Thursday, June 30, 2022

Summer Recipes From Memory Lane

Strolling down memory lane with 10 of my previously posted favorite summer recipes! All Vegan and GF. Click on the title with the blue link for the recipe. 

Refreshing Creamy Strawberry Soup- perfect on a hot humid day when you've got strawberries and need to refresh. Enjoy it as a nutritious snack or a starter for a meal. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free 

strawberry soup, chilled

2. Mango Peach Salsa Salad- wonderful flavors in this mango peach summer salsa. Delicious with chips as an appetizer, a side with any entree, a topping etc. Vegan/gluten-free

mango peach salsa, gluten-free, vegan,

3. Portobello Mushroom Burgers- Got Vegetarians at BBQ Time?  These tasty burgers are perfect for summer get togethers. They can be assembled and then sautéed in a skillet for 5 minutes. Juicy, flavorful, and meaty tasting. Delicious on a gluten-free roll. Vegan/gluten-free

One of my favorite summer salads with crunchy corn kernels right off the Cobb and interesting and fabulous flavors. Freshly cut corn off the cob (uncooked), Kirby cucumber, black olives, red onion, etc. make this a refreshing satisfying salad everyone will enjoy. Travels well and is a great dish for a pot luck. Meets vegan and gluten-free standards.
Vegan/GF/ Oil-Free option- 
A delicious way to enjoy summer zucchini. Light and flavorful- Great dinner starter in the summer.

A refreshing mojito made with rum, kiwi, mint, syrup and ice. Perfect for a hot summer evening with friends! Enjoy with some freshly chopped salsa and baked (GF) chips and get the party going!!

frozen kiwi mojito

7. Cauliflower Rice Fiesta-a delicious blend of health-giving vegetables. Cauliflower rice is low carb and low calorie, yet surprisingly tastes like rice. It is exceptionally flavorful in this recipe with olives, chopped summer tomatoes, and freshly squeezed lime juice. I use bags of frozen cauliflower rice for convenience. I usually get them at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Reasonable and organic.

cauliflower rice, vegan, tomatoes vegan

8. Rice with avocado, chickpeas, sesame seeds, avocado and spices.- a perfect vegan entree. Quick and easy to make for any weeknight. Use white or brown rice! Eat with soup or salad! Make a pot of rice and just top with canned chickpeas, avocado, and diced tomatoes etc. Really delicious. 

Rice with avocado and spices

9. Chia Choclate Pudding Dessert- This quick and easy 1 minute dessert has a rich chocolate flavor yet is free of added sugar.  Chia seeds provide fiber and health giving nutrients. A wonderful healthy treat for any weeknight! Both kids and adults will enjoy!

chia pudding, chocolate pudding, vegan, gluten free

10.  Quinoa tabouleh salad - lots of fresh mint, tomatoes, cucumber,  and fresh lime juice in a quinoa base. This light and delicious summer side salad is easy to make and provides fiber and protein. Perfect to boost your healthy nutrients. 

tabooleh salad , gluten free, vegan

Do any of these recipes appeal to you? What easy recipes are you cooking this summer? Do you see value in eating more plant-based foods? 


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Giggle Juice

giggle juice, strawberries, vodka, moscato

It's party time!! I very seldom post an alcoholic beverage, but this giggle juice just needed to be shared! I think the name says it all to get a party going!

I saw the recipe on a blog called The Chef MiMi Blog and had an immediate attraction to it. It could actually be made as a mocktail too   without alcohol. 

Strawberries, Fruits, Bowl, Fruit Bowl

Can you picture a hot summer evening with a group of friends talking and sipping this delicious punch like drink. Yum! Maybe a non alcoholic version for the grandkids and some real stuff for the adults! 

Pink lemonade, strawberries, field

I do a lot more entertaining in the summer when we can take advantage of our spacious deck and accommodate a larger crowd. 

strawberries and lime

Refreshing drinks are always welcome. I like this one because it is not too sweet yet has some interesting flavors. 

Aside from the strawberries and limes, 
this cocktail contains moscato, lemonade, lemon soda, and some vodka (make sure your vodka is gluten free) 

I love the way Chef Mimi made a sugar rim on her drinks.  

 If I were making it as a non-alcoholic mocktail, I would just use strawberries, limes, pink lemonade, and Sprite or seltzer! Still fun, bubbly, and good!! 

Hand, Woman, Female, Jar, Glass, lemonade

Frozen Giggle Juice: 
My favorite way to drink Giggle Juice on a hot summers day is as a frozen slush concentrate which is also very easy to make.

slushy cocktail, giggle juice, slush, vegan cocktail

strawberry lime coctail

For this version: 
Use frozen lemonade containers that they sell in the freezer section of the supermarket. They come in a small container like the frozen orange juice container and work great blended with ice and frozen strawberries.

