Author Archive for tracilyn

Mustard Barbecue Sauce

This is the perfect condiment for mustard and spice lovers. I first tried it on a vegan chick’un biscuit, and let me tell you…it was divine. It would be excellent for making jackfruit barbecue, or soy barbecue, or with Gardein Crispy Tenders, as a dip for regular or sweet potato fries…the possibilities are endless!

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Notable Quotable: Maya Angelou


Chocolate Bark with Pumpkin Seeds and Sea Salt

If you want to have something a little sweet and a little savory, this is the perfect snack or dessert! The combination of the sweetness of the chocolate, the savoriness of the pumpkin seeds, and the sea salt is just plain divine. And hey – it has pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate, so it’s health food, right? (At least that’s what I tell myself.) Plus, it’s so easy to make! Be careful though – it’s addictive.

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Smoky Collard Greens

Yes, I am a Southern girl, and one of my favorite side dishes is collard greens. I love them with a little apple cider vinegar. And they aren’t just tasty – they are SO good for you! They support detoxification, they are a great source of vitamins A, C, and K (and many other nutrients), they’re rich in soluble fiber, and they have strong antioxidant properties. I almost always have some in my fridge, and this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them! (This recipe was inspired by Whole Foods’ smoky collard greens.)

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Ten Quotes to Inspire You in the New Year

The beginning of a new year offers a time for reflection…for self-evaluation…for hope…for healing…for opportunity…and far more. Regarding resolutions, mine has been the same for the last decade or so: be as decadent as possible, living as fully as possible, without being too poor or too fat. So far, so good! Happy New Year and may these words amuse you, incite you, and inspire you to live your best year yet.

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Everyday Essentials: DIY Holiday Room Freshener

Who doesn’t love the smells of the holidays? The hot cider, the fresh cut Christmas tree, the cookies, the sage stuffing, the fire…what a wonderful time of year! This easy DIY holiday room freshener is inviting, uplifting, and will welcome all who enter your home this holiday season. (And I promise you’ll enjoy it, too!)

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Easy Tips for Eating Vegan on a Budget

Want to know one of the most common objections that I hear regarding eating a vegan diet? “It’s too expensive!” I call BS on that. Yes, it can be expensive if you buy fancy-dancy packaged (aka processed) vegan foods, but it doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Beans, legumes, and grains – some of my dietary staples – are not expensive. You can trust me on this. I work for a non-profit, so yes, I actually use the strategies below every week! Read on for a few easy ways to save on groceries and stay on budget eating a vegan diet.

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No-Chicken Noodle Soup

On a cold fall or winter day, there’s nothing better than soup to warm you up and keep the blues and cold bugs away. This recipe is based on¬†Homestyle Vegan’s Chickpea Noodle Soup¬†recipe – with only minor modifications. I added cabbage because I had some I needed to use, and I left out the bay leaf because I didn’t have any. The result was fantastic, and I expect it to be even better once it sits in the fridge for a day or two so the flavors have more time to meld! It’s hearty, comforting, and oh so satisfying.

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Notable Quotable: Rumi

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Super Creamy Vegan Mac and Peas

DISCLAIMER: This is not my recipe. I must give credit where it is due: to Lindsay of Vegan Yumminess, who posted this recipe, and to Allison Rivers Samson, whose recipe on inspired Lindsay’s recipe. Like I said, I didn’t create this recipe AT ALL – I just made a couple of tweaks based on ingredients I had on hand. And let me tell you, this one is a keeper! In fact, I plan to make a batch of the cheesy sauce to try on potatoes…on nachos…with broccoli…the possibilities are endless.

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