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Mashed Cauliflower Not Mashed Potatoes

A low-calorie, tasty alternative to mashed potatoes is mashed cauliflower. I actually think they taste better although you may not be able to tell the difference by just looking at them.

Since going to a primarily whole food plant-based diet there are only a few things I really miss. One of them is the butter on and sour cream in mashed potatoes. After watching everyone at Thanksgiving scarf them down I decided I had to pacify myself with a big batch of mashed cauliflower. They tasted great and had the added benefit of making me feel a tiny bit superior for having resisted the potatoes. (more…)

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Mashed Potato Soup

Plant-based Mashed Potato SoupI have a recipe for Mashed Potato Soup that I have served every holiday for the last 20 years. No matter how much I make, it always gets eaten to the last drop.

Ironically, the original recipe came from “The Healthy Heart” cookbook even though it calls for sour cream, cream cheese, milk and cheddar cheese. With all those dairy products, what’s not to like! (more…)

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Vegan Waldorf Salad

Plant-Based Waldorf SaladThe story goes that Waldorf Salad was created by Oscar Tschirky, the Maître D’hôtel at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. The year was 1893. Benjamin Harrison was the new elected president of the USA. The USA was entering  a serious depression after the stock market crashed   That depression signaled huge changes in American life and was accompanied by violent strikes, Populist crusades and a 12% unemployment rate.

Few people remember the depression, lots remember the salad. Funny how life works.

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Quick and Simple — Stuffed Baked Potato Dinner

imageI had the distinct pleasure of going to the dentist last week. Every time I go, I am shocked to find out that I STILL have my dentist phobia. I keep thinking it is going to magically disappear. So far; no luck!

This time by the time I got home and just wanted to curl up in a ball and have the world go away. Unfortunately I was also hungry. Hungry and nauseated. Great combination! What to eat? Something soothing, tasty, filling and comforting.

A baked potato! (more…)

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Quick and Dirty Broccoli* Mac and “Cheese”

When it comes to comfort food, I am developmentally stuck somewhere in childhood. My favorite things to eat when I feel bad (besides chocolate) are mac and cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy and beets (don’t ask). I probably ought to note that mac and cheese is a favorite no matter how I feel and giving it up was the hardest part of giving up dairy.


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Taco Salad

I’m on roll so I am just gonna go with it.  I promise I know how to make something besides Mexican and Italian. but the tomatoes and onions have inspired me so this week.

taco saladTaco Salad is a big favorite around our house.  We have sampled versions of Taco Salad in lots of  restaurants; we like ours best.  It is an incredibly easy salad to make but it is truly a complete meal with lots of bulk and lots of phyto-nutrients.  It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish to turn out this incredible food.

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