I originally saw the idea and recipe for slushy giggle juice and popsicles on this link at a blog called (link) 

How about  Giggle Juice Popsicles? Really great in hot weather. 

Popsicles, Strawberry Popsicles, Red

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My Notes: 

According to many sources, Vodka is gluten free regardless of its non gluten free sources because of the distilling process. However, some sensitive individuals may still react if vodka is distilled from wheat, barley or other grain. To be safe choose a brand of vodka that is made from non-grains such as potatoes. There are also many brands on the market that are labeled gluten-free.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the links to other blogs linked on this post. I am just sharing some links that I found when browsing through the web. Use their recipes at your own risk and always check to make sure everything is gluten-free before you make it.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Salad Nicoise Vegan Style

Vegan salad nicoise, green beans, artichoke hearts

Salad Nicoise is a popular French salad which originated in the early 19th century in the town of Nice on the French Riviera in France.

It is customarily served on a flat platter and includes some green beans, tuna, hard boiled egg, tomatoes and perhaps some some boiled potato. My vegan style platter is different but both delicious and interesting and gives you a good visual of a plant-based meal.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Remembering the past with Dad

My father has been gone for many years, but it's Father's Day and I've taken time to think about the past and remember him. 

My father, Abe, was a simple man. He was well liked by everyone, he loved to laugh, "kibbitz" as we said, and was always there to help others. If anyone was in need, my father was there. Nothing was too much to ask him. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Spring Green Salad With Mango Mint Dressing

Tired of the same old salad? 
This delicious spring greens salad made with spring greens and local spring organic strawberries and some freshly cut mango. It also contains a variety of salad greens as well as crunchy celery and cucumber. 

Fruit, Mango, Parts, Png, Yellow
I dress it with a tasty, fruity, mango mint dressing that will delight your taste buds as well as boost your antioxidants! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Hadassah Presentation Notes and Links

                                           Child, Clipart, Cute, Design, Classroom                                                     

This page is the notes and links from a presentation that I did for a local Hadassah group! Hadassah ladies, if you have questions, you can text me.. Remember to always check with your doctor before making any dietary changes. Each person is different.
Link to the book on Mastering Diabetes - by Dr. Cyrus Khambata - new cutting edge onto on fat and insulin resistance and rising blood sugars. A great read..

**** If you don't want to read the book, go on Youtube and look for his videos that are free and give lots of the information too... 

(same link to Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes


Monday, June 13, 2022

Vegan Korean Cookbook Review

The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen

Vegan Korean Food Book Review :
The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen by Joanne Lee Molinaro,

I've eaten Korean food in restaurants in NYC and found some dishes that I really liked such tofu bibimbap made with vegetables, rice, sauce and tofu. I also tasted a mushroom hot pot called Beoseot Jeongol that was made with a variety of mushrooms in a delicious sauce and an appetizer made with thinly slice eggplant called Gaji Mari that was used to roll uncooked salad vegetables. All were very tasty. 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Coleslaw Macaroni Salad -Vegan, GF, and Oil-Free

coleslaw macaroni salad, oil-free, vegan

 I love coleslaw and I love macaroni salad. This is t
wo great summer salads combined in one!!

Need a side dish for your next BBQ or pot luck get-together that everyone will love? This crunchy coleslaw and macaroni salad is easy to make, very tasty, healthy, and can be made up to 2 days in advance. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Summer Spring Rolls In Rice Paper

Some call them summer rolls and some spring rolls but whatever your preference they are wonderful rice paper rolls filled with greens, protein, and veggies of your choice and there is no need for cooking them. They are usually dipped in peanut sauce which makes them taste extraordinary.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

In My Kitchen for June

I'm joining Sherry's IMK ( In My Kitchen) for the month of June to give my readers a peek into what's in my kitchen this month. 

We just returned from 6 months in Florida, so I'll be sharing from my Pennsylvania kitchen this month.

I bought a fun serving spinner at Homegoods for outdoor serving. It holds quite a bit of vegetables, fruit, and there is room for dips too. It spins making it easy for guests to reach everything. I'll be using it outside on our deck!

serving tray spinner

Green Retro Bowls Filled With Watermelon- 
This watermelon was perfect for hot humid weather. Yesterday was 90 degrees and this watermelon was cooling and refreshing. I love the green retro bowls. 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

My May Netflix Recommendations

I'm always looking for something good to watch on Netflix or Prime, so I thought I would share the Nexflix shows that I'm watching with my readers. 

Tv, Remote, Home, Netflix, Watch, Video

The Lincoln Lawyer - Netflix
 I enjoyed this fast paced legal drama starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller (the LincolnLawyer). Mickey Haller, an attorney known to work from his car (a Lincoln), inherits a colleague's law practice and court cases- including a high profile murder mystery case. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Peanut Butter Chocolate Nice Cream - The Perfect Quick Dessert

Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice, Ice, Dessert
Calling all peanut butter and chocolate lovers!!! 

