Vegan Eggplant Parm – Healthy Recipe

Eggplant Parmesan has been one of my favorite dishes for as long as I can remember. It has a lot to do with growing up as a vegetarian in New York City where eggplant parm sandwiches are in abundant supply. That ooey, gooey, saucy, cheesy sandwich was often a go […]



Summer Succotash with Okra

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen corn making its way into the grocery stores and farmers market, and have caught a few glimpses of okra as well.  The okra is a little early as it usually comes into peak season around August or early September, but seeing it alongside […]

Vegan Dining on the Greek Islands

With a quick stop over in Istanbul, Jacques and I hopped on board Celestyal Crystal for a six day cruise through the Greek Islands. It was my first time on a cruise and while I didn’t love everything about the experience, I am glad we chose to spend our honeymoon like this. […]

Tomato fritters, fava puree and salad with grilled oyster mushrooms


Golden Tomato Sauce

The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market has been brimming lately with vibrant colors of a new season of produce. The sweet and cooling fruits and vegetables of summer are becoming abundant and inviting. On my last visit to the market, I was drawn in by glowing baskets of sunshine at the Tutti Frutti Farms […]

Vegan Delights in Istanbul 2

A few weeks ago, Jacques and I traveled to Greece for two and a half weeks to finally celebrate our honeymoon. Before venturing through a majority of the more popular Greek islands, and eventually spending a week on the mainland in Athens, we spent one jam packed day in Istanbul. […]

Simple mezze platter with eggplant, grape leaves, olive paste, hummus, tomato and a big puff of laffa bread.


Vegan Meringue for Mother’s Day   Recently updated !

My mom was not a cook. I got that love from my dad. My mom did enjoy baking, however. Especially pies. I remember my mom always experimenting with different pie recipes. She even made a Mock Apple Pie once made from Ritz crackers instead of apples. Yeah, I don’t get […]

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, Earthlings!   We only have one planet to live on (at least for now) and we’ve got to do a better job taking care of it. For me, everyday is Earth Day in the choices I make and the actions I take: consuming a plant-based diet shopping […]

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Easy Weeknight Meals: Curried Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas are most commonly known as the Hummus Bean, but they are so much more versatile than that. I love using chickpeas for everything from breakfast scrambles to tacos, to burgers, to crispy roasted snack alternatives, and in soups. I’ve yet to try them for dessert as Blondies, or a grain free […]

Vegan Sweet Potato Kugel for Passover 1

Friday begins Passover, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. I grew up in a half Jewish household, on my dad’s side. What this pretty much means is that we didn’t really celebrate any of the religious aspects of holidays, but we […]


Thai Meatball Bowl from Native Foods

Meatout: Eat Vegan For a Day

Friday, March 20 is the first day of spring and it’s also Meatout Day. Last year on Meatout Day, I celebrated my 18 year vegiversary, which makes this year 19! What is Meatout Day? “Since 1985, thousands around the world have celebrated the first day of Spring by eating vegan […]