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Caribbean “Tuna” Sandwich

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In looking for something for today’s post I drew inspiration from Chris at www.caribbeanpot.com. Although he sometimes features vegetarian recipes, his website is definitely a carnivore food blog. However, I find a lot of his dishes are easy to customize for a vegan diet. Last week his Caribbean tuna sandwich gave me instant hunger pangs. I vowed to make it for lunch one day soon. It was definitely worth the wait. Continue reading


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Thiakry from Senegal (Vegan)

 

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One of the things I love about New York is that it makes me feel like an explorer. I’ll never forget the day I went for a long leisurely walk and happened upon a nondescript restaurant. The menu outside advertised Senegalese cuisine.

When I opened the door, I felt as if I had been transported to Dakar. The decor was beautiful and the music from the live band playing that night was on fire. That night, I had what I still refer to as the meal of my life. Everything was absolutely delicious. I enjoyed my meal along with the company of the other patrons.

At the end of the meal I was brought a curious dessert made with couscous called Thiakry.  This dessert tasted absolutely divine. It was sweet from the pineapples and a little sour from the yogurt. I asked the waiter for the recipe and I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make.

I made a vegan version of the Thiakry today. I decided to make the recipe my own by adding roasted peanuts, cinnamon, and coconut flakes. Click here for this delicious recipe. Continue reading


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Orzo Salad

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Happy New Year! I initially planned to start this year’s post with the obligatory black eyed peas recipe but I forgot to purchase black eyed peas when I went grocery shopping. Perhaps I will get around to posting that recipe soon. Anyway, one thing I want to do most this year is be more efficient with my time. I am examining all the areas in my life where I can manage my time more effectively and leave myself open to do more of the things that hold my interest. One of the areas I want to implement this goal is by planning ahead for my week with meal plans, easy recipes, and etc… Also, I want to make the most of the food I have on hand. That is how this Orzo Salad came about. It is quick, easy, and delicious. Click here to find out the recipe. Continue reading


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Peruvian “Chicken” Stuffed Avocado

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I used to frequent this Peruvian restaurant in the Bronx with super nice owners and delicious food. It was just the sort of place to pop into on a Saturday evening to watch a soccer match, enjoy the company of friends and eat delicious Peruvian cuisine. There are so many dishes that I miss from that restaurant but one that comes to mind the most is the stuffed avocados. I decided to recreate the dish with my own spin by using more colorful items (like heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers) to feed the eye as well as the stomach. This dish is great for a light lunch or an early supper. Click here to get the recipe. Continue reading


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Vegan Kyinkyinga/Suya -Ghanaian Kebab

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Kyinkyinga (pronounced chin-chin-ga) is a popular street food in Ghana. It is also referred to by the name Suya. Kyinkyinga is basically a shish kebab but it is made with different spices. It is usually prepared on the grill and sold by street vendors or local chop bars. However, it was a special occasion type of food in my house. My mother mostly made Suya on holidays and for family parties.

It is typically made using lamb, liver, beef, or goat meat chunks. On Thanksgiving, I decided to recreate a vegan version of this holiday dish. I am pleased to tell you that I was successful in this mission. Click here to feast on this spicy delight. Continue reading


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Virtual Vegan Potluck- Fried Eggplant Lasagna

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So here is my recipe for Virtual Vegan Potluck. I so enjoyed participating in the last potluck that I signed up to do it again. Be sure to start at the beginning of the potluck by going to Virtual Vegan Potluck.This recipe is not for the faint of heart. It is cheezy, rich, and takes hours to make. I came up with this recipe years ago when trying to come up with an idea for a work potluck event.

I have since veganized it and much to my surprise, it tastes even better than the non-vegan version. Plus you won’t feel full and bloated the way you do with regular cheese lasagna. I think it goes without saying that this dish is to be eaten with moderation but the special people in your life will never cease to thank you for making this for them. Click here to find out the recipe. Continue reading


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Hearty Healthy Pasta

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I know it has been a long time since my last post. While work was busy the silence was mainly because I wasn’t feeling inspired and that translated to my cooking. I had a lot of blah sort of meals but fear not, I found my inspiration just in time for Virtual Vegan Potluck. I actually found this recipe in my photo archives. This is another one of my quick and easy dishes. Click here for the recipe. Continue reading