Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese!!

I’m delighted to tell you today all about a Colorado based vegan cheese company! Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese is made by Malina Farias, in Denver CO, and is just absolutely delicious!! It’s also super versatile and provides great options for those looking for a non-dairy / vegan cheese substitute that sometimes can be hard to find (feta, queso fresco, mozzarella, gouda). Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheeses can be used in a variety of dishes, and is so good served either warmed or cold. Check out a few dishes I made below using it! And try it for yourself! You won’t be disappointed!

Find Peaceful Rebel on Facebook!

Peaceful Rebel Cheeses!

When cooking with the cheese I found that it melts pretty well (cook it on a lowish heat and don’t overcook), it doesn’t melt quite the way dairy cheese does but is has a very cool texture and is super yummy. It’s great melted on pizza, sandwiches, quesadillas and in cheese sticks and sauces, test it and let us know what you use it in! Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese is also very good served as a topping or cold with crackers. Like I mentioned previously, Peaceful Rebel, is a Colorado based business and for now, only available at Nooch Vegan Market in Denver.  It’s worth the trip, however, just for the cheese, if you don’t live in Denver 🙂

Chedda cheese

A little about Malina and why she started Peace Rebel Vegan Cheese: “I struggle, as do most vegans, with the almost casual, certainly unconcerned attitude of the plight of our beautiful oceans, forests, and fellow creatures. Creating Peaceful Rebel Cheese is my small way of addressing these issues in a positive way. Plus, I missed cheese and could not find any that I liked but could afford.”


Gouda, sprinkled with a little paprika and served with crackers


Malina makes many kinds of cheese, including aged blue, American, aged parmesan and more. But she is focusing on and selling 6 for the time being: Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Swiss, Queso Fresco, Herbed Feta, and Mozzarella.

Arugula tempeh bacon feta salad

Arugula, strawberry, tempeh bacon & Feta Salad


The 6 cheeses are made from non-GMO tofu, organic soy milk and coconut oil. All the added “flavors” are natural or organic – no fillers, artificial ingredients or preservatives. They are Gluten Free too, although the Swiss does have gluten-removed beer.

Peaceful Rebel Pizza

PIZZA! Made with mushrooms, spinach & Peaceful Rebel Mozzarella


You can use the cheeses in anything you’d use their dairy counterparts in. Queso Fresco is great in anything Mexican. Swiss is wonderful melted on a Reuben. Use Herbed Feta on Greek salads or pita sandwiches. Cheddar is just great on, well, everything.

watermelon blueberry feta mint salad

Watermelon, blueberry, mint, & Peaceful Rebel Feta Fruit Salad


Malina’s mission statement is simple: “We make hand-crafted non-dairy cheese with pure ingredients and amazing taste”.

mushroom spinach enchiladas

Spinach & mushroom enchiladas made with Peaceful Rebel Queso Fresco!


Like I mentioned previously, Peaceful Rebel is hand-made in Denver, CO. It is a small, woman-owned and operated local company. We love that! 🙂

Kale Pumpkin Cranberry Feta Salad

Kale, butternut squash, dried cranberry, tempeh bacon and Peaceful Rebel Feta Salad


Malina is so very grateful to live and work in this community, which is so supportive of her values as a vegan! And we are very thankful that she’s making such delicious vegan cheese! 🙂


Tostadas made with Peaceful Rebel Queso Fresco


For the time being Peaceful Rebel Cheeses are available at Nooch Vegan Market (Although Malina is working on bringing the cheeses to other cities and markets, you can  contact Malina via Facebook or the email below if you’d like to connect with her) and we are giving away a gift basket to one lucky local winner – you must be able to pick up the package from Nooch in Denver to enter! Please enter below and check out this super yummy fall inspired recipe for Vegan Calabacitas! It’s really delicious 🙂


Vegan Calabacitas made with Peaceful Rebel Queso Fresco


Vegan Calabacitas!

Serves 4 as a side dish

My wonderful mother cooked such delicious Mexican food and used to make me Calabacitas all the time. I’ve made this recipe for Calabacitas without cheese before and it just didn’t work. I was delighted when I found Peaceful Rebel and cooked make Calabacitas the way I remember them. The Queso Fresco is absolutely the perfect touch!


