Black Bean Nachos

After you make my recipe for Black Beans, which is the national dish of Brazil, you can mix it up by turning one of your meals into nachos. Add whatever you find at your local farmers’ market – & avocado naturally. I combined Trader Joe’s Organic Blue Corn Chips with Garden of Eating Red Hot…

Six Minute Brussel Sprouts

I can never do anything right enough for my mother. Well into my 30’s, my mother would still call asking what I was going to eat for dinner that evening or what had I eaten. I could have said I prepared a 5-star Michellin meal yet she would inevitably ask – but what was your…

Vegan French Lentil Soup

I am in detoxing mode from Thanksgiving food and drinks, so soup is on the menu until we get nearer to Christmastime. First up, a superb French Lentil Soup that is hearty, healthy and something that won’t make you feel deprived. Try to purchase your lentils at a store where the inventory frequently turns over…

Cranberry Quinoa

A great plant based side dish that is fast and everyone will enjoy. Organic Quinoa Organic Vegetable or Chicken Broth 1/4 Cup Organic Dried Cranberries 1/4 Cup Organic Roasted Peanuts (Unsalted) 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 Large Garlic Clove 1 teaspoon Garam Masala 1 teaspoon Spike Seasoning 1 teaspoon Marjoram Toast quinoa in a saucepan…

Vegan Blueberry Cobbler

I grew up eating Duncan Hines Blueberry Muffins for breakfast on weekends.  Unlike Nana my paternal grandmother, outside of homemade biscuits, this was as close to baking as my mother ever got although she was and to this day is a fantastic cook. Thus, because Nana did not have the patience to fool with kids…

Pass The Peas

Despite what you may have heard, soul food is primarily a plant based cuisine, and one of its’ major stars is the pea. Immortalized in song by James Brown back-up band The JB’s and later Tony, Toni, Tone who paid homage on their 1990 release The Revival, peas hold a special place in Southern hearths…

Nana’s Green Beans

The first year I went away to college I came back home for the weekend and prepared some fresh green beans as a side dish for my family. I probably would not remember the encounter if my paternal grandmother Nana, a professional baker and cook in her own right, could not stop raving, saying they…