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Jambalaya Sweet Potato Tacos

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Flavor, color & texture are essential to make a great meal!

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Burgers & Beer: The Buddha Burger

Delicious blend of Middle Eastern flavors atop a roasted cabbage foundation.

A Masterpiece Almost Too Beautiful To Eat

Veggie burgers are often thought of as discs of fake meat or pressed vegetables designed to resemble a hamburger. If you’ve been following my Burgers & Beer series, that just ain’t so! Most meat eaters are exposed to vegetarian burgers at restaurants that cater to a meat eating crowd. The veggie burger on the menu is an afterthought to satisfy the occasional veg head that arrives with their carnivore pals.

This burger was inspired by a blog I stumbled upon called Vegan Richa.com. Wonderful recipes and photographs. She takes vegetarian food and turns it into 5 star restaurant fare.

I put a few twists on the recipe and eliminated the bread. I love buns but I wanted to appreciate the full flavor of this burger without the distraction.

I served this gorgeous, easy to make burger on top of roasted cabbage. Recipe here. This time I used purple cabbage. You can follow the same recipe but reduce your roasting time by 5 minutes or so unless you like the edges really crispy (I do!).

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Garnished with a roasted cabbage flower topped with a Chipotle Vegenaise

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Overstuffed Pleasure

These overstuffed vegetables won't overstuff you.
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Savory, warm and romantic

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Creamy, cool and charming

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Falafel & Spinach LoMein with Wasabi Avocado Sauce / Curry Creole Snap Peas & Carrots

This dish will transport you to the Mediterranean.

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By making your own falafel from a mix or from scratch, you can bake instead of fry them. They won’t be as moist but will give you a great crunch underneath this uniquely decadent sauce. Read more

Thank You Martha Stewart

The Goddess of home entertainment goes meatless!
A vegetable metamorphosis you have to eat to believe!

A vegetable metamorphosis you have to eat to believe!

If there’s one person on the planet who can prove plates full of veggies aren’t just for veg heads, it’s Martha Stewart. While far from a vegan manifesto, the title alone of her new book, meatless, can influence the masses to think outside the slaughterhouse.

Bill Clinton showed the public it’s possible to reverse illness by way of your mouth. Martha Stewart is showing the public that meatless meals can be decadent, trendy and impressive to the eye. Read more

“Ladles”- Drifter’s Chili

If there was a Chili's Anonymous, I'd be a lifelong member!

Shutterstock Ladle-Welcome to “Ladles”, an ongoing series of healthy soups, stewps and gumbos!

Given the fact I can’t draw any better than a first grader (if that), the only way I can relate to an artist staring at a bare canvas is when I stare into my pantry ready to create a new homemade chili!

I’ve been accused of having tunnel vision when I run, well… if they only could see me in the kitchen building my chili! Like a witch over her cauldron, I won’t let anybody near, let alone taste, my special potion until it has simmered and the flavors have matured over a low flame.

(My resume includes First Place Winner of the best chili of Boy Scout Troop 222! How many years ago?…..not sayin’):)

Drifter’s Chili

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How To Make a Healthy Pizza

Pizza can be diet friendly and filled to the rim with supreme body fuel.
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Tip the cook instead of the delivery driver

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Stuffed Poblanos with Lacinato Kale Jamboree

Can you handle gourmet on a weeknight? I bet you can!
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All stuffed and ready to go (in your mouth!)

The kale of champions!

The kale of champions!

Maybe my definition of “gourmet” is loose as a goose BUT when I prepare a healthy meal that’s better tasting than most of the restaurants we frequent, I can’t help but reinforce my own effort. An effort that took me about…….15 loooooong minutes:)! As usual, no fancy recipes. Check this one out! Read more

Breadless BLT+ (Bonus: Snap Pea Salad)

Lettuce is an awesome substitute for bread in many dishes.
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Fork? Hand? Use whatever it takes!

Don't let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

Don’t let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

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My Thai

Thai food is one of my favorite Asian cuisines and much healthier when made at home.

Thai Peanut Bowl

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The advantage of cooking Thai food at home is that you can control the amount of oil and sodium. Americans make the mistake of assuming that eating out at Asian restaurants is healthy. Quite the contrary! You should consider these dinners a splurge unless, of course, you order steamed vegetables and a dipping sauce on the side. THAT is the only way to insure you are eating a reasonable amount of calories with low fat content.

Remember, you aren’t in China, Japan, Vietnam or Thailand– you’re in America where Asian restaurants have “Americanized” the menu. That means huge portions, too much oil, and mega sodium!  Read more