Looking for a really easy, yet decadent rich dessert that you can whip up very quickly (in minutes) that is healthy and tasty? 

You won't regret trying this peanut butter chocolate "nice cream" that I make using just 4 ingredients: frozen bananas, fat-free (PB2) peanut butter powder (see notes), cocoa powder (I use this one ( Link to Unsweetened cocoa )and a 1/4 cup of almond milk. And it can be made in a strong blender. I use my Nutribullet Rx. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Tofu "Egg" Salad - Tasty Summer Salad

tofu vegan egg salad

If you are looking for ways to use tofu, you might enjoy this tofu salad spread that looks similar to egg salad. It can be eaten on a plate with other vegetables, with crackers, or on a sandwich. It's quite tasty and versatile. My favorite way to eat it with a big slab of tomato on some gluten free bread. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Caesar Salad Dressing is Outrageously Delicious -Vegan

great salad dressing with a salad

Do you like Caesar salad?
I love it, and I think it's all about a good dressing!!

Making homemade salad dressing is very easy and often healthier than consuming commercially bought salad dressing because homemade is often frequently lower in sodium, chemicals, and oils.

Caesar dressing is one of my favorites - so I was blown away by the taste of this recipe for oil-free vegan Caesar salad dressing. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Mother's Day History

 What's the history of Mother's Day 

I am happy to share a little history about Mother's Day, especially 
     since it was Ann Jarvis of Philadelphia ( I'm from Philadelphia area) who proposed and campaigned for the idea ! 

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission posts signs around the city of Philadelphia sharing all kinds of historical tid-bits about Philadelphia and its history.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Mushroom Walnut Enchiladas

If you are a fan of enchiladas, you may enjoy this interesting meat-free version. 
What's in these plant-based enchiladas? 

Walnuts, Nuts, Ripe, Food, Fruit

Heart healthy walnuts, flavorful mushrooms, and high fiber meaty black beans provide a tasty base for this simple Mexican inspired recipe.

Monday, May 2, 2022


I'm joining a group of bloggers who participate in Sherry's monthly In My Kitchen Blog Share. It's an opportunity for my readers to see what's new in my kitchen each month. 

Spices, Shelf, Jar, Kitchen, Cooking

This month I have a few new items and ideas for you!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Happy May and Joyful Flowers

Hyacinth, Purple, Pastel, Spring, Nature
                April showers bring May flowers

Hopefully all the rain has passed and we will be enjoying some nice sunny warmer dry weather 

Being in Florida, I miss the blooming of all my spring flowers back in Pennsylvania such as lilacs, crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, peonies, etc. 

Today I'm posting floral photos from the past when I was home in the spring and a link to some foods I cooked last May. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Spicy Orange Sauce in A Stuffed Baked Potato

Vegan stuffed baked potato

Sauces are the spice of life and they taste really good on steamed broccoli, baked potatoes, green beans, cauliflower, veggie burgers, or just about anything. I think you will love the low fat sauce I made. 

Monday, April 25, 2022


This is one of the most amazing new food inventions ever- It looks like salmon and tastes like salmon- but it isn't salmon!!!  Keep reading.

Salmon, Fish, Seafood, Veggies, Salad

FISH-LESS-FISH is great for vegans AND for fish eaters as well. ( I don't have a photo of the fish-less-fish yet- the above photo is real salmon)

Why did they invent it?  Watch the video at the end of the post. Short and Interesting

Much of the population love to eat fish, however our oceans are being OVER-FISHED and soon we will have to deal with shortages and even running out of fish!! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Quinoa "Oatmeal" - A Delicious Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast, Blueberries, Strawberries

Do you like to eat oatmeal for breakfast but sometimes just get tired of it and want to switch it up? It turns out that you can make a wonderful easy hot breakfast cereal from quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah). read more

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Black Bean Eggplant Sauce for Pasta, Rice, or Polenta

Salsa, Canning, Glasses, Bottling, Preservation

Looking for an easy homemade marinara sauce to eat over pasta, rice, polenta, baked potato, or even cooked vegetables? This delicious sauce that will perk up any meal, meets oil-free, gluten-free, and vegan standards too. read more

Sunday, April 3, 2022


Time to take a peek INTO MY KITCHEN and see what's going on this month of April. 

As most of you know, we had some difficult family times last month, so we are getting back to normal but I haven't been doing much cooking or entertaining. 