  • 1 medium sized yellow squash (cut into quarter)
  • 1 medium sized zucchini (cut into quarters)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3.5 ounces or 1/2 package Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese Queso Fresco (you can add more, if desired)
  • 1 or 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped and cleaned roasted green chili
  • Water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare squash and zucchini by quartering it lengthwise and then chop into 1/4 chunks. Set aside.

Saute chopped onion, garlic (in a few tablespoons of water or oil, if you prefer) until onions just caramelize (turn brownish), then add chopped squash and zucchini and cook until they are about half done. Add corn and move to a 1 quart casserole dish, break up the cheese by hand into small pieces and mix it in along with green chili.

Bake uncovered for 35 minutes (don’t overcook).

Serve with beans and warm tortillas and your favorite condiments.


How to contact Malina if you’d like to special order her delicious cheese or request it at your store:

Here’s the link for the giveaway!! Good luck!








Looking for a beautiful vegan jacket this winter? Check out Hoodlab!

I recently stopped by the coolest pop up shop in downtown Denver. Cici Dunn owns and operates HoodLAB and distributes Hoodlamb jackets which are some of the most beautiful and elegant jackets I’ve ever seen. Not only does HoodLAB sell jackets, they also sell the coolest hats, caps, puffy earmuffs, scarves, mittens, t shirts and faux fur accessories. The best part about HoodLAB is that all the products are sustainable & ethical; made with hemp, recycled products, vegan and cruelty free. Hoodlamb jackets are some of the warmest you will find, are super high quality and last a really long time too!


Courtesy of HoodLamb CO. Photo by Kim Sidwell


HoodLamb CO aka HoodLAB is a family owned and operated HoodLamb Concept Store & World Agent for Amsterdam clothing label HoodLamb Hemp Tailors. They operate a  wholesale showroom and e-store They also work with companies that want to create branded sustainable merchandise for their crew and following.


Courtesy of HoodLamb CO. Photo by Kim Sidwell


HoodLAB’s signature clothing line, HoodLamb Hemp Tailors, contains design t-shirts, hoodies, furry hoodies, heavy-duty winter coats, knitwear and accessories’, all made from hemp, organic cotton and other recycled materials. Wonderful news for the conscious shopper is that HoodLamb since this season officially is PETA-approved!

HoodLamb Men's

Courtesy of HoodLamb CO. Photo by Kim Sidwell


HoodLAB also carries THTC (The Hemp Trading Company), THTC is multiple award-winning ethical and fair brand from London/UK with a broad range of organic t-shirts designs that will make you think.

Hoodlab Catalog Women's

Courtesy of HoodLamb


What does HoodLAB carry for winter? A full winter line! Hemp is extra warm! Developed in Amsterdam for the harsh winters, HoodLamb has always focused on functional utilitarian wear to protect against rain and cold. Since 2009 they also dress the Sea Shepherd crew on their campaigns around Antarctica and worldwide in the most extreme weather conditions. The Mens’ and Ladies’ jacket line contains key features such as 100% recycled insulation, thumbholes and oversized hoods for extra warmth, vegan faux-fur, hand-warmer pockets to name a few design details.

Hoodlab Catalog Men's

Courtesy of HoodLamb

HoodLAB operates a Colorado based E-store ( and also has a Rino District Showroom Store, anyone can make an appointment to come try on jackets and gear. Give them a call at 720-669-3369 if you’d like to visit to the Showroom.


Hoodlamb Sea Shepard

Courtesy of HoodLamb


Cici’s tips for surviving winter in the Mountains: “Colorado has many microclimates and we got 300 days of sun here so it can be deceivingly beautiful and things can change rapidly due to the mountain landscape. Make sure you have good gear to help you stay warm and comfortable. Dressing in layers is always a good idea.” And don’t forget to shop HoodLAB! 🙂

You can find HoodLAB at:

Hoodlamb Colorado

3049 Lawrence Street

Denver CO 80205 USA

PH: 720-669-3369

Please use the discount code on; ‘HL4LIFE’ which will give you 20% off all purchases!

Healing the Vegan Way Book Review and Giveaway!

Healingtheveganway-200x300I am absolutely delighted to tell you about the new book, Healing the Vegan Way, by one of my favorite vegan chefs on the planet, Mark Reinfeld.

