(vegan) double chocolate zucchini muffins

This is my go-to recipe when I have extra zucchini, am craving a little chocolate something, or want an easy food gift for a friend. Years ago, I modified this King Arthur Flour recipe to be vegan, potentially gluten-free, and make muffins rather than a loaf. I’ve been asked for this recipe so many timesContinue reading “(vegan) double chocolate zucchini muffins”

Creating New Karmic Patterns, & Some Crazy Good Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies

In last week’s post, I talked about the self-sustaining karmic energy of recurring habitual patterns. I mentioned that meditation has been helpful in creating the space to identify the pattern and then to create a new pattern. How exactly, though, does the new pattern get created? In the past year, I was lucky* enough to find myself facingContinue reading “Creating New Karmic Patterns, & Some Crazy Good Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies”

A Favorite Dal Recipe

I could eat Indian food every day of the week. In fact, many weeks I do eat Indian food every day of the week (they know me quite well at the local India Palace). Restaurant Indian food tends to be heavy- and not vegan- with the addition of butter and cream. Oh, it’s delicious, butContinue reading “A Favorite Dal Recipe”

Dear Local Restaurant: It’s Just Not That Hard to Make A Vegetarian or Vegan Meal

Do you have a pet peeve? Something that irritates you, gets under your skin, makes you complain, or rant (or, in my case, sigh heavily) in a way that surprises even yourself? One thing that really drives me crazy is going out to eat with friends and finding that the menu includes virtually no vegetarianContinue reading “Dear Local Restaurant: It’s Just Not That Hard to Make A Vegetarian or Vegan Meal”

Vegan Jamaican Patties and Watermelon Strawberry Cooler

As I mentioned in a previous post, I subscribe to a CSA program, which means that once every two weeks, I get a ridiculously large box of vegetables that is way too much for one person to eat, and then I spend the next few days trying to give away as much as possible. WhenContinue reading “Vegan Jamaican Patties and Watermelon Strawberry Cooler”

Post Retreat Peanut Butter Treat Recipe

So I’m fresh back from a week on retreat and starting to sort through the experience and its after-effects. Having a full seven days of both physical and emotional distance from “real life” is a truly precious experience. However, it’s not all roses and sunshine. I received a text from a friend yesterday that said,Continue reading “Post Retreat Peanut Butter Treat Recipe”

Warming Recipe: Date Shake

This fall I invested in a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner, Jill Leslie of Ayurveda Alchemy. I am fascinated by Ayurveda, yoga’s “Sister Science,” which has been practiced for over 5000 years. It is a holistic health care system that is tailored to each individual’s constitution, and it advocates, more than anything, self awareness as theContinue reading “Warming Recipe: Date Shake”

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Hippie Cookies

Note: My friend Jill of Ayurveda Alchemy reminded me this week that honey, when heated, does not digest well and becomes a toxin in the body. She recommends maple syrup, or you can always go with brown rice syrup as the original recipe suggests. She also notes that the ground flax seeds may be problematic asContinue reading “Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Hippie Cookies”

“Day Off” Vegan Carrot Cookies

It has been suggested to me by some good friends and mentors that I ought to schedule time each week to have what is apparently called a “day off.” This is necessary to avoid burnout, re-charge the batteries, etc etc. I totally get it. I’m just not very good at it. I have a hardContinue reading ““Day Off” Vegan Carrot Cookies”