I do have some interesting food products and new kitchen items that I use that I do want to share. read more

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Veganized Gefilte Fish -Fun and Healthy!

vegan gefilte fish

Why did I veganize this gefilte fish recipe? I do not eat fish!!!!
But gefilte fish is traditional holiday food of German and Eastern European origin that is popular to serve on Jewish holidays such as the Jewish New Year, (Rosh Hashanah), Passover and the Sabbath. 
AND Passover is a few weeks away! Read more 

Monday, March 28, 2022

Beauty, Peace, and Flowers

Today I am sharing some peaceful and beautiful scenes. 

blue, orange, and blue fish illustration

Folk Art, Doodle, Houses, Village

Flowers- These are some flowers from my garden last summer

hanging basket of red flowers

Nature- I spend winters in Florida at the beach

 Thin, Sea, Fence, Water, Vacation

Beach, Pier, Sunset, Sea, Ocean, Water

Ardea Herodias, Great Blue Heron

People, Silhouette, Sunset, Looking

Sunrise, Dawn, Daybreak, Palm, Tree, Sky

Sending notes of acknowledgement for no reason- a meaningful thing to do to a beautiful you !

Writing, Writer, Notes, Pen, Notebook

My sister in law sends beautiful acknowledging supportive notes for no reason at all. She just tells or sends notes to friends and family saying how special and wonderful they are- sometimes on Facebook, sometimes by sending a card, and sometimes in an email. I am a visual person so I love to read them. I keep the notes because they make me feel so loved and supported. 

I started to think about who I could send some notes. I think I should start with my with my sister in law. 

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Ukraine!

Mango/Peach Salsa

I love this mango/peach salsa recipe (recipe link)

party appetizer - mango salsa

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Friday, March 25, 2022

Spring Potato Salad -no mayo

Looking to eat more vegetables? Spring is almost here, and so is the desire for lighter eating. Spring potato salad makes a great side dish for any meal or get-together with friends or family. It's healthy, low fat, and delicious. 

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Three Salads and One Dressing

Salads are a healthy source of nutrients and enzymes. What better way to get those nutrients and enzymes than in a delicious daily salad? 

Eating a variety of colorful salad vegetables such as greens, reds, purples, and whites contain a variety of antioxidants may be anti-aging and may protect against cell damage.

 I am sharing three of my favorites salads and one delicious salad dressing in this post today. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Quick and Easy Eggplant Marinara Sauce for Pasta, Rice, or Quinoa

eggplant Marianna sauce

This is no ordinary tasting marinara sauce. 
Cooked eggplant in a simple sauce brings it to a whole new level. Do you ever feel like you want to find more ways to use eggplant?

This thick and rich eggplant sauce is quick and easy to make and tastes hearty and delicious. Perfect over your favorite pasta (I use GF chickpea pasta), rice, quinoa or any kind of grain. Or I've even used it as a cold dip with chips!

eggplant sauce , marinara sauce

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Baked Cauliflower in Tahini Sauce

cauliflower and tahini bake

The combination of cauliflower in a tahini sauce is amazingly delicious. After assembling the ingredients, I baked it in a casserole dish in the oven for 20 minutes.

Baked cauliflower in tahini

I recently was invited to lunch at a friend's home in our condo building. Suzanne is from Morocco and is one fabulous cook. She made all kinds of salads and interesting dishes.

Moroccan salads

She served many traditional Moroccan salads, such as a cooked beet salad, a cooked carrot salad, a cucumber and onion salad, a tomato salad with cilantro and herbs, red pepper salad, and a hot rice and vegetable salad. 

Moroccan carrot salad

The star of her luncheon recipes (for me) was a baked cauliflower and tahini sauce casserole that I just loved. (she also had a platter of fish and a platter of meat- which of course I did not eat).

Like most good cooks, Suzanne's recipe was in her head and she did not have precise measurements. I wanted to duplicate it, so I had to experiment. I also wanted to reduce the fat content. This is what I did. 

Cauliflower Soup, Vegetable Soup

Tahini, like natural peanut butter, often separates in the jar when it sits on the shelf- leaving a layer of oil and a layer of paste. To reduce the calories and fat, I poured off the oil and discarded it. The thick paste that was left was not as rich tasting or creamy as with the oil, but still had the flavor.


That's a lot of oil

However, Suzanne's recipe was made with full fat tahini - if you prefer that, do not discard the oil when it separates. Simply stir it back in. It will be a richer, creamier sauce.

Cut up a large cauliflower into large floretes and steam the floretes  until firm soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Lower fat less rich tasting tahini sauce : 
3 tablespoons of tahini  (I poured off any oil from the top of jar)
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 cup of almond milk 
1/4 cup of aquafaba (the liquid from cooked chickpeas or canned chickpeas) or water
1 tablespoon of non GMO corn starch
1/2 teaspoon of cumin

Suzanne's tahini richer sauce: 
1/2 cup of  tahini paste
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of garlic powder 
1/2 cup of water or more by the tablespoon if needed for consistency
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon of cumin

Place the cooked cauliflower in a baking dish. Pour 1 cup of tahini sauce over the cauliflower distributing oner all of the cauliflower and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Serve and Enjoy 

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