Sweet potato smoothie Monday!

I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I started with juicing not long after I gave up meat and enjoyed many combinations: apple, carrot and ginger; apple, celery and cucumber; carrot, cucumber, kale and banana; and cabbage and orange juice (courtesy of my Dad).  I segued to smoothies when I got a Magic Bullet,…

Cauliflower bites: Golden, crunchy … gone

The first time I saw post about “cauliflower steaks” I was skeptical; intrigued but definitely skeptical. How in hell was it possible to make tasteless, white cauliflower slices into something worth broadcasting across the Internet? But clearly I was wrong. It’s a popular dish, not one that I’ve tried yet but when I do, definitely…

“Me Too”: If outside the workplace counts

Ever since the #metoo hashtag surfaced, disturbing images have come out of the shadows of my mind, and lingered at the edge of the circle of victims, wondering if my plight was as harrowing as theirs. Situations like: Community doctor – a friend of my parents, an uncle to me who smiled and laughed while…

Creative expression: Find your inner you

“I am NOT putting that in your hair,” is the first statement that flew out of my mouth when my 12-year-old granddaughter Angel pointed to the blue-colored extensions she wanted me to crochet into her hair. I relented when she explained that she didn’t want a blue head, just streaked through. Whew! But, as I…

Cancer scare: Laughter after the lump

When I woke up giggling in the brightly lit hospital room, surrounded by a surgical staff, I had good reason to be happy though I didn’t know it yet. Just days before, I’d discovered a lump in my breast while performing a self-breast exam after my shower. I didn’t know all these signs of breast…

Cauliflower Cups: A meat-eater’s dream

I’m in foodie heaven right now! 🙂 The one thing that I’m not sure meat-eaters know is that being a vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on flavor, creamy texture, or fullness. It’s just a matter of thinking outside the omnivore’s box. It’s not easy at first; but if you give…

Weight Gain: Veggie newbies beware

So, you’ve decided to banish meat from your diet and become vegetarian, counting on this change as the road to a healthy utopia. In your quest, and perhaps your innocence, you overcompensate, packing away too much pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, and processed food trying to fill the vacancy left by the absence of meat. Consequently…

Cauliflower Patties: Meatless meals

I’ve never been a fan of cauliflower. Like tofu, it has a bland taste, and to me unless you’re dipping it, raw, into salad dressing or hummus, or steaming it with broccoli, carrots, and cabbage, it’s not really a solo artist. But guess what? I was wrong! (huh, fancy that!) It just goes to show…

What’s In a Label? Vegan vs. Low-fat

I have a love-tolerate-yuck relationship with mayonnaise. When I was a kid, I thought mayonnaise slathered between two slices of white bread was IT! Sometimes I layered cheese and tomato in there, but I was just as happy with a mayonnaise sandwich, dunking chunks of it into glasses of cherry kool-aid (but that’s another story).…