Category Archives: Special Occasion Vegan

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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Miyoko’s Creamery, Vegan Organic Cheese

Vegan Cheese
Vegan Cheese

It has truly been years since I’ve tasted a vegan cheese that is best described as “art on the tongue”.

There are so many complexities in the taste of this aged English smoked farmhouse vegan cheese by Miyoko’s Creamery, that you’ll have to try for yourself.

My first impression was, very salty, but the base of chickpea miso explains that.  Next, a very strong smokiness. Then the tongue started to come alive.

As a cheese it meets many of my requirements (like no coconut oil), except for one in which it uses nutritional yeast which I am not particularly a fan of.

If you have been looking for a good fancy spread, delight in this.

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Organic Vegan Cherry Pie, Hopples

Organic Vegan Cherry pie, topped with orrganic vegan vanilla ice cream
Organic Vegan Cherry pie, topped with organic vegan vanilla ice cream

Choosing to eat vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite treats for a life of salad and kale smoothies. (Ewe, just ewe visualizing that thought). Neither does it mean a life of inconvenience.

Here is how I made this:

Heat according to directions
Heat according to directions

Topped with:

Very glad to see Turtle Island still makes a coconut oil free flavor...
Very glad to see Turtle Island still makes a coconut oil free flavor…

It’s as easy as turning on the oven 🙂