Author Archive for tracilyn

Walnut Parmesan

Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of the commercial vegan Parmesan cheese substitutes. They don’t have much flavor and they are far too expensive. This, on the other hand, is easy, it’s delicious, and it comes together in a few minutes flat. Give it a try – it’s excellent on pasta, pizza, and toast. Yum.

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Wild Orange

Cold pressed from the peel of the orange, Wild Orange Essential Oil (citrus sinensis) is one of my absolute favorites. And yes, I realize I say that about a lot of oils…but it’s always true! I have many favorites, and Wild Orange is a must-have in any essential oil collection. It has an invigorating and energizing aroma, and it is a powerful cleanser. It’s incredibly versatile – and inexpensive! Read on for a few ways to use this remarkable essential oil.

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Book Recommendation: Artisan Vegan Cheese

Once in a while, I come across a “must-have” vegan book. The current selection: Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner. I’m obsessed with the cashew chevre – pictured above crusted with coarse sea salt and mixed peppercorns.

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Creamy Hungarian Cabbage and Mushroom Soup

Have I mentioned lately that I’m in love with my Instant Pot? It makes meal prep SO EASY. And fast. This recipe is based on the Moosewood Cookbook’s Hungarian Mushroom Soup, and it was inspired by a cup of soup I had recently at Sealevel City Gourmet here in Wilmington. It was a Hungarian Paprika Soup, and it was amazing! I searched a few recipes and settled on the Moosewood version, with a few slight modifications.

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Rosemary Maple Blue Corn Muffins

I’m not much of a baker, but this recipe is so easy and delish – it has made it into the rotation. The muffins are so sweet and cake-like…they almost taste like dessert! I served them with my White Beans with Rosemary and Kale (click on the link to check out the photo of the muffins, beside the beans) loaded with Easy Vegan Butter…the sweet and savory combination was absolutely sublime. Bon appetit!

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White Beans with Rosemary and Kale

While I started out wanting to create a copycat recipe of Zoe’s Kitchen’s white beans with rosemary, the concept for the dish evolved as I was prepping. I wanted to keep it simple and add up the nutritional value by adding some greens. The result? A fantastic, hearty one-pot meal! (I served the beans with Rosemary Maple Blue Corn Muffins – stay tuned for the recipe!)

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Caribbean Inspired Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

This recipe came together like many of my recipes do: I browsed a dozen or so recipes for Caribbean soups and stews, did an inventory of my pantry, and came up with a creation all my own, inspired by others’ ideas and what I had available! It was quite delicious, I must say. Pay attention to the curry you’re using – if it’s hot, you might want to tone it down. Me? I love spicy, and mine had a heck of a kick!

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Ten Traits of Lightworkers

“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.” Walt Whitman

Lightworkers are a force of light in what sometimes seems like a dark world. We feel different from other people. Different doesn’t mean superior mind you; just…different. Think you might be a lightworker? Read on for ten common traits of lightworkers.

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Easy Vegan Butter – No Palm Oil

I have to give a shout out to the Virtual Vegan for this recipe – it’s based on her creation, and it’s absolutely fantastic. Who knew almond flour could be a base for vegan butter?!?! I made a couple of tweaks based on my personal taste (and doubled the recipe). I doubt I will ever buy vegan butter again. This comes together in about 5 minutes and is oh-so-tasty.

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Ten Ways to Enjoy Button Mushrooms

Last week, I shared a video from Dr. Michael Greger of Nutrition Facts that educated us on the benefits of eating mushrooms daily to protect against breast cancer. Read on for a few quick and easy ways to enjoy them!

1. Add them to a tofu scramble. Make sure you use organic tofu, as soybeans are often genetically modified.

2. Top a salad with them. They’ll be great raw or cooked, your choice! I like to saute them and put them on top of spinach with a simple lemon tahini dressing, sprinkled with raw slivered almonds.

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