Sunday, August 29, 2021

Middle Eastern Zucchini with Lemon and Dried Mint

Middle Eastern lemon zucchini

This simple sliced zucchini side dish has a surprisingly robust flavor when cooked the Middle Eastern way with garlic, lemon, and dried mint. 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Watermelon, Cucumber, Tomato, and Mint salad

watermelon tomato salad with mint

When temperatures start to rise to over 90 degrees, you will welcome this refreshing watermelon, cucumber, and tomato salad seasoned with chopped scallions and freshly chopped mint-  it is sweet, savory delicious and takes advantage of end of summer produce.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Zucchini Noodles, Spinach, and Salsa - an easy side dish

zucchini noodles and spinach

Looking for ways to eat more healthy green vegetables?

Chow down on this easy vegetable side dish. made with zucchini and baby spinach. It is low in calories, spicy and amazing. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Fresh Carrot Cake Bars

These are interesting and unusual fresh carrot "cake" bars.
They do not require cooking, just freezing. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Wellness Wednesday - Great Tips From Women's Magazines

I love reading the women's magazines- such as the ones stacked at the checkout counter at supermarkets. Headlines such as "Easiest Detox Ever",  "Drop 10 Pounds in 10 Days", "New Virus Fighter",  "Bye Bye Stress", and The Vitamin that turns flab into firm" surely attract my attention. 

I usually end up buying the magazine. Now I'm sharing some of the great ideas.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Quickest Lentil Soup Ever

It looks like an exotic feast, but it was one of the quickest and easiest soups I ever made. Nourishing, delicious, and filling, you'll love this plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, easy soup recipe. 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Arulgula, Spinach, and Strawberry Salad

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy flavorful healthy greens and sweet produce. I've made this beautiful arugula, baby spinach, and strawberry salad with an option of including some colorful chopped mango or sliced almonds.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Easy Vegan Parmesan "Cheese"

Food, Plate, Spaghetti, Pasta, Dish

I'm excited about this easy 4 ingredient plant-based vegan Parmesan "cheese".  It's delicious and has the look and texture of the real thing. 

Great for anyone who is vegan, dairy-free, kosher or if you are looking to cut down on sources of unwanted animal fat.

Monday, August 2, 2021

A Peek At My Week in July/August

I'm Watching:     Made In Heaven on Amazon Prime

A series set in current day India. Deals with women's rights, gay rights, and the evolving rights in general in a closed society for those who have the courage to challenge the norms. The story is based on two unrelated individuals who open a bridal planning agency called, Made in Heaven for the wealthy which takes us into the lives of all kind of individuals, both the clients and the staff. Strictly fiction, but interesting and exciting. I'm enjoying it. 

I'm Reading : 

97 Orchid Street : An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement. 

It's a historical fiction based on the lives of a German, Italian, Irish, Orthodox Jewish and Reform (From Russian and Germany) who live on 97 Orchid Street in NYC from 1863-1935. Though their food we learn about their lives and the struggles to readjust to life as new immigrants in America. 

I found this on Wik
"The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is a National Historic Site. The Museum's two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011"

97 Orchard Street: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement

The Flowers In My Yard :
Since we are spending more time on our deck and less time out this summer due to Covid, we decided to surround ourselves in beautiful summer flowers. This is a sampling of some of our hanging baskets and planted flowers. 

hanging basket of summer flowers

field of black eyed Susans

hanging basket of red flowers

What I'm Cooking : 

You may not normally think soup this time of year, but there are many summer soups which are either chilled or take advantage of the seasonal corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. I eat soup any time of the year, but it's a good time to FREEZE soup to take advantage of the summer crops. 

Corn LIme Soup at

This week I made Mexican Zucchini Corn lime Soup ( P151 of my cookbook) or a similar soup you can find on my blog for (link) chilled zucchini corn lime soup and a Cucumber Grape Mint Gazpacho (P.163 in my Soups Cookbook) which I haven't put anything like it on my blog- yet. If you want the recipe, leave me a note in the comments. 


1. All of my recipes on my blog from 2021 have now graduated from vegetarian to vegan.

2. All of my recipes have always been and are still gluten-free

3. My recipes are whole food plant-based and easy using normal ingredients.

4. My recipes are low fat