Crazy Brownies – fudgy, dense, and sweet – these will be your new favorite! These rich chocolate gems have an unbelievably healthy ingredient list – enjoy!

Crazy Brownies

Can I just tell you, I am over the moon excited for my friend Dreena’s latest book, Plant Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes:

Plant Powered Families

Most know Dreena from her well known Plant Powered Kitchen, and from her other great cookbooks – Plant Powered Families is her fifth!

This book has more than 100 whole food vegan recipes, and is an excellent resource – with tips for prepping a plant based kitchen, hosting and attending kid’s parties, kid’s lunchbox solutions, and even a sample meal plan – packed with great information, this is a great read. You know I love to sit and read my new cookbooks

The book opens with an endearing look into Dreena’s story, and how she found the new world of plant based cooking – easy, playful, and not restricted but expanded!

Throughout, you have Dreena’s spirited and enthusiastic personality, sweet photos of her whole family – cat included – and [click to continue…]


Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad – vibrant cauliflower brings great color and texture to this salad. Layers of flavor and crunch with a bright lemony shallot dressing.

Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad

While we are just about right on the edge of warmer days of summer, including all my favorite veggies showing up at the farmers market, I am already craving light and bright.

I am eating salads nearly every day. When I want salad as an entree, it needs to have some oomph or I’ll be back in the kitchen making a sandwich in an hour.

Or less.

This salad brings you quinoa for satisfying protein, as it serves all the senses: crunchy texture, bright colors, vibrant flavors. My dressing is a new one too, with two new spices – a lovely shallot salt and sumac. The first word I always use to describe sumac is lemony – it is bright and tart in a mild way.

Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad


I am doing an Ironic Eye Roll that I am sharing this super crunchy textured salad with you today, while I have been eating mashed potatoes, smoothies, and all kinds of soft foods this last week. I had some pretty epic dental surgery last week, and only wish I could eat this salad right now. This was from the week before surgery.

Back in college, I played tennis every day. I’d be on the court early before class, then when I got my microbiology lab job in the early mornings, I’d play all afternoon and evening.

During a doubles tournament – one that I can laugh about now – my face collided with my partner’s racquet. Ouch. So, last summer [click to continue…]


Fudgy Cardamom Squares

Fudgy Cardamom Squares – incredibly flavorful with a fudgy consistency, these warmly spiced bars will disappear fast – you should just make a double batch.


I have been a fan of Vegan Richa for years – drawn in with her stunning photography, I keep coming back for her inventive recipes using complex layers of flavor and bright colors. I love the flavors of Indian foods – Jason and I both do – and have a few favorites that I make often. Richa’s recipes are not only delicious, they are approachable as well.

Also, have you ever seen a Richa burger? They are epic.

Lately, Richa has been very hard at work on a grand project – Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook:


Vegan Richas Indian Kitchen

Just like her blog, Richa’s book is a welcoming and beautiful journey through the savory flavors of Indian cooking. She demystifies spices and ingredients unfamiliar, transforms traditional recipes in a modern way, and leaves vegans happily able to enjoy a vast variety of fantastic recipes.

Richa breaks down pantry staples, fresh ingredients and kitchen tools. She has  [click to continue…]


Lemon Coconut Spirulina Balls

Lemon Coconut Spirulina Balls – brightly flavored and vibrantly colorful, these little gems are packed with protein and are fantastic nutrient rich snacks!


I am going to get right to the point and say my friend Annie has created something great with her book, Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant Based, Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite.

She related to me immediately in the intro, describing a familiar scene from my own childhood, ‘the kid who curled up on the couch with a book and a stash of Jolly Rancher candies, a pack of bubble gum, and a few chocolate Kisses “just in case.” ‘

Annie also has a dog that is part dachshund, so of course I was drawn to her immediately…

Crave Eat Heal

As someone who definitely acknowledges my cravings on a regular basis – whether that is [click to continue…]


Cinco de Mayo Recipe Collection

by Kristina Sloggett

in recipes, Vegan

Creamy Tortilla Soup Enchiladas

It is no secret I like Mexican food. I like spicy. I like peppers.

