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Veganistic Simplicity

  • Avocado, roasted red pepper, tomato, onion with a little vegenaise and mustard — simple. On a blue plate. Good.

Blue Plate Special

img_5721Roasted vegetables – made without oil — just some seasoning.  I used basil, salt, pepper and a little garlic powder.  Turned out to be a delicious meal!

Pasta and Mushrooms


Pasta next to mushrooms

makes me happy

That’s all.


Vegan Choices

Here are some ideas for vegan dishes.  Sort of a visual recipe card. 

Sometimes I just need a reminder that a meal can consist of some simple choices. 

Italian green beans and tomatoes are from our garden so those choices were obvious.  The arugula was from the farmers market and we added strawberries, a little sweet onion, and cucumbers from our garden. 

Today I’m going to attempt to make a Kung Pao Tofu and if that turns out, I will post an actual recipe……and a picture, of course!

An Occasion: Building a Smoothie

Fixing healthy meals can be, on many occasions,  therapeutic, and maybe even artistic, creative, and an exercise in being in the middle of something worth doing.  The colors involved are kind of amazing.


Just a Reminder

IMG_4723One more easy idea for a really good meal.  Made up of left-over mushrooms, left-over marinara sauce and left-over vegetable broth; added in a can of beans (I used pinto), cut up some carrots, celery, sweet red pepper, onion and frozen peas; pressed a clove or two of garlic in and then there was soup.  It’s a good way to use up whatever left-overs you might have hanging around in the refrigerator where they do not like to linger. 


Make It Easy on Yourself

It does take more effort to eat real food and prepare it at home.  All the chopping and cleaning and peeling and crunching and planning and shopping can be good therapy but sometimes enough is enough and maybe a person needs a break, already.

When you reach that point, it doesn’t always mean you have to rush out to a restaurant.  Which is good, because while I try to eat nutrient-dense food because I feel so much better, it also leads to me weighing less than I did so…….what was my point?

OH, right, restaurants.  I love eating out but that’s when I tend to gain weight because there is fat, sugar and I don’t even know what else in so much of what you get in a restaurant – – no matter how carefully you order.  So I like to have some really simple meals sometimes as a way to eat well without all the effort and without eating out or eating ersatz, prepackaged stuff.

And that’s why I’m suggesting this idea for a quick meal.  We bought a jar of organic marinara sauce from Aldi’s (by Simply Nature — for $1.89!); it is low in sugar and low-ish in salt and delicious.  We threw in a little fresh basil and a cut-up zucchini, cooked up some pasta (gluten-free for me; whole wheat for him) and there you have it – a light and easy entree.  We had some leaf lettuce from the garden so that served as a quick salad.




Smoothing Parts


Mushrooms sauteed in water…

Okay, so it’s crooked and sideways, but I decided to post it anyway.  It’s a first try; I could get better at this someday.  It could happen!


Pizza with Mashed Potato Crust

Interesting idea for pizza crust! 

1 cup mashed potato flakes

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon dried basil or any seasoning of your choice

Pinch of salt

Mix well and let it cool

Spread out on a baking sheet with your hands or with a spatula.  The original recipe I used said to use a silicone baking sheet — I just used a coconut spray oil.  Use a fork to prick it all over so it doesn’t puff up.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Add toppings that you like and bake again for about 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees.

I used left over spaghetti sauce along with the toppings in the photo and it was good 🙂

Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.