. They begin marathons of cooking, canning and freezing. Well, I have no […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Orange Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cherry Tomatoes with Brown Rice Penne in a Roasted Garlic Walnut-Coconut Cream Sauce Edition

So in my last recipe, I mentioned that I bought both the purple and the orange cauliflower and how I was agonizing over what to do with them. With the purple head, I made that incredibly beautiful Purple Cauliflower Soup with Cheddar Crisps. That left me with the bright orange head of cauliflower. What to […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Purple Cauliflower Soup with Cheddar Crisps Edition

It’s now September. Summer is almost over and the weather is getting cooler already. Then again, some days have been hot and muggy. The produce sections of the supermarkets and the farmer’s market stands illustrate the coming change of seasons. The bright yellow and green summer squash rest next to the deeper yellow butternut and winter squash. […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Tofu in Spicy Pepper Sauce Edition

While I believe everyone in the world should see the light and go Vegan, I have a list of certain celebrity chefs that I especially wish would turn their talents to cruelty-free cooking. Heading that list is Rachael Ray. I have to admit I have a special place in my heart for Rachael. It’s because […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Scallion Corn Cakes with Black-Eyed Pea Salsa Edition

For the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to go to the Farmer’s Market and I am going through withdrawal really bad! I am missing all the booths, all the color, all the choices, all the new and different vegetables you can’t find in a regular supermarket. What to do? It’s times like […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Tempeh Po’ Boy Sandwich Edition

Leftovers have such a bad connotation. Who wants to eat the same old thing that you just had the other day? That’s a recipe for BORING! But rather than see leftover food as just another rerun, see it as an opportunity to turn it into something completely new and delicious! For instance, my recipe for […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Summer Salads Edition

It’s August and it’s hot. Too hot to cook. And produce is at its peak so what better time to make some delicious, healthy salads? I usually stick to my default salads: romaine lettuce with tomatoes, raw kale with simple dressings of extra-virgin olive oil or safflower oil with balsamic vinegar. Actually, for me those salads […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Indian Vegetable Stew and Chickpea Scallion Crepes Edition

After several recipes that involve frying, it’s time for some healthier, figure-friendly ones. After all, it is summer and there are no jackets and sweaters to hide under. When I began my weight loss journey, there were a few recipes that were sure-fire “eat-this-and-the-scale-will-smile-upon-me” dishes. My scale, by the way, is named Pandora. I chose […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Gluten-Free Spicy Italian Sausages Edition

Please note: there is a new and improved version of my Gluten-Free Spicy Italian Sausage recipe at this link http://thevword.net/2012/06/gluten-free-spicy-italian-sausage-part/ If I ever thought it was challenging to go vegetarian or Vegan, it was nothing compared to going gluten-free. Actually, being gluten-free is pretty easy when I’m doing the cooking. It’s no big deal to […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Fried Green Tomatoes with Red Pepper Aioli Edition

  “Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a plate of fried green tomatoes like we used to have at the cafe. Ooh!” – Ninny Threadgoode  Summer is the time for green tomatoes and who can hear the name of these delicious fruits without thinking of the awesome movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.” The movie is about […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Buffalo Tofu Fries Edition

The 4th of July may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fireworks – and not the kind that are harmful to people, animals and the environment. These fireworks are for your tastebuds! I am always looking for new ways to recreate Buffalo Wings which were my favorite thing to eat before I […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Spinach Tofu Gnudi Balls Edition

And since we were just speaking about balls and word origins, it seems only fitting that the next recipe be for my Vegan Spinach Tofu Gnudi Balls. Yes, I said Gnudi Balls. Laugh all you want and keep your mind in the gutter if that’s where it’s most comfortable but Gnudi Balls are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Tempeh "Crab" Cakes with Horseradish-Dill Mayo Edition

When I was growing up, my dream was to live in City Island.  It wasn’t really about City Island, per se. I loved the water, the boats and the marina and City Island was the only place I had ever been that had those things. Having grown up in the South Bronx where swimming in […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Chickpea Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce Edition

A couple of years ago, I was perusing Vegan quotes and sayings to share with people on a discussion board. One day I was looking for something light-hearted (there are some really funny Vegan jokes and riddles) and I found this poem. I instantly loved it and looked up the author. That’s how I learned […]

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Mother’s Day

Notes: This is an adaptation of an earlier post, Save the Children. Thank you to C-A-L-F  and Evolve! Campaigns for allowing the sharing of pictures. A Mother’s Story Chloe had been happily anticipating the birth of her new baby. She carried her baby inside her for nine long months. They were one, mother and child. It had […]

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