Mark is a widely acclaimed and multi-award winning chef and author of seven books. He has an impressive list of accomplishments including Executive Chef for North American Vegetarian Society’s Vegetarian Summerfest, and he has offered consulting services for clients such as Google, Whole Foods, Bon Appetit Management, The Peninsula Spa and more. Mark was the founding chef of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant in Kaua’i, which was voted “Best Restaurant on Kauai.”. Mark also teaches amazing cooking classes throughout the world with his company Vegan Fusion. In addition to the great classes he provides through Vegan Fusion, he trains instructors to be part of his team, teach classes themselves and spread the message of compassion, health and healing. For more information on these great services and where you can find a class near you, please visit

MarkReinfeldHeadshot-use as mainhead shot-MeganSorelcreditI love Mark because he and I share a very similar mission through our work: helping people learn about foods that heal and making them into beautiful and incredibly appealing dishes. Mark’s recipes are some of the most diverse, creative and artistic I’ve ever seen and tasted. He blends flavors from all over the world, hence the name, Vegan Fusion.

I asked him to tell us why he wrote Healing the Vegan Way: “For as long as I can remember I have been interested in the healing qualities of foods. I wanted to demonstrate that plants have the power to heal and transform our lives and that many of the major health challenges facing society can be prevented and reversed by adopting more of a plant-based diet.”

In Healing The Vegan Way, Mark has combined information from the world’s leading medical professionals like Michael Klaper, MD,  Michael Greger, MD, Joel Kahn, MD, Brenda Davis, RD, Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, along with information about the healing properties of plant based foods and his some of best healing raw and cooked recipes. By providing all you need to know cook delicious, healthy vegan meals including 200 simple whole-food recipes, health-supportive cleanses, menu plans, and more, Mark helps you get the most out of your food and lead your most vibrant, happy and healthy life.


Watermelon Gazpacho

Mark is not only a super sweet guy with a wealth of knowledge, he’s also incredibly funny and both his classes and cookbooks are very entertaining! Whether you take a class from him or just read his books, you will not be disappointed. Just a few of the incredible dishes with super healing properties you will enjoy in Healing The Vegan Way include; Vegan Cheeses and Dips, Watermelon Gazpacho, Healing Broth, Maple Baked Tempeh, Cauliflower Steaks, Grilled Eggplant Towers with Cashew Ricotta, tons of salads and other mains, numerous healing drinks, juices and smoothies and healthy desserts.

Also, if you are in Colorado please join us for Mark’s Vegan Fusion classes coming up! I will be there and they are exceptional events!!

August 3 day Immersion:

November 10 Day Immersion:

And, finally! A recipe from the book! Enjoy!

Raw Coconut Curry Vegetables


Raw Coconut Curry Veggies

Yield: 4 cups vegetables

Prep time: 30 minutes, Total time: 30 minutes

Serving size: 1 cup | Number of servings: 4

Curries, staples of Indian cuisine, are often cooked. This raw version gives you the wonderful warm flavor of curry with the juiciness and crunch of raw vegetables and sprouts. Curry is a blend of ground spices, including cayenne or red pepper, coriander, cumin, and turmeric. Turmeric provides the signature golden color along with many of the healing benefits. Low in fat, sugar, and sodium, curry itself is a great source of vitamin B6, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), vitamin K, iron, and manganese. A superior way to enjoy an enzyme-rich and satisfying raw veggie meal. Enjoy as part of a raw feast with raw nori rolls or raw chocolate pudding.


  • 2 to 3 medium-size zucchini, spiralized (4 cups tightly packed)
  • 1 cup tightly packed julienned red cabbage
  • 1 medium-size red bell pepper, seeded and julienned
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons wheat-free tamari or other soy sauce, or coconut aminos (optional)
  • 1 cup Raw Coconut Curry Sauce (see recipe)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • ¼ cup mung bean sprouts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup raw peanuts (optional)


Combine the zucchini, red cabbage, and bell pepper in a bowl. Add the lime juice, and tamari, if using. Add the Raw Coconut Curry Sauce and toss well. Portion out into four bowls, or leave in one bowl and serve family style.

Top with the green onion, mung bean sprouts, if using, cilantro, and peanuts, if using. Have fun!

Variations: add other veggies, such as julienned yellow bell pepper, carrot, or beet. Add 1 cup of raw kelp noodles (see page 87). Add 1 cup of julienned medium-soft coco-nut meat.

