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…

Do you believe in ‘cheat days?’

I don’t. I can’t; and I’ll tell you why in a minute. But first let’s define cheat days, or cheat meals, or cheat moments – whatever phrase works for you. A cheat anything in the nutritional world is about eating a certain way for at least 80 – 90 percent of the time, and then…

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).…

More fruits! More Veggies!

You know why I loved being a vegan? NO GUILT! No dietary guilt. As long as I stayed away from processed foods, I could eat whatever fruits and vegetables I wanted, as much as I wanted, without any animal by-product guilt for consuming foods containing dairy or the fat or body fluids of an animal.…

Vegetarian Chili: Cold-weather comfort

I despise the cold weather! Well, that’s not entirely true. For me, a brisk 57 – 60 degrees is chilly to me, but manageable if I’m layered. But the closer those numbers dip to 50, the more miserable I get. But no food spells comfort better for me than a low-fat, belly-warming stew, soup or…

No diets: Loving My Monthly Indulgence 

I should cut certain foods out of my diet. Well,  I did that already: No meat,  no pasta, a limit on processed food, and bread only when my grandchildren are coming over. And I should say a loud NO! to my screaming cravings. But WHY? I’m blessed at 55 years old to be fairly healthy…

Nix bread: Get saucy with a healthy dunk

Way before I’d ever slurped the end of a doughnut dunked in creamy coffee or even heard of Dunkin’ Donuts, dunking my food was my preferred way of eating it. Now back then, I ate a lot more bread, but my thighs could afford it, and I definitely indulged. There was just something delicious about…

Resist. Give up. Cut out. No way!

Resist your cravings. Give up snacking. Cut out fats, sweets, and salt. Resist. Give up. Cut out. Well, what kind of foolishness is that? Actually, it’s the exact mantra I chanted to myself when I turned 50 five years ago. I’d just seen a website that challenged a 30-day vegan trial. Well, I don’t do…