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On yet another trek from Pensacola to St. Augustine, my counterpart and I decided to make a lunch pitstop in Tallahassee. I just couldn’t resist introducing him to Southern vegan cuisine at the infamous Soul Veg, noted as part of the largest chain of vegan restaurants in the world, operated under the Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem.

Situated just outside of downtown in a modest building next to some railroad tracks is this diamond in the rough. And yes, that’s me creeping in the reflection.

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Confession: I’m always craving egg salad of the eggless variety. Itching to make this salad a bit less straightforward and more playful, I decided to incorporate it into a colorful dinner spread, featuring local produce I picked up at the market last weekend. Rather than scooping the eggless salad onto a naked plate, or a bed of greens, I opted to let it rest gracefully atop sautéed Portobello mushroom caps. These eggless egg-dressed caps were accompanied by steamed asparagus and sliced tomato, resulting in a balanced meal ranking low on the glycemic index and high on the satisfaction scale.

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As the summer heat and Florida humidity have been steadily on the rise as of late, I’ve been especially craving food that is what I consider to be stripped down, light and airy. Yesterday afternoon, I found myself dreaming of lettuce wraps. I have no clue what inspired this day dream of mine since it’s been quite awhile since I’ve munched on lettuce wraps, but it was pretty vivid. Minutes later I opened the fridge to figure out what I was going to eat after yoga, and lo and behold, our neighbor had given us a giant bag of green leaf lettuce. Clearly lettuce wraps were meant to be.

Lettuce wraps offer a great way to get some added roughage in your diet, and are an alternative to tortillas. While lettuce on its own may seem a bit boring or bland, I find wrapping food in lettuce to be nothing short of entertaining. Just like with tacos, you can literally wrap anything into a piece of lettuce.

For some lettuce wrapping inspiration, here is a quick look at how I rolled last night.

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Since I ended up with quite a few shredded carrots and spring onions on hand following my Thai-Infused Peanut Surprise, it seemed fitting to put them to good use, and pull together something I’ve had a craving for lately—mock chicken salad.

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But wait a second, how can it be chicken salad without the chicken? I thought you might ask.

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No dinner party is complete without a log of cream cheese with juicy jam on top. So why not make it vegan, and take the opportunity to blow a few minds while you’re at it? If you’re party-bound and looking to bring an appetizer along with you that is delightfully sweet and spicy, and takes virtually no time and effort to prepare, this cream “cheese” with a kick just might be the one for you.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 container of original Tofutti (or other vegan) cream “cheese”
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. of jam (Raspberry recommended)
  • ½ – 1 tsp. prepared Horseradish

DIRECTIONS

Mix jam with desired amount of horseradish. Pour atop cream “cheese” in your dish of choice. Serve with your favorite crackers.

This appetizer is recommended for an evening of wining and dining with friends, a potluck, or even a family reunion. It pairs well with any cracker, and no garnishing is necessary. Just be sure to have an extra container of cream “cheese” on hand because this one goes fast.

Nothing adds a touch of spring to a salad, like strawberries. Although I enjoy slicing up these reds and pairing them with spinach on a regular basis, I also enjoy changing things up and mixing them with one of my favorite foods—quinoa, which also happens to be a wonder seed of goodness.

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Tofu Scramble

March 28, 2014 — Leave a comment

I grew up loving breakfast for dinner. At the time, it felt a bit like living on the edge. As an adult, I must confess I still feel slightly rebellious indulging on tofu scrambles at night. Perhaps that’s why I love doing so. Either way, this simple and easy tofu scramble recipe is a 10-15 minute quick fix that easily serves two parties, two bowls full.

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