Raw Coconut Curry Sauce

Yield: 2 cups sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes, Total time: 10 minutes,

Serving size: 1/4 cup | Number of servings: 8

Experience a hint of the tropics in this raw version of a coconut curry. Curry powder provides the dominant flavor with the spices turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Low on carb and high on fiber, coconut meat helps you metabolize both protein and fat due to its whopping manganese content. Serve with Raw Coconut Curry Vegetables or even as a dipping sauce.


  • ¾ cup medium-soft fresh coconut meat
  • 1 ½ cups coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon seeded and diced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos, wheat-free tamari, or other soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon tamarind paste
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin


Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend well.

Variations: Replace the coconut meat and ½ cup of coconut water with 1 cup of coconut milk. Replace the almond butter with peanut butter.

Excerpted from Healing the Vegan Way: plant-based eating for optimal health and wellness by Mark Reinfeld. Copyright © 2016. Available from Da Capo Press | Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

We have a copy of Healing the Vegan Way by Mark Reinfeld for one lucky winner. Follow the instructions below to enter. U.S. residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight eastern time on August 4th. Good luck!


Super Sprout Salad!

Please enter the giveaway here:


Ranger’s Bakery – Healthy Dog Treats and Giveaway!!


I have another wonderful small business to share with you! This time a delicious Colorado local pet treat business, Ranger’s Bakery! Shelby and her dog Ranger (who was the inspiration for the creation of Ranger’s Bakery) offer a variety of awesome dogs treat. Many of which are vegan! Yay!


Shelby is Colorado native and before starting Ranger’s Bakery was a full-time college student. She was just shy of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Church Planting when she decided to pursue the culinary field. Shelby’s always loved cooking and it helps that she’s actually good at it!

Ranger is a German Shepherd, Husky mix whom she rescued last year. Ranger inspired Shelby’s passion to create quality dog treats with trusted, natural ingredients. Ranger loves these treats, and Shelby feels good as his mom knowing it’s good for him too! They love sharing their treats with their fur-friends and they would love to share them with your furry buddies too! 🙂
Why did Shelby start Ranger’s Bakery? Shelby adopted Ranger from Two Blondes All Breed Rescue in Denver. Ranger was initially rescued, along with his mother and siblings, in San Antonio, Texas. He was eight weeks when she brought him home. By his second day home, he started to show signs that he was sick. It turned out that the puppies had gotten worms from their mother. The rescue did a great job getting all the necessary treatments for the pups, but Ranger was the only one still not pulling through. He ended up staying a week and a half at a vet hospital. He was a true fighter, and it inspired her. Shelby started researching dog health and the importance of a healthy diet and nutrition for dogs, just like humans. She was stunned to learn about the high rate of cancer in dogs and that, many times, it could be traced back to their diet. So she started making organic treats for Ranger. He went absolutely crazy for them! She let her creativity run wild and put together some great recipes. That’s when she decided to put her treats on Etsy. She really wanted to share them with everyone and provide organic and healthy options for dog owners.
Shelby and I agree that there are so many benefits of feeding dogs healthy and organic foods; organic food tastes better, it’s been proven to promote animal welfare overall, it prevents cancer, boosts the immune system, prevents premature aging, and reduces the risk of heart diseases.


Shelby feels that Ranger’s Bakery has so much to offer because of the integrity of the ingredients each treat is made with. All of the fruits and veggies are farmed locally, so they’re super fresh. She uses only certified organic produce and which means less pesticides on produce. And it’s a huge plus that organic farming is better for the environment too! Ranger’s Bakery’s vegan treats offer some great benefits and provide dog owners with many options when it comes to healthy choices for their beloved fur babies. Some people may not realize the benefit of vegan dog foods and treats. Just as they do in humans, vegetables provide some great health promoting and disease fighting properties.


You can find all of Ranger’s Bakery’s delicious treats here:


Please also like Shelby and Ranger on Facebook!



And! One of the best things about Ranger’s Bakery is that you can order a sample pack of all Ranger’s Bakery’s delicious vegan treats!! My dogs absolutely love them!! 🙂
And don’t forget to enter Ranger’s Bakery Summer Giveaway! Good Luck! 🙂




Zoodles with Parsley Pesto!

Zoodles (zucchini or another spiralized vegetable) are amazing and the recipe below provides some awesome benefits, is tasty and a great summer recipe too! I love my spiralizer and am loving experimenting with different recipes!

