Lasagna

This is very reminiscent of traditional lasagnas, but of course, without the meat, cheese, and added salt and oil. Bottom line: it’s delicious! Instead of meat, I have used zucchini and mushrooms, and a great tofu blend to take the place of the ricotta. Lasagnas are a labor of love, for sure. But they are worth...

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Fettuccini Alfredo

This easy pasta dish, traditionally made with cheese, milk, butter and oil, has been given a healthy makeover, using cashews and white beans to create the creamy white sauce. The cashews add richness while the white beans help keep the calories down. Print Fettuccini Alfredo Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total time:  25...

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The Straight Up Food Cookbook!

The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for the Straight Up Food cookbook is now LIVE! Please visit the online campaign here or click on the photo of me and the book cover below to learn more about the book, see photos, and pledge to be a part of it all! About the campaign: The more pledges we can get sooner, the more...

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Sweet Potato-Pecan Pie

This delicious pie is similar to pumpkin pie but it is made with sweet potatoes (or yams) instead of pumpkin. The filling is sweetened with dates, thickened with a little oat flour, and the Pecan-Date Crust is just like a sweet, crumbly cookie! Note: As mentioned above, this pie can be made with yellow-brown sweet...

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Raw Cranberry-Persimmon Relish

This cranberry relish requires no cooking, just a food processor for uniform chopping. The sweetness of the persimmons, apple, and tangerine balance the tartness of the raw cranberries. Serve during the holidays alongside mashed potatoes and stuffing. Print Raw Cranberry-Persimmon Relish Prep time:  15 mins Total time:  15 mins Serves: 6 (makes 3.25 cups)   Ingredients...

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Beefless Stew

This hearty stew has everything you love about beef stew, but without the beef! It has large chunks of potato, carrot, celery, and onion, and portabella mushrooms stand in for the beef. Garlic, paprika, and fresh rosemary provide excellent flavor. Print Beefless Stew Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  35 mins Total time:  1 hour...

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Black Bean & Yam Salad

Black beans, yams, and quinoa come together beautifully in this filling and colorful salad. Onion, bell pepper, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and Mexican seasoning team up to provide the lively flavors. A crowd-pleasing dish, perfect for parties and potlucks! Print Black Bean & Yam Salad Author: Cathy Fisher Prep time:  35 mins Cook time:  30 mins...

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Tomato Rice Soup

Tomatoes and rice are a famous combination, and are complemented nicely in this soup by white beans, greens, and fresh basil. This hearty Tomato Rice Soup can be a meal all on its own, or serve it with a side of homemade, oil-free corn chips. Print Tomato Rice Soup Prep time:  20 mins Cook time: ...

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Almond-Poppy Seed Cake

This festive and hearty cake is not only delicious, but very fragrant. Its few ingredients and steps make for easy preparation, and it may be served plain or with Lemon Frosting. It uses no oil, and still bakes up moist without being greasy. Note: I have received some questions about millet, as it’s a lesser-used...

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Homemade Salad Dressings

Bottled salad dressings from the grocery store typically contain an abundance of oil, salt, and/or sugar, as well as other ingredients (i.e., dairy, cheese, corn syrup, MSG, caramel coloring, thickeners, preservatives) we don’t want to put into our bodies if good health is our goal. Making salad dressings at home from scratch is the most...

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