I have collected the tastiest plant based dishes – some traditional, some a creative spin on an original – perfect for Cinco de Mayo, or for a Tuesday.



Crinkle Fry Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso

Crinkle Cut Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso


Jalapeño Margarita

Jalapeño Margaritas


Vegan Nacho Supreme

Vegan Nacho Supreme – Ricki Heller


Seven Layer Dip with Noocho Cheese Sauce

Seven Layer Dip with Noocho Cheese


Tempeh Tostadas

Tempeh Tostadas – JL Goes Vegan


Black Bean Totchos with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Black Bean Totchos with Garlic Lemon Sauce


Tomatillo Pineapple Guacamole

Tomatillo Pineapple Guacamole – Welcoming Kitchen


Spicy Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Spicy Stuffed Sweet Peppers


Mexican Bean Soup with Chipotle Avocado Cream

Mexican Bean Soup with Chipotle Avocado Cream – Dreena Burton


Potato Poblano Chorizo Tacos

Potato, Poblano, and Chorizo Tacos – Recipe Renovator


Creamy Tortilla Soup Enchiladas

Creamy Tortilla Soup Enchiladas


Chili Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

Chili Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños 


Spicy Portobello Tacos

Spicy Portobello Vegan Tacos – Vegan Miam (at Go Dairy Free)


(Faux) Huevos a la Mexicana Enchilada

(Faux) Huevos a la Mexicana Enchilada


Hatch Chile Queso

Hatch Chile Queso – The Sexy Vegan


Crispy Sweet Potato Veggie Enchiladas

Crispy Sweet Potato Veggie Enchiladas









Ultra Energy Bars - #PlantpowerWay @spabettie

Ultra Energy Bars – power packed with healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut, and dried berries, these bars boast a plentitude of protein and nutrient rich flavor!


One of the great inspirational books I have read is Finding Ultra, the incredible story of Rich Roll’s journey in Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Himself. He is a vegan ultra endurance athlete, has completed Hawaii’s Epic 5 Challenge, hosts a popular podcast, and is an engaging motivational speaker.

Rich Roll has truly been transformed by plants.

Needless to say, I was very happy to receive an advance proof The Plantpower Way, the latest book from Rich Roll and his wife, plant based chef Julie Piatt. I have spent the last month enjoying their recipes, while soaking up all the wellness facts and tips from this wonderful lifestyle guide.

This book – packed with essential nutritional information and stunning full color photographs – is a remarkable piece of art that would do well on any coffee table.

From the foreword by Sanjay Gupta, M.D.:  “…this is not your typical recipe book. It is a book about hope, and the universally shared belief that any one of us can be better.”

The Plantpower Way

The book has 120 whole food, plant based recipes, and we have already tried quite a few. Tried, and thoroughly enjoyed. From the [click to continue…]


Crispy Sweet Potato Veggie Enchiladas

Crispy Sweet Potato Veggie Enchiladas with Chipotle Tomato Cream- with a perfect balance of sweet and savory, this comfort food dish brings layers of texture and flavor!


A recipe I first shared almost three years ago is consistently a reader favorite – my Crispy Sweet Potato Chipotle Enchiladas is one of our favorites too. I make it so often I don’t have to follow the recipe any longer. I was recently having a constant vegetable craving – could not get enough – and I [click to continue…]


Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Cream Dressing @Cooking_Light

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Dressing – skillet charred onions and chickpeas take a tumble into a bright dressing in this perfectly simple salad.


Portland has been riding a weather roller coaster for a few weeks – several sunny days up in the warm 80 degrees temps, then some rainy cool days, then back up to 80s.

Today we are predicted to see 82°F.


Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Cream Dressing @Cooking_Light


Spring is definitely my favorite time of year, I am loving the longer days where we have daylight until nearly 9pm. The recent warm temperatures have me craving lighter foods already – salads as meals, salads with breakfast, salads all the time.

This is one of those unique salads without greens salads, and it is so very good. I have already made this twice, adding quinoa the second time. I may even add those salad greens next time.

Even with no greens – aside from the fresh oregano, which is lovely – this simple salad is [click to continue…]