Veggie Noodles with Parsley Pesto

Some fun facts about this recipe:

  • Walnuts are highest in Omega 3s of any food, and are essential for vegan diets- considered “brain food”. Good at boosting mood, great protein source, full of fiber, b vitamins and other minerals. You should add them to many of your dishes! The other seed with as many benefits is hemp seed
  • Parsley is good detoxifier
  • Lemon juice is also a good detoxifier and is great at enhancing flavor
  • Nutritional yeast has a cheesy flavor and a good source B12
  • You can spiralize a number of veggies—potato, sweet potato, carrots, beets, cabbage, green pepper, onion, apples
  • Other things you can do with veggie noodles includes; salads, garnishes, all sorts of fun veggies, Asian dishes, raw marinara, alfredo, or veggie primavera. Even fruit salads!IMG_1413

Just a few of the benefits of Raw Foods:

  • Food is considered raw if it is prepared below 108 degrees Fahrenheit, or completely uncooked.
  • Raw foods preserve more enzymes in food. More vital life force energy is available, these are foods in their natural state.
  • Raw foods are full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients are available. Most of us realize the importance of vitamins and minerals, but may not realize that phytonutrients provide additional support to vitamins.
  • Raw foods strengthen the immune system and slow the aging process.
  • Good sources of antioxidants
  • Full of water and lots of fiber
  • Can prevent many diseases
  • Can assist with weight loss, healthier bodies and increased energy
  • Great for your skin and give you that vegan “glow”

Veggie Noodles with Parsley Pesto

This light and refreshing pasta is a perfect quick meal for the summer and will help you use up some of those extra farmer’s market veggies.

Parsley Lemon Pesto

Yield: 4 Servings

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley, packed
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, if desired
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Put the parsley, oil, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta and Toppings

Yield: 4 Servings

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 2 Carrots
  • 20 Capers (or more, if desired)
  • 20 cherry tomatoes or 3 regular sized tomatoes, chopped (approximately 1 cup)
  • 20 Kalamata Olives, chopped

Make the carrots and zucchini into noodles using a spiralizer. Top the spiralized noodles with the pesto. Add the capers, tomatoes, and olives. Serve immediately and enjoy!



I have a super fun, delightful new product to tell you about!! Jackfruit made by a wonderful company! The Jackfruit Company!


What is Jackfruit you may ask?

This delicious fruit is a staple crop cultivated for years in South and Southeast Asia. It lends a “meaty” texture, is rich in fiber, is a healthy alternative to meat and can be made into a variety of delicious dishes!

You can learn more about this fun fruit here:

Why jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a miracle crop. A single tree yields two to three tons of nutritious fruit each year, with minimal or zero maintenance. Jackfruit is extremely underutilized in proportion to its global potential, for lack of connection between growers and the international marketplace. The jackfruit also provides a potential solution to countries facing problems with food security.

The Jackfruit Company makes all these delicious products with this fruit:
– BBQ Jackfruit
– Sesame Ginger Jackfruit
– Tex-Mex Jackfruit
– Curry Jackfruit

And Coming Soon!
– Burgers
– Meatballs
– Nuggets- Tenders


A bit about the company….. Founder and CEO, Annie Ryu, visited India for the first time in 2011 and immediately saw an opportunity. After seeing how much Jackfruit was going to waste in the country, she wanted to find a solution to convert this lost resource into income and opportunity for farming families — all while creating a delicious, healthy meat-alternative food product. With that, The Jackfruit Company was born!!

Since 2011 the company’s mission has been to transform healthy eating, farmer’s livelihoods, and humanity’s eco footprint for the better. We love that! All the products are vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, sustainably and ethically sourced but definitely not lacking in flavor 🙂


A jackfruit looks like this! And just of few of the beautiful dishes you make using it are below!

For information on this fascinating fruit, you can read more here:


Curry Flavor!


Curry Soup with Red Curry and veggies! Oh my goodness, this was amazing!


Sesame Ginger Flavor!


Sesame Ginger Buddha Bowl with a delicious miso dressing!

IMG_1113Tex – Mex Flavor!


Taquitos made with the Tex – Mex Flavor and avocado creme!! Super easy and so delicious!

IMG_9402BBQ Flavor!


Makes an easy BBQ Sandwich!

