Category Archives: Special Occasion Vegan

Vegan heirloom tomato Caprese salad recipe with fresh herbs

Vegan Caprese Salad

The best thing about growing heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs is getting to eat them! Certain varieties are known for making huge thick meaty tomatoes, like this old world pineapple tomato- when sliced it takes up an entire plate. You’ll want to serve this one with a fork and knife, steak style!

How I made this:

1 organic heirloom pineapple tomato, take out the seeds and save them to grow next year, then slice into thick chunks.

Homefrown organic heirloom tomato, pineapple

Some type of nut cheese:  If you cannot make your own there are many in stores. I used Punk Rawk brand purchased from veganessentials webstore.   Please, don’t buy it all up, save some for me! Put a scoop or slice of the cheese on top of each tomato slice.

Punk Rawk vegan cheese, one of several varieties

Next make the  dressing:

I used organic balsamic vinegar, organic oilve oil, black pepper, etc. your favorite spices, shake well and let sit while you cut some herbs.

Next I went to my garden and cut some fresh organic garden chives, organic catmint, organic chocolate mint and organic true Greek oregano.

I rinsed the herbs and gently patted dry, cut up the chives with scissors and sprinkled on each tomato, and used each of the other herbs as a sprig, to be eaten with the tomato or ornamentation, depending on the eater.

Last, pour the dressing into the middle of the tomatoes, and you’ll have a tasty quick lunch for three (or more depending on your tomato size and appetite).

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Tasty Vegan Caprese salad

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Organic Vegan White Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Making organic vegan Easter bunnies

I’ve never attempted this before, but I had this idea to make our own Easter treats this year. They turned out pretty swell, here’s how I did it.

Use a package or organic vegan white chocolate chips, they sorta looked like flat medallions.

Put the whole package in a double boiler, add a dash of organic vanilla extract, stir with a whisk until melted.

Use a heat proof spatula to get the chocolate out and put into bunny molds (the mold needs to sit on a flat tray that will fit in the fridge and freezer).

Put the mold in the fridge until chocolate seems hard. Then put in the freezer for 5 min to make sure the molds pop out perfectly.

Now here is the ‘creative part’: The bunny mold has holes for eyes and a nose, so I gave my young helper some mini chocolate chips and a box of organic sprinkles. I assumed there would be a few sprinkles used for the bunny face parts in the molds. Never assume with kids! Sprinkles were liberally applied to the molds.

Here’s what we got:

Organic Sprinkle Vegan White Chocolate Bunny candies


And they are deelicious, even though they are a bit crunchier than I imagined before this project started


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Vegan Okra, Bhindi Masala

Bhindi masala over brown rice

One of my favorite ways to eat okra is the Indian way, Bhindi Masala is a great dish.  If you grow your okra small, and it is fresh, you can eat it this way and cut vertically.  I grew this in our garden, so it worked out well.


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Kid Friendly Vegan Enchiladas

Kid friendly, vegan enchiladas

I regularly get asked what are some good kid friendly vegan recipes.  Really, it depends on your kid.  This right here, a kid made (even the nice presentation) so I am thinking it is safe to say this is for sure “kid-friendly”.

What was used:

Organic re-fried beans, organic wraps, vegan Mexican cheese shreds,  Whole Foods brand organic enchilada sauce, fresh organic chives from the garden, and Meijers brand organic black bean corn salsa.

It was baked like regular enchiladas and eaten all up 🙂

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Organic Vegan Veggie Pie

Onion pie, Greek style, with a little bit of creativity.

Somehow this ended up with lots of veggies and lasagna noodles inside.  A very tasty dinner. 🙂

And good for kids too, who doesn’t want pie for dinner.

Here is a closer look in the middle:

Inside the pie

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Organic Vegan Gingerbread House

Organic Vegan Gingerbread house
Organic Vegan Gingerbread house

I totally had to document this monstrousity! Which answers a question I’ve always wanted to know-YES, it is possible to make an entirely organic vegan (and edible) gingerbread house.


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Vegan Chinese food, Happy New Year!

Mapo Naperville, IL

Cold appetizers, or try them as a main dish!
Cold appetizers, or try them as a main dish!

Pickled veggie, Spicy cold noodles, vegan chicken-which is bean curd (tofu skin) wrapping bamboo and shiitake  mushrooms.

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