My Husband Went Vegan for a Week: Here’s What Happened!

Several months ago, my husband and I watched The Game Changers, an inspiring documentary about elite athletes that were vegan (read more about that here). After the film, my husband said he wanted to, “go vegan” for a week. I’ve never pushed my way of eating on him, but in the 25 years we’ve been together, this was a first!!!

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When Things Aren’t Going Your Way, Pull This Out and Read it Again!

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Once in awhile you come across powerful life lessons. This is one of those times. Read this through once, breathe deeply and read it again. Let her wisdom sink in and settle somewhere deep. It’s a strong antidote to many of our struggles. Then whenever you need a pick me up, pull this out and read it again! 

Written by Regina Brett , 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio …

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Your Vegan Superbowl Dip (that’s not Hummus)

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Have you tried Bitchin’ Sauce yet or even heard of it? If not, you are in for a treat!!  This bold vegan dip made with almonds, tastes tangy, garlicky and punchy. Best of all, it’s vibrant personality means no one will suspect it’s vegan!!! Even your veggie resistant friends will dig in. And, you can serve it in place of hummus (for those rare folks who shy away from this delicacy). So, it’s the perfect (vegan, gluten-free) Superbowl dip.

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Crystal Clear (Vegan) Chocolate Martini

Tonight is the last day of 2019. A new decade approaches. I’ve made my list of what to leave behind and what to welcome into the new year.  I’ve prepped some appetizers for tonight’s gathering with friends and neighbors. The champagne is chilling in the fridge but I”m also planning to sip my favorite martini to ring in the new year. This Crystal Clear (vegan) Chocolate Martini has no heavy cream nor milky liquids and it tastes like LIQUID CHOCOLATE.  

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Perfectly Spiced Vegan Pumpkin Bread

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There are a few dishes that I can’t live without on Thanksgiving. I love a good stuffing (this year I made a quinoa mushroom stuffing), mashed potatoes (which are rarely made vegan so I don’t often get to eat them), cranberry sauce, a salad and I crave a perfectly spiced vegan pumpkin bread.  In the past, my breads end up at the back of the food buffet. But this years spicy pumpkin bread got a prime spot right next to the mashy’s. A slice of this warmly spiced bread pulled together all the flavors on my dinner plate and several guests paid high compliments and asked for the recipe.

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Do Vegans Get Enough Protein? Watch The Game Changers

Ever Wonder How Vegans Get Enough Protein?

If so, you are not alone. As a vegan, I’m frequently asked:

“But How do You Get Protein?”

Or someone might dismiss the idea saying:

“Oh – I Could Never be Vegan, I Need my Protein”

So I’ve written this post for anyone who is unsure about how vegans get protein.

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Kitchari with a Twist

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I’m intrigued with Ayurveda, the”holistic” healing system developed in India over 5,000 years ago. This wellness approach depends on the delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit. One of the main dishes in Ayurvedic cooking is Kitchari  (pronounced kich-uh-ree) – an easy to digest stew used to cleanse, detox and re-balance the body. This mixture of split mung beans, Basmati rice, veges and warming spices is a humble dish, but don’t let that fool you!!! It’s also packed with flavor so bring on the cleanse!!!!

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How Cute Roasted Delicata Squash

I love Kabocha squash but cutting it is a bear!!! I have to brace myself mentally for the challenge and work hard not to remove a finger in the process. So, I started buying these adorable Delicata squashes from the market and Trader Joes. These adorable “mini squashes” are delightfully easy to manage and equally as delicious. They take no time to slice, mix in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Voilà – now you have cute roasted Delicata squash to enjoy as a side dish or to toss on a salad.

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The Sahara Desert Morocco: What I Wish I’d Known before I Booked

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I wanted to be in the desert for my birthday. The profound silence, the shimmering sand dunes, the mid-night sky, the colors that change throughout the day. It intrigued me!! Even though going to the Sahara is completely impractical, I was willing to bear the 10 hour drive (each way) across Morocco to get there. The Agafay desert (rocks not sand) lies a mere hour outside of Marrakech, but I envisioned riding camels high along the tangerine dunes while watching the sun slowly set.  Unfortunately, my desert dream — was more like a desert disaster — so here are things I wished I’d known before I booked this extravagant excursion.

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