Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Candied Maple Pecans

Our Holiday Giveaway is proving to be very popular. I will announce the winner on Dec 11th, so good Luck! Until then, I will continue sharing some fabulous vegan holiday recipes I am making at home with my cookware. As I mentioned when I posted the Spicy Roasted Candied Maple Pecans earlier this week, I was inspired by Bryant Terry’s Thanksgiving menu in the holiday issue of the Vegetarian Times to add some candied maple pecans to a vegan version of my mother-in-law Sandra Hanes’s…

Candied Maple Pecans

I survived Hurricane Sandy in NYC, and I'm back in L.A feeling incredibly fortunate. My love and thoughts go out to the victims of this horrible tragedy, and my admiration and respect extended to the hard-working rescue and support teams that brought the city back to life. It was such as surreal time walking up the street to Penn Station right before the storm. As the wind picked up and the rain started, Scott and I stood there bewildered as we looked up the street and didn't see…

Vegan Paella

This incredible vegan paella comes from Mariel Hemgingway - actor, presenter, author, speaker, environmental activist, yogi, and holistic living goddess. Yes, Mariel is the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. However, Mariel has become famous in her own right for her talent as an actor, as well as her expertise in holistic living. At the age of thirteen, Mariel took Hollywood by storm with her debut performance in Lipstick. Four years later her work in Woody Allen’s Manhattan earned…

Vegan Nutty Veggie Burgers

It is DAY 28 of the "Gluten Free Vegan Recipes" series and I am tickled pink to be featuring the stunningly gorgeous and hilarious Dreena Burton, Canadian Goddess, and wildly successful Vegan Chef, Best-Selling Cookbook Author, Award-Winning Recipe Developer, and Blogger Extraordinaire at Plant Powered Kitchen. I have admired Dreena and her amazing recipes for years, and was thrilled when the always generous JL Goes Vegan introduced us. We have since exchanged quite a few entertaining…

Raw Mock Tuna Pesto Stacks

These delicious raw mock tuna stacks come from Jennifer Cornbleet. Jennifer is celebrated raw chef, instructor, and long-time faculty member at the famous Living Light Culinary Institute in California. She is also author of the famous cookbook, Raw Food Made Easy. If you're a raw food beginner and want to learn everything there is to know about the raw lifestyle Jenny is the woman! I love the fact that reading Animal Liberation by my Aussie compatriot, Peter Singer was one of the…

Vegan Tofu Walnut Stuffing

This tofu walnut stuffing from Blossom Restaurant will blow your mind. This vegan jewel in NYC is one of my favorite Manhatten haunts. It's pretty hard to walk around the Chelsea area without "Blossoming!" Pamela and her trusty team have got the vegan market covered, and they fly the plant-based flag in spectacular fashion. I met Pamela Blackwell (the owner) and her rock star manager, R.J Thompson, when I strolled into the new Blossom Du Jour location in midtown a few months ago.…

Natural Vanilla Body Cream

Natural This beautiful vanilla body cream comes from the Sophie Uliano - Green Lifstyle Goddess, NY Times Best Selling Author, and Genius behind her healthy lifestyle blog. After Julia Roberts wrote the forward to Sophie's first book, and they appeared together on an Earth Day Celebration special of the Oprah Show in 2008, Sophie shot to instant stardom and a "gorgeous green guru" empire was born! Millions of eco fashionistas, green conscious women, celebrities, and publications around…

Vegan Black Bean Chipotle Burgers

It is DAY 22 of the "Gluten Free Vegan Recipes" series and it is an honor to open the third week of celebrations with three of the stars of the vegan world, the fabulous Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos & Jorge Pineda from the highly acclaimed Candle 79 in NYC. They are graciously sharing their Famous Gluten Free Black Bean Chipotle Burgers from their incredible Candle 79 Cookbook. Do not miss making this delicious recipe and grabbing a copy of this amazing cookbook. The recipes in this book…

Raw Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup

This raw carrot ginger soup comes from Joe Cross, star of the documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. For those of you who've not seen the film it chronicles Joe’s personal transformation and journey back to health and vitality. After a realization at the age of 40, weighing more than 100 pounds and heavily medicated for a chronic autoimmune disease Joe Cross was facing an early death. Taking matters into this own hands, Joe spent 60 days traveling across America consuming nothing but…

Raw Prune Power Balls

These raw vegan prune powerballs come from one of the darlings of the Aussie food world, the gorgeous Lola Berry -- Celebrity Nutritionist, Media Personality, Brand Spokesperson, Host of the popular Web Series, Fruits and Roots, and author of The 20/20 Diet. I fell in love with Lola several years ago, and simply had to include her in this event. She is amazing! With an infectious, down-to-earth nature, Lola Berry has established herself as one of Australia’s most high-profile and…

Vegan Cranberry Walnut Truffles

It is DAY 14 of the "Gluten Free Vegan Recipes" series and we celebrate with the fabulous Shelley Alexander from A Harmony Healing. Shelley is a friend of mine from Women Of The Green Generation and I just adore her! So, I just had to to include one of her fabulous easy recipes in this event. Shelley is a Holistic Chef, Certified Healing Foods Specialist, Recipe Developer, Food Writer, Blogger, and Healthy Living Consultant living in Los Angeles, CA. Shelley has a Culinary Diploma in…

Jicama with Mango Basil Sauce

I've adapted this delicious jicama side dish from my friend Heather Nicholds. If you're not acquainted with Heather, check her out on YouTube where she shares healthy living tips and awesome recipes. A former commercial pilot and flight instructor in Canada, Heather studied to become a holistic nutritionist after experimenting with raw and vegan foods in an effort to regain her health. During her journey, she developed a passion for environmental issues, and gives 5% of the profits of…

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