I had so much fun working on this post and tasting The Jackfruit Company’s yummy products! Every single one of them was delicious and you can make an abundance of diverse dishes with them. You can find some more fun recipes on their website:

I’ve found the product quite regularly at specialty grocery stores in Colorado, the distribution is becoming more widespread too! Which is very exciting news! Here is a super duper simple store locator, bet you can find one close to you:

And now for a giveaway!! Enter here for your chance to win a coupon for 1 free package:
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Happy Mother’s Day!

In honor of Mother’s Day (A great day to celebrate ALL mothers) I would like to share one of my favorite recipes using vegan cheese!!


When you eat cheese and dairy you inflict pain and cruelty on baby calves and their mothers especially. It’s hard for me to write this knowing how many beautiful, gentle, kind animals are suffering right now because someone can’t give up cheese.


The reality is that many calves are born into this world to suffer. Dairy Farms artificially inseminate cows to impregnate them and when the baby calf is born it is torn from her so humans can drink her milk and put her back in the system to be used as a milk production machine. This creates much stress for both the mother and baby. How would you feel if this was done to you and your mother or your children?

IMG_9454The great news though is that some really wonderful vegan alternatives to both meat and diary do exist! Most of these are also really tasty too!


The abundance of vegan cheeses is really incredible now and readily available at most specialty grocery stores and even becoming more common at mainstream grocery stores. Using these cheeses you can make some really delicious recipes including this one!!

Vegan Pizza Quesadillas


IMG_0466They are super easy and quick! I make them often as an easy comfort food when I get home after a long day at work.

IMG_0429You can use all sorts of delicious veggies! My favorite is loads of spinach, black olives and mushrooms. Use whatever you like on your pizza!

IMG_0436And some vegan cheese! This is Daiya Cheese which is becoming more easily accessible at many supermarkets.

IMG_0440Chop and sautee your veggies in oil or a splash of water for about 5 mins until wilted and cooked.

IMG_0450Prep the tortilla by spreading about two tablespoons of pizza sauce on half of a tortilla, sprinkle enough of the sauteed vegetables (don’t load it up too much around a half cup of veggies is a good measure) to cover the pizza sauce, sprinkle with approximately one tablespoon of vegan cheese (or more if you like). Fold the empty side of the tortilla on the filled half to make a quesadilla. You can alter the proportions to suite your tastes but, this is a good guide.

IMG_0453Melt some vegan butter in a pan and cook the tortilla on both sides until it gets brown, just like you would a quesadilla.

IMG_0464Cut in half and serve! Very yummy!

We love and appreciate you Moms!!!! ❤ ALL Moms!! 🙂


Happy Piggies in A Blanket!

I had a delightful time a few weeks ago at the Denver Gala and fundraiser for the Humane League. I donated a few appetizers, they were so delicious I thought I must share them! 🙂


I made Vegan Not-Pigs in a blanket! They are so fun and easy!


And used pretty convenient ingredients; Field Roast is one of my favorite vegan meat alternatives! You could use really any type of vegan sausages or meats!


& Pillsbury Crescent Rolls


Cut in half


Roll up the vegan sausages in their blanket


And cook at 350° for 15 minutes


The final product!! One package of both yields about 12 happy piggies in a blanket. They are great for parties and potlucks! 🙂


I was also delighted to have my logo along with so many other cool local business supporters!


Here we are dressed up to support a great cause! If you would like more info on the Humane League and how to support their great work, you can find them here:


Healthy Skoop – a Colorado Small Business Giveaway!!

Me!I am delighted to offer this review and giveaway from the great folks at Healthy Skoop! As many of you know, through this blog, my coaching and vegan chef services I work to help people live their happiest, healthiest and most vibrant life. The reason I really like Healthy Skoop products is that they can help you do just that! Live your best life!

The other reason I love Healthy Skoop is that it is a Colorado based small business (I live in Denver). I love small businesses and I especially love businesses that are good for our health also doing great things in things community. For every serving of Skoop sold, they donate one serving of free fresh fruits and veggies to a school lunch program in America. How cool is that!?!

SkoopHealthy Skoop uses plant based ingredients and formulates the products using leading edge science with organic and naturally sourced ingredients. Healthy Skoop was created by a Dr. James Rouse who is naturopathic doctor that has studied nutrition for 25 years and authored 11 books. I love the fact that there is nothing weird or funky in the blends, just pure health promoting ingredients directly sourced from nature.

