Easy Vegan Potato Salad Recipe – a Perfect Side Dish for Mother’s Day Brunch, Barbecues, Picnics, etc.

Hi all! Today I’m sharing my easy vegan potato salad recipe that’s been a big hit at potlucks, outdoor gatherings, or just as a side dish for a casual homemade meal. I’m so excited that it’s finally May! All of the opportunities for warm weather picnics and gatherings with all kinds of vegan deliciousness are here again, with Mother’s Day approaching in no time. Over here in Western Washington state, we’ve had a long winter (it snowed at least three times! 🙂 ) and a rainy, chilly spring, so I can’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit. I’m usually pretty bad with posting seasonal recipes in time for various occasions when they’d be perfect to enjoy, but this time, with Mother’s Day approaching, I was determined to share a recipe that’s both appropriate for a nice springtime brunch (bring on the mimosas!) and calls for fresh, seasonal … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Gingered Broccoli & Cauliflower. Plus the Giveaway Winner Announced!

Oh my, so much has happened in the past few days! The biggest change of all (at least for me) is that I’ve just started a new job – yes, something other than tending to this blog like it’s my full-time occupation 🙂 Am I excited? Of course! I mean, it’s going to be great to be out of the house and around other people, especially since I was beginning to feel like all of the stress over my blog was slowly making me go cuckoo. Plus, I am going to use my writing abilities full time at this job and get paid for it – not too bad, huh? But wait – what about this site?! You need not worry: I am going to continue to pay as much attention to it as I can, but at the same time I don’t want to spread too thin in all … Read the rest of the post

Roasted Butternut Squash Two Ways: Curried or Italian-Style

Roasted butternut squash is one of my favorite side dishes in the winter. It complements just about any vegan dinner very nicely. Butternut squash is naturally on the sweeter side, and the flavor and texture falls somewhere in between sweet potatoes and pumpkin. However, it’s less starchy than sweet potatoes (not that I’m afraid of starches!), and I find it tastier than pumpkin – I’m sure that a lot of you will agree with me here. A lot of people stay away from butternut squash because it’s quite hard to peel and cut up. Some people buy pre-cut butternut squash in grocery stores to avoid the drama of having to chop it themselves, but we all know that prepped vegetables are more expensive to buy, plus you often get less food for more money. If you follow the directions I’ve outlined in the recipe below, you’ll prep a whole butternut … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Collard Greens in a Slow Cooker – a Southern New Year’s Day Tradition

This time of the year in the United States, we are reminded from every direction about the Southern tradition of eating collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring in good luck and financial stability with us into the rest of the year. I don’t know where this tradition originated, but I’ve sure seen huge piles of dried black-eyed peas on sale in every Southern Alabama grocery store I’ve stopped by in the past few days. Southern people make no secret of how much they love their traditions! Since I’m a Russian who’s only lived in the US for the past seven years, I still find new American traditions all the time. The flavor of classic Southern collard greens is especially dear to me because it reminds me of something that I used to eat in the kindergarten long, long time ago when the Soviet Union still existed. My … Read the rest of the post