SampleA few of the delicious products you can purchase include; Super Skoop, an all-in-one nutritional shake, Ignite, a superfood endurance beet blend, A –Game, a daily super foods blend, B-strong, a plant based protein, and last but not least, B-lovely, a specially formulated beauty blend.

Sample PacksWhat are the benefits? All Healty Skoop products are specially blended with disease fighting, health promoting plant based ingredients. Just a few of these include; plant based proteins, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega 3s, probiotics and adaptogenic herbs. Each product is designed to boost your productivity and help you in certain areas or they also offer a sample pack where you can give a little taste of all the benefits the blends offer. Healthy Skoop makes it quick and easy to get a daily dose of super nutrition and help you become a super you!

BoulderSkoopinWhere do you get healthy skoop? You can get more info on Healthy Skoop and purchase products on their website:

You can also find them on social media!

Facebook – Healthy Skoop –

Twitter – @healthyskoop –

Instagram – @healthyskoop –




Greens BlendAnd now for the giveaway! The great folks at Healthy Skoop are giving away a month’s supply, that’s 3 10-serving Super Skoop proteins and 1 30-serving A-Game!! Yippie!

You can enter the giveaway at this link:

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Good luck!



Happy Earth Day! Let’s Keep Our Ocean Healthy!

Happy Earth Day! One of my favorite days of the year. As some of you know… In one of my professions, I am a biologist and environmental scientist. I have always loved animals and the environment. I loved them both so much that I made a career out of protecting them.

While I enjoy what I do very much in the environmental sciences, it can also be quite distressing. One of the of the many things very troubling to me is the crisis in the oceans. In our beautiful oceans once full of life and diversity, fisheries are overharvested without much thought. I’ve heard the statistic that half of the ocean’s resources have been depleted.  At the rate fish are being caught, they say our oceans could collapse and be empty by 2050. 90% of the large fish in the oceans are gone, 80% of commercial fisheries are overexploited.


Our ocean is so important because half of the oxygen we breathe comes from it. The ocean stores our carbon and return to us breathable air. In this very biodiverse ecosystem of plants and animals, life began. By decimating fish populations and removing apex predators, we are destroying a delicate and vital marine balance. Some scientists conclude that we’ve already passed the point of being able to reverse the damage. We are destroying the biodiversity of our oceans which will be very difficult to restore, who knows how many species that were never ever been identified, have gone extinct.


The way many commercial fisheries harvest fish is with a trawling net, as you can in the picture above and below, a trawling net does what it is designed to do: capture everything in it path, very efficiently. Have you heard the term bycatch? This is the term for the other sea life that are killed in the process of trying to get the target fish in these nets. Bycatch includes animals like; sea turtle, dolphins, whales, sharks, seahorses and birds. All of these other species are picked up in these nets, often with very little ways to escape. They are usually then killed. Every year, at least 7.3 million tons of marine life are caught incidentally. In some fisheries, the percentage of bycatch far outweighs the amount of target catch.


Overharvesting fish populations is not the only crisis in our oceans, we also face a huge problem with pollution. Our ocean is losing fish and these fish are being replaced by plastic. It’s also being filled with debris from irresponsible fishing practices. Many species of marine animals ingest this debris or become entangled in nets, causing them great injury.


While this information can be upsetting, the great news is that there are some fantastic alternatives to fish and seafood out there! And as I’ve mentioned many times before, eating a more plant based/vegan diet can help lessen our environmental impact in many respects.

Here are just a few of my favorites:

Veggie Sushi (nori rolls loaded with veggies are quite divine!)


Gardein Golden Fish Filets, which has become very readily available in many grocery stores and are deeelicious!!!


Miso soup — so easy to make and super healthy too!

Check out my recipe for Tofu Tacos!

And one of my favorite recipes for Tuna-less Salad!!

Vegan toona! This one is a little tougher to find, but can be found online and when mixed with some amazing flavors is quite good! You can by it here!

                     Vegan Toona          Toona Salad

                             Toona on Crackers              Toona Salad Sandwich

Check out some of these other great resources too with loads of delicious plant based recipes!

EMPTY OCEANS: Is The World Running Out Of Fish?

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Do you have any favorite fishless recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas!